Summer is here and on one particular morning it was incredibly hot and I wanted a nice smoothie for breakfast. I wanted the smoothie to not only be full of vitamins and minerals but wanted it also to be nice and refreshing. When I think of summer, I always think of fresh and tasty strawberries.
These were therefore an essential fruit to go into the smoothie, I also decided to combine it with some fresh mango. In order for a smoothie to also be healthy, I like to add a couple of vegetables. The vegetables add some excellent health benefits whilst the fruit helps to give it a sweeter taste, after all who wants a smoothie that just tastes of carrot or spinach…. I also find it important not to just use fruit as it does contain a lot of natural sugars, which is one reason why you should blend the fruit and not just strain the juice from it (the pulp contains a lot of the nutrients).
Every smoothie I make I always either add spinach or kale, this time I used spinach and combined it with a chopped carrot. To ensure that it was not to pulpy got a better word, I added 200ml of coconut milk. I use a BlendActive to make my smoothies and cannot recommend it enough, its decent as well as being low cost. I did do a full review of it, which can be found here; Full BlendActive Review
Simply put the coconut milk into the blender and add chopped carrots, sliced strawberries, chopped mango and a handful of spinach. Give this a good blend to ensure its all blended nicely and enjoy! I enjoyed mine in the sun and it was very refreshing. If you did want it to be colder then you could use some frozen strawberries/mango, or alternatively blend up some ice cubes instead of the coconut milk.
kale strawberry smoothie makes a perfect breakfast or even a snack throughout the day, it contains a massive amount of benefits and ensures you get a good amount of fruit and vegetables. This smoothie contains kale as well as spinach as you don’t want a smoothie to just include fruit.
I made it with kale as it is low in calories, high in fibre whilst having zero fat content. It is said to help aid digestion as well as a number of other health benefits such as improving blood glucose. Kale is said to be more beneficial than spinach, but spinach also contains many benefits which makes it a great addition to any smoothie.
It is also low in fat but also contains a good amount of fibre, protein and vitamins such as A, C, E and K. The addition of strawberry gives it a nice berry taste, the banana adds a little additional sweetness. You could add milk or yogurt but this does make it a little higher in fat content, I replaced this with almond milk.
I also find that almond milk makes it less lumpy and is therefore much easier to drink. Just as spinach and kale have a number of health benefits, the fruit included also has a good amount of benefits. Strawberries have a good amount of antioxidants as well as having a good supply of minerals, nutrients and vitamins such as dietary fibre.
It is also very high in vitamin C. The Almond milk has a wide range of benefits to your health as it contains vitamins such as calcium and iron among many others. Making kale strawberry smoothie is incredibly easy and only takes a few minutes to make, perfect for in the morning before going to work.
In a blender place 200ml of almond milk along with 5 strawberries that have been chopped. Add 1 banana sliced, a handful of kale and a handful of spinach.
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If you are looking for a nice smoothie for breakfast, this one is perfect. Its got a good mixture of vegetables and a few fruits. When making a smoothie you want to make sure that it’s not just made of fruit, it needs to have a higher % of vegetables.
The Orange and Pineapple really helps to make this smoothie nice and sweet but not too sweet that it’s sickly. It is important that you use frozen pineapple as this cools it down which gives it a really nice fresh taste.
The almond milk is important as this makes it less lumpy and therefore easier to drink, this could be replaced with coconut milk or coconut water if you don’t like almond milk. Make sure this is not replaced with normal cows milk. Put the almond milk in first followed by all of the other ingredients, you may need to push these down a little.
I then put this through the BlendActive and it blended well, I did need to take it off and give it a couple of shakes to make sure the kale moved down. I continued to blend this until it was smooth and tasty!
This smoothie is great for breakfast as it contains 19% of your daily value so it should help to fill you up until lunch. Its also high in Dietary Fiber with 50% of your daily value. In terms of Vitamins it has 29% of Vitamin A, 303% of Vitamin C.
Smoothies are a great as they are the perfect way of getting fruit and vegetables that you may not normally get in your diet or may not get enough.
I have not really had many smoothies so this was really some what of an experiment but combining ingredients that I thought went well together. This was the first smoothie I have ever made as don’t usually eat breakfast so wanted to try a smoothie breakfast out and see how I got on with it.
I know the Raspberries and Kale both have a lot of nutritional benefits and I love the taste of raspberries, making them a good combination.
Many recipes seemed to use Almond Milk which I am not really a fan off so replaced this with Fat Free Greek Yogurt. Raspberries are fairly sour so if you want to make it a little sweeter you may want to add a little powdered sweetner.