Thursday, September 6, 2012

Morning "Green Machine" Smoothie

I love my morning smoothie! It makes a wonderful breakfast and gives me the needed energy to start my day. My awesome Aunt Annette first fed me a delicious smoothie just like this one, the only difference is she uses fresh ginger (which is delicious, but unfortunately since I have an arrhythmia I cannot have ginger) and she uses 1/2 a pear instead of a kiwi. Her smoothies are sooo delicious! Wish I could pop over to Iowa right now and have her make me one :) The ginger makes it taste like dessert! YUM!!

My smoothies are a bit different. I've experimented with different fruit (always using banana) such as pears, kiwi, and mango. So far I like the kiwi and banana combo.

I found my kale at Trader Joes, just $2.49 and my Aunt gave me the Chia seeds but I know you can get those at Trader Joes too!

Other then that pretty basic ingredients :)

For one morning smoothie I use...

  • I cup kale (packed)
  • 1 kiwi (peeled)
  • 1/2-1 Banana (use more or less depending on how sweet you want your smoothie)
  • 1/2 T. of Honey (I usually skip this, but my hubby prefers the extra sweet)
  • 1 T Chia seeds
  • 1 t. Cinnamon
  • 1/2- 1 cup Almond Milk (depending on how much banana you use. If you use a whole banana use 1/2 cup milk)
  • 2-4 ice cubes

Then just pop all the ingredients in your trusty blender and there ya go :) I have started freezing all my fruit ahead of time so I can skip the ice. It really makes for a nice smoothie and this way you don't have to worry about your smoothie fruit going bad! I even freeze the Kale! I haven't tried to freeze the Kiwi, I am thinking that with how juicy they are that would not work well. But pears, mango, banana and kale all freeze great! 

Give the smoothie a go and let me know what you add and subtract. It is always fun to try new smoothie combos!


  1. I should get some chia seeds. I've heard they're a great addition to smoothies, and homemade granola!

  2. They are great!! So good for you and they add a nice texture to smoothies. I have even made "pudding" with them with chocolate almond milk and about 1/4 cup chia seeds per cup of milk. Such a yummy, healthy dessert!