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Triple Berry Kale Smoothie

Triple Berry Kale Smoothie

Smoothies to go. A quick whir in the blender will have you out the door lickety-split. No time for breakfast is no longer an excuse—not that we need an excuse to enjoy this triple berry kale smoothie. Healthful fast food—what a deal.

Breakfast gets your metabolism going. Eating breakfast can help you lose weight. How? When you don’t eat breakfast, your body thinks it needs to conserve energy, and slows the number of calories you burn. Breakfast steadies your blood sugar–you’ll have more energy and you will be happier—all day.

I drink my breakfast on the move—been doing it for quite a while. Smoothies way back in college–don’t let this gross you out—were eggnog–a raw egg, non-fat milk, sweet ’n low and a splash of vanilla—blend and go. That was before figuring out eggnog is better with booze, in December.

Triple Berry Kale Smoothie

This triple berry and kale smoothie convinces me that kale is delicious in blender breakfasts. Berries give the smoothie appealing mauve purple color, and offset the raw kale flavor (and color) that could be a turnoff for some. The pineapple and apple juice add sweet acidity.

They keep evolving, my smoothies. They’ve morphed from a basis of cow’s milk, to soymilk, now almond milk and sometimes just plain water! On top of the liquid goes a banana, then protein powder, chia, and yes, nutritional yeast. Most days in goes a half of a pear and sometimes a dollop of plain yogurt. Frozen berries are pretty much the norm too.

Kale is changing my smoothies again. With kale in the recipe, I recommend fruit juice and/or coconut water instead of any kind of milk. Use all coconut water if you wish to lessen the sugar jolt. (There are 9 grams of natural sugar in a cup of coconut water vs 24 grams in unfiltered apple juice.)

Triple Berry Kale Smoothie

You’ll need to peel and cut the pineapple—do that ahead of time. I had pineapple leftover from Pineapple and Tempeh Kebabs. Don’t tell anyone it was my idea, but canned pineapple chunks will do in a pinch.

If you buy kale washed and ready to eat, you are set. If not, prep the kale beforehand. Wash, strip and discard the stems, wrap in tea towels or paper towels and stuff into a plastic or ziplock bag—kale waiting and ready for whatever.

It’s easy to keep apple juice and coconut water on hand. We buy chia seeds already ground online. And as far as I am concerned, frozen berries belong in everyone’s freezer. You never know when you’ll want to make berry muffins or berry crisp. Or triple berry kale smoothie.

Drink breakfast. Let your smoothies adapt with your mood and what’s in the fruit bowl, pantry and fridge.

Here are some other smoothie ideas:

Cut ‘N Clean Greens sent me a sample of their Organic Rainbow Kale, which inspired this smoothie recipe. One of their cooking tips says you may freeze the kale—and I will do just that—that is if there is any leftover from my triple berry kale smoothie binge.

What kind of blender do you have? Mine’s a Braun and it wants to let me go. I’m lusting for a Blendtec or Vitamix.

Wishing you a fabulous week–get in the kitchen and cook something delicious!

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Triple Berry Kale Smoothie
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Triple Berry Kale Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 
This smoothie is your base recipe. Have fun mixing and matching juices and fruits for your own creations.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup unfiltered apple juice (see note)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 large handful chopped kale leaves , tough stems removed and discarded (about 2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Put the coconut water and apple juice in the blender bowl.
  2. Add the berries, banana chunks, pineapple, kale and chia seeds.
  3. Puree until very smooth.
  4. Drink immediately.
Recipe Notes
  • If you prefer less sugar, (even natural sugars) use 2 cups of coconut water, eliminating the apple juice.
  • The purple berry color is brightest the moment you pour it out of the blender.
  • All smoothies change color with time--just close your eyes—the flavor continues to shine.

14 comments

  • Karen Butler

    Breakfast, salmon hash at Trio in SLC. Add it to your list of hashes to check out. Haven’t tried it but it was highly recommended. Reply · 8 June, 2014

    • Letty

      oh my–I am still on this hashcapade!Thanks for the tip. Reply · 9 June, 2014

  • Wow, what a fast blender breakfast. Packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, this is fab! Reply · 9 June, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Adri. All kinds of kale smoothie variations are potential breakfasts. Have fun with your concoctions. Reply · 9 June, 2014

  • Letty,
    Your smoothie advice is wise. We agree on the coconut water and pineapple in our kale smoothies. It just seems to work. And we have been pre-hydrating our chia in a jar in the refrig, so it is ready for the morning smoothie. Try that if you run out of ground chia.

    Thanks for using our Organic Rainbow Kale in such a delicious and nutritious way!

    Keep it green,

    Your friendly Southern Calif. farmers at Cut ‘N Clean Greens Reply · 9 June, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks for the inspiration! I am having fun with all kinds of recipes. More to come! Reply · 9 June, 2014

  • Letty!
    What a great looking smoothie! Thank you so much for linking to my Green Detox Smoothie. That’s become my go-to. I will try yours next! Reply · 9 June, 2014

    • Letty

      I’ve been wanting to make a kale smoothie and grabbed this opportunity. I’ll be making plenty more–including yours. I have to ease into the green color. 😉 Reply · 9 June, 2014

  • I haven’t tried kale in a smoothie yet. It looks delicious! Reply · 9 June, 2014

    • Letty

      Kale in smoothies was new to me. Not anymore–surprisingly yummy! Reply · 9 June, 2014

  • love it! not quite ready for green smoothies, but am happy to ease into it, as you say. can i use the frozen cut up organic kale languishing in my freezer? Reply · 23 June, 2014

    • Letty

      Absolutely yes. I hear that raw kale tastes better after time in freezer. Really. Reply · 23 June, 2014

  • thanks, and do you have any suggestions for leftover steamed butternut squash? its cubed and can be easily mashed. Reply · 24 June, 2014

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