I haven’t figured out if it’s my kids’ way of avoiding bedtime or if they really are excited about commandeering the blender, but smoothies have become a nighttime ritual at our house. My older son comes in from soccer practice and starts pulling out the yogurt, frozen berries, bananas, flax seed and milk. Within minutes, we each have a glass of a healthy berry concoction in our hands. No complaints here!
Our garden was full of kale in the summertime and we really got into making green smoothies. We mixed the kale with everything you can think of…bananas, celery, berries, apples. That is, when I wasn’t gulping down my favorite Healthy Coffee Banana Smoothie Recipe. Caffeine, anyone? Now that the garden has gone to bed, I’ve been buying kale at the grocery store for kale salads and some fiber-packed green smoothies.
We had some sweet Gala apples sitting in the fridge, so chopped up half an apple and threw it into the blender with some unsweetened almond milk (you could also use skim milk if you’re not concerned about making it vegan), chopped kale leaves, a celery stalk, ground flax seed and some ice.
This recipe makes one smoothie, but can easily be doubled or tripled. There are only 125 calories in each smoothie, along with 6 grams of fiber and 4.2 grams of protein. If you want to make this more filling, add some protein powder. You could even throw in a little banana. Just make sure to add more liquid to compensate for the extra bulk.
Other healthy smoothie recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Healthy Coffee Banana Smoothie Recipe
Cookin’ Canuck’s Green Tea, Berry & Yogurt Smoothie
The Kitchen Paper’s Blueberry Almond Smoothie with Dates
Uproot From Oregon’s Pumpkin Chai Smoothie
Citron Limette’s Super Enzyme Boost Smoothie
- ⅔ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 ½ cups (packed) chopped kale leaves
- 1 stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ½ Gala apple, cut into chunks
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- ¾ cup ice
- Agave nectar (optional)
- Place the almond milk, kale, celery, apple, ground flax seed and ice into a blender.
- Blend until smooth. Taste and add agave nectar if you would like a sweeter smoothie. Serve.
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