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As some of you may know, I have a love hate relationship with green smoothies. I want to like them, I do. They’re the currency of the raw food world, and who doesn’t need more greens in her diet? (OK, I may be one of the few people who actually doesn’t need more greens in her diet, but still.)

That said, I just can’t get down with green smoothie culture. There’s something about the stuff that just skeeves me out, in spite of my love of raw leafies. And since I’m not a huge fruit/smoothie lover to begin with, the whole endeavor is a little beyond my ken.

If I were to make lifelong rules out of current preferences, however, I would never ever eat cilantro, radishes, artichokes, or onions. These are all formerly hated foods that, with an open mind, I’ve grown to appreciate (only if the onions are cooked, mind you). So I think it’s important for me not to turn my cheek to green smoothies, at least not entirely: if I continue to experiment with ones that I like—like my mellow green smoothie—I may just surprise myself.

So far, I’ve noticed that green smoothies only work for me if I bury the greens in lots of banana, lots of almond milk, and something fatty (like coconut, nut butter, or nuts/seeds). With those preferences in mind, I whipped up the following green smoothie a few mornings ago. Lo and behold, I loved it. Maybe not as much as I love my peanut butter and berry smoothie, or my butternut squash smoothie, but quite a bit. Maybe a tide is shifting.

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Green Smoothie with Banana, Hemp, and Kale (serves 1)

1 large or 2 small bananas, frozen
2 tbsp hemp seeds (shelled)
1/2 cup almond milk
3 leaves stemmed kale
1 scoop Vega Whole Foods Optimizer in vanilla chai flavor (optional, or substitute your favorite vegan protein)

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender till creamy and smooth, adding more almond milk if needed. Serve and enjoy!

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Speaking of smoothies, please head over to Vital Juice New York today (January 20) to check out my “vital spy” interview! I’m chatting about my favorite places to eat, exercise, and unwind here in NYC, and I offer up my favorite smoothie (the butternut squash concoction) for readers. I’d love it if you gave it a look!

And with that, it’s been a long day of class. Till tomorrow, folks!


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