I'm looking for a cheap blender (under $100, ideally under $60) that will liquefy kale for green smoothies. I know Vitamix and BlendTec are amazing and will turn an old boot into soup, but has anyone had success making a green smoothie with kale using a cheap blender?
I currently have the Hamilton Beach 10-speed wave action. (this one: http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-... ) I think it's around 350 watts and it does not come close to blending kale. Even when I remove the stems, it leaves stringy ickiness in the blender that I end up having to strain out.
Also, I read that eating raw blended kale isn't actually healthy and can be harmful. Something about it being a cruciferous veggie and having an effect on thyroid function. Any truth to this claim? I hope not.