No better way to break that morning fast than with a refreshing and satisfying Kale and Raspberry Green Smoothie, chock full of nutrient dense ingredients and maximum flavor!
If I’m being honest, smoothies used to be kind of hit or miss for me — they didn’t always do the best job at keeping me full, which was frustrating, especially when I was at work and didn’t really want to have to stop to grab a snack.
Something that’s often overlooked that will make smoothies more filling is ample protein and fat.
See, when it comes to putting together smoothies, I look at them the same as a meal served on a plate, so I work to incorporate protein, fat, carbs and plenty of non-starchy veggies (hello, fiber!). Smoothies can easily become a sugar bomb thanks to all the delicious fruit, but adding in ample protein, fat and fiber helps to balance out the sugar for happy, healthy blood sugar balance in your body — so that you can have lasting energy, improved satiety, less crazy cravings, and greater ability to give your 100% to whatever life throws at you that day!
Here’s how that breaks down for this glass of goodness:
Protein: protein powder
Fat: avocado, chia seeds
Carbs: banana, raspberries, almond milk
Non-starchy veggies: kale, cauliflower
In general, I try to aim for at least 20-30 grams of protein at a meal, even in a smoothie. Because if you want your smoothie to be a true, ADEQUATE meal replacement, that doesn’t leave you starving and on the fast track to overeating later in the day, then you likely need to add some more protein and fat to it. Need some ideas?
Protein: protein powder, Greek yogurt or skyr, hemp seeds, collagen peptides. I aim for 20-30 grams.
Fat: nut butter, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, avocado, coconut meat, nuts and seeds. I aim for 1-2 tablespoons.
As you can see, this Kale and Raspberry Smoothie checks all the boxes. And, it looks AND tastes delicious! Try it out and let me know what you think!
Kale and Raspberry Green Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
- 1 cup frozen kale
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower rice or whole cauliflower florets
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder of choice
- ice, as needed
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend together until smooth. Add ice or additional liquid as needed.