Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Bright Smoothie & A Crunchy Kale Salad {featuring Stemilt's Pink Lady Apples}

Our at-home morning ritual begins with a kale smoothie; a routine that we adopted more than a year ago and one that we are somewhat addicted to. It's a start to the day that always includes apples and, therefore, one that I immediately thought of when Stemilt Growers asked me to share a couple of recipes featuring their Pink Lady apples for my first post on their new blog, The Stem.

The only thing that seems to disturb this little ritual of ours is traveling, as kale smoothies aren't a mainstream commodity while on the road. And yet, it was a fresh fruit and veggie juice had while traveling that prompted me to veer a bit from my initial plan. This beverage was simply composed of apples, carrots and ginger... juiced and strained. Pretty simple, pretty amazing... though I do have to say that it took a good bit of fruit and veggies to get one large glass!

Combining thoughts of that bright little juice with my initial idea for a smoothie, I came up with an Apple-Carrot-Ginger Smoothie that incorporates the goodness of the entire fruit and veggie, along with a tiny bit of banana, orange and ground flax meal, for a subtly sweet, bright and beautifully-hued start to the morning; one that I think will be especially appealing to finicky eaters (big and small) that might benefit from a good little dose of fruits and veggies in their start to the day... but might be a tad shy of going green.

And... not to have our beloved kale left out in the cold, I also share one of our favorite salads, a Kale & Spinach Chop Salad, featuring Pink Lady Apples. Like the smoothie it shares billing with this week, this salad also combines Pink Lady apples and carrots! This apple-carrot thing is a nice little combination in both of these fixings. And, Stemilt's Pink Lady apples are the perfect choice... sweet-tart, crisp and juicy. The recipes, both appealingly simple, good... and good-for-you, are featured this week on The Stem, along with some suggestions for using Pink Lady apples throughout the day.

I hope you give one or both a try... maybe they'll become part of your recipe ritual.

Disclaimer: While I am being compensated by Stemilt Growers as a guest contributor to The Stem, the views and/or opinions expressed are my own.

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