Kick off your morning with my favorite Kale Yeah Breakfast Smoothie! I make it basically every morning because it’s easy to drink on-the-go and tasty.
Being a nurse, getting in something – anything! – for breakfast is pretty important. Some days, I don’t get to each lunch until after 1pm. I’m not that hungry most mornings so the idea of eating something of substance is enough to make me nauseous.
Enter: breakfast smoothies! I like to lean on smoothies for my pre-work meals. My Kale Yeah smoothie is full of nutrient-dense ingredients like kale, flax seeds, and a variety of frozen fruits.
I like to add a tablespoon of healthy fats – flax seeds – to my smoothies to up the satiety level. And it’s an easy way to increase omega 3 fatty acids of which Americans, typically, do not consume enough. Your body needs omega 3 fatty acids to help keep your blood pressure low and prevent plaque from developing in your arteries. (Plaque build up leads to clogged arteries which can lead to increased blood pressure, heart attack or stroke. No fun.)
I do not consume enough protein most days so I add a scoop of protein powder to my smoothies. It’s an easy way to up my protein intake without having to masticate. I like to buy MyProtein Vanilla Whey because it’s affordable and tastes decent.
As far as equipment goes, you only need a blender and maybe some measuring spoons! I have a Kitchenaid blender but I love a Magic Bullet moment for smoothies on the go.
My Kale Yeah smoothie, like most smoothies, can be made ahead and frozen in mason jars or something similar. Just make sure you thaw in the fridge over night and give a quick stir with a spoon or straw before drinking!
Kale Yeah Breakfast Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 2 cups kale baby, lacinato, stems or no stems
- 1/2 cup non-fat vanilla greek yogurt really, any greek yogurt is fine
- 1 cup tropical fruit blend, frozen combo. of mango, pineapple, strawberries
- 8 oz coconut water
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 2 scoops protein powder optional
- 3-4 fresh mint leaves option
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until desired consistency. You may need to add more coconut water if you prefer a thinner smoothie. Pour in a glass and enjoy!
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