Purple kale is known to have anthocyanins, which is what makes the kale purple. This is a type of phytonutrient that is said to have potential disease fighting benefits. It is also found in other red / blue / purple fruits and veggies such as blueberries, purple corn, blackberries, cranberries, and the like. I’m not that interested in knowing if it will fight diseases, just that it is very healthy for us anyway.
Kale itself is high in Vitamin A, C, and K, and is high in antioxidants. Kale may also help reduce cholesterol levels.
Eating kale in a smoothie is one way I can easily get my kids to have more veggies daily. The kale in the smoothie (or spinach) is hardly discernible. This particular kale smoothie ended up tasting like ice cream!
- 1 cup water
- 1 banana
- 1 large handful of purple kale (about 1.5 packed cups)
- 1 teaspoon truvia or stevia
- 1 cup mixed berries (i used blueberry, blackberry, raspberry mix)
- 1.5 cups ice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place ingredients in a blender in the order listed, and blend well.