Kale smoothie recipes are all the rage. It seems that everyone who’s fit, health-conscious, or a nutrition expert is telling you to eat this leafy green vegetable. Should we expect a new reality TV show, “Kale Gone Wild!”?
All silliness aside, kale is a ‘super-health’ food and you should add it to your diet on a regular basis. Why? Read this article by Drew Ramsey, M.D. about how kale is a super phytonutrient vegetable for your brain.
Let’s get to the yummy stuff. My kale protein smoothie is a power-house of anti-oxidants and health-boosting nutrients, but most importantly it’s delicious. The recipe is a healthy balance of vegetables, fruit, fibre, ginger for digestion, heart-healthy fats, probiotics, and clean protein.
My preferred protein blend is Precision All Natural Whey Isolate; unflavoured and unsweetened. The whey is free from hormones used to feed cattle, as well as free of artificial flavours, sweeteners, colours and preservatives.
Options & Substitutions
- Replace the mango with peaches, nectarines, or a banana
- Omit the peanut butter and replace with any other nut butter or ¼ cup of nuts
- Replace the water with plain, unsweetened almond milk
- Replace the yogurt with an organic kefir
- Use spinach or collard greens instead of kale
- Add celery instead of cucumber
- Omit the Green+ supplement
Remember to chew your smoothie. Chewing activates your salivary glands, which begin the digestive process before the smoothie enters your stomach. Think of it this way: if you were eating the ingredients in this shake as a salad, you would need to chew every bite!
Check out the video I made detailing the benefits of my kale protein smoothie recipe:
Eat well to be well.
Delicious & Nutritious Kale Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup Filtered water
- 1 large Kale leaf
- 1 mini cucumber
- 1 tsp Fresh ginger root 2-3 thin slices
- 1/2 cup Organic whole milk yogurt Plain, unsweetened
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter All natural
- 1 cup Mango Frozen
- 1 tsp Greens+
- 1 scoop Vanilla whey protein powder
Wash the vegetables. Cut off the ends of the cucumber and cut into chunks. Add to the blender.
Remove the kale leaves from as much of the thick stem as possible. Break up the leaves into smaller chunks and add to blender.
Add the remaining ingredients (except for the protein powder), putting the frozen mango on top. Blend on low for a few seconds, then medium, and finally on high. Use more water as needed to facilitate blending.
Once everything is combined, add the protein powder with the blender still running. Blend for another 10-15 seconds.
Serve in a tall glass or pour into a blender bottle to enjoy later. Keep the smoothie in the fridge until you're ready to drink it. Give it a good shake if it's been sitting for a while.