Today I am sharing my current favorite green smoothie with kale.
Raise your hand if you ate way-hay-haaay too much heavy food over Thanksgiving!
*raising my hand*
Well then! I’ve got a little remedy for you today.
I call it a “holiday detox” with a wink and a nudge. You guys know I will not be one to do any juice cleanses or self-starvation…which is what the word detox makes me think of. Because in case you haven’t noticed, here is the newsflash:
I like to chew things.
But! I do like a good smoothie every once in-a-while. In fact, I have been hitting up the green smoothies every day this week for breakfast. There is just something about having one of these for breakfast that makes me feel like I am getting a healthy start to my day.
Aaaand, who am I kidding?! It gives me a chance to use my fancy schmancy new Blendtec blender! (demo & unboxing video included at the end of this post!)
Unusual ingredient #1=> Kale.
Can we just talk for a minute about kale? After reading about all the health benefits of kale, I decided I need more kale in my life. I totally get why all the fitness and nutrition people gush about it. It is full of good stuff.
Don’t be afraid of the kale, y’all. It seems like sort of a strange ingredient to add to a fruit smoothie. The fruit in this smoothie virtually eliminates any taste of kale. If not for the lovely green color, I would hardly even know it’s in there.
Besides kale, which is a little unusual, I also use seeded grapes and lemons with seeds in this recipe. I have been experimenting with this since I got my Blendtec blender a couple weeks ago. Many fruit seeds contain additional nutrition, and having a blender that can break those down is super cool to me! (Note: I have included recipe modifications below if you want to make this with a standard blender).
Green Smoothie with Kale Recipe
I tried several versions of this smoothie to hash out the best tasting recipe for you guys, and I hereby bring you the best version! It is like a little glass of yummy freshness. The lemon really helps balance everything out really nicely.
Green Smoothie with Kale - A Holiday Detox!
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup grapes*
- 1 cup kale about 25 grams weighed on a food scale
- 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened mango chunks
- 1/2 medium banana
- 1/3 cup fat free Greek yogurt
- 1/4 lemon peeled*
*This recipe was written specifically for high end blenders, like the Vitamix or Blendtec. I used seeded grapes and the lemon flesh. If you are using a traditional blender, I suggest two modifications: (1) use only the juice of the lemon (or at the very least remove the seeds) and (2) use seedless grapes.
Nutrition information was calculated using a nutrition label generator. This smoothie is Simply Filling on Weight Watchers. The WW recipe builder puts it at 6 PointsPlus. (Side Note: Some people only count the points of the yogurt and milk since fruit and vegetables are 0pp. Apparently there is some debate on how to count PointsPlus for smoothies!)
Be sure and let me know if you try it! If you like this recipe, pin and share it, please. 🙂
And now you can watch me geek out over my newest kitchen appliance. Here are the links**, as promised:
- Blendtec classic blender (The model I just bought has already been discontinued, but they have it in refurbished…which according to the reviews I have read is just as good as new). The new version equivalent is the Classic 575.
- Blendtec twister jar
- Full line of Blendtec blenders
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