Lauren Kelly Nutritionist

Better Health, Better Food, Better You

Strawberry Kale Protein Smoothie

on August 1, 2012

I love smoothies.  They are so versatile and easy and filling and healthy. I seriously could go on and on but I think you get the picture 🙂

So today I made a Strawberry Kale Protein Smoothie…check it out…

Nope, not the prettiest drink (even in my martini glass) but it certainly was delicious!!

Strawberries-  These yummy berries are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, potassium and folate.  They are also filled with antioxidants that may help fight cancer and lower your risk for heart disease.  Strawberries are among the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s dirty dozen list for produce with the most amount of pesticides.  So buy organic strawberries whenever you have the opportunity.  Better yet, take advantage of your farmers markets and BUY LOCAL! (I used frozen strawberries for the smoothie)

Kale-  This powerhouse green vegetable really does live up to its name! Get this, kale is packed with fiber, Calcium, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.  (See I told you it was THAT good for you!)

Almond Milk- This dairy free milk has a hint of sweetness and the creaminess of regular milk.  It has a slightly nutty flavor (shocking since it is made from ALMONDS).  Almond milk may not have as much protein as regular milk, but it is loaded with Vitamin E and is also low in fat and sugar.  I use Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.

Protein Powder- I love adding protein powders to smoothies. They come in different flavors, textures and brands.  I used Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder for this smoothie which is a brown rice protein.  Brown Rice Protein is an easy, gentle, allergy free powder that works great in smoothies!   Use whatever kind you like,but I do think the vanilla flavor gives a really nice taste.

Blend them all up and enjoy!  Super healthy and ridiculously EASY! 🙂

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6 responses to “Strawberry Kale Protein Smoothie

  1. What aw odnerful smoothie! I just love strawberries! My Husband told me ysterday that he never seen someone eat so many strawberries. I’m not kidding when I eat about 7 pints a week! I put them everything from smoothies, salads to my morning parfait! Now I want this smoothie!

  2. 7 pints, now that is impressive!! 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    looks delish to me. Looking forward to making it. 🙂 Thank you!

  4. Patty Sherry says:

    I definitely want to make this smoothie…do you make it in your Vitamix?? I’ve been adding spinach to all my smoothies, but i love the idea of Kale, and i just discovered Almond milk…

    • Hi Patty! I did make this in my Vitamix, only because I wanted to make 2-3 smoothies. You can easily make it in a magic bullet or blender though. I keep little ziploc bags of frozen kale in my freezer just for smoothies! Let me know what you think! 🙂

  5. Lesley says:

    I know what you mean that it doesn’t always look beautiful, but it definitely tastes awesome! Go local is right!

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