Chocolate Covered Kale Protein Smoothie

Today is Yom Kippur – a Day of Atonement.  It comes 10 days after Rosh Hashanah, and is celebrated by partaking in a fast, attending synagogue, and repenting.  Itz the holiest day in the Jewish religion.  While everyone celebrates differently, I plan on fasting throughout the day, yet drinking water to stay hydrated.

With all the running I’m doing in preparation for the half-marathon, I don’t want to totally throw my body off.  I’ll continue my streak of running by doing a very easy one-mile jog.  Obviously, it is not recommended to exercise at all during a fast, but I believe a very slow-paced jog will be fine for my body, especially since I’ll be drinking water.  Itz one day a year, and this is how I’ll choose to celebrate.

Jonny and I will attend services with my family in the morning, lay low throughout the day, and break the fast at my grandparents’ home in the early evening.  For our wedding, I bought Jonny a University of Miami (his alma mater and obsession love) yarmulke (or a “kippah”) that he gets to sport twice a year when we attend temple during the high holidays.

Jonny’s always gotta be showing his “U” love – even at temple!  Today also happens to be WIAW with Jenn at Peas and Crayons.  While I can’t promise to be reading all the wonderful blogs that feature delicious looking food today during my fast, I promise I’ll catch up later!  Fasting is a challenge and gawking at drool-worthy pictures certainly don’t make it any easier (and itz not supposed to be easy! Read my sidenote at the bottom of this post).  For those of you notcelebrating Yom Kippur, I’ll share my eats from the past couple of days for today’s What I Ate Wednesday.

I’ve still been working hard to eat a lot of greens, but I am out of spinach and just have kale in my fridge.  A lot of you told me that you add kale to your smoothies, so I decided to give it a go in my breakfast protein smoothie.

Chocolate Covered Kale Protein Smoothie

~makes one serving

  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder (to really amp up the chocolate flavor!)
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • a few drops of NuNaturals vanilla
  • handful of fresh kale

The verdict?  Well, I like kale, so I thought it was delicious!  If you could turn a green vegetable into a candy coated delight, this is it.  It tasted like chocolate covered kale which sounds completely and utterly odd, but it was actually quite delectable.  Unlike spinach, the kale taste was very evident in this smoothie.  Strangely delicious, packed with protein and nutrients, and filling.

Lunch this week has been a rainbow salad with chicken that I made during my food prep day on Sunday.  I keep the salad cold and warm up the chicken.

Dinner came together quite nicely, too.  We had some chicken that was leftover from our Sunday night dinner with the in-laws, and I prepared asparagus and a spicy quinoa pilaf that I’d picked up from the farmer’s market.  The asparagus was frozen from Trader Joe’s – a newbie to me that I love!  All you do is cook it in the microwave (or the stove), and I added a drop of sea salt and crushed red pepper flakes.

Tomato slices fresh from our garden add a nice splash of color, too!  There you have it, my eats from the past couple of days shown to you on a day where I am fasting and repenting.

Yom Kippur sidenote: I’ve been e-mailing with Jonathan from ENERGYbits (more to come at a later date).  After learning that Jonathan is a fellow Jew, I wished him an “easy fast” which is common to hear among Jewish people on Yom Kippur.  He wrote back, “I’ve been thinking about the fact that we wish people an easy fast… that defeats the purpose of the fast! It’s good to take a step back and realize that life isn’t always easy! With that said.. Have a meaningful fast!” 

That makes so much sense, right? Itz like a lightbulb went off for me as this totally clicked and jived with my thoughts.  Jonathan’s right: Life isn’t always easy, but itz what we make of it by taking the time to reflect (and on days like today, repent) on how we can improve and better ourselves.  Thanks for the insight and your honesty, Jonathan.  While the fast will be challenging, it will be an opportunity to take a step back from the business of everyday life.

So to my Jewish friends, family, and readers: may you have a meaningful fast!

To everyone else: Happy Wednesday! 🙂 

Do you add kale to smoothies?  Can you taste it?  Does a chocolate covered kale protein smoothie appeal to you?

45 thoughts on “Chocolate Covered Kale Protein Smoothie

  1. One of my best friends is a conservative orthodox Jew — and in recovery from an ED (like me). Yom Kippur is one of the only holidays that she’s actually allowed to fast. Every year I worry about her so much — that she’ll relapse into her disordered behaviours. It is easily the one day out of the year that I feel the most tug towards faith. I pray that her atonement will bring her strength in her faith, I pray that she will emerge stronger and happier, I pray for strength should I be needed for support. I was not raised Jewish, and yet I find myself praying more on your high holiday than I do any other day of the year.
    A very blessed Yom Kippur to you! And a meaningful fast!!
    Ps. Sorry, this comment doesn’t have much of anything to do with you Lindz … But I’ve never spoken about my trepidation and worry for her before. I’ve never had the opportunity. Thank you for being a sounding board for my fears and (hopefully!) not thinking me insane. 🙂

    • Of course! Your friend is lucky to have such a caring person like you thinking about and praying for her. Yom Kippur is the only holiday that we fast for. Whatever your religion, itz important to find peace with yourself and others. You’re a good friend, Chelsie! xo

  2. I’m guessing this may not be the best smoothie to try out since I’m not a fan of Kale, haha! It does sound good, and I’m sure tastes unbelievable!!

    However, everything about your lunch looks fantastic!! Can’t ever go wrong w/ some added chicken to a salad 🙂

  3. That smoothie looks amazing! Any way to sneak a little more kale into my diet is okay with me! I’m glad it has chocolate in there too! Makes it so much better 🙂

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