I’ve been wanting to make my own “green” smoothie for awhile now. First step was lining up a blender (thanks momma!). I told my mom when the bf and I do get married, there is no need for her to buy us a wedding gift. She has given us a brand-new-never-been-used blender, rice cooker, and crock pot. Seriously, we are set!
Being the bf was away for a boys’ night, I decided this morning would be the perfect excuse to make a delicious green smoothie (he hasn’t expressed much interest, although perhaps one day that will change!).
I’ve made plenty of smoothies in my life, usually of the peanut-butter-banana or mixed berry type. The basics were there, just had to kick it up a notch with some leafy greens.
Lots of different ways to make a “green” smoothie (or any smoothie for that matter). I am already a big fan of leafy greens (especially kale and spinach) so I wasn’t worried about what it might taste like. However, if you are not the biggest fan of kale or spinach, don’t worry, the sweet of the fruit cuts the veggie taste. It’s actually a great way to start incorporating them into your diet!
First step: Line up your ingredients! I used Lacinato Kale (it’s a flat leafed variety), but another variety of kale (or even spinach!) will work. About 2 cups. And the fruit. One banana and about 3/4 cup frozen berries (fresh work too!).
Now for the “liquid” ingredients. I used almond milk, although you could use whichever type of milk you prefer (cow, sheep, goat’s). Almond milk is a great source of calcium, but pretty low in protein compared to animal milk. Thus, I added some Greek yogurt to bulk up the smoothie, and increase the protein value. And then some orange juice. Definitely optional, but I like the added calcium, and sweetness!
Now it’s time to make your smoothie! Pour milk in first. Add in kale, banana, and berries. Top with yogurt. Splash over the top with orange juice. I also added about a half a tablespoon of honey.
Blend on low at first. If needed, take top off and push down any ingredients not blending (while the blender is off of course!). Then blend on high until smooth. I’m not a huge fan of ice as I prefer a thicker smoothie, but you can certainly add ice to the mixture. Just be sure to blend completely so there are no ice chunks.
Pour into glasses, and enjoy! Extra can be stored in the fridge for a few days or put into the freezer. Don’t be alarmed if the smoothie has a bit of a brown color, it’s only because of the berries and kale mixing together.
Healthy, clean, and delicious! Not bad for a first green smoothie experience. Maybe next time I’ll add a little peanut butter, and use spinach. Variety is the spice of life people!
Kale Berry Banana Smoothie
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Dietary||Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian|
|Meal type||Beverage, Breakfast|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold|
- 2 cups kale (roughly chopped)
- 3/4 cups mixed berries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 banana (sliced)
- 3/4 cups milk
- 1/4 cup orange juice (optional)
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
Can be made vegan by substituting orange juice for milk and omitting yogurt.
Can add ice if prefer thinner smoothie.
|Pour milk into blender.|
|Add kale, berries, and banana.|
|Top with yogurt. Splash with orange juice.|
|Pour honey over top.|
|Blend on low to start. Stop blender and push down ingredients if need be.|
|Blend on high until smooth.|
|Pour into glasses and enjoy!|