February 7, 2014 posted by dre

kale piña-covado {protein smoothie}

a protein packed, healthy green smoothie… loaded with kale, pineapple, and avocado.
a personal trainer approved piña-colada.

this was not the plan… shooting a cold drink on a snow day in texas.

kale piña-covado {protein smoothie}

the plan was to post buffalo nuggets for everyone (especially my fitness competitor friends… i’ve been leaving them high and dry lately with all the baked goods i’ve been posting… sorrynotsorry).  but once i tried this, everything changed.  at $7.00 bucks-a-pop, there was no way on earth i could afford this newfound addiction after my workout every day!  i never imagined a budget could inspire such swift resourcefulness… i immediately went to whole foods and bought all the fresh ingredients to make a weeks worth of them for $6.50 (not including the protein powder i had on hand at home).  so the bison got bumped… but don’t worry, it’s coming!! :)

then, it snowed.  real snow is rare in dallas.  whenever it dips below 33 degrees, we usually get sleet, freezing rain, and terrible icy roads littered with people incapable of driving in such conditions.  this time, it actually snowed big, fat, beautiful snowflakes!  it was glorious… especially when you can work from the cozy comfort of your own home!

kale pina-covado protein smoothie

things were quite cozy… i drank my coffee and spent time in the word a little longer than usual as i watched the snow fall outside.  i played around with ingredients in this recipe until i got it just right… at which point i had to hurry up and take pictures before i “taste-tested” the entire thing! :)  while shooting, i noticed the reflection of the window pane on my mason jar… and that’s when the coziness came to a freezing halt.

the only obvious solution was to open the windows and get rid of the glare.  enter snow and 20 degree weather… inside.  (do you know how much i love you??)

kale pina-covado protein smoothie

okay, so let’s talk about this smoothie/protein shake.  adding fruit to a protein shake isn’t something i usually do… but that’s only because i’m so fond of chocolate and peanut butter.  (can you blame me?)  this recipe was a game changer though… kale yeah!  it is loaded with fruit, veggies, (healthy) fat, and protein!!  boom-shaka-laka!  a super-food piña-colada, minus alcohol (or maybe not).  this recipe makes 24 ounces, about 2 servings.  each serving is 169 calories, 18 grams of protein, and only 6 grams of sugar!

i promise you any child unwilling to eat their veggies will be all over this smoothie… especially a little boy.  just call it an “incredible hulk” smoothie.  sold.  :)

kale piña-covado {protein smoothie}

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: 12 oz

Calories per serving: 169 cal, 18 g protein, 6 g sugar

kale piña-covado {protein smoothie}


  • 2/3 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 large hand-fulls (~50 g) kale ~the leaves of about 8 stalks
  • 1/3 c (~80 g) pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 (~50 g) ripe avocado
  • 1 scoop protein powder (i used vanilla)
  • 1 c ice cubes


  1. put all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth!


to get the most nutrients out of your fresh fruits and veggies, it's best to drink immediately, but you can refrigerate it in an air tight jar for up to 2 days.

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  • Your recipe sounds delicious, and your photo beautiful. What might make the photo even more beautiful are reusable straws.
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    • thanks jenn! i will definitely check them out! i bought some cute paper straws the day after I posted this recipe (of course! lol!) but reusable glass straws sound even cooler! :) thanks for sharing!

  • This looks SO yummy! Love how easy it is! I haven’t used avocado in a smoothie yet but I’m all about kale & spinach. LOVE the name too! So creative!
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    • thank you leigha! aren’t spinach and kale are the best in smoothies!?! :) the avocado makes it so creamy and adds the perfect amount of healthy fat! it’s my new fave! thanks for the love, can’t wait to check out your site!

  • This smoothie sounds so good and your pictures are beautiful! I love kale in my smoothies, and have wanted to give avocado a try, just haven’t gotten around to it. I love all the ingredients in this one, so I’ll have to try it out. :)
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    • thanks so much ashlyn!! the avocado gives it an amazing creaminess and the healthy fat helps you stay full long after drinking it!! :) i’m totally trying your berry spinach smoothie w/ kale today! looks so good!! thanks again!

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