Green Smoothie

By Katherine

For years, I've been a cereal-and-milk-for-breakfast kind of lady.  But recently, with Sean preaching about the greatness of going paleo, I decided to experiment with reducing the amount of grains I eat every day. A few days a week, I've been trading my cereal for a smoothie.  In the past, I scoffed at a smoothie breakfast - it didn't feel like real food, and I was always hungry again by 10am.  I wanted to put together a smoothie that was healthy (but didn't taste horrible), that had substantial amounts of protein and fiber, and that wasn't full of sugar.  Here is what I came up with: 

Before...

Before...

1/2 cup coconut water

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

2 cups kale leaves, large stems removed

2/3 cup frozen blueberries

1 small banana

1 cup ice

Add all ingredients to blender and pulverize.  Our Blendtec blender on the "smoothie" setting works great (though does make quite a racket in the early mornings when I'm making this - sorry neighbors!).   This makes about 16 oz. of smoothie, which I drink all by myself, but could be shared by two people with lesser breakfast appetites. 

After! 

After! 

 I admit, the color is a little off-putting, but you shouldn't judge a book by its cover! This smoothie fills me up and keeps me going until lunchtime, which is a pretty rare occurrence for me.  Also, it has kale, so I feel totally virtuous.  I usually eyeball the ingredient amounts, and substitute liberally based on what's around (at times, I've used grapes, skim milk, and spinach instead of the blueberries, coconut water, and kale, all with pretty good success).  Please report back if you have any killer smoothie combos!