Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie | A Vegan Whole Food Meal on the Go

 
Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie by Beautiful Ingredient

Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie by Beautiful Ingredient

vegan | wfpb | easy | quick | gluten-free | refined sugar-free | 10 minutes or less | 10 ingredients or less

Quick & Easy Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie, by Beautiful Ingredient

Quick & Easy Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie, by Beautiful Ingredient

When I'm on the go (which is often, lately) and need something yummy to eat and quick, this Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie does the trick.  It's very easy to put together, with ingredients I almost always have on-hand and not really any "extras" or unusual ingredients to dig for.  I keep it simple for this reason.  It literally only takes a minute or two to gather the ingredients before I'm blending away and then reaching for a smoothie jar so that I can drink it on the run.

I do believe that it's ideal to sit down and eat slowly, focussing on the meal at hand and savoring each bite.  I strive to structure my time to eat like that - I just don't always have the luxury to do so.  When it's just not in the cards, I'm so thankful for smoothie jars and quick smoothie recipes like this.  I can get my greens, fruit, nuts, and seeds all in this one smoothie jar, rather than stop at fast food while I'm out, where I'd likely get 0 of these important nutritious foods.  I do focus on sipping slowly, even when I'm in a rush - that's when it's extra important to take it easy and help my system stay calm and prepared for the next thing on my plate (so to speak).  

This particular recipe is filling, too, thanks to the nuts and chia seeds.  It really is a meal in a glass when you don't have time to eat one.  And when my sweet tooth is talking to me, it's totally satisfied by this smoothie.  The family also gives the Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie a big thumbs up, appreciating that it can be taken with them as they head out the door, too.

Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie as a Meal on the Go, by Beautiful Ingredient

Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie as a Meal on the Go, by Beautiful Ingredient


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There's something about almond butter with anything banana that is so darn delicious.  Have you tried banana ice cream with almond butter?  The best.  An all-time favorite flavor combination is of course chocolate and peanut butter, but for a lighter, more caramel-like option, almond butter is the way to go.

Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie makes a great Meal on the Go, by Beautiful Ingredient

Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie makes a great Meal on the Go, by Beautiful Ingredient

A packed half cup of kale is a decent amount, and when I have little time, I love that I'm getting some greens in so quickly and easily.  So much more nutrition (and really way more delicious) than the old days of drive-thrus!  Woot woot!

Kale for a Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie, by Beautiful Ingredient

Kale for a Chocolate Almond Kale Smoothie, by Beautiful Ingredient


CHOCOLATE ALMOND KALE SMOOTHIE recipe

vegan | wfpb | easy | quick | gluten-free | refined sugar-free | 10 minutes or less | 10 ingredients or less


Chocolate Almond Kale SMoothie, by Beautiful Ingredient

Chocolate Almond Kale SMoothie, by Beautiful Ingredient

YIELD:  2 cups (one large or two small servings)
PREP TIME:  4 minutes
BLEND TIME:  1 minute
TOTAL TIME:  5 minutes

RECIPE CATEGORY:  Beverages, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Smoothies, Snack
PRIMARY TOOLS:  blender
COOKING METHOD: blend

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My goal is to provide recipes that are easy and relatively quick; doable during a busy week.  Kitchen times are approximate and will depend on various factors, like your personal kitchen speed and how many hands you have working with you.  Cooking can become a centering experience that brings family together. I hope you enjoy the ride!

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Recipe Note:  Frozen bananas are easy: just fill a baking sheet (or other flat surface that will fit and survive in your freezer) with peeled bananas and freeze for a few hours.  Make sure the bananas aren't touching so they don't freeze together.  Store extras in freezer-safe containers.


Note: While eating more produce is the top priority, I recommend buying organic ingredients whenever possible to avoid consuming (and supporting) the use of harmful pesticides.  Compare the cost of organic to the drive-thru and you may be surprised to find organic made-at-home meals often cost less.  Many recipes you'll find here travel well and are about as quick to make as hitting the local fast-food joint.