This Super Green Kale Smoothie has been life changing. I kid you not. After years of trying to find a tasty green smoothie I actually want to drink, I can finally admit success. This smoothie has a slight sweetness from the maple syrup and honeydew melon but I think the rock star is the sweet hydroponic baby kale from Smart Greens Sudbury. This smoothie is packed with so much goodness you’ll feel like a new person after drinking it.
I never thought I would be singing the praises of kale. Sure, I’ve enjoyed these dark green, hearty leaves in my Sausage and Kale Stuffed Acorn Squash and mixed it into my other leafy salads but now I’m sing from the mountain tops about my love of kale. Well, I don’t actually sing because no one really needs to hear that, but I do make sure to tell all my friends about my amazing discovery. And sharing my recipe for my Super Green Kale Smoothie.
A few months ago I stumbled upon a video on Facebook about a local company that was growing hydroponic baby kale. Needless to say my interest was peeked. I connected with the lovely business owners and they kindly showed me around their operation.
With all the challenges of growing in Northern Ontario and all the changes happening with our weather, I’ve taken a personal interest in hydroponic growing and it would seem I’m not the only one. With the number of people on the planet on the constant increase, it’s forecasted that our current agricultural system will not be able to meet the increased demands in the not too distant future.
This is why I was so excited and intrigued to find a company so close to my home in Northern Ontario working on an alternative growing solution. If you haven’t heard about them already, I would like to introduce you to Smart Greens Sudbury!
Smart Greens Sudbury has turned, what would appear a metal cargo storage unit, into a modular hydroponic farm where they grow walls of baby kale.
My father accompanied me on my grand adventure and he was just as intrigued as I was. Erin was kind enough to give us a tour of how they grew their kale. She showed us the computer that helps monitor the temperature and humidity as well as how they start all the seedlings and how each plant is grown vertically on the wall.
They run their blue and red lights at night when electricity is slightly less expensive. I can’t even imagine what their hydro bill is like. Time to invest in some solar panels I think. Ha!
When Erin handed me a sample of her baby kale to try, it was like a light came on. All this time, it wasn’t me that was the problem in my relationship with kale it was the kale! I’ve never really been able to fall in love with kale in the past because it was like chewing on tasteless cardboard. But this lovely baby kale I tasted was sweet! It was tender. It was oh so delicious.
The family has also started to grown micro greens which local restaur
ants are eagerly incorporating into their meals. During the summer you can find the family selling their delicious kale and micro greens at the Sudbury Farmers Market but if you can’t wait that long, check out their Facebook page for local retailers selling their kale or send them a message and pop by their farm!
The first week I brought home a bag of kale, we ate kale on EVERYTHING! We put it in our sandwiches, in salads and in this delicious Super Green Kale Smoothie. I was handing bags of it out to all my friends. I was so excited to share my discovery. I was almost tempted to get myself a t-shirt with “I Love Kale” written on it but figured that was going to far.
There are so many ways to enjoy kale in your life, here’s a list of delicious kale recipes you’ll want to try.
- Kale and Stuffing Strata from My Kitchen Love
- Fettuccine in Kale Spinach Pesto from Herbivore Cucina
- White Bean and Kale Vegan Pot Pie from The Stingy Vegan
- Salt And Vinegar Kale Chips from Wholesome Yum
- Kale Caesar Salad with Toasted Wheat Berries from My Kitchen Love
- Baby Kale Avocado Salad With Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette & Parmesan from Wholesome Yum
- Kale Apple Smoothie from A Virtual Vegan
- Kale Banana Muffins from Vegging at the Shore
- Massaged Kale Salad with Savoury Granola from A Virtual Vegan
- Kale Apple Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette from Nourished Simply
- the best kale salad from Lake Shore Lady
- Pineapple Kale Smoothie from The Fit Blog
- Sweet Potato Kale Chickpea Bowl from Bunsen Burner Bakery
- Kale & Carrot Salad from The Good Hearted Woman
I also started a new Kale Recipes board on Pinterest if you’d like to follow along!
Super Green Kale Smoothie
- 1 green apple cored and diced
- ½ English cucumber chopped
- 1 cup Honeydew diced
- 1 handful baby kale
- 1 handful baby spinach
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 cups water
- 5-6 ice cubes
Prepare the apple, cucumber and honeydew by washing and dicing as needed. Place in the blender.
Add a large handful of kale and baby spinach to the blender. Drizzle in the maple syrup and pour in the water.
Blend all the ingredients together on medium speed until well mixed. Turn the blender on high and add in the ice cubes.
Tip: Chop up an entire honeydew melon and place in one layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once it’s frozen, transfer it to a freezer bag to use as needed. You can also do this with your apple to help speed up the smoothie making process in the morning.
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