Kale and blueberry smoothie with high protein content

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It's time for me to clean up: My morning smoothie is rarely beautiful. But what it lacks in beauty it more than makes up for in flavor, I promise. My secret? CINNAMON! Yes cinnamon. Why should oatmeal have so much fun?

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Add cinnamon to a smoothie

Cinnamon is my favorite thing to add to a smoothie. Not only is it delicious, but it adds a subtle spicy balance to the sweet fruit. I have three reasons why cinnamon is a good addition.

  1. Helps control blood sugar: When combined with carbohydrate-rich foods like fruits, it can actually counteract any increase in blood sugar. As a result, your energy levels will remain stable and you will not experience that post-meal collapse.
  2. Boost brain power – Studies show that only the smell of cinnamon can help boost brain function. Given how little sleep I am these days, I need all the help I can get in this department.
  3. Rich in antioxidants: Cinnamon and other hot spices like turmeric, cumin, and cloves are powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and long-term risk of disease.

If cinnamon is not your jam, I encourage you to try other spices in your smoothie.

What other ingredients pair well with a smoothie?

If you're not a fan of smoothies and are looking for other ingredients to add to a smoothie, nutmeg pairs very well with banana. Ground ginger is delicious with peaches. Are you looking for something with a little caffeine? Try my coffee and banana protein shake. The options are endless.

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Why is kale good in a smoothie?

Kale is an amazing super food and is considered an inexhaustible source of nutrition. This leafy vegetable contains large amounts of vitamins A, K, and C along with numerous other benefits, such as preventing heart disease, lowering cholesterol, and providing bone health.

What type of kale is good for smoothies?

Traditional kale is perfect for smoothies. I suggest not using kale lacinato as it has a bitter taste.

Add kale stalks to smoothies:

In my opinion, I would not recommend kale stems in smoothies, as it would taste bitter.

How does kale mix smoothly?

Using a high-speed blender like Blendtec, Ninja, or Vitamix will ensure that your kale blends well into a smoothie.

Alternative to milk-based yogurts:

Instead of using low-fat yogurt, just leave it out or try using soy-based yogurt! If you want to add more fat / protein, try almonds or peanut butter.

Thickness adjustment:

If you need to adjust the thickness of a smoothie, add more or less ice to achieve the desired thickness. The amount of water you will need will depend on whether you are working with fresh or frozen fruit. I usually add 1/2 cup of water with the protein powder as a way to put the smoothie in the blender, but it's optional.

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📖 Recipe

Kale and blueberry smoothie with high protein content

This high protein kale smoothie is packed with antioxidants and plenty of protein to keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.

Preparation time: 5 minutes Total time 5 minutes

Servings1 Calories 240kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of protein powder (1/2 c of water optional)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • two handfuls of ice or more to taste

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.

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Chef's Notes:

What kind of kale is good in smoothies?

Traditional kale is perfect for smoothies. Do not use kale lacinate.

Can you use kale stalks in smoothies?

I would not recommend the kale stems in smoothies, as it would do with a sour taste.

How does Kale mix smoothly?

Using a high-speed blender like Blendtec, Ninja, or Vitamix will ensure that your kale blends well into a smoothie.

I am lactose intolerant. What can I use as a substitute for plain yogurt?

Just leave it out or try using soy-based yogurt! If you want to add more fat / protein, try almonds or peanut butter.

How do I adjust the thickness of this smoothie?

Add more or less ice to achieve the desired thickness. The amount of water you will need will depend on whether you are working with fresh or frozen fruit. I usually add 1/2 cup of water with the protein powder as a way to put the smoothie in the blender, but it's optional.

Nutrition:

Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.9g ​​| Protein: 17.2g | Fat: 3.6 g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Polyunsaturated fats: 3g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 72mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 23.4 g

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