Hit the farmers' market to find healthy, green smoothie ingredients

Leafy greens are popping in area gardens. If you're not a big fan of kale, but still want the nutritional benefit, try adding some to a smoothie. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams shares a favorite green smoothie recipe that even some of the most kale-adverse people will like. Honest!

Protein smoothie made with kale, banana, apple, mint and plant-based protein powder
Protein smoothies can be a delicious way to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet.
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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Want to work more fruits and vegetables into your daily meal plan? Try a green protein smoothie with ingredients from a local farmers' market, grocery store, your backyard garden or even the frozen food section.

This recipe features a big bunch of kale. Even people who hate that leafy green have liked this recipe.

Kale is low-calorie and full of fiber. And an article in the journal Nutrients notes that kale is a good source of antioxidants, which help to reduce inflammation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website notes that only 1 in 10 adults gets the recommended five or more servings of fruits and veggies every day. Fruits and veg help decrease your risk of diseases, such as heart attack, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

The other ingredients are healthy too — bananas, apples, mint and plant-based vanilla protein powder to help you feel full.

Recipe for a single serving:



  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup milk of choice. I use almond milk. Or use water instead of milk.
  • 1 big handful of kale
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 apple, sliced
  • A few mint leaves, or more to taste.
  • Ice cubes (optional)


Blend the kale, mint and milk together until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend to desired consistency. Pour into your fave smoothie glass, garnish with a mint sprig (optional) and enjoy!

Check out the link below for another great smoothie idea.

Want to work more protein and plants into your daily diet? Try a protein-packed blueberry banana smoothie. Viv Williams share her recipe in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."


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