Happy hump day y’all (or, rather, a “not so happy” snow/power outage/winter mess day to all of you in the Philadelphia area)–
Today’s recipe is inspired by the age-old saying “When life gives you lemons, make __________.” This winter has certainly thrown us a lot of lemons, and I’m not just referring to the citrus fruits that are most seasonal during the winter months. Snow storm after snow storm, polar vortex after polar vortex, we’ve been hit with some record-breaking weather trends that have made me, and I’m assuming most of you, crave nothing but warm comfort foods! (Ignore all this if you’re visiting my blog from another country, Florida, Southern California, etc). We all know how difficult it can be to eat clean in the bleak midwinter. That’s why I’m hoping this post will provide a little inspiration to get those greens in, especially when the thought of eating a cold, crisp salad in these temperatures is far from attractive. ‘Cause when “life gives you [grapefruits], [you should probably] make [a damn good smoothie].” (I modified the saying a little #poeticlicense).
2 leaves kale, taken off the stems and chopped
1 banana, frozen and peeled
1/2 grapefruit (see directions about how to add this below)
1 tablespoons chia seeds, soaked for 10-15 minutes
1 cup water or coconut water
In a high-powered blender, combine the kale and banana. To prepare the grapefruit, slice in half and cut out the wedges of one half. Add the wedges and whatever leftover juice you can squeeze out of the grapefruit half you used to the contents of the blender. Finally, add the chia seeds and water/coconut water.
Pulse at high speed for about 30 seconds-1 minute or until smooth.