11 Apr The Benefits of Kale, Pears & Apples Smoothie
One thing you will learn from my recipes is that I don’t dwell much on making my dishes, I don’t use too difficult to find or
expensive ingredients, and above all, I aim to use a minimum number of ingredients and still get fabulous results. And that is
one thing that makes me love life. Just having the opportunity to make the most of the little we have. This smoothie was very
quick to make and I didn’t need a lot of ingredients.
I walk quite a lot but I don’t buy any fizzy or energy drinks. Instead, I always make my own drinks with no preservatives at all.
One of my favourite drinks is the healthy kale, pears, and apple smoothie. It enhances energy levels and can be enjoyed any
time of the day. It is amazingly rich in fibre It also becomes very ideal when I am short on time but still want something
nutritious, but very quick. There is me already enjoying the smoothie before I even start making it. That is just how quick it is to
I love using kale (‘Mubhida’, in my native language), is used in many different ways from making drinks of all kinds e.g.
smoothies, to having it as a healthy accompanying vegetable in many dishes, to add it to salads, and so on. This is because
kale is great for our bodies in various ways. Kale is now called ‘The Queen of Greens’ and I recommend you to try it in one of
your meals as often as possible if you are not already doing so. They usually say an apple a day keeps the doctor away and so
would a handful of kale if not better.
What is even more exciting is that any kale I use, I get it directly from my mother’s garden with no added pesticides at all. This
comes with the added bonus of the fact that I get it for free.
This is not its season hence a bit tiny but it still does the job.
Gardening is not an area of speciality. I am yet to learn from my mother, as she is really amazing at it.
I share this smoothie with my father who is 80 years old (actually 80 years and 8 months to be specific). My father has a
cocktail of medical problems. To this day the doctors haven’t managed to come up with a specific diagnosis despite having sent
him for endless investigations and ongoing check-ups. Amongst some things speculated was arthritis, gallstones, pneumonia,
joint problems, just to name a few. I find this smoothie good for him because of its great nutritional value as I list some below:
THE GOOD BENEFITS OF KALE
– Kale is low on calories and has zero fat,
-It is high in Iron more than beef. Iron is good for cell growth and proper liver functioning
-It is necessary for a variety of bodily functions e.g. normal bone health and blood clotting
-It is high in Vitamin K and filled with powerful antioxidants that help protect against various cancers
-It has great anti-inflammatory properties that help fight against arthritis, asthma and immune disorders.
-It is great for cardiovascular support and helps lower cholesterol levels.
-Kale is high in Vitamin C to help the immune system, the metabolism system and hydration.
-It is high in calcium proving to have more calcium than milk which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis, and
maintaining a healthy metabolism, helps to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility.
It is a great detox food as it’s filled with Fibre and Sulfur both great for detoxifying the body keeping the liver healthy.
Apples and pears have related benefits for our bodies. Some have already been highlighted above.
Not to be a replacement of toothpaste, but apples prove to assist in having white and healthier teeth from just chewing them.
-An apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away therefore considered good to include it in our diet.
-They also protect against Parkinson’s as they are high in Fibre
-Also curbs various types of cancer, decreasing risks of high cancer
-Reduces cholesterol leading to a healthier heart
-Prevents Gallstones that are caused by too much cholesterol in bile which happen to be common in obese people
-Aids digestion. Beats both diarrhoea and constipation, also neutralizing irritable bowel syndrome
-Has weight control factors and
-Detoxify the liver, boosting the immune system
And with such a lengthy list, it just shows why it is true to say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.
For this recipe that serves two people, I used the following ingredients:
-A handful of kale,
-A mug of ice cubes.
If you have a sweet tooth add a tablespoon of honey but it’s optional. Honey is something I use quite often in my kitchen. You
will see it pop up from baking to cold drinks, to hot drinks, to all other things. I cut my fruits into pieces and simple blend all
ingredients together until I reach the smoothie effect. Only 10 minutes is all that is needed to enjoy a healthy refreshing drink.
If you have tried something like this before, let me know how you got on. If you haven’t tried it before, there is nothing stopping
you from trying it now. The benefits are enormous. Don’t forget to leave a comment below.