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High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie

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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.

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Blueberry Kale Smoothie


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?

Liz Pouring Smoothie

Cinnamon is good for you

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

I use cinnamon in a few of my other favorite smoothie recipes like Apple Peanut Butter Smoothie, Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie, and Gingerbread Cookie Smoothie.

Blueberry Kale Protein Smoothie

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.

pouring a smoothie into a glass

Frequently asked questions:

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.

How do you adjust 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.

This smoothie has over 17g of protein so it’s a great choice to stay full throughout your busy day.

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Blueberry Kale Power Smoothie Healthy protein

High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie

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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.
PREP: 5 mins
TOTAL: 5 mins
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Servings: 1

Ingredients
 

  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup chopped kale
  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup plain low fat yogurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder (1/2 c water optional)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • two handfuls ice or more to taste

Instructions
 

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

Recipe Video


Nutrition

Calories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 37.9gProtein: 17.2gFat: 3.6gSaturated Fat: 0.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 72mgFiber: 7gSugar: 23.4g

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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

101 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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:)

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

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