Tropical Kiwi Monster Protein Kale Smoothie
This morning I woke up at about 8 am and thought to myself “I am going to go to yoga at 9″. This doesn’t leave me much time, of course, to do my do my normal morning rituals … I did fit in a few minutes to check facebook and a cup of chai, but 30 minutes just wasn’t enough time for a proper breakfast. Time for a smoothie! I could make that in a jiffy and put it in a to-go cup and drink it on the way over, right?
So I threw a few things in my blender, blended it up, tasted it (oooh yum!) and decided “oh man, I gotta blog this”. So I poured my green-flecked smoothie into a glass, grabbed my camera and rushed outside to take a few shots before running off to yoga.
In my rush, I didn’t even realize I’d shocked three deer who were sitting right by my patio in the grass. If you look at the picture on the top right side of the smoothie glass, you’ll see one of them … they all stood up promptly and stood there staring at me … I lifted my camera to take a quick shot of them … and then momma deer went back to eating … (yeah I know, this camera is not so great for photographing wildlife … but I just had to share this story!)
… and then I ran in, poured my smoothie into a plastic cup that would fit in the cupholder of my car and ran off to yoga. It didn’t take me long to polish off the smoothie. This was the first time I’ve tried putting kale in a smoothie, and I have to say I was a little skeptical about how it would taste, but you really cannot taste the kale! So if you need to fit more greens in your diet, try throwing some kale in a smoothie. It’s pretty, it’s delicious, and it’s SOooo good for you! Kiwi, also, is a nutritional powerhouse and is the most nutrient-dense fruit.
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and broken into chunks
- 1/4 cup frozen pineapple orange juice concentrate
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup fresh kale leaves
- 1 1/4 cups lowfat milk
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. Add a little more milk if needed to adjust the thickness.
You could leave out the protein powder if you like. Or, for a lactose-free smoothie, substitute soy, coconut, or almond milk for the milk.
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