In the meantime, some of the smoothies in contention make use of ingredients I would never have thought to toss in a drink until I started a little research. Such as basil.
Wait ... what?
Kale? Basil I could understand ... it pairs nicely with fruit and holds its own in a drink.
In a smoothie???
Why yes, Dear Reader. Kale.
webMD, calling kale healthy is an understatement. It is a superfood. One cup of chopped kale contains only 33 calories, yet headspinning amounts of antioxidant vitamins: vitamins A (206%), C (134%) and K (684%). If you were to eat a serving of kale and manage to cut yourself, you'd heal faster than Wolverine).
Seriously though, with such a high concentration of vitamin K, hold off on enjoying the stuff if you are currently taking anticoagulants until you first consult with your physician.
Kale can have a rather strong taste, so in smoothies it is combined with other strong flavors to mute its grassiness.
California Walnuts because they liked my parve Mock Chopped Liver (you can also view the recipe on Food52) so I've been looking for any excuse to use walnuts. By the way, walnuts are a powerhouse in their own right (since I'm focusing on kale right now, I'll sing the virtues of walnuts in a future post).
First toast the walnuts in a large skillet, then continue with the recipe. No need to wipe out the pan, saving you some energy.
Spicy Kale with Walnuts
Adapted from 101cookbooks
Yield: 4 servings
1 Tbl. olive oil
1/2 tsp. schug (or crushed red pepper), or to taste
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 tightly packed cups rinsed and roughly chopped kale
1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1/2 cup parve/vegetarian chicken broth
1 Tbl. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted (see how to toast nuts here)
Add kale, half of the salt, and broth. Bring to a boil (which happens rather quickly), then reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally until broth reduces completely, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and walnuts. Taste and add remaining salt along with additional schug if needed.