Mixed Fruit & Kale Green Smoothie

I have to apologize for the lack of posts. I'm sure that all of you can relate during this time of year. We're all trying to make the most of our precious summer weekends by getting outside, planning activities with friends and family and just having fun!

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I wanted to share a new green smoothie recipe with all of you. It's a great one to incorporate on your weekends to boost hydration, protein and intake of leafy greens.

Nutrition Breakdown:

This very green kale smoothie is probably one of the most delicious green smoothies I've ever made.

It's a fantastic way to hydrate and replenish lost electrolytes after sweating from being out in the heat or working out thanks to the coconut water. It's the easiest way to increase your veggie intake thanks to 2 servings of kale which will provide you with powerful antioxidants, vitamin k which is essential for bone health and a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, iron and potassium.

The almonds, aside from being a good source of protein will also act as our healthy fat. Spirulina is a complete source of protein and for those of you who don't know what spirulina is - it's a blue-green algae that's considered a superfood because it's so incredibly abundant in nutrition.

We're sweetening this smoothie off naturally with a combination of fresh and frozen fruit, powdered vanilla bean and a medjool date - no sugar here!

Mixed Fruit & Kale Green Smoothie

Serves 1-2

1 cup Coconut Water (I only use Thirsty Buddha brand - it's completely natural with nothing added)

1 fresh or frozen banana

1 cup frozen fruit blend (I like PC)

2 cups kale, washed

10 raw almonds

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

1 tsp spirulina powder

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

1 medjool date

water for thinning

Blend on high for 60 seconds or until everything is well combined. Pour into a glass and sip through a glass straw!

BAM - you're properly hydrated and nourished first thing in the morning with 2 servings of veggies down the hatch! How amazing is that?!

Enjoy every bit of the summer everyone! - Valerie XO

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