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Hydrating Coconut Kale Smoothie

coconut kale smoothie

I’ve talked a lot about how I’m taking some time to honor my body and cut back on my workouts but what I haven’t touched on is what I’m doing with my food intake.

I’ve done a ton of research (googling) on what to eat to help balance your hormones and consuming enough healthy fats seems to be one of the best things you can do as a natural remedy.

More avocados, almond butter, coconut oil, salmon…. YES PLEASE!

In my attempts to add more healthy fats into my diet I consulted the bible aka Run Fast Eat Slow* the incredible cookbook for athletes by Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan & chef Elyse Kopecky and found myself fascinated with their views on healthy fats and their role in keeping the body balanced. Just listen…

“In our recipes, we make no apologizes for the amount of fat…..runners often obsess over carbohydrates and protein and forget that fat is also an important building block…it’s critical for healthy brain function, cardiovascular strength, HORMONE BALANCE, building lean muscle and combating inflammation. Female athletes in particular can suffer hormone imbalances without enough fat in their diets. It’s estimated that 20% of active women and to to 45% of female competitive runners suffer from athletic amenorrhea…” 

I think I read this small section 89748945 times.

Those few sentences were more meaningful to me than any doctors appointment I’ve been to thus far. 

 

I hate self diagnosing myself and still very much plan on going to my endocrinologist appointment next week and getting my pelvic ultrasound to rule out more serious conditions but I am really going to try to heal my body with food as well. 

Running a marathon 6 months ago was no joke and I don’t know why I have never really considered myself a “competitive runner” until writing this right now but I think my body really does need far more quality nutrients than I’m giving it- the key there being quality. I easily consume 2,000 calories a day but a lot of it is just fruit, whole grains, veggies, protein and I ignore those healthy fats.

Well no longer!

Since having this “ah ha” moment I’ve been incorporating healthy fats with every single meal and one of my favorite ways to consume them has been the Coconut Kale Smoothie from Run Fast Eat Slow!

This nutrient packed smoothie contains dates, almond butter, kale, coconut water and whole milk yogurt. Talk about QUALITY nutrients!

Here’s how to make it!

 

Hydrating Coconut Kale Smoothie:

Ingredients:

  • 4 kale leaves (stems removed)
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 medjool dates (pitted) -remember this post on the health benefits of dates?
  • 1 cup ice

 

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Tip for buying dates–try the bulk section at stores like Sprouts!

 

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And “kale leaves” I’m assuming means 1 full piece of kale (stem removed) that’s what I’ve been doing and my smoothies turn out great!

 

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Really let the ingredients blend for awhile (2ish mins) because the dates and kale take awhile to mix. 

2. Enjoy!

 

Hydrating Coconut Kale Smoothie
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 4 kale leaves (stems removed)
  2. 2 cups coconut water (unflavored)
  3. 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  4. 2 tbsp almond butter
  5. 3 medjool dates (pitted)
  6. 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth
Adapted from Run Fast Eat Slow
Adapted from Run Fast Eat Slow
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coconut kale smoothie

 

 

 

Your Turn,

Have you read Run Fast Eat Slow yet? Thoughts? Blogg

er Brie at Lean, Clean & Brie just wrote a great post about the book as well! 

What are your favorite green smoothie ingredients?

Do you try to consume healthy fats on a daily basis?

 

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply Kara November 16, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Yum – this looks delicious. I love using coconut water in smoothies. It gives such a great tropical taste!

    • Reply Diana Becker November 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      Oh it adds so much flavor and is so good for you!

  • Reply Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie November 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    You know I am obsessed with this cookbook πŸ™‚ it has completely changed my approach to eating and I could not be happier. I am eating more fats and focusing on ingredients rather than calories and my body is loving it! Need to make this recipe soon!!
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    • Reply Diana Becker November 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Same!! I’ve never had more energy in my life! You’ll LOVE the coconut kale smoothie- it’s creamy, refreshing and really filling!

  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv November 20, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    My mom got my family started on the healthy fat train a year or two back so my parent’s house is filled with coconut milk, every kind of nut, coconut oil, etc. and some of that has carried into the way I eat at college, too. I definitely am not scared of eating nuts, nut butter, etc. anymore and can appreciate all of their awesome benefits!
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  • Reply Marj November 22, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    That looks delicious. I’ve been trying to figure out ways to make taste more appealing to kids. Smoothies work to a bit but they haven’t taken up to it too well either. I’m going to try your recipe. My kids love the taste of coconuts and coconut water so hopefully that alters the taste enough to make them want to keep drinking it.
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  • Reply Betty November 26, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Hi there, thanks for your post.
    It looks healthy and delicious. πŸ™‚ I will try it now. Easy to make.
    Nice day!

  • Reply Barbara J. Silverman November 27, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I like the green of this smoothie <3
    My favorite is avocado. But your receipt seems so delicious I'll try it ASAP
    Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Emily November 28, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I thought kale leaves, so difficult to drink. But I have tried your receipt yesterday. Unbelievable it’s so nice, the taste of coconut and kale leaves absolutely good together. Thanks so much.
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  • Reply Jack November 28, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    This smoothy looks delicious. I love using coconut water in smoothies. Its not only good taste but also good for your health.
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  • Reply Richard Friesen December 7, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Thank you so so much for the recipe. They just look so tasty. It’s so great I’ve got all the ingredients available. Gonna make them tomorrow.
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