Healthy Meal: Kale Breakfast Smoothie

I mentioned that after running camp I wanted to start trying to eat cleaner foods. One thing I had at camp that was incredible is a raw breakfast smoothie.

In a blender, combine:
2 cups raw kale
1 banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup almond milk

Blend until smooth. If desired, add flax seed. However, I’m going to be eating a lot of protein later, so I skipped it. Also, it’s better if you chill after blending, but I was impatient and ate it at room temp :)

Nutrition info:
68 calories for the kale
90 calories for the banana
35 calories for the blueberries
40 calories for the almond milk
Total: 233 calories, 3g fat, 9g fiber, 7g protein
Great source of Vitamins A, C, B6, and K

Review: 5 stars
Easy, delicious, and nutritious! It’s very green, which may be offputting to some, but I promise – everyone at camp who tried it loved it. The texture is a little bit gelatinous, like pudding, which I like – although I put it in a glass, I ended up eating with a spoon. However, you can add ice if you want it to be more like a smoothie.


  1. I’m trying to be open-minded, but that looks rank. Play up how tasty it is and maybe I’ll give it a try. Someday. :)

  2. hey laura! Try freezing your bananas and that will make it colder? Unless you learned that freezing fruit takes nutrients out of it!? hahaha

  3. I love green smoothies – it’s my breakfast standby!!! This sounds pretty similar to the one I drink a lot. I use:

    2 handfulls of kale
    2 dates
    1 small apple (cored)
    1 c. frozen berries
    1 Tbsp. flax oil
    2 Tbsp. Spirulina
    3 c. water (this can be adjusted to how thick or runny you like)

    It makes a few cups so I usually just put the leftovers in the fridge for later. I’ll have to try the version you posted…my mouth is watering already thinking of it, haha.

  4. Kale! Ha! I always remember this one line from Cheers where Woody gets hooked on a vegetable drink because “You can really taste the kale!”

  5. I just don’t know…looks like I imagine it might look on the way out. And that’s somewhat less than appetizing.

    However…In my own efforts to eat clean, maybe I’ll try it. Maybe.

  6. Xenia, I can’t even tell you how delicious it is. The kale doesn’t have a strong flavor at all, and bananas are pretty overpowering in any recipe so you mostly just taste them.

    Christine, I LOVE frozen bananas, and freezing things doesn’t hurt the nutrients at all. Unfortunately I was out of them and just had to make a grocery run, which is why all my ingredients were room temp.

    Run for life, that one sounds great – will definitely have to try it!

  7. Hey, at least it doesn’t have saw grass in it. ;-)
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  8. I’ve made stuff like that before and it’s kind of funny: when you make it and know how healthy it is, it tastes even better. Kudos to embracing your new clean eating!

  9. never had kale before. sour? sweet? bland?

  10. oh my god that looks disgusting. but hey, i trust you. i may try it someday!

  11. WAH! What the hell is that???

    Kill it! KILL IT!

  12. So happy to find another runner girl who’s a green smoothie lover too! I make something very similar most mornings for me and my husband to split, using fresh spinach, kale, 1/2 of a banana, frozen berries or mixed fruit, and fresh lemon.

  13. OK, I FELT like I eat a pretty damn healthy breakfast. Now I’m feeling like I have the equivalent of donuts and a Bloody Mary.

    But…kale? Not sure I can go that route. Kale works sauteed with some garlic and red bells. I need convincing about raw with bananas.

  14. That actually sounds tasty. I’m a freak like that. ha ha.

  15. I must say, I’m intrigued.

  16. Sorry, I couldn’t bring myself within ten feet of that. It looks gross!

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