Banana Kale Smoothie: Vegan & Lactose-Free
Since moving to Amsterdam, I’ve been eating so poorly so I’m rebooting my diet with this banana kale smoothie. America has this big stereotype that everyone eats unhealthy because it’s full of fast food and processed foods, but frankly, it was much easier to eat healthier in New York City than here. There are a few reasons why that’s so.
First of all, there’s bread and cheese everywhere here. That’s really just all of Europe, but still, does everyone need to eat so much bread and cheese? Yes, there’s the argument (in my head) that bread is healthier here because it’s probably made with fresher ingredients since we get our bread from a local bakery, but I still think some bread is worse than no bread. It’s full of refined grains no matter how you spin it.
Anyways, my fault for getting sucked into the bread trap. In New York, I didn’t buy any bread so not eating bread was just as easy as that but with the bakery at Ten Kate Market literally 20 feet from my front door, it’s kind of hard not to grab a croissant, muffin, or bread to go with breakfast on the weekend.
As for cheese, I guess everyone in the world likes cheese, but it was really easy for me to avoid in New York because 1) I didn’t buy it and 2) there were many cheeseless options at restaurants in the city. I feel like a lot of restaurants here have cheese on many of their dishes so it’s kind of hard to avoid.
One time, I opted to get the one item on the menu without cheese and nearly barfed. I’m never the type to not eat something just because it doesn’t taste good. I’ve built up a habit from my childhood to not let food go to waste because food was sometimes scarce back then, and although that’s not the case now, it’s a hard habit to let go. Anyways, after Mike told me it was ok to not finish my sandwich, I let this cheeseess sandwich go. It was nasty. Lesson learned, just go for the cheese no matter how bad your lactose intolerance is.
In case you were wondering, I still got charged for that terrible sandwich because customer service up to the level of comping disgusting food that you only took a bite out of is a very capitalistic luxury. #merica
Lastly, Dutch food is comprised of a lot of starchy, fried, and sweet foods like poffertjes (amazing), fries (double fried to perfection), and stroopwaffles (heaven in a bite sized treat). I went through a serious vacation stage of needing to try out the local foods for awhile, but being so full of sugar, dairy, and fats, it started to wreak havoc on my stomach and my skin. Anyone else been getting adult acne at the mention of sugar and dairy?
Anyways, vacation is over. I’m living here so I better start acting like it starting with rediscovering my love for fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Thought this banana kale smoothie would be an easy one to make and down.
- 1 cup of packed kale
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk (you can use regular milk but I’m lactose intolerant. boo!)
- 1/2 cup of water (you can skip the water and do 1 cup of whatever milk you chose)
- 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of organic plant based protein powder (you can add more but I didn’t want to alter the taste too much with the powder)
- Throw that sht into a blender, blend away, and put it in a cup. It’s so easy and really tasty too.
I love making smoothies because it’s so customizable to your diet (vegan, vegetarian, etc.) and taste. For example, if you like it thinner like I do, you can add more water, or if kale isn’t your thing, you can use spinach.
Do you have any lactose-free green smoothies like this banana kale smoothie you love? Share with me below!