Strawberry Kale Smoothie Recipe – 6 Points +

Strawberry Kale Smoothie

In the morning, I’m often just too busy to eat a good breakfast. And truthfully, after my morning coffee, I’m really just not that hungry yet. I’m stressed and rushing to get out the door, get my son to school, and get to my cardio class at the gym on time. But, if I skip eating something, then by the time I finish school drop off and my workout at the gym, it’s 1030am, I’m hungry, and my body really needs those nutrients. So I’ve found that this Strawberry Kale Smoothie Recipe is a fantastic breakfast for me because I can have it made in just minutes, pour it into a tall travel cup, and drink it in the car on the way to my son’s school. It’s light enough that it doesn’t make my tummy feel too full and heavy, but the coconut oil and almond milk in it help me to feel perfectly satisfied until lunchtime. Plus, it packs in tons of vitamins and nutrients. And if you are not a fan of kale, fear not, because you cannot taste it at all in this smoothie. Now, one word hear about how I calculated it to be 6 Points +. My Weight Watchers leader told me that you need to calculate the nutritional info for all the ingredients of a smoothie (including the fruits and veggies which are normally 0 Points +), because blending them all up together with other ingredients changes the composition of them and the way your body processes them. That being said, there are some of you who prefer to ONLY calculate the non-0 Points Plus ingredients, thus excluding the fruits and veggies from the nutritional stats. Either way, it’s your choice entirely. But the 6 Points + I have posted here includes the fruit and the kale. Calculating only the other ingredients would make this a 3 Points Plus smoothie. Whichever way you choose to track this, I definitely recommend giving it a try if you are poking for a healthy smoothie recipe to fill you up and give your body a wonderful nutritional boost. Enjoy!

Strawberry Kale Smoothie

Creamy yogurt and vanilla almond milk is blended with fresh fruit and kale to create a delicious and healthy breakfast smoothie recipe. Its a great recipe for packing in a ton of nutrients in 1 serving, and is very satisfying.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh kale leaves
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cold water (or more if you like a thin consistency)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Divide evenly between 2 tall glasses and serve.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 2

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 226

Fat: 8.5g

Protein: 12g

Entire recipe makes 2 servings
Serving size is about 2 cups
Each serving = 6 Points +

PER SERVING: 226 calories; 8.5g fat; 27g carbohydrates; 12g protein; 4g fiber

Comments

  1. I don’t understand the idea that the fruit composition changes when it’s blended together. What is the difference between it being mixed up in a blender and mixed up in your stomach? The calories don’t magically change if you put fruit in a blender. I’m going to ask my WW leader, but that seems really dumb.

    • I totally agree with you on this concept. And i feel like Weight Watchers doesn’t officially have a statement on this, as it seems to vary by leader. But i’d love to hear what your leader has to say!

  2. A few questions : How do you measure a cup of strawberries…cut up or whole? Also, do you pack the kale leaves down to make 1 1/2 cups? And do I need to add the coconut oil? I’ve never bought that before.

    • Great questions! When measuring the strawberries, I did them whole, and the cup was a heaping cup. I did not pack the kale down, but again, that was a heaping cup that I mostly just eyeballed. With the strawberries and kale, I wouldn’t worry too much about exact measurements, as going a little over on the amount isn’t going to affect the Points Plus value. The coconut oil is not a necessity, but it does add some really healthy fat. Hope that helps!

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