Plant-Based Light Kale Smoothie

Isn’t this green smoothie so pretty with its vibrant green colour? I mean who wouldn’t want a sip? It’s packed with all the good things for your skin & bones plus tastes amazing.

The Christmas period was a bit daunting and difficult for me in term of working my way around my new plant-based lifestyle. Not all restaurants offer vegan menus and my family is still a bit sceptical.
Yet, here we are approaching our third week on this new lifestyle. And we are doing better than ever. Philip made huge changes. He only had meat cheat days on Saturdays. He even refused meat dishes during lunchtime at his office. This is a huge achievement and I am overly proud! I had a ‘vegan break’ over Christmas and this is week 12 on the plant-based lifestyle for me.
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I started this smoothie project to fill Philip up with all the good nutrients in the morning before he leaves to work. So far this is working really well, so let me share my newest recipe with you. This light kale smoothie turned out in such a beautiful, vibrant green colour. Although Philip was a bit sceptical at first sight he quickly finished this smoothie and happily approved it.
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It’s light, it’s green, it’s healthy.
If you can’t find spirulina in your supermarket or if you are not a big fan of its taste, just leave it out. The smoothie will still be delicious.
I’m already testing the next recipe, which will be a yellow kumquat smoothie! Yum!
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Today’s Recipe: Plant-Based Light Kale Smoothie 

ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS

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2 cups (2 big leaves) kale

1・½ cups oat-milk

1 banana

3 tbsp rolled oats

1 tbsp flaxseeds

1 tbsp maple syrup

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

½ tsp spirulina

1 cup crushed ice (5-6 ice cubes)

INSTRUCTION

⓵  In a high-speed blender combine all essential ingredients.

⓶ Blend for about 1 minute on high speed.

⓶ Top up with any optional ingredients of your choice.

⓷ Blend on high speed until you reach the desired consistency.

    Taste & adjust the seasoning (maple syrup, spirulina) if required.

⓷ Drink immediately, or store in a glass bottle with a lid in your fridge.

NOTES

If you want to store this smoothie, hold back the spirulina and add it just before serving. The algae flavour tends to intensify and will be too strong if stored overnight.

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So why is this smoothie good for you? Oats help undo the damage done to your skin by pollution, UV rays or chemicals. The vitamin K from the kale helps to tighten the skin and therefore reducing those fine lines and wrinkles. The vitamin A, B12 and E in spirulina can improve tiered looking skin.

Kale: is amongst the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet and the best source of vitamin K. Vitamin K helps to keep calcium in the bones and out of the arteries.
Spirulina: contains significant amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. Plus it deliveres essential amino acids.
Oat-milk: is a source of calcium (same as in cow’s milk ca. 125mg/100ml). Less saturated fat, cholesterol & sugar than in cow’s milk. More fiber & health benefits than from cow’s milk.

 

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Leave me a comment if you make this recipe. I am looking forward to receiving your feedback!
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xKat

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