Sunshine Kale Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • {‘item’: ‘Pineapple’, ‘quantity’: ‘1 cup’, ‘preparation’: ‘cubed, frozen or fresh’}
  • {‘item’: ‘Strawberries’, ‘quantity’: ‘1 cup’, ‘preparation’: ‘hulled, frozen or fresh’}
  • {‘item’: ‘Kale’, ‘quantity’: ‘1 cup’, ‘preparation’: ‘chopped, stems removed’}
  • {‘item’: ‘Orange Juice’, ‘quantity’: ‘1 cup’, ‘preparation’: ‘freshly squeezed or store-bought’}
  • {‘item’: ‘Protein Powder’, ‘quantity’: ‘1 scoop’, ‘preparation’: ‘flavor of choice, preferably vanilla or unflavored’}
  • {‘item’: ‘Banana’, ‘quantity’: ‘1 medium’, ‘preparation’: ‘peeled and sliced’}
  • {‘item’: ‘Chia Seeds’, ‘quantity’: ‘1 tablespoon’, ‘preparation’: ‘optional, for added fiber and omega-3s’}
  • {‘item’: ‘Greek Yogurt’, ‘quantity’: ‘1/2 cup’, ‘preparation’: ‘plain, for added creaminess and protein’}
  • {‘item’: ‘Ice Cubes’, ‘quantity’: ‘1 cup’, ‘preparation’: ‘optional, for a thicker and colder smoothie’}

Instructions:

  1. {‘step’: 1, ‘description’: ‘Add the orange juice to the blender first to help with blending.’}
  2. {‘step’: 2, ‘description’: ‘Add the kale, pineapple, strawberries, banana, and Greek yogurt to the blender.’}
  3. {‘step’: 3, ‘description’: ‘Sprinkle in the chia seeds and add the protein powder.’}
  4. {‘step’: 4, ‘description’: ‘If you prefer a thicker smoothie, add the ice cubes at this stage.’}
  5. {‘step’: 5, ‘description’: ‘Blend on high until smooth and creamy, ensuring all the kale is well incorporated.’}
  6. {‘step’: 6, ‘description’: ‘Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.’}

Health Benefits:

[‘This smoothie is packed with vitamins and minerals from the kale, pineapple, and strawberries, supporting your immune system and overall health.’, ‘The protein powder and Greek yogurt provide a robust protein source, aiding in muscle repair and growth.’, ‘The chia seeds add healthy fats and fiber, which help in maintaining healthy digestion and sustained energy levels.’, ‘Orange juice provides a good dose of vitamin C, which is crucial for skin health and immune function.’]