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.
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.
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 C frozen mixed berries
½ kale leaf
2-3 handfuls of frozen spinach
Agave to taste
- Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend on high until all ingredients have fully blended together.
- Feel healthy. Enjoy.
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.
See… it’s all gone:-)