Let’s talk about kale for a minute. A few years ago I read a weight loss blog where a woman had lost 100 pounds or something major. In one of her posts she listed one personal benefits about losing weight for every pound that she lost, one of which was that her new body craves kale. She said she was as shocked as anyone about it. Honestly, I didn’t believe her. I mean, I liked kale at the time, but I could never see my body craving lettuce. You guys, it’s totally true.
I started making these protein smoothies (full of kale!) as a way to sneak in some extra greens in our diet. They’re delicious. They’re so delicious. But also, after making them nearly every day for a month, my body seriously needs them. That weekend we just spent in Chicago? All I wanted was some kale. But also, I’m telling you, despite it’s suspiciously green color, you can’t even taste the kale. You’re going to have to try it. You’ll see what I’m talking about.
There are two secrets to green smoothies: 1) use frozen fruit and 2) make the green base first. This creates the best, most well blended texture. Also, here’s another secret, I make these the night before, pour it in two plastic solo cups and let them sit in the fridge overnight. Then I take one with me when I leave for work and drink it on my commute. They definitely have a better consistency coming straight out of the blender, but making them the night before makes my mornings less hectic, and traffic is so much better when you have a smoothie.
Let’s start. I make two at a time, so A.J. gets some sneaky greens in his diet too. Into the blender goes one container of light Greek peach yogurt, two scoops of vanilla protein powder (I buy this protein powder because it only has 6 net carbs), and one cup almond milk (I like Silk’s unsweetened, original). On top of that goes as much kale that can possibly fit. Blend. (I use the liquefy button.) [Read more…]