I have always been a big breakfast lover, but these days it seems like I devote less and less time to this important meal. Breakfast, for me, is the ideal time to set my food habits for the rest of the day, but doing so is difficult when breakfast happens on the go. This healthy blueberry smoothie recipe is the perfect remedy for those craving a healthy on-the-go breakfast option.
A few weeks ago, Snack Girl featured a recipe for a green smoothie that intrigued me. Sure, I love kale, but how would it taste in a smoothie? I had my doubts, but the concept intrigued me too much for me not to try my hand at a green smoothie recipe. As it turns out, this healthy smoothie recipe did not turn green, but it was plenty tasty and full of nutrients.
Recipe: Loaded Banana Blueberry Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- 2 bananas
- 1 small bunch of kale
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons cashew butter
- 1/3 cup kombucha
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup sugar (optional)
- Almond milk (optional)
- Remove the inner stems from the kale leaves. Then, roughly chop the leaves and place in a blender or food processor.
- Into the blending device, add the blueberries, bananas, cocoa powder, cashew butter, kombucha, vanilla and sugar. Blend until well combined.
- Pour off into a tall glass and enjoy!
This healthy smoothie recipe is the perfect way to power up in the morning. The cashew butter adds protein, and the kombucha delivers a morning probiotic boost. The blueberries, kale and unsweetened coca contribute loads of antioxidants. It may not be as sweet as a store-bought blueberry smoothie, but it is plenty delicious and an easy way to get veggies into your diet in the morning.
Feel free to use any variety of dark leafy green that you would like for this healthy blueberry smoothie recipe, but try to choose young, tender leaves as they work the best. Also, feel free to use peanut butter or any other nut butter that you would like. I used kombucha as the main liquid in this recipe as a way to add a bit of tartness and probiotic benefit to this healthy smoothie. I make my own, which means I always have a lot of kombucha on hand. For a cheaper alternative, use almond milk, soymilk or homemade iced tea instead.
Prep time (duration): 5 minutes
Diet type: Vegan
Diet (other): Low calorie, Reduced fat, High protein
Number of servings (yield): 4
Meal type: breakfast
Overall, this was one of the tastiest easy smoothie recipes that I had made in a very long time. I thought the recipe had enough sweetness to keep my engaged in the morning, but it was not overpowering. Plus, what is not to love about how nutrient dense this healthy smoothie is! I mean, between the cocoa powder, kale, blueberries and kombucha, there is a lot going on here. If you want a more traditional smoothie taste, use milk or almond milk instead of kombucha. Either way, this is a loaded breakfast option that will keep you energized all morning long!
Your Turn: What do you like to include in your smoothies?