For busy folks that don’t have alot of time to prep food, smoothies can be a clean-eating lifesaver. The following green smoothie incorporates the powerhouse vegetable, kale, which has become a popular salad green thanks to its remarkable nutrient profile. Packed with high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins, phytonutrients, and cholesterol-lowering fiber, it’s no wonder that kale is highly regarded as one of the best superfoods. In addition, strawberries provide an additional vitamin C boost as well as a nutritious amount of folate, potassium, manganese, and fiber. Last but not least, with a base like non-fat or low-fat Greek yogurt, you’ve got a healthy, hunger-fighting 22 grams of protein per serving that works as an excellent meal or prepost-workout recovery drink.
* Makes 1-2 servings
- 1 tightly packed cup of kale, washed and chopped
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 cup of non-fat or low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseed (flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega-fatty acids)
Prep: Put all ingredients in a blender/food processor, mix thoroughly, and that’s it! Bon appetit!
Quick Tip: Have some extra fresh kale leftover and worried that you wont use it up before it spoils? Just blend the leftover greens with a little water, pour into an ice cube tray, and freeze! Now you have nutritious kale cubes to quickly pop in the blender for your next smoothie, defrost to make a nourishing juice, or add a boost to your favorite soup.
Do you make green smoothies? Share your favorite green smoothie recipe in the comments sections below!- Doc
Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, fitness expert, creator of BeautyElite & BodyElite, and the bestselling author of And That’s Why You’re Fat and If You Love It, It Will Grow. Dr. Phoenyx’s passion is fitness and her goal is to help others achieve their best bodies. Connect with the Doc on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.