Kale Shamrock Protein Smoothie

Drinks | March 11, 2014 | By

Kale-Smoothie

It’s not easy being green…or eating green, that is. Except when it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and when these green smoothies taste so good! Cathy and I both have an unfortunate sweet tooth (our latest addiction is authentic Spanish churros, but you will hear more about that later). At the same time, we both lead pretty active lifestyles. I find that the cleaner I eat, the better I perform, both in terms of my fitness goals and overall energy throughout the day. I’m currently in week 5 of a 12-week training program leading up to my half marathon in April (eek!). I ran 10 miles on Saturday, (from my apartment to the beach and back), 6 of which were part of the LA Marathon course that took place over the weekend (I didn’t run in the marathon, but it felt good to get my fix just the same). After a long run like that, I’m not usually super hungry, but I know I need to get some protein into my body to recover. This all-natural protein-filled smoothie certainly helps me replenish my body quickly, and it’s so delicious; it tastes like a green milk shake!

This smoothie has so many benefits: the banana adds potassium, the kale gives you a boost of vitamins and minerals, the chia seeds give you omega-3 fatty acids and the peanut butter adds a much needed protein boost (and a delicious creamy flavor). To make it even better, I have actually started making my own peanut butter every few weeks in my NutriBullet and keeping it in the fridge! While you’ll need to stay tuned for DIY peanut butter, the machine at Whole Foods that crushes the nuts in front of you into peanut (or almond) butter is a great alternative. I highly recommend it (the honey roasted peanut variety is my favorite). Before I started making my own, I would bring by own mason jar to Whole Foods and refill it to save on packaging! Anyway, whatever nut butter you choose, try our green smoothie as you celebrate St. Patty’s Day; green is the new dessert this March.

Bon Appétit!

Kale-Smoothie

Kale Shamrock Protein Smoothie

2 Ripe Bananas

1/4 Cup Black Chia Seeds

3 Cups Kale

2 Tbsp Peanut Butter

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend away!

Makes 2 large glasses.

Kale-Smoothie

Kale-Smoothie

Comments

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      Hailey
      March 15, 2014

      Thanks Cate! It’s definitely the best post-workout snack I’ve found!

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      Hailey
      March 20, 2014

      Thank you Joy! I love that they can be pretty AND be so good for you!

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