High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

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.

High protein blueberry kale smoothie.

I’m preparing for busy mornings with my boys as school gets back in session, and keeping us all well-fueled and full through the morning is an important task. Smoothies are one of my favorite, quick, on-the-go breakfasts for me and my kids. And to keep us all feeling full and satisfied, I love turning them into power smoothies full of protein. My High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie has everything you need to kickstart your day and fill you up with healthy ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Banana: My favorite way to naturally sweeten smoothies and add a wonderful creamy texture.
  • Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C, you can use either frozen or fresh blueberries for your smoothie.
  • Kale: An amazing superfood and nutrition powerhouse. Kale is chalk full of vitamin C along with numerous other health benefits.
  • Yogurt: I use plain low-fat yogurt as a base for my smoothie, but you could use Greek yogurt to increase the protein even more.
  • Protein powder: Grab your favorite whey or plant based protein powder, preferably non-flavored or vanilla, to turn this into a power smoothie.
  • Flax seed meal: Tasteless, but filled with great nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon tastes great with the flavor of blueberries, and it adds a slightly warm balance to the sweet flavors of the fruit.

How to Make a High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Adding blueberries to blender 1

Start your high protein blueberry kale smoothie by adding your blueberries and banana to your blender. I like to use frozen blueberries so I don’t have to add as much ice.

Adding flaxseed meal to blender 1

Then add the flaxseed meal.

Adding cinnamon to blender

Followed by the cinnamon.

Adding protein powder to blender 1

Next add your favorite protein powder.

Adding yogurt to blender 1

And add your plain yogurt.

Adding kale to blender

Finish by filling in the space with your washed, fresh kale leaves.

Blending power smoothie

Blend until smooth, adding either ice or water to get to your desired consistency.

Holding a high protein blueberry kale smoothie

Pour into glasses, serve, and enjoy your High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie.

Shake It Up

  • Boost the nutrition. Try adding some other mostly flavorless add-ins like chia seeds or oats.
  • Swap the produce. If you don’t like bananas, apple sauce is another great natural sweetener. Try spinach instead of kale, or raspberries instead of blueberries. Use what’s in season and have fun with it!
  • Make it dairy-free. Instead of yogurt, you could use almond milk or oat milk and add a bit more ice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it ok to put raw kale in a smoothie?

It’s totally fine to eat raw kale, and use it in a smoothie. What can normally be a bitter tasting leaf, the flavor gets mellowed out by the other ingredients and fruits surrounding 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.

Are smoothies okay to drink everyday?

Drinking a well-balanced and nutritious smoothie every day is totally fine. With the yogurt, fruit and veggies, and protein powder, you have a healthy source of carbs, fats, and protein to adequately replace a meal.

High protein blueberry kale smoothie

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Blueberry kale power smoothie

High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie

4.45 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 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes
Servings1

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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.

Nutrition

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

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104 responses to “High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie”

  1. Supriya Kutty Avatar
    Supriya Kutty

    I’ve been looking for creative ways to incorporate kale into my diet, and your smoothie recipe nailed it. The blueberries add a burst of natural sweetness that I love. love that your smoothie recipe doesn’t compromise on taste or nutrition.

  2. Debra Avatar
    Debra

    Yummy! Happy to use my home grown kale :)

  3. Kelly Powers Avatar
    Kelly Powers

    Nice! I make a similar smoothie almost every day but I use 2 large handfuls of spinach and add a Tbsp of peanut butter! It’s delicious :-)

  4. Logsterr Avatar
    Logsterr

    stuff was mid lowkey man

  5. Dawn Avatar
    Dawn

    Hi Liz,
    Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe! My daughter got braces recently and I had to figure out a way to feed her veggies easily. It started off as a smoothie for her, but now our entire family loves this drink. I’ve made it three days in a row and need to head to the grocery store to get another head of kale… Absolutely delicious! :)

  6. Kay Avatar
    Kay

    Absolutely creamy and delicious! I was so skeptical of the kale but I had half a bag leftover I needed to use. I found this recipe googling “ways to use up leftover kale” and it did not disappoint! I shared with my mom and sister. The cinnamon is perfect. I am stunned to say it is probably the best smoothie I have ever made at home. Thank you for the recipe!!

  7. Sarah Avatar
    Sarah

    I have never left a review on a smoothie – or any food for that matter – before, but I had to on this one. I looked up a good kale smoothie recipe last week as a way to get rid of some kale going old for my post-workout smoothie, and I can’t stop making this now. It’s great protein and taste, and since I don’t add ice (using frozen blueberries instead), it’s the perfect thickness for my preference. It always creates the perfect single serving (again, because I don’t use ice) and allows me to use pre & probiotic plain yogurt for some extra gut-friendly nutrients. 6/5 stars on this one!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Glad you enjoyed it!

    2. Mary Grace Kramer Avatar
      Mary Grace Kramer

      This looks like a recipe that I would really like. I have never purchased protein powder and would like to know which one you would recommend?

  8. Alexandra Adams Avatar
    Alexandra Adams

    I love this! It came out so good. Next time instead of yogurt could I add almond milk? Trying to stay on track and enjoy the little things is crazy hard! But god this is so good. Only having half now and half later

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You could definitely use Almond milk or Coconut milk, it will change the consistency though. Honestly, I like using plain Greek yogurt because it ups the protein and adds lots of healthy probiotics and healthy fats to the smoothie!

    2. Lucy Avatar
      Lucy

      Homemade almond milk would be best.

  9. Donna Avatar
    Donna

    This was very good I would definitely make it again

  10. Armengol Avatar
    Armengol

    My son wanted more! Thank You!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That makes me so happy thanks for sharing!

  11. Greg Avatar
    Greg

    It’s difficult to find a smoothie that is both healthy and delicious – this recipe nails that on the head! It’s got the right amount of sweetness from the banana and blueberries combined with the health benefits of all the ingredients. Using low fat coconut milk rather than yogurt left mine a little on the thin side so I added a tablespoon of natural peanut butter to thicken it up and another handful of ice. With and without the peanut butter were both delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Greg! One of my favorites too!

  12. Dana Avatar
    Dana

    How many is one severing. I end up after following about 40 oz. It is really tasty. An how long would keep in the fridge.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      The serving size depends on how much ice you add I’m afraid! In terms of keeping in the fridge, I recommend enjoying right away. You can always put the ingredients in the blender first though and then blend later with ice?

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.