Monthly Archives: July 2013

Herb Garnishes

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Herb Garnishes, a gallery on Flickr.

I’ve assembled a Flickr Gallery of interesting pictures that show ways to add color and flavor (without more calories!) to foods with fresh herbs. Enjoy and I hope these provide inspiration to try something new! (NOTE: If you don’t see the gallery in the email version of my blog, check on my blog site to see it.)

Click on the link “Herb Garnishes” under the photos to go to Flickr and see larger versions of the photos, plus my comments on each.

Banana Kale Smoothie

Try a Banana Kale Smoothie - tastes minty and refreshing!

Try a Banana Kale Smoothie – tastes minty and refreshing!

I always thought green smoothies were something other people drank!

Then, bringing home a big bundle of kale from the Farmers Market, I decided to experiment. Here’s the recipe I developed. I think it tastes refreshing and minty. And … I’m now drinking green smoothies!


  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 large kale leaf, torn into pieces and without thick pieces of the rib (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Approximately 4 to 6 cubes (smaller ice cubes work better)


  1. Add milk, then yogurt to blender.
  2. Next, toss in the kale.
  3. Break banana into chunks and add to mixture.
  4. Place the ice cubes on top. NOTE: If you’ve never made a smoothie with ice in your blender, check your blender instruction book or look for your manual online on the manufacturer’s website to determine if there are specific guidelines for adding ice to your blender. Some blenders may not be strong enough to break down ice cubes.
  5. Begin blending, starting out on a lower speed and then increasing speed. Puree until smooth.
  6. Enjoy immediately.

Makes 1 very large or 2 medium smoothies.


  1. Place liquids in a blender first. It makes it easier to start the blending process.
  2. To facilitate the mixing process, start at a lower speed and work your way to a higher speed as the bigger pieces get broken up.

Another Tip: Don’t even tell people it’s high in calcium, potassium, vitamins A & C to name just a few nutrients!