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April 3, 2014

Kale avocado breakfast smoothie recipe {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Kale avocado smoothie, a perfect start to the day. #vegetarian #glutenfree

Do you ever just crave kale? No, I don't, either. I know it's good for me, and I feel saintly when I tuck a portion of dark leafy greens into my breakfast, but I'm not a kale fanatic. I like it, but I don't crave it. So, for someone like me, a smoothie is the perfect vehicle for adding a serving of kale to my diet. Hide it behind something I love, like avocado, and toss in a few raisins to make it just sweet enough (you can add agave to taste, if you like your breakfast even sweeter). A smoothie meets all the requirements for breakfast on a busy day: you can make one in minutes, and eat it on the run. Don't forget to polish your halo before you run out the door.

Kale avocado smoothie, quick and easy. #vegetarian #glutenfree

Kale avocado smoothie

From the pantry, you'll need: plain lowfat yogurt, lime, raisins, agave nectar.

Makes 1 smoothie.

Ingredients

1/2 cup baby kale leaves
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt
Juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp golden raisins
Agave nectar (optional), to taste
3-4 ice cubes

Directions

In the work bowl of a blender, layer the kale, avocado, yogurt, lime juice and raisins. Process until smooth; if needed, add 1 tablespoon of water.

Add 3-4 ice cubes, and process again until smooth.

Taste, and adjust with a small bit of agave nectar, if you wish.

Serve very cold.

[Printer-friendly recipe.]


More super smoothies:
Blueberry spinach smoothie
Cool-as-a-cucumber smoothie with Greek yogurt
Blueberry, apple and basil smoothie
Green goodness smoothie with banana and raisins
Mango lassi

Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Lime, yoghurt and olive oil cake, from Souvlaki For The Soul
Yogurt muffins with lime glaze, from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Fish tacos with yogurt lime sauce, from Healthy. Delicious.
Simple peach tart with yogurt and lime, from Brooklyn Supper
Vanilla lime smoothie, from How Sweet It Is

Comments

Delicious! I love Kale and Avocado I can only imagine how much energy this would give you for a breakfast!

Rebecca, it really does make me feel powerful when I have this smoothie at the start of the day!

This sounds like a good combination!

I drink a green drink every morning, made from a powdered blend plus personal additions. None of that frou-frou kale! However, for sheer enjoyment, I do sometimes make a green tea-kiwi-avocado + ice cream drink, paradoxically delicious! (Using golden raisins, great idea. Or how about dates?)

Kalyn, it's sweet enough for me without the agave, and I always feel virtuous when I start the day with some kale!

Susan, I always have raisins in my pantry, but not always dates. If you have them, you can use one instead of the raisins.

I am right there with you I do not crave kale one bit. But, I love the option of smoothies because it lets you hide them in there! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Love the raisins you tucked in here for natural sweetness Lydia. Just pinned this to my smoothie board that keeps my smoothie inspiration going!

Kale in the garden, dehydrator in the kitchen. What to do with several large bags of crispy kale? Grind into a powder and add to smoothies. Sometimes it's just too fun!

Shelby, it feels a bit sneaky, but it works for me!

Jeanette, I always have raisins in the pantry.

Sandy, brilliant! I would never have thought of that. Kale powder!

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