This high protein powerhouse blueberry kale smoothie is full of antioxidants and plenty of protein to keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.
It’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?
Why cinnamon is good for a smoothie
Cinnamon is my favorite thing to add to a smoothie. Not only delicious but it adds a subtle, spicy balance to the sweet fruit. I have three reasons as to why cinnamon is a good addition.
- Helps 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 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 that help reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of long term diseases.
If cinnamon isn’t 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 smoothie and are looking for some other ingredients to add to a smoothie, nutmeg pairs really well with banana. Ground ginger is delicious with peaches. Looking for something with a little caffeine instead? Try my Coffee Banana Protein Smoothie. The options are endless.
The importance of kale in a smoothie
Kale is an amazing superfood and is regarded as a nutrition powerhouse. This leafy vegetable contains high amounts of vitamins A, K, and C along with numerous other benefits such as preventing heart disease, lowering cholesterol and providing bone health.
What kind of kale is good for smoothies?
Traditional chopped kale is perfect for smoothies. I suggest not using lacinato kale as it has a bitter taste to it.
How do you blend kale smoothly?
Utilizing a high-speed blender such as a Blendtec, Ninja or Vitamix will ensure your kale is well blended into a smoothie. When blending I would not recommend kale stems in smoothies as it would make the end product taste bitter.
Adjusting the thickness in a smoothie
If you need to adjust the thickness of a smoothie, add more or less ice to reach the desired thickness. The amount of water you will need will depend on whether you are working with fresh or frozen fruit. I typically add 1/2 cup water with the protein powder as a way to get the smoothie going in the blender but it is optional.
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High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.
Take a look at my Pinterest board for more smoothie recipes!