Kale and mango green smoothie

Kale and mango green smoothie

Green smoothies certainly aren’t new on the nutrition scene. In my mind they’ve been around forever, but they still represent unknown territory for many…

A few weeks ago, I held a booth the at the lovely bridal boudoir affair, a fabulous bridal show here in Montreal, where I gave wellness tips to brides-to-be. I decided to hand out green smoothie shooters, to get the ladies talking about their greens. But I noticed some were reluctant: “Spinach? I don’t know..” But they did, and were pleasantly surprised.

I called it the bride’s beginner green smoothie because it was more fruity than veggie-y and because it used spinach, which is on the lower end of the assertive flavour scale. With time, your tastebuds will adjust and you can switch-up the fruit to greens ratio as you please and use tastier greens like kale, chard or dandelion greens.

But to be frank, today’s recipe is more of an excuse to share something green and spring-y…since the last of the snow has (finally) melted away on the lawn. Hurray.

 

Do you enjoy beginner or advanced green smoothies? Can you guess the greens in the veggie bouquet below?

 

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Guess the greens in that veggie bouquet

 

 

Kale and mango green smoothie recipe

Serves: 2

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 banana

2 handfuls of kale leaves (approximately 2 cups)

2 tablespoons hemp protein or seeds *

11/2 cups mango

*You can also use greek yogurt, 1/3 cup or until desired consistency

Directions:

1. Place ingredients into a blender.

2. Blend until smooth and enjoy.

 

 

4 Responses to Kale and mango green smoothie

  1. Hey Vanessa – I’m really curious about something. I love your blog and make tons of your recipes! I’m also a fellow Montrealer. I have noticed that in the healthy cooking world and blogosphere that almond milk has gotten really popular. I find it a bit strange because while it’s delicious for sure, it doesn’t even resemble dairy or soy milk in terms of nutrition, having almost no protein. It’s almost more like almond juice. I usually add milk / milk alternatives to recipes to up the protein. What are your thoughts and do you think people are aware of this? When I ask others about this, they often are really surprised! Thanks!

    • Thanks for stopping by! Kathryn you’re right, almond milk doesn’t have much of a nutritional value besides being calcium and vitamin D fortified. I like to use almond milk or coconut water as plain liquid agents in smoothies and then add a separate protein source. So happy you’re loving the recipes, keep up the cooking!

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