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The Chocolate Kale Smoothie.
Some people may not like greens, but almost everyone likes chocolate — and that’s all you’ll taste in this thick, wonderfully irresistible shake.
Reprinted with permission from Superfood Smoothies © 2013 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Morris
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 Cup ice
- 1 1/2 Cup (packed) chopped kale
- 3 Tablespoons cacao nibs
- 2 Tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 1/2 Cup rice milk (original variety)
- Sweetener, to taste
The Perfect Chocolate-Kale Smoothie Recipe for Your Morning
Whether you’re a kale lover or a newbie, this kale smoothie recipe is the perfect way to hide your greens ( a whole serving ) and get up 20+ grams of protein before the clock hits nine - or eleven, we don’t judge.
If you like healthy, chocolaty and satisfying drinks this kale smoothie recipe is for you! It’s:
- Packed with kale
- Super healthy
- Low sugar!
This nutrient-packed kale smoothie recipe hides the taste and texture of kale really well and works as a fantastic as post-workout drink or filling breakfast option. You might even use it on occasion as a grab-and-go, light, yet satisfying lunch. T he proof is in the pudding (or the kale smoothie, in this case), so try it for yourself.
Rev Up Your Health With A Creamy Chocolate Superfood Smoothie!
When I’m craving something sweet, I love blending up this creamy, chocolatey Superfood Smoothie. You’d never guess that it’s packed with nutrient dense greens and chia seeds! It’s great for breakfast or as a treat.
This Superfood Smoothie tastes like a decadent chocolate milkshake, but it’s packed with nutritious ingredients!
Leafy Greens – Packed with antioxidants that zap free radicals and help to prevent cancer. Eating lots of greens also keeps your body alkaline (a state that prevents disease), so I try to eat some with every meal!
Bananas – A rich source of pectin (unless overripe), a fiber that helps to keep blood sugar in check. They’re also high in potassium that is great for heart health.
Chia Seeds – Having the most content of omega 3 fatty acids of any plant food, they fight inflammation in the body, reducing the chance for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression.
Raw Cacao Powder – Gives you a blast of serotonin, endorphins and other neurotransmitters which all work together to give you an overall sense of well being, bliss, pleasure and pure happiness!
Cinnamon – Adds sweetness without sugar, is loaded with antioxidants, and helps to fight inflammation.
If you are a parent and have had a hard time getting your child hooked on green drinks – this smoothie is a lifesaver! If you are drinking this after a workout or want to increase the protein content, you can add a scoop of your favorite protein powder – I get mine here.
It is OK to put raw kale in a smoothie. In fact, it is a healthy choice, because kale is packed with nutrients and fiber! If you’re not crazy about kale, you can also swap it out for raw spinach in this recipe.
Kale smoothies are definitely good for you. But here’s a little secret: the American Kale Association has a great PR firm. That’s why everyone is suddenly became so crazy about it, and it earned its place in the super food category. Don’t get me wrong, it IS healthy for you! It’s packed with fiber, iron, calcium, and vitamin A. But so is spinach, so feel free to swap as needed!
Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie
If you’re not a fan of kale (and really, who is?), this is the recipe for you! In fact, if you’re like me and prefer just about anything to eating leaves, this Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie is the best way to end your kale-hating ways!
My husband and I became huge fans of smoothies about five or six years ago. Not big on eating fruits and vegetables in our day-to-day and not getting any younger, we knew we had to make a change in our diets. It’s great to know that you need to make a change like that, but to actually do it is another thing entirely. Picky – ahem, selective – eaters to the end, we knew that actually eating fruits and vegetables that disgusted us was just never going to happen. Enter smoothies.
Before long, we were smoothie-making maniacs! Previously untouchable vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and beet greens were being thrown into the blender without a second thought! Who were these crazy vegetable-ingesting people?!
To be honest, though, we don’t often go first to veggies like broccoli and cauliflower. When we want a green smoothie, baby spinach is usually our go-to. Kale always hid in the shadows as a possibility, but its bitter taste was not nearly as easy to cover up as spinach and therefore not so appealing. Let’s face it, we drink smoothies so we can get healthy benefits without subjecting ourselves to nasty flavors. (Which is why I so do not get smoothie bowls! Uh, if I actually liked the stuff that goes into smoothies in its natural state, I would just eat it! Duh!)
So, anyway – kale. Blech! Not going into my smoothie! Gross! Until I discovered baby kale. . . Not nearly as bitter as its grown-up counterpart, baby kale is way much easier to hide in smoothies but still has the same healthy benefits.
Having consumed enough smoothies over the past five plus years, I just knew I would have a winner with this Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie. It took me a couple tries to get just the flavor I wanted, but in the end, I’m super thrilled with the end result – a creamy chocolate, almond, almost caramel-flavored smoothie that could pass more as a milkshake than a smoothie. Barely a hint of kale! Trust me your pickiest eaters will never know!
So many good things in this smoothie!
- Almond milk – Very rich in phosphorus, potassium and zinc, and some commercial brands are supplemented with calcium.
- Bananas and dates – Both are super high in potassium.
- Cacao powder and nibs – Cacao powder is a great source of antioxidants, and it contains tons of magnesium and iron. Cacao nibs are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber.
- Almond butter – Few carbs and a fantastic source of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. This nut butter is filling and keeps you satisfied.
- Baby kale – It’s not called a super food for nothing! It has a crazy amount of vitamins A and K, and it’s a good source of calcium.
It’s kind of insane that something so delicious contains so many healthy ingredients! My love affair with smoothies endures!
If you’re looking for ways to add more healthy to your diet but just can’t get past the taste of so many of those good-for-you foods, you’ve found a keeper in this Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie! It’s so indulgent that you’ll almost forget that you’re doing your body good!
Chocolate Chia Kale Smoothie
The hubby and I have a deal. I make the kids’ lunches every day, and he fixes my breakfast. So when I roll out of bed there’s a yummy smoothie waiting. Which is perfect since he dashes out of the house insanely early, usually before the chaos of getting 3 kids dressed and ready begins. Left to myself, I end up scarfing down the kids’ leftovers, a terrible habit any time of day. Instead I’m getting tons of vitamins (especially vitamins A and K for those dark circles) and antioxidants.
I’m totally late to the chia seed show, but better late than never. I love that they don’t have to be ground up like flax seeds – that was a major roadblock. Who has time to grind seeds? And these guys have tons of fiber to keep you feeling full. And don’t get me started on the chocolate and coconut milk. The result is so much more creamy (and decadent tasting) than a typical fruit shake.
I’m doing my best to create and share as many delicious keto recipes as possible. More and more such recipes are coming and I’m working hard on creating them. Don’t forget to tell me how the kale smoothie turned out for you and if you like it.
Would you add some other ingredient to this recipe? How would you change it? If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to leave me your comments or contact me directly. I would love to hear from you.
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Kale Smoothie Recipe | Preparation Instructions
1. Place the kale, strawberries and yogurt into your blender.
(If you use fresh strawberries, and are looking for a slushy consistency, you’ll want to add up to 1 cup of ice if you use frozen strawberries, you may want to add less ice, if any at all).
2. On full strength, blend the ingredients together until the kale looks like it is finely incorporated into the smoothie
3. Enjoy your vitamin- and mineral-packed smoothie! Try other delicious kale smoothie recipes, or simply add kale into your favorite blended protein shakes.
A Blender (We used to have this one and finally upgraded to a Vitamix and it was 100% worth the investment. If you use your blender often, or want to make yummy blender muffins like these Healthy No Sugar Added Strawberry Muffins, highly recommend!)
to make individual smoothie servings
Ready to make your own Chocolate Strawberry Greek Yogurt Smoothie?
And hey- if you make this recipe or you’re thinking about making this recipe, please leave a comment and rating below to let me know!
17 High-Protein Smoothie Recipes with Only 5 Ingredients (or Less!)
Whether or not you’re crazy for smoothies, there’s no denying how convenient they are. Eggs and oatmeal are great breakfast options, sure, but you really can’t beat the ease of a quick, high-protein smoothie recipe as a no-fuss way to kickstart a busy morning. And sure, it’s true that there’s really no such thing as a high-maintenance smoothie (except for those that call for otherworldly ingredients like moon dust and mushroom powder). But, isn’t it great to realize that it’s possible to make a filling, delicious, high-protein smoothie with five ingredients or less? Your grocery list sure thinks so.
One way to make these smoothies even easier is to buy ingredients in bulk, then portion out your fruit and vegetables in individual baggies to freeze. That way, you can dump your pre-measured “freezer pack” into the blender come morning, and just add the wet ingredients (yogurt, milk, water, etc.) and protein powder if you’re using it. The recipes below couldn’t be easier, and trust me, they all taste great.