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A Protein-Packed Green Smoothie That Won't Spike Blood Sugar

Kelly Senyei
May 13, 2021
Kelly Senyei
Cookbook author & TV host
By Kelly Senyei
Cookbook author & TV host
Kelly Senyei is the author of The Secret Ingredient Cookbook, founder of JustaTaste, and TV & podcast host.
This Green Smoothie Has An Ingredient You'll Never See Coming
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May 13, 2021
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Cottage cheese is one of the more polarizing ingredients in existence. And if I tell you to add it to a blender along with kale and spinach, I can completely understand your desire to turn the page. But hear me out on this one.

Look past the texture to see cottage cheese for what it really is: a flavorless protein powerhouse. In addition to its health benefits, cottage cheese yields the most unbelievably creamy consistency without the added fat or sugar of more traditional smoothie ingredients. Intrigued? Confused? Tempted? There's only one way to find out.

Green Machine Smoothies

Makes 2 servings 


  • ½ cup dairy or nondairy milk
  • 2 cups lightly packed chopped kale
  • 3 cups lightly packed spinach
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. In a blender, combine the milk, kale, and spinach. Blend until combined.
  2. Add the pineapple, cottage cheese, banana, flaxseeds, and honey, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve.
Excerpted with permission. Courtesy of Kelly Senyei, The Secret Ingredient Cookbook.
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Kelly Senyei
Cookbook author & TV host

Kelly Senyei a professionally trained chef, TV and podcast host, cookbook author and entrepreneur. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in broadcast television from The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and a culinary arts diploma with highest honors from The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. She is currently a Food Network Kitchen host and previously worked at Condé Nast as an editor and as on-air talent at Gourmet and Epicurious.