By now, we’ve all seen/heard/tasted some version of a green smoothie– they’ve blown up on Pinterest, blogs, all over the place! If you haven’t tried making one yet, I’m here to tell you this is the easiest, yummiest healthy food that you’re missing!
I switch mine up a lot depending on what fresh fruits and greens I have in the house. But I do like to use kale– the health benefits of raw kale are just amazing. It’s high in fiber, iron, Vitamins A, C & K, an anti-oxidant and great detoxing green. If you’re not crazy about the taste of kale, this is the perfect way to integrate it into your diet, because when you combine it with everything in this smoothie you can BARELY taste it.
I buy a bunch of kale almost every time I go to the grocery store, and for ease and convenience I wash it and break it down right away so I can just grab a bunch here and there throughout the week. It’s important to wash it well of course, then rip the leaves off the stalk. From there I typically just tear it into smaller pieces (you can chop it if you want) and get rid of any pieces that feel too tough, then stick it in a big bowl with a paper towel loosely wrapped over the top– a fresh bunch keeps well in the fridge for at least a week.
If you’re really not into kale, spinach works great too.
Back to smoothie-town. For my basic version, I throw the following into my blender: a handful or two of kale,
2 scoops of my fav vanilla protein powder (I like this LEAN version),
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (DOUBLE the calcium of regular milk and only 30 calories in a cup!),
a small banana, a handful of whatever berries I have on hand, 1 tbsp low-sugar or natural peanut butter (Simply JIF is my personal favorite),
and a small scoop (I’m talking less than 1 tsp of each) flax seeds and/or chia seeds.
Then toss in a handful of ice (5-7 cubes) and blend that baby up!
Some notes– apple works REALLY nicely with kale, so I’ll often use that instead of a banana, which lightens up the shake a bit too. Or sometimes I do all berries and cut out the PB and banana. In the summer, watermelon and pineapple are great additions. Once in a while I’ll get really crazy and throw in a couple of pecans. I always try to keep flash-frozen whole berries in the freezer so I can throw those in if I don’t have fresh. You really can mix & match a thousand different ways!
It’s my go-to post workout snack or a great breakfast!
Green Goddess Protein Smoothie
Handful of chopped kale
1 cup light unsweetened almond milk
1 small banana (optional)
3/4 cup fresh or flash-frozen berries (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry– anything you’d like)
3/4 tsp flax seed and/or 3/4 tsp chia seed
2 scoops Vanilla EAS LEAN protein powder or equivalent (If you’re using a NON-lean variety, use 1 scoop. Should equal about 100 calories either way)
1 tbsp low-sugar or all-natural peanut butter
1) Place all ingredients in blender and blend. Tough, huh? 😉