Green Power Smoothie

My friend and fellow teaching colleague, Paul, recently bought a NutriBullet. I once saw the infomercial and was interested, but forgot all about it until he started talking about how much he loves his. Well, given that Paul is a former fitness trainer and the current PE teacher at my school, I put a lot of stock in his judgment when it comes to nutrition related topics.

So off I went to buy my own little personal smoothie maker. At first I was wary of all this talk of kale and spinach that Paul was telling me to put in my smoothie. I’ve tried green smoothie recipes before and they all ended up making me gag. However, this new ratio of leafy greens to fruit was a much better balance for me. Plus no bananas. Somewhere along the way I realized I can’t drink blended bananas. I can eat whole bananas just fine, but the texture of blended ones throw me off.

I’ve been drinking these smoothies at school for lunch and have been on the receiving end of many crinkled noses. As I was chatting with my principal in the hallway one day, drink in hand, a group of girls surrounded me, heads cocked, brows furrowed, all asking,

“What are you drinking Ms. N??”

“Are you drinking grass??”

“What’s in that??”

Funny kids. They make me laugh. When I’m not yelling at them to do their work, that is. ;)

Green Power Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups packed kale leaves
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup 100% papaya juice
  • 1 cup water (more or less depending on how thick you like your smoothies)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth using a high powered blender. This power of your blender is critical, otherwise the pomegranate seeds won’t break down and you’ll end up having to spit them out as you drink.

Homegrown pomegranates from my uncle's house.

Homegrown pomegranates from my uncle’s house.

The seeds are so pretty.

The seeds are so pretty.

Seeding pomegranates is not my most favorite of tasks.

Seeding pomegranates is not my most favorite of tasks.

This little bowl took a good ten minutes of careful seeding.

This little bowl took a good ten minutes of careful extraction.

I'm no longer afraid of kale smoothies.

I’m no longer afraid of kale smoothies.

Smiling kale.

Smiling kale.

Layering my drink.

Layering my drink.

In goes the liquids.

In goes the liquids.

Action shot.

Action shot.

Mmm mmm tasty!

Mmm mmm tasty!

Cheers!

Cheers!

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24 thoughts on “Green Power Smoothie

  1. wow…beautiful shots. i like the way you take us through the whole process w/ narratives and photos. thank you.

  2. Okay, everything sounds yummy, except the kales. But who knows, I’ve never tried it, maybe I’ll end up liking kale smoothie. Photos look awesome, Patty, especially those of the pomegranates! xoxo, Angie.

  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog so I could discover yours!!! Sooooo happy!!! I am in love with YOUR photography! This is stunning! ;-) I simply love it, I am a fan of beautiful photos, so I am really looking forward to see more of your posts. I also have a nutribullet – isn’t it just the most fantastic thing? thanks again & so happy to be in touch now, Sylvia

    • Sylvia, I feel the same! I love the clean and crisp look of your blog. Can’t wait to see more. :) And yes, the Nutribullet is so fun. I bought a bag of fresh cranberries today and can’t wait to give them a whirl! :) –Patty

  4. Wow, before I leave tonight I have to say again you have a gift for photography. This looks juicy and bright. I like a date and some almond butter and a banana in my kale smoothie — it makes me feel like I’m drinking a milkshake.

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