Kale Smoothie

I’m no stranger to green smoothies, but I always make them with spinach. I’ve never tried using kale in my smoothies, but after seeing Brittany’s recipe for a green lemonade smoothie, I knew it was time to give it a go.

green lemonade smoothie

I was immediately intrigued when I saw that her recipe just required a blender since most beverage recipes I’ve seen that include kale require a juicer and I don’t have one.

I followed Brittany’s recipe exactly and while I thought it was good, I added half of an apple and the juice of the remaining half of a lemon I had on hand for a little extra oomph.

kale smoothie

It was energizing and delicious and I will definitely make it again. I’d love to play around with other flavor combinations and think that adding ginger to Brittany’s recipe would be a fabulous addition as well.

On the side I had a microwavable quesadilla made with shredded cheese a whole wheat tortilla.

Tortilla and cheese

Ridiculously easy!

microwavable quesadilla

After lunch today, I spent some time reading.

AFAA Text Book

I recently registered for AFAA’s group exercise certification and my exam is coming up soon. One of the trainers at my gym is lending me her text book from several years ago so I didn’t have to buy the new one and I’m hoping the older edition will suffice. If any of you out there have your group exercise certification through AFAA and have any words of wisdom to share, I’m all ears!

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  1. beth arndt says

    i like to mix baby kale and spinach (took me forever to find baby kale..finally at target of all places!) in my smoothies. blender does so well with it all. i’ve tried lots of fruity smoothies but honestly, i just prefer a good ole’ chocolate milkshake with the greens thrown in to health-ify it!


  2. Sara Salinas says

    After your pt exam AFAA will be a piece of cake. I’ve taken both and you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Good luck!


  3. says

    Mmm, I love a kale smoothie. Being allergic to spinach, I have always used kale as a base in my smoothies. With a good quality blender, (or a little extra love with a lower quality blender) I think kale gets a bad rap for being intimidating. I hope you like it!


  4. Jess says

    I actually just finished the AFAA Primary Group Exercise certification this weekend! My advice: do the study guide and review it a couple times in the days leading up to the test, but don’t stress too much. They’ll go over everything you need to know on the day of the training. It will definitely be easier than the personal training certification you just went through! Good luck 🙂


  5. says

    The smoothie looks delish!! Definitely adding it to my must-try kale recipes list!

    As far as your AFAA GEX cert test goes, I had the textbook, study guide, and did a one-day prep session with an instructor. Of all of these, the most useful was the study guide! I absolutely recommend it to anyone so you can get a feel for what the questions will be looking for. With your NASM PT though, a lot of the content may be similar when it comes to physiology and muscle movement!

    Good luck!!! What classes are you looking to teach when you have your certification?!


  6. says

    I agree with the others, after your other exam, the AFAA one will be a breeze. They go over everything you need to know the day of the exam. You will be fine! I started teaching group classes over 10 years ago when I was in college way back in the day when step was all the rage. I love it!


  7. Sarah says

    Hello! I’m an AFAA certified group exercise instructor and ACSM personal trainer. I think since you just finished preparing for the NASM exam, the AFAA exam will be a piece of cake! Just be sure to look at recommendations for music tempo for all different types of exercise classes 🙂 Good luck!


  8. says

    I love smoothies—well, I did before I got pregnant. Hah. I don’t mind kale in them–and yours looks so pretty!

    Now that you’ve taken & passed your PT exam, this AFAA exam with be a breeze. Promise. You’ll rock it!


  9. says

    Your kale smoothie turned out so beautifully green! I added kale to my smoothie yesterday, but the color of it, along with my other fruits/soy milk turned it into a sludge-looking color. It was yummy, but the color was a huge turnoff! Good luck with your exam!


  10. says

    Hey Julie!

    Good looking smoothie!

    I recently started blogging and have spent many, many hours trying to figure out how to add a drop-down menu (something that seems so simple!) Do you have any advice or posts that may explain better how to do that? Thanks so much! Love your blog!


  11. says

    I actually just finished teaching the AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Training program to a bunch of undergraduates at my university. I have a bunch of materials I could send to you. And if you have any questions, you can always feel free to ask me! I have the practice exam on hand in case they didn’t give it to you. Let me know!


  12. says

    I love kale in smoothies. They give me so much energy. I’m actually growing four kale plants in my garden. I hope they do well for JUST this purpose!


  13. Kristine says

    I was just talking to a friend about kale in smoothies. She said she does kale and pineapple and that I had to try it.


  14. says

    That does look good!! I’m kale obsessed but haven’t liked it in smoothies.. but maybe I should give this a try! I usually create my own smoothies, I might just be mixing flavors wrong.. who knows 🙂


  15. says

    Like you I took my AFAA Group fit cert a few months after passing NASM. The written exam isn’t too tricky, especially compared to NASM. Don’t be too worried about presentation part, the entire day will be a huge review session of what you will be tested on later in the day. As long as you know your basic muscles and exercises for each muscle group it should be a piece of cake!


  16. says

    Hey Julie!

    I am an AFAA certified Group Fitness instructor, and my biggest piece of advice is to know the study guide front and back. If you know the study guide, you will be GOLDEN! 🙂 The exam day is a workshop where the facilitator teaches the important things that you need to know for the test. The day will have you moving your body to learn exercises for specific muscle groups and the “routine” that you have to come up with is VERY basic!! Please feel free to e-mail me. I have done this workshop twice. One time when I was in college, and the second time a couple of months ago! I let the certification from college expire…so the second time around I was super prepared! You will do great!!


  17. says

    Hooray for trying kale in smoothies! I’m glad you liked the green lemonade and I love the idea of adding ginger to it. That would give it nice kick. 🙂


  18. says

    I did my AFAA Group Ex cert back in 2007. It’s not too bad. I can email you my study guide if you would like (I still have pdf). I’m away for a few days, but I’ll forward it Friday 🙂 You will do great!


  19. says

    I used kale only once in a smoothie and it was a total chunk fest. Spinach seems to react much more nicely with my blender.
    Also, can you please post the recipe for your cheese quesadilla!?? hahah just joking. But it is most certainly an easy idea that I have never thought of before 🙂


  20. Emily says

    Hey Julie, I also want to get certified in group exercise. What made you choose AFAA as opposed to other organizations? Just curious.


  21. Christina says

    I am AFAA Group Fit Certified and it is a piece of cake! If you did well on your personal training cert then you will be fine. It is a lot of similar information but instead of based on one client you have to apply those rules to a group of diverse people. They also have EXCELLENT facilitators who want you to succeed. During the workshop you will go through the study guide and get all of the information that you will need! Don’t sweat it!


  22. says

    I did the AFAA group ex exam a year ago and then the AFAA Kickboxing exam this past February. The written exam was pretty hard, but if you passed the personal trainer exam, you should be fine! As far as the demo’s… dumb them down. a lot! Don’t try to impress the examiner as it creates too much chance for something to go wrong. They want to see BASIC stuff, which is so hard for people like us who workout and love a challange. Let me know if you have other questions!


  23. Rupa says

    That’s great about the AFAA group fitness cert! I’m doing mine in a week and I’m so excited! I’m toying with the idea of leaving by boring coporate job to get serious about my interest in the fitness industry! I did my CPR/AED training last night and there were so many other fitness professionals in the room it was inspiring.

    Do you have any recommendations on how to stay more relevant in the field? News you follow, things to read, etc.?


  24. Della says

    My favortite smoothie is with Kale, Almond Butter, Almond Milk, Frozen Banana, & Honey. I also sometimes add a few strawberries. It is soo good!!! 🙂


  25. Jordan says

    I am AFAA group fitness certified for a little over a year now! Don’t stress too much over this exam, as long as you do the study guide and pay attention during the course you will ace it. The instructors of the course go through everything and make it very simple to learn. Plus, since you’ve already done the personal training part you will know more than enough!


  26. says

    Hi, please can someone give some advice on getting hold of kale in new zealand… impossible I’m sure! Do you have to go to a special store? Is there another name for it?


  27. Melissa says

    Hi! First of all, big thank you! I started running last year when I started reading your blog, and you’ve been a great inspiration to me.

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that before I got a juicer, I’d just use my blender and then run the mixture through a mesh strainer. You could try that if you have some other juice recipes you’re interested in. Although I have to say I use my juicer all the time, and it was well worth the money.


  28. Rhonda says

    Kale in smoothies is absolutely the bomb!! Especially when combined with pineapple, Pineapple coconut water and mixed berries. Good with a mix of kale and spinach leaves. Just play around with different fruits. Kale is king as far as phytonutrients and studies show that kale raises your good cholesterol, among other thngs. I wont live without it ow….:)



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