Blueberry Kale Power Smoothie

This powerhouse smoothie is full of antioxidants and plenty of protein to keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.
Blueberry Kale Power Smoothie - The Lemon BowlIt’s time for me to come clean: my morning smoothie is rarely beautiful. But what it lacks in beauty it more than makes up for in taste, I promise. My secret? CINNAMON! Yes, cinnamon. Why should oatmeal have all the fun?

Cinnamon is not only delicious but it adds a subtle, spicy balance to the sweet fruit. It also happens to be full of health benefits:

Cinnamon SticksHelps Control Blood Sugars: When paired with high-carb foods such as fruits it can actually counter-balance any spikes in blood sugar. As a result, your energy levels will remain stable and you won’t experience that post-meal crash.

Boost Brain Power: Studies show that just the smell of cinnamon can actually help boost brain function. Given how little sleep I’m running on these days I need all the help I can get in this department.

Rich in Antioxidants: Cinnamon and other warm spices such as turmeric, cumin and cloves are powerful antioxidants which help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of long term diseases.

Blueberry Kale Smoothie - The Lemon BowlIf cinnamon isn’t your jam, I encourage you to try other spices in your smoothie. Nutmeg pairs really well with banana. Ground ginger is delicious with peaches. The options are endless.

Your straw is waiting.

Blueberry Kale Power Smoothie
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1
  • Serving size: 20 oz
  • Calories: 240
  • Fat: 3.6 g
  • Saturated fat: .6 g
  • Unsaturated fat: 3 g
  • Trans fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 37.9 g
  • Sugar: 23.4 g
  • Sodium: 72 mg
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 17.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 3 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
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This powerhouse smoothie is full of antioxidants and plenty of protein to keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.
Ingredients
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup chopped kale
  • ½ cup blueberries - fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup plain low fat yogurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder + ½ cup water (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • two handfuls ice or more to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.
Notes
Add more or less ice to reach desired thickness.
The amount of water you will need will depend on whether you are working with fresh or frozen fruit. I typically add ½ cup water with the protein powder as a way to get the smoothie going in the blender but it is optional.

 

Comments

  1. says

    You know why I love your posts? You explain why everything is healthy instead of just being all “it’s healthy so you should eat it” and then not telling us why!
    This is informative and I am loving the idea of blueberry and cinnamon! Pinned!

  2. says

    Happy Monday Morning Liz! I LOVE Smoothies. And I have to admit, I have NEVER used cinnamon. Great tip! I will try it with my next smoothie Friend. :-) PS ~ My smoothies aren’t pretty either… but they are healthy and delish so that’s ok, right?

  3. says

    This post just made my day. Your smoothie recipe is similar to one of my own recipes that is my favorite. I am always hesitant to post it because of its unappealing color. Way to be courageous in the name of health:)

  4. Gracia says

    Hey this looks great! Just one question – Do you have any idea what I can substitute in for yogurt? I recently started going dairy-free because I think I’ve developed an intolerance to lactose. :( Thanks! :D

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