This is no ordinary green smoothie – it’s purple! Don’t be fooled, though, this blueberry green smoothie is packed with not one but THREE superfoods.
The flavors in this smoothie are a wonderful combination and it ends up being fairly sweet. If you’d like a little more sweetness, try adding in a bit of vanilla powder.
Blueberries are loaded with vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C and fiber. They are often ranked as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. In addition to their amazing antioxidant benefits, they also are high in cardiovascular, cognitive and eye health benefits.
I used red kale and black beans for this recipe because, well, look at that color. If you can’t find red kale you can use green kale, and any other color bean if you don’t have black. It’ll only change the color of the smoothie, not the flavor or nutrients.
Kale is very high in vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also has high amounts of manganese, copper, vitamin B6 and fiber. This nutrient richness makes kale stand out in the areas of antioxidant nutrients and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Beans sometimes have a bad reputation, but they are loaded with goodness and are amazing bases or thickeners for smoothies – especially when they are frozen. I make them in big batches and freeze them in 1/4 cup sized portions. I usually get the beans in the grocery store that are labelled “small black beans”, “small white beans”, or “small red beans”. Sometimes I go crazy and buy Pinto beans. Haha. I could go on and on about how great beans are, especially in smoothies, but I’ll save that for a different post.
Beans are loaded with protein and fiber making them beneficial for the digestive tract, blood sugar regulation, and cardiovascular system. The amount of protein and fiber per serving varies on the type of bean. Any of the “small” beans listed above will give you about 14 grams of fiber and 8 grams of fiber per cup – at only 70 calories. That’s about half the daily recommendation of fiber for women!
Protein and fiber are important in everyone’s diet, and is especially important when trying to lose or maintain weight. Both help to make you feel full faster and keep you feeling full longer – so you eat and snack less.
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Blueberry Green Smoothie
- 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup red kale, packed (use green kale if you can’t find red). Remove the stems for smoother blending.
- 1/4 cup black beans, cooked (fresh or frozen). Use any color beans if you don’t have black.
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional, skip this if you are using vanilla protein powder)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (optional, the one I use can be found here)
- 1 cup water
- If using fresh beans and blueberries, toss 3 – 4 ice cubes in the blender to thicken the smoothie.
For extra fiber add 1 tbsp chia seeds
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
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