A year ago I never drank smoothies. Never. In fact, I am pretty sure I did not even have a blender. Today I drink smoothies about 4-5 times a week. I love them and always feel my best when I start my day with a smoothie.
Over the last couple months my “go to” smoothies have been my Tropical Green Smoothie and Strawberry and Kale Smoothie. Love them both. However, I like variety as much as the next person so I am always trying new recipes.
I started throwing blueberries in my smoothies a month or so ago when I noticed I had some – which I picked over the summer – still in my freezer. After those blueberries ran out I decided to purchase more and do some experimenting.
This is what I learned.
Blueberries are delicious in a smoothie. I found I like them taking center stage and not just thrown in as an after thought. Also, if you or your kiddos don’t like green smoothies looking “green” then making a green smoothie with blueberries is the way to go. As you can see in the picture the color is a beautiful purple and not a green scary potion. Nobody will know – unless you tell them – that kale is even in this smoothie.
I have made this smoothie with and without banana. The nutritional information is figured without the banana so if you add it in the calories will increase. I like it both ways. The banana adds a little more sweetness so if you prefer a sweeter smoothie then include it. I also add 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup for sweetness as well. I did find that without the banana and/or maple syrup you could taste the kale a little bit more. If that does not bother you then skip the sweetner.
I love coconut milk in my smoothies. It gives it such a rich creamy texture that I really enjoy. However, it does add a lot of fat. Although this is good fat I know it turns off a lot of people. If that bothers you then you can certainly use almond milk or another milk. Whatever works for you – smoothies are very versatile.
Usually, I always add plain greek yogurt to my smoothies. Again, I enjoy the creamy texture greek yogurt brings but I always like the protein it adds as well. If I am out of greek yogurt I will drink my smoothies without it but I do prefer it. If you would rather have a dairy free smoothie then you can certainly leave it out. I have thought about adding avocado for added protein and creaminess. Hmmm maybe next time. Have you ever tried avocado in a smoothie? What are your thoughts?
Lastly, this recipe makes two large smoothies (about 3-4 cups each). I drink these as a meal for breakfast. If you are planning on having it as a snack then reduce your serving.
I hope you enjoy this simple blueberry and kale smoothie recipe.
Here are some of my other smoothie recipes:
- 3 cups frozen blueberries
- 3 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup kale (or more if you like)
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- water if needed for consistency
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend till smooth. Add water, if needed, to get the consistency you like.
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