Mornings are hard. Mornings when you’re trying to stick to that healthy regime? Harder. But they don’t have to be, even when you skip the meal prep or the grocery trip. If you’ve got four simple ingredients and a blender then you’re just a few buttons away from this easy drinking Beginner Kale Smoothie.
Beginner? Why beginner? Well, if you can believe it, it turns out not everyone loves kale. There’s so much goodness in those leafy greens. So if we can still incorporate it without your breakfast smoothie tasting like salad, let’s do it. Start the day with a Beginner Kale Smoothie for a satisfying, naturally sweet way to drink breakfast on the go.
The key to making a kale smoothie that doesn’t taste like kale is all about the balance of ingredients. Frozen strawberries to chill it down, ripe banana for sweetness and substance, bright leafy kale for that vibrant green color and lots of raw fiber. We will use unsweetened almond milk (or you can substitute another non-dairy milk of your choosing) to give it just enough liquid to blend up smoothly.
Beyond having the right balance of sweetness and temperature, it’s all about the texture. Smooth. No one wants chunks of chewy kale clogging up their straws and sticking to their teeth. How do we achieve perfectly blended beginner kale smoothie bliss? It’s all about the blender.
While I have extravagant dreams of one day being part of the Vitamix club, for now, I live in the standard blender club and it’s working out just great. My go to for smoothies is the smaller, single serving cup size. The more compact the ingredients, the finer you can perfectly purée them. No awkward, “You have food in your teeth” moments over here.
Beginner Kale Smoothie + More
Loved the beginner kale smoothie? Already had it? Feeling like you mastered it? Here’s a list of delicious and creative smoothies to add to your rotation.
Avocado Spinach Green Smoothie via The Fitchen
Dragonfruit Smoothie with Guava via Wanderspice
Pineapple Orange Creamsicle Smoothie via Vintage Kitty
Blueberry Smoothie Bowl via Stress Baking
Cantaloupe Peach Chia Smoothie via Sugar Love Spices
Banana Avocado Smoothie via Foodal
Wild Blueberry Ginger Snap Smoothie via The Domestic Dietitian
eating drinking, my friends! I’ll raise my green glass of goodness from across the Internet and clink to your good health!
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 to 2 kale leaves, removed from stem
- In your favorite blender, add frozen strawberries, banana, almond milk and kale. The order in which you add the ingredients should have the kale hit the blades first and the frozen strawberries last. I prefer to use the smaller, single serve blender attachments as they mince the kale super fine.
- Blend on high for a full 45 seconds. The kale should be blended so finely the smoothie is a resilient green color and there are no chunky pieces.