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