[Part of a series called Protein Power.]
Lately I’ve been in a smoothie mood. How about you?
Maybe it’s because we are over our heads busy trying to get our house ready to sale & I don’t want to mess around with a lot of prep time in the kitchen. Or maybe it’s because it’s spring & I can’t seem to get enough greens (& smoothies are an easy way to get more in).
Whatever it is, right now I’m lovin’ smoothies & I throw in as many greens as I can to add lots of nutrients without impacting the taste too much. Plus, they’re easy, filling, & of course, nutritious.
I go in phases (like right now) where have to have a green smoothie every day. Especially a green smoothie, like this one.
|Easy Breakfast Slaw|
I’ve found kale, chard, or spinach to be great choices for green smoothies, but whatever you do, do not, under any circumstances, use mustard greens. You’ve gotta take my word for it. I did that once & it was like drinking a mustard milkshake–yummy, right?
I also added a half a scoop of Garden of Life’s raw protein powder (which added about 4 grams of protein), but I didn’t include this in the recipe below.
If you’re new to green smoothies or have a sensitive palate, try halving the amount of kale in the recipe. I don’t mind a little kaley flavor, but I know some people might not be crazy about it.
If you’re one of those, use 1 cup instead of 2 cups.
“Kale Me Up” Banana Berry Smoothie
Here’s what you need:
- 1/2 c. mixed frozen berries
- 1 frozen banana (it tastes much better if the banana is frozen, makes it more creamy)
- 1 c. ice (about 6-8 half moon cubes)
- 1 TBS. stevia in the raw (or 1/2 TBS. agave, which will add calories & sugar)
- 2 c. kale
- 1 TBS. hemp nut seed
- 1 1/2 c. coconut milk
|This is what makes it sweet|
|Kale is a super food! You want to eat more of this stuff.|
|The berries will add anti-oxidants, to help make your skin glow!|
|This is about 2 cups of kale.|
Nutrition Info: Entire recipe: 340 calories, 11 g protein, 59 g carbs, 10 g fat, 9 g fiber.
Nutrition Notes: If you want to lower the fat content, use a low fat non-dairy milk instead of coconut milk. Even though coconut milk is high in fat, cup for cup, especially if you get the low cal kind, it can be 1/2 the calories of a conventional soy or rice milk. If you want to up the protein, add another tablespoon of hemp seed, or a scoop of your fave protein powder, and/or use soy milk (which is naturally high in protein).
This recipe, submitted to Diet, Dessert, & Dogs blog, here.
Have you tried So Delicious coconut milk? What do you think of Jillian Micheals?