This drink is basically the same as this one, but we now make it green every time. The kids love it, and my husband and I really like it too! You can't tell from the picture, but the top foamy part is a really pretty bright green also, so it seems so festive and fun. For some reason the kale doesn't really change the taste, so I figure it might as well be added for the nutrition.
2 c. water
1 c. ice
juice from 3-4 lemons (or limes)
1-2 big kale leaves (or a couple handfuls of spinach)
1/2 t. stevia (or slightly less)
- Place all ingredients in blender
- Blend on high for about a minute (I just push the whole juice button on my Blendtec)
- Add about 2 more cups of water or crushed ice (go by taste- you can't add all the water needed at the beginning or the blender will overflow)
*To make sure this stays like lemonade instead of a smoothie, I don't add so many greens that it makes it thick. It stays thin and gets blended well enough that the color is the only way you know there were veggies added.
*Lemonade isn't super healthy if a ton of sugar is added, which is why we use stevia. It is not artificial and a lot of people actually think there are health benefits to using it. It is so sweet, you just need a portion of the amount you would use of normal sugar. Here is a link where you can purchase the very pure, concentrated kind. One ounce of it lasts me at least 3 months, so it really isn't very expensive when you consider how little you need to use. You can also buy stevia at normal health food stores, but it is not as pure and concentrated, so you need to use more. I think the cost probably equals out in the end.
*Kale is a nutrition powerhouse that has tons of vitamins, it's very high in calcium, and is about 50% protein. It's also a good source of omega 3's. It is great in smoothies and a great addition to any diet for optimal health.