Dinosaur Kale Smoothie. My daily vegan breakfast.

Dinosaur kale smoothie.

Dinosaur kale smoothie | Knead to Cook.

This is my smoothie I have post run or workout 6 days a week. One morning, typically Saturday my husband and I go out for a date breakfast so that’s the odd day I don’t partake.  This smoothie has morphed over the weeks/months and I love it.  It’s packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, calcium and I totally get lots of greens first thing in the morning.  I’m totally a creature of habit and never sour of this tall green beauty. I love dinosaur kale aka Italian kale for its deep flavor.  You can use regular curly kale and more or less of it depending on your taste.  Seriously love this one!


1.25 cups of Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk – or use whatever brand you prefer
2 large handfuls of dinosaur kale (this is a lot and you can totally reduce the amount if you prefer especially to start)
1 scoop of Vega vanilla Protein
2 tablespoons of Bob’s Redmill hemp protein
1 teaspoon of raw cacao nibs
1 teaspoon of raw cacao
1 frozen banana (I slice into chunks)
1 tablespoon of almond butter – I use Justin’s maple almond butter
5-6 ice cubes


Add milk to your Vitamix or blender and then the remaining ingredients afterwards.  Blend on smoothie setting and pour into a tall glass. Enjoy!



This week I’m committed to focusing on the plan at hand.  I tend to get wrapped up in running miles depending on how I feel v. having a hardcore plan.  This week my training is back to the plan. Yesterday was my long run.  I was supposed to do to either 8 or 9 and did 10.  See what I mean? I can’t follow the rules.  I did 10 because I haven’t since July – before my surgery.  I so needed that run.  Break the hour mark… break the double digit mile mark. It’s a mental thing. Plus my other struggle is doing long runs at a 60-90 sec slower mile minute than my race pace.  I did run it slower but not as slow as I should have but I’ll take it.



Then today was a cross training day.  I did an hour or 6 miles on the elliptical, which I really do despise.  Then I walked on the treadmill for 2 miles.  I know I needed to give my legs a break.  Primarily my twitchy knee and my piriformis muscle, which has been killing me lately.

Tomorrow back to running and weights.  Can’t wait!  Happy Monday!!



— Knead to Cook


  1. IG bestie!! I’m the same way I get way to wrapped up in miles or calories burned. From 16-27 years old I have just torn my body up by over exercising and under eating. But this week I made a vow to stick to a plan. 2-3 days of weights, 1 4 mile run 1-6 mile run and 1 spin day. I have to learn to listen to my body but it’s hard. I really loved hearing that you’re the same. Praying for you to fight that mental battle.

    • Valerie, I’m a mental nightmare thinking I should always do more and more and yet, more! I’m sticking to my marathon plan to see how my legs hold up then I may pull the trigger… again. Funny how one marathon can scar you for life :(

  2. That’s one good looking green smoothie. BTW- I’m obsessed with your rebrand and color scheme :)

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