I’m gonna be super LA for this post. It’s true that we love to wear yoga pants and maybe, maybe not go on hikes. Also true that we love juice / smoothies while wearing yoga pants maybe going hiking maybe not. Sometimes I wear yoga pants and go hiking and when I do, I like going to this kinda hippie dippie place to get this Coconut Kale Smoothie. If you live in LA on the east side you have probably heard of / been to Nature Well. They have this coconut kale smoothie that is everyone’s favorite. I became very obsessed because this smoothie is the perfect balance of kale (which, lets be real, raw tastes like you’re gnawing on vitamins), and coconut. It took a while for me to get the proportions just perfect, but here it is in all of its glory. Perfect for wearing yoga pants and maybe maybe not going hiking. ☺
I like this smoothie more like a juice so I drink it easier. I hate it when smoothies get too thick. Inevitably you tip the glass up to drink it and a chunk slams down onto your face and goes up your nose. ☹ Anyway, if you prefer that kind of a smoothie, you can freeze the banana and add more ice.
Coconut and Kale Smoothie
Makes about 32 ounces
5 medium dinosaur kale leaves, ribs removed and torn into pieces
4 ounces of fresh coconut pulp or meat (about 2/3 cup, tightly packed)
1 medium peeled banana
about 5 ice cubes
1 1/4 cups pure coconut water
1 tablespoon agave
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1. Place all ingredients into a blender, in the order listed above.
2. Blend mixture until completely smooth, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
3. Divide into two glasses and serve.
**For a thicker smoothie, freeze the banana and add a few more ice cubes to the blender well before blending.