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Are you in need of a better way to kick start your morning? Looking to find a quick way to get some nutrients before you start your day? Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of goodness into a small drink, and you can take them with you on your way to work. Ditch coffee as your morning drink, and start making smoothies that will energize you and provide some major health benefits. A better morning is as easy as a trip to the supermarket for fresh foods.

Wondering how to make a smoothie that tastes good and keeps you healthy? Try out this recipe for a kale and coconut smoothie. You may be surprised with how good it tastes.

Ingredients

1 ½ cups coconut water

2 cups fresh kale

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1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1/2 cup cubed fresh or frozen pineapple

1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 scoop of protein powder

1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (optional)

Crushed or cubed ice

Directions: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour in a glass and drink immediately.

Mix up your Smoothie

Looking for a twist on this fresh mix? Try some of these combinations that will change up your smoothie and amp up the health.

Spinach/Kiwi: Use 2 cups of fresh spinach instead of kale, and add 1 fresh and peeled kiwi to the smoothie

Blueberry-Green Smoothie: Swap out the mango chunks for 1 cup of fresh blueberries. If you aren’t a fan of the kale, you can swap spinach into this one as well.

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Kale and Peach Smoothie: Add 1 ¼ cup of fresh (or frozen) peaches to the mix instead of mango

Strawberry Banana Smoothie: Create this classic favourite by Adding 2 cups of fresh strawberries and 1 banana. For the best taste, you might want to remove the kale from this one.

Pina Colada Smoothie: Take out the kale from this one and add ½ cup of light coconut milk for the fruity taste of a tropical beach

Spinach Pineapple Smoothie: Replace kale with 2 cups of spinach and increase the amount of pineapple to 1 cup. For this one, ditch the mango chunks.

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Tropical Yogurt Smoothie: Add 1 container (or roughly 6 ounces) of Greek yogurt, and reduce the coconut water to ¼ cup, and remove the kale for a tropical taste.

Why You Need Kale in Your Life

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse food that is low in calories and high in fiber. Besides this, the superfood has high levels of iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C and K, while being a powerful antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory food. This leafy green veggie is a must have in every diet, but not everyone is a fan of the slightly bitter taste. If you aren’t up for a kale salad, putting kale in your smoothies is a great way to get the nutrients of kale, without getting the taste.

Why You Need Coconut Water in Your Life

Just like kale, the health benefits of coconut water are a great addition to a healthy diet. Coconut water is filled with electrolytes and minerals that are essential for replenishing your body’s water reserve, which means that it’s a great way to quickly solve dehydration. Aside from this, coconut water is a great way to naturally increase energy, and stabilize blood pressure because of its high potassium levels.

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