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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:

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Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

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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