Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie

Weekly Recipe: 

½ cup filtered water

½ teaspoon probiotic powder (optional to offset natural sugar content)

½ cup raw unsalted cashews (conventional blenders: soak two hours)

1 cup torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed, ripped into small pieces)

2 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen

¼ cup chopped pitted dates (soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes), or 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)

½ teaspoon minced ginger (optional)

Put all of the ingredients into your blender (I like to use a Vitamix) in the order listed and puree for about a minute, until smooth and creamy. Tweak flavors to taste (you may like a bit more kale, sweetener, or ginger).

Note: With a conventional blender, you’ll get the smoothest consistency if you use maple syrup or chop the dates finely, and be sure to soak those cashews as well. You can quick soak by covering with boiling water for 10 minutes (but this kills the live enzymes) or soak in room temperature water for 2 hours.

Source: The Blender Girl