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High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie

    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

    4.42 stars average
    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:

    98 Comments

    1. I just got my wisdom teeth out and I have been looking for nutritious protein smoothie recipes that I can have and this recipe was SO GOOD!! I’m wondering if other people might be putting in too much protein powder because I checked the Amazon link and 1 scoop = 10g so I only put in half a scoop of my fav protein powder to match the ratio (one scoop of my protein powder is 33g so it might be helpful to put the grams instead of # of scoops). Also I used 1/4 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp cinnamon instead of 1/2 tsp cinnamon and it turned out perfect for me! I did not need to add any water with my nutribullet :)

    2. I would give this recipe 6 stars if the color came out purple like the photo (mine looked more like a greenish gray slurpee) but, no matter. Even my significant other thought it was delicious and kale has never before received a passing grade on his list of “approved” healthy eats. Great tip on the cinnamon too! Thank you.

    3. Agreed. The cinnamon is excellent! I used Vanilla protein powder, Vanilla Yogurt and subbed Vanilla unsweetened almond milk for the water.
      One caution: my nutrition information was significantly different (more of everything – calories, fat, carbs, protein, fiber etc.) I guess it makes a real difference depending on what brand of products you use.

        1. Apparently I skipped right over the note about water. :0 I was focused on the ingredient list and went straight to my blender. Hunger called. However, it didn’t taste bad at all–I made a second batch with water and all was well.

          Thank you for the cinnamon tip. I wss skeptical at first but was pleasantly surprised!

    4. I got this recipe from fitness.com. I love, love this recipe! My six year old, my husband and I drink this all the time. Thank you!

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