5 Smoothies Inspired by Starbucks' New Kale Creation
Kale is going national. Not only is it being explored by McDonald’s and Olive Garden, but it’s also making its debut in more than 4,300 Starbucks locations. The Sweet Greens Evolution Smoothie includes a juice base of celery, mango, apple, banana, cucumber, spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, lime and parsley, plus nonfat Greek yogurt. Additional smoothie options on the menu include Strawberry and Mango Carrot. Customers can also add in fresh kale or additional yogurt upon ordering. The 16-ounce serving clocks in at 170 Calories, with 0.5 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein, 36 carbohydrates, 32 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fiber, which makes it a healthy choice for breakfast or an afternoon snack. “You are actually taking in three food groups: veggies, fruit and dairy, and getting the nutrients that come with it,” says registered dietitian Toby Amidor. Can’t get to your local coffee location? Make our favorite smoothies, below.
This kale smoothie is packed with fiber, vitamin C and lutein (which may be good for eyesight). Keep frozen grapes on hand so you can whirl this up in a pinch for breakfast or for a healthy refresher any time of day.
Not a fan of kale but still want your green fix? Melissa a'Arabian starts the day with this spinach smoothie that gets sweetness from a bit of honey. The drink is also dairy-free: Use almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk instead of yogurt or classic milk.
Giada De Laurentiis sweetens her breakfast smoothie with a bit of simple syrup before blending all of the ingredients. Whole-fat Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than traditional yogurt, and gives this drink a nice consistency that isn't too watery.
The combination of beta-carotene packed carrots and vitamin-rich pineapple is a delicious and healthy one in this refreshing smoothie. The secret to keeping the drink from being too watery? Frozen carrot juice. Instead of adding sugar, use dried dates as a natural sweetener.
Sandra Lee's smoothie is deliciously sweet thanks to cubed honeydew melon and apple juice. With only four ingredients, it's a cinch to make in the morning.