Archive for Smoothies

Golden Leaf needs to spice things up

You’re halfway ’round the world when you walk into Golden Leaf, a new Malaysian restaurant in Chinatown. It’s decorated to evoke a Southeast Asian seaside kampong (village) with giant glass murals of turquoise water and palm trees. Burnished rocks peek through the wooden slats of the raised floor and the tables and chairs look as if they’ve been constructed of wicker fronds. Except for the incongruous 1970s r & b background music, you’d think you were at a beach resort on the Strait of Malacca.

Malaysian – with its Indian, Chinese, Thai and indigenous influences – is true fusion cuisine. And Golden Leaf is a striking setting in which to enjoy this vibrantly colorful and robustly seasoned fare. If only the kitchen didn’t hold back on the spices. Presumably the staff thinks the vivid flavors of Malay cooking may overwhelm non-Malays.

Malaysian-style, stir-fried radish cake ($5.95) – a mix of gooey, Chinese sausage-studded radish cake, shrimp, sprouts and scallions – seems deliberately under-soy sauced. The chicken curry in which you dunk flaky ($3.50) crepe isn’t as fiery as it might be. And tempura-light, fried anchovy ($6.50) aren’t really anchovies – they’re less-assertive fried whitebait.

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Pineapple banana strawberry smoothie for your hot summer days

Nothing quenches your thirst and craving better than a cool and fruity smoothie in a hot summer day!

Even better, you can make your own recipe with the very common ingredients and probably are available in your fridge. Complete your hot, summer afternoon by chilling by the lake or a pool, sipping your tasty smoothie while chit chatting with your family or friends.

Making your own smoothie does not only guarantee you the sanitation and freshness but you can also customize the recipe to cater to your taste.

You have a sweet tooth and crave for sweet smoothies but worried about derailing your diet?

A Pineapple, strawberry and banana smoothie is one of the best choices out there for you. What’s good with this smoothie is that it is gluten free, sweet enough hence you don’t have to add extra sugar so you don’t have to worry about your diet.

This is a pineapple strawberry banana smoothie recipe for your reference (of courseyou can create your own recipe by changing the proportion to your liking. You can even add extra ingredients such as: coconut water or honey or juices…).

banana strawberry smoothie

It will take only several minutes from preparation to final product if your fruits are already readied. The only challenging part would be peeling and coring the pineapple which is pretty time-consuming, but it’s worth it anyway because fresh pineapple compliments the smoothie well. If you don’t have fresh pineapple, you can use canned pineapple instead but of course it won’t taste as good.

Ingredients:You can replace fresh fruits with your frozen fruits if it’s more convenient for you.

  • Half pint of fresh, stem removed strawberries, cut them in half.
  • Half pint of pineapple:

Pineapple adds a tropical vibe to the smoothie.

After you have finished preparing the pineapple but peeling and coring it, chop it into small cubes.

  • 2 fresh, peeled bananas, cut them vertically in half then slice them into small chunks, we’re supposed to have 16 pieces per each banana.

Bananas are very substantial to the smoothie since they add creaminess, fluffiness and fullness to it, even without milk or yogurt.

The riper the bananas get, the sweeter they will be, if you prefer a sweeter taste, choose the very ripe bananas, they are also cheaper since bananas tend to ripen quickly.

  • ¾ cup of water (you can change water with pineapple juice, coconut water, orange juice or anything that you prefer). This is because you need to add fluid to blend everything in and also help your blender get going.
  • 1 or 2 containers of low-fat lime or lemon yogurt.
  • 2 cups of cubed ice (disposable).

You can make 6 servings out of this.

Extra ingredients:

  • Make your smoothie more nutritional balance by adding a few tablespoons of one of these following things. (You can choose one, or mix some of them together):

Sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut meat, pumpkin seeds, hemp, china seeds…

Virgin coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil…

  • Add more sweetness by:

Raw honey, molasses, pitted dates…

  • Add more protein:

Some scoops of protein powder.

Of course, you don’t necessarily need to add the exact right amount of each ingredient, just use how much you need, you can’t go wrong! Everyone has a different taste. Who knows, you would be pleasantly surprised.

Blending

Add the fruits first: Pour strawberries, bananas and pineapple into the blender, blend it for a while.

Next, add the remaining ingredients such as: ice, milk, yogurt…

Blend them until the substance becomes smooth. A mixture of smoothie like this will serve you calories, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, protein, sodium, iron, folate, phosphorus, Vitamin A and C…

Serving:

Serve immediately in enjoy the best quality of the freshly made smoothie.

If you prefer a colder taste, store the smoothie in the fridge to make cool it down.

In case you don’t want to add ice since it will water down your smoothie, you can use frozen fruits to make the smoothie instead of using fresh ones

What if you are planning to go for a picnic or a bike trip?

No problem! Just store the freshly made smoothie in an ice chest or an ice cooler, that way you can keep your smoothie chilled, fresh and prevent bad bacteria from growing while on the move.

Summer is the time when people decide to go on a picnic with their family, friends or their colleagues. Make sure to choose the best ice chest to keep your foods and beverage in the best condition and prevent food poisoning, especially in the summer since bacteria grow best in warm temperatures.

Let’s get into it and boost up your summer day with your DIY pineapple banana strawberry smoothie!

How To Make A Kale Shake

How To Make A Kale Shake

Kale Shakes have become popular for breakfast, largely due to Joe Rogan, a comedian. He has one every morning, alongside a Bulletproof Coffee. This shake has nutrients that supposedly make people lose weight, feel healthier and as though they are able to kick some ass. Inadvertently, there are some downsides to it if you choose to drink a raw kale shake, but there are a lot of recipes you can use that are not raw kale and are nonetheless delicious and healthy. Joe Rogan has his own recipe, but there are a few more others that have been tried by many people and loved all the same as they are also healthy, just like the original recipe.

Joe Rogan Kale Shake Recipe

  • 4 stalks kale
  • 4 celery stems
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2″ ginger
  • 8 oz. water (optional, to help items blend together more smoothly)

These items should be blended together in a heavy duty blender, such as Vitamix or BlendTech.

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Kale Smoothie Recipes For a Healthy Lifestyle

Kale Smoothie Recipes For a Healthy Lifestyle

Kale To The Chief

The phrase “kale smoothie” often elicits a grimace from the face of someone listening to that expression. Kale, despite its growing popularity, is still relatively shunned compared to its leafy green cousins spinach and cabbage.  Mixing it into a thick textured smoothie won’t automatically improve the situation. However by throwing in apples and oranges, for example, fruits, carrots, pineapple, bananas, or strawberries, it can become a surprisingly refreshing and tasty beverage.

There are numerous kale smoothie recipes that not only provide a great, refreshing taste in the morning or afternoon, but they’re also full of vitamins, antioxidants and anti-cancer properties to keep you healthy. These refreshing green beverages are a great way to detox your body and get your health back on track. Smoothies made with kale may not at first sound as appetizing as say a chocolate milkshake, but they can be just as tasty. They’re also refreshing in the summer, and you can add a few blocks of ice to keep you cool or keep it in your best soft cooler with ice outside before using.

Having a kale shake in the morning means you can drink it on the move, and if it’s the first thing you ingest for the day your body can absorb the nutrients quickly. Some people may also find having kale and other fresh, raw ingredients in liquid form easier to digest in the morning, rather than having a large or heavy meal which can make you feel lethargic later on in the day. A green smoothie is also also handy if you’re running late, because it’s very quick to make and you can drink it on the move.

We recommend shakes that include ginger. Ginger also contains many antioxidant properties, and the zest adds a spicy and pungent flavor to your kale shakes to make it taste great, and hide any bitter vegetable flavors. Smoothies made out of kale generally include raw ingredients, meaning you get the most vitamins out of each ingredient. Kale juice, while also delicous and refreshing, is quite a bit different from enjoying Kale as a shake or smoothie. Looking for a different twist?  You can check out our kale juice recipe as well!

Kale Smoothie Recipes

Delicious!

The most important thing when making these smoothies is to have fun! Don’t be afraid to try new ingredients, and you never know what new flavors you might discover. Kale smoothies are a good substitute for coffee in the morning – they’re lower in fat, and they provide your body with a lot more vitamins! Kale also contains calcium, although if you want to add milk or yogurt to your kale smoothie recipe, why not give it a go?

Different types of flavors:

Sweet:

You can also ensure you have sweet fruits on hand by storing frozen bananas and mangoes, to add to the kale smoothie. This will help to balance out the spicy ginger flavor with the vegetable flavors. Berries are another great way to add a sweet touch to your kale shake, and they can also be stored frozen so they last longer. Berries are also high in antioxidants.

Sour:

To create a sour flavor to your kale smoothie, add a squeeze of lemon, orange or lime.

Recipe:

1 cup chilled water
2 kale leaves
a pinch of freshly zested ginger
1 apple
1 banana
1/4 cup of mint leaves

Combine all the ingredients in a a blender. If you prefer, you can leave lumps of banana in the smoothie to add texture and sweetness. Pour the liquid into a glass, add an extra sprig of mint for decoration, and enjoy! Your very own kale shake to start the day.

A word about preparing kale and whether to remove the whole stem: Whether you decide to keep the kale stems on depends on what you wish to prepare kale for. For a kale salad, the stem isn’t usually removed, You may want to remove the whole stem when making a kale smoothie, in your kale juice recipe, or also for kale chips.

The array of great kale recipes are only limited by the imagination.  But, don’t forget to write them down to remember for next time!

Green Smoothie Recipes Kale

The Health Benefits

Below are list of some of kale’s health benefits.

  • This green is a rich source of iron.
  • Vitamin C present in this vegetable can help prevent heart disease.
  • Vitamin A enhances vision.
  • Vitamin K helps in blood-coagulating.
  • Cancer prevention agents, for example, flavonoids and carotenoids.
  • Calcium helps bone health. Minerals exhibit in kale may also helps keep cholesterol levels down.

Here are two tasty green smoothie recipes utilizing kale.

Ten Great Kale Smoothie Recipes

1. The Strawberry – Pineapple – Kale Smoothie Ingredients: Frozen pounded kale (2 glasses), solidified pineapple (1 container), solidified strawberries (1 glass), unsweetened almond drain (1 mug) and vanilla Greek yogurt (1/4 mug). Blend all the parts in a blender and  mix.

2. Kale- Apple Smoothie An easier and lighter green smoothie with kale formula is the particular case that uses fruits. Ingredients

  • kale (2 glasses)
  • celery (2 stalks)
  • banana (1, medium size)
  • fruit (1 extensive and unpeeled)
  • lemon squeeze (2 tablespoons) and pulverized ice.

Include all the parts into a blender and mix until smooth.

3. Honey-kale Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 mug spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ mug of kale
  • 1 tablespoon hemp powder
  • Include some ice or a little water
  • Mix in a blender

4. Cranberry kale smoothie Ingredients

  • Cranberry or squeezed orange
  • 1 orange
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 mug of kale
  • 1/2 sprig of celery
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 4-6 bits of Ice

5. Banana kale orange Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 large banana, sliced, frozen
  • 1 large orange, peeled, sectioned
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ½ mug of kale
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled
  • 4 cups torn chard leaves, stems removed

6. Celery kale smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kale
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup diced, seeded cucumber
  • 1/4 cup fresh leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

7. Cucumber kale smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded
  • 2 cups torn kale leaves, stems removed
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw coconut oil

8. Coconut milk kale smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, sliced, frozen
  • 4 cups chopped kale stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

9. Carrot kale smoothie Ingredients:

  • Kale and one or two small apples and oranges to increase the sweetness.
  • Add Cucumbers and watermelon.

10. Kale ginger Smoothie Recipe

  • Nuts
  • Goji berries, cocoa nibs
  • Blackstrap Molasses
  • Spirulina
  • Kale
  • Ginger – fresh ginger is a great immunity booster!