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.
Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.
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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