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My love of kale in smoothies has returned, like Luke Skywalker coming to save me from the hollows controlled by the Dark Side. Yes, I’ve eaten a burger recently. Yes, I enjoyed it. The funny thing about food and your diet is that everyone is different and you are in control of what goes into your belly.

Nom Nom Nom

You know, now that I think about it, how many characters in Star Wars do we actually see eating besides Jabba? Great, there goes my weekend, I’ll be watching all six episodes to find out if you’re looking for me.

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Learning more about dealing with the kale portion of a smoothie, for instance, start blending the kale with orange juice FIRST. Wait until this is silky and free of leafy bits. You can use a strainer if you are going to be picky, or if this might be a kid’s first kale smoothie. I can handle some kale flakes, see the failure post.

I should be measuring to provide you exact amounts for you to replicate this sweet brown smoothie, but anytime before 8:00am is not my best time to be putzing around with measuring cups and spoons. Just open the fridge and grab a handfull of red kale, orange juice (just pour some in the blender, silly), strawberries, and a fat slice of fozen pineapple. Start blending the kale and juice first. Drop in the berries (tops removed) and finally the frozen pineapple, pulse until smooth. You can add a little crushed ice but I found the frozen pineapple was enough today.

Keep playing with your food. Find something new to taste. Like Gabrielle Hamilton says in the interview featured in this post: “Food, pleasure, and guilt should never be in the same sentence.” Have fun!

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OK, I’ll admit this is more of a milkshake than a smoothie since there’s no yogurt and several scoops of ice cream.  But hey, I call it as I see it, and this is a smoothie. I think they should teach milkshake-making in culinary schools, if they don’t already then y’all need to call me to teach it.

For 2 small servings

  • 2 cups strawberries, washed
  • 1 cup milk
  • about 1 1/2 cups chocolate ice cream

Hull and roughly chop the berries.  Add the berries to a blender.  Add the ice cream and half the milk.  Pulse the blender to combine the ingredients, add more of the milk to reach the desired consistency.  Serve immediately.

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Transform watermelon into a drink that will have you saying “Ooh la la!” after the first sip.

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 1 cup cantaloupe
  • 1 cup pineapple sorbet
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

Blend and strain into a glass.

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1/2 cantaloupe melon, peeled and seeded

1/2 pineapple, peeled and cored

1 cup diced papaya

couple scoops orange sherbet

Blend the fruit until smooth.  Add sherbet and pulse until incorporated.  Serve immediately and chill remaining smoothie until ready to devour.

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1/2 papaya, cubed

1/2 cup raspberry yogurt

1/2 cup milk

1 cup crushed ice

Enjoy this as breakfast or to cool off in the afternoon.  The sweeter and riper the papaya, the better this smoothie will taste.  You can add honey or agave if you like, I found this particular papaya didn’t need any help.  The yogurt gave enough support.

Papaya is supposed to help you lose weight, but you have to eat it in the morning and then nothing else for at least 2 hours.  I have no proof that it works but they are delicious.

If you’ve never had papaya, try this smoothie!

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Mangos are crazy cheap right now… 25 cents a piece!  Strawberries are in season in Texas too, so what better combination would there be for a smoothie! 

hulled strawberries

diced mango

strawberry sherbet

crushed ice

YUM!

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