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This Green Smoothie Recipe Is Loaded with Kale, Peanut Butter, and Pure Joy

You love the classic peanut butter combos, like bananas and peanut butter and chocolate and peanut butter. Now, get ready to fall in love with a new one: kale and peanut butter.

This green smoothie recipe is guaranteed to make you a fan of this power couple—not only because of its taste but because it's a nutritional powerhouse. You already know kale is a superfood green; it supplies more than 650 percent of your recommended daily value (RDV) of vitamin A and more than 900 percent of your RDV of vitamin K in a single cup, plus more iron per ounce than beef (when cooked) and 45 types of flavonoids (which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties). And if you're a PB addict, you can probably recite the health benefits of peanuts by heart; they're loaded with healthy fats that help reduce your total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Combine these two delicious, healthy superfoods, and you really can't lose.

If this green smoothie was *mind-blowing* for you, give these other kale smoothies and peanut butter smoothies a try.

Kale Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup kale, packed
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Chia seeds (optional)


Directions

  1. Add kale to the blender first, then banana and peanut butter, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Blend until smooth, garnish with chia seeds (optional), and enjoy!

P.S. Next time your kale is about to spoil, or your banana is getting a little too brown, don't toss them—freeze them! Prep the ingredients (wash and slice as necessary), then store in an airtight freezer bag. Next time you're craving a one of these smoothies, you'll have the ingredients (minus the peanut butter, almond milk, and ice) ready to go. From there, just add liquid ingredients first, then solid ingredients, and blend. For more, check out these other Freezer Smoothies That Make Mornings Easier.

 

Lauren Mazzo

Lauren Mazzo is a digital assistant editor for Shape and Fitness. She's an Ithaca College alumna, a Rochester, NY, native and an NYC transplant.  More →

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