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.
- 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)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Divide evenly between 2 tall glasses and serve.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein
Number of servings (yield): 2
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
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