Strawberry Kale Smoothie

Health, Recipes, Recipes - Breakfast & Breads, Recipes - Gluten-Free, Recipes - Smoothies, Recipes - Vegetarian April 17, 2013

Lately we’ve been soaking up as much of our beautiful Arizona spring weather as possible. I spend the early morning reading on the porch, covered in a thick blanket, sipping hot coffee. The kids spend early afternoons in the shade coloring and playing. But already by late afternoon, the temperature in the house is creeping up to a toasty 85 degrees.

Strawberry Kale Smoothie via InspiredRD.com

The heat in the house has started to put me in the mood for smoothies.  I love playing around with different combinations, even if they don’t always turn out (I made one last week with beets and avocado that I just couldn’t choke down).  Thankfully, I have new vegetables to play with every week when I get my CSA basket from the farm at Agritopia.

Strawberry Kale Smoothie via InspiredRD.com

This week I threw some of our fresh kale in with fruit, nut butter and cinnamon.  And here’s a tip for anyone leery of trying a “green” smoothie.  Add frozen blueberries and their strong color will hide any green, making it much more pleasing to the eye for those picky palates.

Strawberry Kale Smoothie
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Serves: 2
 
Fruit, milk and kale with a pinch of cinnamon!
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 heaping cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 packed cup fresh kale leaves
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 ripe peeled banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 Tbsp. nut butter
  • Dash ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth.

What’s your favorite spring smoothie combo?

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  • Amanda Lambrechts April 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I love Kale in soups but have never thought of adding it to my smoothies! Definitely going to be trying this next time I crave a smoothie. Such a sneaky way to get some Vitamin K! 🙂

    XO
    Amanda @ Faith Love Strength

  • Alexandra @ Delicious Knowledge April 18, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I love kale in my smoothies, a little more green tasting than spinach but i love that I get a serving of veggies in before 9AM! I agree with adding the blueberries- makes it much easier to convince others to drink- I call it a purple monster 🙂

  • Sal April 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Sounds and looks interesting! I would have never thought to add kale to a smoothy. I think I’ll have to give this a try.

  • Nancy August 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    This recipe is missing protein! Almond milk and nut butter provide some, but not nearly enough to keep you full for 3-4 hours. Try a vegan protein powder, like Arbonne’s, which offers 20g of pea/brown rice/cranberry protein per serving – a great meal replacement that will keep you full and also help reduce your sugar cravings throughout the day!