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Smoothies are just plain fun, aren’t they? Fun to make and fun to drink. They’re great for breakfast on-the-go, pre- or post-workout boosts or as a satisfying snack. They are vibrant, cool and creamy. And they are as simple to prepare as this matcha kale power smoothie. While not all smoothies are created equally, it is important to try to pack as much of a nutritious punch as possible when considering what to throw into the blender. Think ‘green’ for the main ingredient: as in a leafy green like spinach or kale or rainbow veggies like beets or carrots. Updated: September 2020

To offset the potential bitterness or heaviness of the vegetables, add some fruit for natural sweetness or consider adding ginger root for zing. Or both! I usually add bananas to give it a creamy texture, and then ice cubes, almond milk or coconut water instead of water or cow’s milk.

Whatever fruit the kids don’t eat in their school lunches the day before is also tossed into the blender! Usually that means apple slices, grapes, pears and mango. You can also freeze these once the kids come home, and substitute them for the ice cubes. As you know, my youngest is a picky and minimal eater, so starting each day with a smoothie filled with nutrients has made a huge difference.

Protein Powders in Smoothies

Additions of protein powder or super foods like hemp hearts, chia seeds and matcha green tea powder offer extra power and energy boosts. I buy the protein powders with added greens, so I’m certain that at least one meal per day is super-substantial.

And to sweeten the deal, consider adding honey or maple or agave syrup to your smoothie, as opposed to artificial or refined sugars. In my experience, though, these aren’t necessary with a bit of banana or other fruit.

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Matcha Kale Smoothie