A Green Smoothie That Doesn’t Look So Green

I love getting in a good, long cardio session.  It feels so good, even if I have trouble moving my legs later.  I don’t always love it in the moment.  A lot of times the joy comes afterwards, like when I am done:-).  It feels good knowing I have been active, usually it benefits me as much mentally and emotionally as it does physically.

When I got home from the gym, my body was more than ready to partake of some fuel.  A smoothie sounded like the perfect solution, as it often is in my world.  It is an excellent post workout meal.  The fruit supplies the carbs/energy that your body is craving and the protein helps you stay full longer as well as repair any muscle damage incurred.

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I feel like most smoothies are a beautiful opportunity to add some green vegetables into the mix.  My favorite is spinach, because it adds nutritional value without altering the taste.  However, other greens are pack with a ton of nutrients and deserve some attention as well.  This time I added in a little bit of kale.  Kale has a lot stronger taste than spinach and I can’t eat a lot of it raw, hence why there isn’t very much in this recipe.  If you are a kale lover though, feel free to pack in as much as you want.  For those of you who are new to kale, I would start small until you know if you like it or not.

I love when I can use berries in things. While my taste buds naturally gravitate to bananas, peaches, pineapple, mango, ect- berries are so much better for you and still taste delicious.  They are packed with antioxidants and can prevent diabetes, the effects of aging, cancer, arthritis and blood pressure.

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The first time I made this, I only used half a banana and I think with the presence of kale and berries a whole banana makes for a much more enjoyable product.  It also makes the smoothie creamier, always a plus in my book.

Banana Berry Green Smoothie

1 C almond milk

2 T protein powder

1 t vanilla

1 banana

1 C frozen mixed berries

½ kale leaf

2-3 handfuls of frozen spinach

Agave to taste

  1. Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender.  Blend on high until all ingredients have fully blended together.
  2. Feel healthy.  Enjoy.

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Now I know that this looks a little more blackish brown than green, but that is the berries fault.  Their dark rich purple color combined with the leafy greens… is not exactly what I call beautiful.  The important thing is that it tastes good and it is good for you.  I promise.

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See… it’s all gone:-)

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