Ginger Mango Kale Green Smoothie
When it gets cold outside, I like to warm up with a spicy green smoothie. Ginger is a fragrant spice that marries well with sweeter flavors. The root spice has a reputation for cleansing the palate and is found in many refreshing recipes. Ginger packs a huge pop of flavor in many health conscious recipes due to it’s immune boosting properties. In fact, a recipe for Ginger Peach Galette is the inspiration for my recipe Ginger Mango Kale Green Smoothie.
Ginger with a sweet fruit, like peach or mango, are an ideal pairing. The sweetness of the fruit is cut in by the spice of the ginger. Together, mango and ginger blend together for a sweet, spicy and juicy delicious treat for the taste buds. I choose to add kale to this recipe for its flavor profile. Kale has a deep, earthy flavor. When it’s picked in season, kale is on the slightly sweet side; off-season, it’s bitter. The blend of spicy, sweet, and earthy felt like it would satisfy the craving for an autumn dessert without the empty calories. My Ginger Mango Kale Green Smoothie recipe also omits the fatigue and guilt that decadent desserts have.
Ginger – The World’s Healthiest Food
One of the perks of ginger is it’s medicinal qualities. Native to Asia, this root spice has a reputation for alleviating stomach problems and pain. Diarrhea and nausea are often eased with ginger, and will also aid in loss of appetite. Pregnant? Ginger has also been known to minimize symptoms of morning sickness without having negative affects on the baby. Ginger is no match for pain. While it naturally mitigates pain associated with many conditions, it has a profound effect on migraine headaches, lower back pain, and toothaches. I like to regularly add ginger to my green smoothie recipes.
The ingredients for the Ginger Mango Kale Green Smoothie recipe is simple: fresh ginger, mango, kale, and avocado. If you are new to eating raw green smoothies, here are a few tips. First, be sure to select fresh ginger from the produce section of your grocer (not the spice rack or candied ginger.) Also, Chopping the mango into chunks and freezing it for an hour (or more) will keep your raw green smoothie cool. Using frozen fruit also results in a thicker consistency. Finally, adding half of an avocado to raw green smoothies helps create a velvety texture.
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger
- 1/2 mango
- 2 cups kale
- 1/2 avocado
- water to taste (usually 1/2 cup to 1 cup)
- Grate the fresh ginger. A garlic press works well for this task. Alternatively, you can use a knife and dice the ginger into small pieces.
- Chop the mango into bite sized chunks.
- Slice half of an avocado.
- Mix the ginger, mango, kale, avocado and water in a blender. Start with 1/2 cup of water and use more to blend to your desired consistency.