Power up your morning with this Acai Banana Kale Smoothie, packed with antioxidants.
This summer, the twins have been working out feverishly, which has had a trickle down effect on my husband and me. Funny how that works. Not only are they working out, but they’re also trying to put on some weight, so they’ve been eating a big breakfast each morning (read my recent Refried Bean Breakfast Bowl post) and drinking protein shakes after their workouts.
My husband and I, on the other hand, are trying to lose a few pounds and get into better shape. You might have seen the picture I posted of this Acai Banana Kale Smoothie on Instagram last week. I made this smoothie before my morning workout. I actually put a whole cup of kale into this smoothie, and was pleasantly surprised that I couldn’t taste any kale in this smoothie. The color of this smoothie isn’t the most appealing, but I can honestly say that it tastes really good. Next time, I might add some blueberries to bump up the visual appeal.
Have you ever tried acai? Acai is a berry that grows on acai palm trees in the rainforests of South America. Acai berries are supposed to be packed with antioxidants, similar to other dark berries like blueberries and blackberries, so it’s a great addition to smoothies. You can find packs of pureed acai in the freezer section at Whole Foods, or if you’re lucky enough to have a Brazilian market or deli nearby, you might be able to find it cheaper there.
Drinking this smoothie was like giving myself an infusion of nutrition quickly – it gave me a burst of energy before my workout.
For another recipe using acai, check out my Acai Breakfast Bowl recipe, inspired by a poster I saw at our local Brazilian deli.
- 1 pack frozen acai (100 grams), broken into chunks
- 1 cup kale leaves, loosely packed
- 1 medium banana
- ½ cup organic low-fat vanilla yogurt
- ½ cup low-fat organic milk
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.