Sometimes I get the munchies in the afternoon. My body isn’t really hungry, but my mouth gets bored and wants to eat something. Maybe you get that way in the afternoons too, or right before bed.
Most of the time I can distract myself with work or take a walk instead. But other times my body won’t let me ignore those sensations. What’s a girl to do? Make a smoothie.
Interesting fact: your body doesn’t count calories from liquids the same way that it counts calories from food. Since I’m not actually hungry, a smoothie is the perfect way to boost my mood, satisfy my mouth, and intake solid nutrients.
This banana blueberry kale smoothie is quick and simple to whip up in the Vitamix, especially on a 5 minute work break in the afternoon.
Toss in a banana, some blueberries, and some kale. Dollop yogurt on top. Pour in kefir and milk. If desired, sprinkle seeds on top (chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp hearts). Blend, and enjoy.
Isn’t that simple? If you’re like me, you tend to just toss the ingredients into the blender. You can totally eyeball amounts for this recipe! But if you need the structure of actual measurements, check out the recipe below.
Don’t forget that you can double the recipe to share some with your family, too! (A smoothie is the essential companion to breakfast-for-dinner! Try these Frothy Finnish Pancakes, Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes, or Veggie Frittata.)
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup blueberries
- ½ cup kale
- ¼ cup yogurt, any kind
- ¼ cup kefir
- ¼ cup milk, any kind
- Optional: 2 Tbsp chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp hearts
- Add all ingredients to blender in the order listed.
- Gradually increase speed and blend on high for 30 seconds until all ingredients are blended, especially the kale. If needed, press ingredients into the blade using the tamper, or add a few additional tablespoons of milk.
- Enjoy immediately.
You any variety of yogurt, kefir, or milk that you prefer.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 577Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 18gSugar: 26gProtein: 26g