Now that the weather has finally been warming up, it’s the perfect time for a refreshing smoothie! The combination of kiwi, mango, banana, kale, coconut water and mint in this smoothie makes it substantial enough to fuel your workout or help with recovery. It is also packed with nutrients and vitamins which makes it perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or afternoon snack!
You might be skeptical of the kale…but surprisingly, you can’t even taste it! The trick to adding greens to smoothies is to mask the “grassy” taste with delicious fruits.
Let’s take a closer look at all the different ingredients!
MINT relaxes smooth muscles of the stomach and relieves stomach cramps and nausea. It also contains anti-microbial oils that can stop bacterial growth, improve oral health and symptoms of acne.
KIWI contains more Vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange! It is also a good source of dietary fiber.
MANGO is a good source of Vitamin A, which improves skin, immune system and eye health. It also contains Vitamin C and antioxidants.
BANANAs are high in potassium and tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin and can improve your mood! They can also help stabilize blood sugar levels.
KALE is super rich in antioxidant Vitamins A, C and especially K, which is important for blood clotting and bone health. Kale also contains many minerals such as potassium, copper and iron.
MINTY KIWI, MANGO & KALE SMOOTHIE
Time: 15 mins
- 2 kiwis
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups of kale, chopped
- 2-4 sprigs of mint
- 1 frozen banana, broken into 2-3 pieces
- juice from half of a lime or lemon
- 1 tsp green superfoods or protein powder
- 1 cup mango chunks
- 1 cup of cold coconut water
- chia seeds, ground flax seeds, oats, hemp seeds
- scoop of plain yogurt
- coconut water, orange juice
Place all ingredients into the blender in the order listed above. Be sure that the frozen fruit is on top of the kale so that the kale can be blended well.
- I like using frozen bananas because when blended, frozen bananas provide a creamy and “frosty” consistency to the smoothie.
- The spinach vs. kale debate: I know a lot of people use spinach in their smoothies. I used to use spinach but after trying kale, I haven’t turned back. Spinach tastes more “grassy” and spinach smoothies don’t store as well in the fridge. Kale surprisingly does not have a strong taste but provides more texture and pulp (similar to pulp in orange juice).
- For more substance, milk (or almond, coconut, rice milk) can be used instead of coconut water.