Welcome to Fresh Mama, Kale Cubes and My Favorite Smoothie

Thank you so much for stopping by and seeing what Fresh Mama is all about! After much encouragement (over many, many years) and family and friends saying "you really need to share your recipes and show other moms how you do it", I finally took the plunge!
Well, actually I emailed my brother (computer genius extraordinaire) and told him "I really think I'm going to start a blog and I will probably need your help" my brother wrote back "what is the name?", me: "Fresh Mama." Lo and behold, the next morning I woke up and there was an email. He had bought me the domain www.freshmama.net and told me to get cracking! Now how's that for pressure? So here I am, eager to tell you about all the ways I cook for my family, my attempts to get my kids to eat new veggies, kitchen tips and how I store any extra produce I don't get thru in the course of the week. Just like everything in life, this blog will be a work in progress and I invite you to join me on this journey.

My meal planning at home centers on the veggies I get from my Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA you say, what is that? Well, generally speaking, a CSA is a group of people who pay a farmer at the beginning of the growing season and then at harvest time, they receive a weekly box of veggies from the farmer. There are various business models used, some farmers require members to pick the veggies up at the farm, commit to working the farm for a designated amount of time during the year, and some CSA's work almost like a grocery store where you can literally place an order and only receive veggies you choose. The CSA I currently belong to delivers your box to a pickup site (which happens to be my house) then all the members signed up for that pickup site come throughout the day to get their box. We cannot choose what produce we receive, but we do receive an email on Monday telling us what to expect in our Wednesday share. This is very helpful for meal planning and grocery shopping for other items. My CSA also offers different size boxes from small to large which is wonderful. I used to get a medium, but now split a large with my friend. I hope that makes sense and if the term CSA was new to you, now you know!

I was trying to decide what to tackle in my first post. So I thought, how about kale? Now it seems these days kale is all the rage -- kale chips, kale salad, kale juice, kale soup, we are being told to eat kale. Well, it is all for a very good reason. Kale is just about the healthiest thing you can eat, chock full of vitamins, mineral, fiber and even Omega-3 fatty acids! Its good stuff and I guarantee that if you join a CSA you will definitely be getting lots and lots of kale in your share throughout the entire growing season.

Well, I don't know about you, but  I have tried and tried, but I just cannot get my kids to eat kale chips. So, when it comes to my kids eating kale, I have to be creative -- One way I sneak kale into their bellies is through smoothies. So go ahead and make up a batch of my kale cubes and you will always have kale on hand for smoothies!

Fresh Mama Kale Cubes



Wash your large bunch of kale
 

separate leaves from stems

 
               
place in blender and add 1 cup water
 
Puree, adding water as needed for desired consistency
                                            
 
Pour into ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. In the morning, pop out the cubes. You now have perfect kale cubes, ready for a smoothie!
                              
Kale cubes!

 
Fresh Mama Mango-Banana-Kale Protein Smoothie (Printable version)
 
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
 1/2 banana
 2-3 kale cubes
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
3/4 cup water
 
Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Use less water if you like a thicker smoothie, more if you like it thin.
 
I start most mornings off with a smoothie and this is the one I make most often. I often double the recipe, especially if I'm heading to the gym. The sweetness of the banana and mango balance nicely with the kale. If you want to make it for your kids, leave out the protein powder and substitute a 1/4 cup of vanilla yogurt. YUM!
 
 


 
 
 
 

5 comments:

  1. WTG Lil! Love your first post. Love the smoothie recipe...going to try it out for sure. Good luck with your journey to FRESHNESS! You are one fresh and HOT mama!

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  2. Love, love, love! So excited for you!

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  3. Nice! Cant wait to bring more of this Super food into our home- I sneaked it into soups and lasagna :)

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  4. The blog looks great - I'm going to try that smoothie...!

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  5. So nice to see your blog! Great inspiration for fresh veggies -even in winter when it seems so much more challenging. thanks for showing us how easy it is!!

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