Spinach and Kale Smoothie Starter

09/02/2013 by Lara • 4 Comments Pin It

smoothie-starter-squareWhat do you get for the person who loves making smoothies? Plenty of kale and spinach!

Since I have Crohn’s, I can’t eat any leafy greens so I rarely pick them up at my local farmer’s market. But these bunches of kale and spinach were too beautiful to pass up! I had seen this recipe for green smoothie cubes and decided to try it. The result is a “smoothie starter” or “smoothie base” made out of kale and spinach that allows you to use greens anytime you want to make a smoothie, whether or not you have these veggies fresh on hand, without losing any nutritional value! All you need is a bunch of kale, a bunch of spinach, and a few cups of water.

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If you have a blender, USE IT. I don’t have a blender or food processor, so I cut up the leaves by hand after washing them thoroughly. The original recipe recommends blending two cups of water in a processor with all of the leaves.

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Instead, I cut up the leaves, put them in a very large bowl and then dumped two cups of water over them, leaving them to soak for a few minutes. I then spooned the mixture into muffin tins and poured a little extra water in each cup to make sure that the ice would form over all of the leaves, sticking them together.

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(Before and After)

These turned out great. My friend can use one to three of these as the basis for any future smoothies that he makes, and according to the original recipe, they will keep in the freezer for up to five months!

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4 Comments

  1. Lauren says:

    I tried this last night, but i think i missed something. how did you get them out of the tins in one piece? Mine are stuck from the frozen water

    • Lara says:

      I left them on the counter for a few minutes and I was able to twist them out of the tins easily. The few minutes gives the edges time to melt a little!

  2. Missy says:

    ‘m new to using kale for anything. This is brilliant! Fresh veggies don’t last long- what a great way to keep them longer!!

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