A simple smoothie recipe loaded with protein and greens. This isn’t your average hard-to-swallow green smoothie recipe. This is a breakfast shake you will crave!
I’ve been trying to get into juicing for years. Every so often, I muster up the courage to try it again. I load both refrigerators with bushels of kale, cucumbers and apples and dust off the industrial strength juicer.
I tell myself, “This time I will like juicing. I will, I WILL.”
Then I shove my produce feverishly into the juicer and watch and thick murky liquid emerge.
Slow reluctant sips, followed by green teeth and a gritty coating on my tongue.
Then I spend the next week serving kale salad with every meal.
Why do I do this to myself over and over?
After several episodes of juicing, I determined to make “green” smoothies, hoping they would be more enjoyable.
Again, I loaded both refrigerators with kale and started searching for a green smoothie recipe online that I would enjoy each morning.
Unfortunately, this proved to be tricky.
Most of the green smoothie recipes I found were heavy on greens, low on fruit, and just as tough to swallow as green juice.
So today I’m sharing my version of a healthy green smoothie recipe.
One that tastes good.
The key is to use less kale and more fruit. I know, I know, you are liquifying your greens to make sure you get MORE of them each day.
Hey, some kale is better than no kale. For me, it’s has to taste good, or I won’t keep up with it.
This simple smoothie recipe combines pineapple, banana, and mango with kale and protein powder, to provide a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and protein each morning. I find the combination of creamy banana with tangy pineapple and mango, really balance out the grassy flavor of the kale.
Plus they are Gluten Free! (If your Protein Powder is Gluten Free.)
Cheers to green smoothies! Even Lt. Dan asks for this one.
Green Smoothie Recipe
Yield: 32 oz.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
A simple smoothie recipe with tropical fruit and kale.
- 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder
- 1 large kale leaf (over 1 cup chopped)
- 2 cups low fat milk or almond milk
- 3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 frozen banana
- Prepare ahead: Cut all fruit into 1 inch chunks and place in separate freezer bags. Freeze. (You can find these items precut and frozen in most grocery stores.)
- To make: Place all ingredients in a heavy-duty blender and puree until smooth.
- Makes one enormous servings, 2 large servings, or 3 small servings.
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