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?
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.
- Boosts brain power
- Rich in antioxidants
Kale and Blueberries in smoothies
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.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. Phytonutrients are not essential but may help reduce disease and cancer. Blueberries are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them anti-inflammatory as well.
Frequently asked questions:
Traditional chopped kale is perfect for smoothies. I suggest not using lacinato kale as it has a bitter taste to it.
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.
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 ½ cup water with the protein powder as a way to get the smoothie going in the blender but it is optional.
This smoothie has over 17g of protein so it’s a great choice to stay full throughout your busy day.
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High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.
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