Thursday, January 29, 2015

Piña Kale-ada Smoothie



I once boldly stated, "Everyone needs to stop lying to themselves.  Kale is gross.  It will never not be gross."  And then just recently, I posted a broccoli-based guacamole recipe because "a dish is instantly ruined for me if there is even a hint of avocado."  Well, I want to retract those statements and apologize to my green friends.  I can admit when I am wrong, and this was one of those cases.

The piña kale-ada smoothie is so much more than a fun name, and it's all due to its ingredients. Pineapple is a great source of manganese and vitamin C, which is excellent for blood sugar control as well as your bone and skin health.  The avocado adds a creaminess factor, but it is also jam packed with healthy fats you simply can't get anywhere else.  Next we have kale, which is a bonafide superfood that speaks for itself.  And finally, with the addition of the protein powder of your choice - I use an organic plant-based protein called Perfect Fit - your smoothie will be ready to build, repair, and maintain muscle after any workout.  All you have to do is blend, drink, and enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk
2 handfuls of kale
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 frozen banana
1/2 of a ripe avocado
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use Perfect Fit)

This recipe was adapted from the Anytime Fitness blog.

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