I make smoothies almost everyday, sometimes two. This is how I fit in as much protein and vegetables as I possibly can. I shove about 3-4 cups of spinach and kale into my smoothies. I’m not a huge fan of the taste, so I have a little trick to covering it up.
My first job was at a cafe back in high school. We had a smoothie menu, so I learned all the tricks to making an awesome smoothie! The smoothies were healthy until the fruit juice was added. The fruit juice was added to cover up the vegetable flavors and to add that extra wow factor. Most people don’t realize that the fruit juice is added. They just assume it’s the fruit that makes it sweet and sour.
Without juice, smoothies can be bland. Adding extra sugar and juice takes away the healthy factor, so I came up with a lighter alternative. Recently Crystal Light & True Lemon have been offering drink mixes made with all natural low calorie sweeteners like Stevia and Truvia. I have been adding a packet of the all natural drink mix to my morning smoothies. It’s incredible how satisfying they are after. You can’t taste a drop of the kale or spinach. If you are having a hard time with your smoothie flavors, give it a try!
Banana Kale Apple Protein Smoothie
– 1 1/2 cups ice
– 2 cups kale
– 2 cups water
– 1 packet all natural drink mix
– 1/2 large banana
– 1/2 small apple
– 1 serving vanilla protein powder
Blend on high!