This Green Kale, Pear, and Almond Smoothie will help you reset after too much chocolate this holiday season. The protein from the almond butter and chia seeds will keep you full until lunch.
Christmas is over? How is that possible? It went by in a flash and now I’m thinking about 2016.
How was your Christmas? I would say ours was a huge success. We had a houseful of company for 15 days – no lie. It was crazy, but fun. Now it’s time to put the pieces back together. We still have a week’s vacation where we can plan some fun activities for the kids and get some projects done around the house.
As soon as Christmas is over I start thinking about how to eat more healthy. I’m generally healthy year round but it all falls apart over the holidays. That’s why I am again wearing my black yoga pants…every day. It’s time to reset and fill my fridge with flavored waters, high protein snacks and seasonal veggies and fruits.
One of my favorite easy ways to get lots of veggies and protein at once is a smoothie. I love a good green smoothie in the late afternoon to keep me from eating peanut butter by the spoonful. This Green Kale, Pear and Almond Smoothie is a great winter smoothie to fill your belly with protein and greens. You won’t even know it has kale in it! If you don’t like kale you can easily substitute spinach which has a milder flavor.
I’m a huge fan of my Vitamix and I can’t promise that using a different blender will get you the same results. I’m sure it will be fine but nothing pulverizes the kale like the Vitamix. It purees with such power that you won’t even know what’s in the smoothie so it’s a great find for kids. My daughter frequently makes her own smoothies with frozen fruit and orange juice. She even serves them to her friends when they come over. Woo hoo!
With only five ingredients this is super easy. Give it a try for breakfast, after your workout or a late afternoon snack.
Green Kale, Pear and Almond Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut milk plain
- 1 cup kale
- 1 pear cut into four pieces
- 1 tbsp almond or peanut butter
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 or 3 pieces of ice
Place all ingredients into the blender and puree on high until smooth. Feel free to add more coconut milk for a thinner smoothie. Serve with a straw.