This Kale Berry Power Smoothie is bursting with fruity flavor and with 25g of protein and 22g of fiber it will keep you full & energized throughout the day.
It’s no secret I
like love am obsessed with smoothies. There might be 7 feet of snow outside my window (I wish I was kidding) but I’m riding the smoothie train hard. If you follow me on Instagram or have seen any of my WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) posts, you’ve witnessed the smoothie mania. Smoothies are such a great way to pack a nutritional punch first thing in the morning. Not only are you consuming fruit, but by adding veggies, protein, and nutrient dense toppings you can make smoothies not just a tasty treat, but a totally legit meal. Plus, unlike juices, the fiber isn’t extracted so you’re more likely to stay fuller longer.
I love my morning smoothie ritual. I’m usually making my french press full of coffee at the same time, so the smell of coffee drifts through the air as I blend. I always start with a ripe frozen banana and add whatever frozen fruit I have on hand then throw in greens, my Vega protein powder (not paid btw, I genuinely love that stuff) a little cinnamon and vanilla extract then blend it up with Bai, coconut milk or almond milk. Oh, then the toppings. I love adding hemp and sunflower seeds, a tablespoon of nut butter and the fresh berries I have on hand, but let’s be real it’s almost always blackberries (because oMg yUm).
I made this Kale Berry Power Smoothie combo one morning and couldn’t get over it. I had to share this epic combo with you guys because it’s a serious smoothie game changer.
Here’s why this smoothie rocks
First let’s start with the texture because that’s paramount in smoothie consumption. This Kale Power Berry beauty is velvety smooth and thick enough t0 eat with a spoon (my favorite). I love stirring in the toppings to get a surprise crunch now and again.
The sweet creamy banana is the perfect match for the tart flavorful raspberries, which pack a pretty pink punch. The combination of banana, raspberry, kale, coconut and vanilla might not sound typical but the flavors blend so well together. The extra crunch and umph from the blackberries, hemp seeds and sun butter makes this creamy, fruity smoothie a meal that will satisfy until lunch time (a must if you’re on the go or are tired of depleting your snack stock.)
This smoothie (with toppings) has 25g of protein from the hemp seeds and protein powder, 22g of fiber from the fruit, hemp seeds and protein powder. Not to mention all the micronutrients from the kale, fruit, Vega and hemp seeds. Can you say power breakfast? With all that fiber, protein, healthy fat and carbs you’ll have the sustained energy you need to kick some serious booty.
I usually dreat (drink/eat) my smoothie around 7am in the morning and don’t have lunch until 1pm and most mornings I don’t need a snack. Crazy right? This is powerful stuff.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of frozen raspberries
- 1 cup of baby kale
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 4-8 oz of Coconut Bai 5 (can be subbed with coconut milk)
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
- Pour into a glass or bowl and top with seeds, nut butter and berries
- Enjoy with a spoon, straw or sip straight from the container you choose
Happy Blending <3
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