This kale cherry smoothie is deliciously creamy and jam-packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s probably not the best thing to admit in a smoothie post, that I’m notorious for making bad smoothies. But that’s okay, I’m saying it anyway. I mean, I don’t really get why I’m so bad. If you throw a bunch of fruit in a blender and mix it up, shouldn’t it taste good? Apparently not when I’m in charge. In fact, there was once a time my bad smoothie making streak lasted so long, my oldest son just started refusing to drink them altogether. He went MONTHS refusing my healthy blended concoctions. I had to create something AMAZING for him to trust my smoothie making skills again…and slightly force him to drink it. So, while some of you pro smoothie makers out there might find it strange to have a recipe for a smoothie, I am the type that absolutely needs one! And to all my fellow bad smoothie making friends out there who are just as confused as I am as to why they just don’t taste good – make this one!
Smoothies make a great breakfast or snack on-the-go. I love blending up a smoothie for my kids to gulp down in the mornings. They don’t get nearly enough greens because of their picky palates, so smoothies are a great way to sneak in those nutrients.
Here’s a simple breakdown of the ingredients and the nutritional value they add to this smoothie:
– Cherries: high in vitamin C, fiber, and potassium
– Kale: high in vitamin A, K, and C
– Pineapple: high in vitamin C, manganese, and copper
– Blueberries: contain high amounts of vitamin k, manganese, and fiber
– Avocado: contains healthy fats, protein, vitamins A and K
– Hemp seeds: high in protein (omega-3 and omega-6) and healthy fats
I like to blend the kale and water together in my high-speed blender first, just to make sure all that kale breaks down evenly and I won’t have to listen to complaints about “green leaves” floating in my kids’ smoothies. After the kale and water is blended, dump the rest of the ingredients in the blender and blend until it’s smooth and creamy. And while we’re talking blenders, are you team Vitamix? Team Blendtec? Or team those are way too much money I’m perfectly happy with my Walmart blender thank you very much. Let me know and enjoy your smoothie!
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 cup fresh kale, packed
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 tbsp hempseeds
- 1.5 cups almond milk or water (I used water)
- Add the kale and water to a high-speed blender and blend until the kale is completely broken down.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend until it's smooth and creamy.
- Enjoy immediately!
- 223 Calories
- 28g Carbohydrates
- 12g Fat
- 7g Fiber
- 5g Protein
- 24mg Sodium
- 15g Sugar