Feb 17, 2014

Kale, Banana, Chia, Hemp Superfood Smoothie



Baby kale, chia seeds, banana and shelled hemp seeds – this smoothie is packed with nutrients and it's quite delicious and satisfying. It's also vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.


If you're wondering why I haven't been around as much these past two weeks, I just spent an amazing two weeks on set in NYC for the Skinnytaste Cookbook photo shoot! It was a wonderful experience and I worked with a great group of inspiring people who truly love their job. I miss them already, but I'm also happy to get back into a normal routine and this smoothie was the perfect way to start my Monday morning!

I'm obsessed with sweetening my smoothies with dates. It's the best way to sweeten a smoothie naturally without the need to add sugar plus it adds fiber. I just wish someone would invent a date paste, it would be so much easier to dissolve in the blender (does this exist?). Until then, I find it helpful to let the dates soak in a little boiling water to soften them before adding to my blender, and I let my blender run a little longer. 


Kale, Banana, Chia, Hemp Superfood Smoothie
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 1 • Size: 1 smoothie • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 220 • Fat: 10 g • Carb: 30 g • Fiber: 8 g • Protein: 8 g • Sugar: 14 g
Sodium: 158 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Almond Breeze)
  • 1 pitted date
  • 1 tbsp raw shelled hemp seeds (or seeds of your choice)
  • 1/2 ripe medium banana
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup baby kale (or spinach)
  • 1 cup ice

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. I only share products I use in my own kitchen on a daily basis. I created this recipe and received compensation to do so.

55 comments :

  1. Hi Gina! Delicious recipe, i love chia seeds and bananas :D. Date paste DOES exist, here are some recipes:
    http://wonkywonderful.com/1/post/2013/09/date-paste-clean-eating-sweetener.html
    http://www.greenthickies.com/date-paste-recipe/

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  2. Hi. Do you need a special kind of blender to make your smoothies? The Vitamix is just way too expensive. I was looking at a Ninja Professional blender but am not sure it will do the job. Any advice?

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    1. I have a $20 blender I got on Amazon and it works great...I make smoothies every day.

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    2. I feel a good blender is worth the money if you make lots of smoothies. I realize they can be a bit pricey, I would just blend it longer until its smooth.

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    3. I have Ninja blender, and I would not recommend it. It's hard to clean because of the 3 rows of blades and the smoothies are not smooth. I would definitely save $ for a Vitamix.

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    4. This sounds delicious! Also-I have a Ninja blender that I use every morning to make smoothies, in addition to a dish-cloth, I use a toothbrush to clean the areas between the blades that I can't get to so well with the dish-cloth.

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    5. I make smoothies daily with a 'Nutribullet' ... costs just about $100 at Kohls, Walmart, Target, wherever. I love it. It's small and doesn't take up much space and also very handy for other kitchen tasks like blending veggies into a cream based soup. To clean, just run blades under running water and put cup in dishwasher or wash by hand. Everything I blend comes out very smooth.

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    6. Gina, What type of blender do you use?
      Thank you!!

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    7. I have a Blendtec blender and I love, love, love it. I think it's better than a Vitamix -- for one thing, it fits under my upper cabinets. So it sits on the counter always. Smoothie every morning! Easy, peasy!

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    8. I love my magic bullet! So fast and clean up if very easy!

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    9. I have a NutriBullet and agree with the comment above about it. It works awesome and breaks up shelled hemp seeds. That is why I kept mine!

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    10. I have the Ninja Professional (BL660 I believe). It came with the large container with the center blades which i can see being a pain to clean after smoothies BUT it also came with 2 single serve cups and an individual blade for them! Smoothies are a breeze and after I blend them I can just pop on my lid and go :) I was skeptical at first too as I really wanted a Vitamix, but who's got $400-500 to drop on a blender?? I paid about $100 (Cdn) for my Ninja and it works amazing! It's like having a professional regular-sized blender and single-serve blender (nutribullet) in one...yet the price doesn't reflect that. They seem to go on sale all the time (at least in Canada)....definitely worth it

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    11. I have a Blendtec, and just got a Vitamix. I'll have to do the comparison to see if one is better.

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    12. You can get a refurbished Vitamix directly from Vitamix at a great price. I got mine that way and loooove it, that said, we have a magic bullet and before the vitamix it worked great for single servings. I am sure the nutribullet is even better. Main difference being the Vitamix an pulverize even the seeds of a strawberry and tons of frozen stuff at once, that wouldn't even fit in the bullet. I use the Vitamix every single day, so it was worth the investment.

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    13. The NutriBullet blows all blenders away; I use it daily and pack it w/organic greens, a bit of frozen fruit, vegan protein powder, chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji seeds, turmeric, cinnamon, cold filtered water and a bit of coconut water. Bed, Bath & Beyond sells the NutriBullet and then you can use your 20% off coupon to reduce the cost. For $100 before discounts, this item is well built and an amazing addition to a healthy eating regimen!!

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    14. We just bought a Blendtec 3 weeks ago. I am in love with that thing. I know it's a lot of money but the ease of it is just tremendous. We've made 60 smoothies since we've had it (it keeps count!). There's a smoothie button, and 45 seconds - and a lot of noise later - you have a perfect smoothie. My 12 year old who wouldn't touch breakfast has had a smoothie every single morning before school! Clean-up takes 5 seconds - rinse it out, or put a touch of soup and water in it, and pulse on machine,. REally wish I would have made the investment in our health much sooner. We bought ours at Costco with the twister jar and wild side jar for $350.

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    15. I have been making this smoothie in my nutri bullet before it was fashionable! I dont use the almond milk or the date. I love my nutri bullet and you can get it at Walmart for $99. It now comes in colors. I cant live without it or my smoothie every day. I am an ER nurse and I have long 12 hour shifts and when I cant make it to lunch, most days, I can drink this and grab some healthy snacks to help my feet full.

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    16. I love how vocal we all are about our blenders :) Plus I'm in the market for a good one and these comments are helping. Any suggestions for a blender that handles greens like spinach well? Is there a blender that can actually grind and blend it to liquid?? I'm so tired of all the little bits of spinach in my cup, straw and teeth!

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    17. I, too, am looking for a good smoothie blender. We just got turned on to "superfood smoothies" this past weekend, as my sister in law made one with goji berries, camu powder and hemp seeds (along with bananas, a little vanilla and berries!). She has a Vitamix because, well, she can easily afford it. I just can't see us spending that much for something to make smoothies in. I currently have a fairly cheap Black and Decker and it gets the job done. However, it isn't pulverizing something well and the smoothies seem gritty. I am thinking it might be the hemp seeds, so I want a blender which will pulverize even the tiniest bits.

      What I read about the Nurtibullet above sounds promising but I would want to make more than a single serving at a time for hubs and me. It hard to find unbiased reviews, although I did see some on CNET today. I may check into the refurbished Vitamix idea, too.

      I am hoping to get something soon, so I can explore the world of healthy smoothies!

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    18. My Nutribullet worked occasionally, and when it did I loved it. It started to open on the base, when it was running, spilling my stuff everywhere (even when it wasn't overloaded), and then it just ran itself right off something in the base, and got stuck. It was holding my drink hostage, and I couldn't get it out of there. Something had snapped off, holding it in place. So I don't recommend the Nutribullet.

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  3. I need your cook book so much! Paper copies of your recipes are flooding my house! What is the ETA on the book? PLEASE????

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  4. looks so good! I haven't tried hemp seeds yet, not sure what to use them for - this I can definitely try!

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  5. You totally had me at date! I love anything with dates in it and I think it's high time I tried a smoothie with dates lol
    Thanks for sharing! :D

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  6. Do you think the sweetened vanilla almond milk would work with this recipe, its what I usually buy.

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  7. To answer your question - there is something called "date syrup" http://c0421832.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/album/2910/600.jpg - its like honey from dates! Btw, love your blog, such an inspiration!

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  8. Hi Gina - date paste exists. It's used extensively in the Middle East particularly for desserts such as mahmoul

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  9. I NEVER thought I would spend so much money on an expensive blender. Let me tell you...IT IS WORTH IT! I have a blendtec and LOVE it. I am so glad I finally broke down an just bought it. Anxious to get some kale so I can make this smoothie!

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    1. I agree, I never knew what I was missing until I had one!

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  10. Hi Gina! Looks great, but how it this 6 PP? I do ww as well, and fruits and veggies are free. Almond milk and hemp seeds are only like a point. Thanks!

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  11. If I use Hemp seeds in this recipe will it cause me to fail a drug test? (I'm searching for a new job). Thanks!

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    1. It's not supposed to have THC, but I would research this, don't want you to fail a test!

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  12. Yum this does look good. I have been using a blend of maca, hemp and cacao powder in my smoothies lately and oh yes! They are very delicious!

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  13. Wow - this sound and looks amazing! Can't wait to give this a try :)

    Eve & Faye x
    Sugar Spun Sisters - A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

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  14. Would this work with reg milk with vanilla added?

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  15. Congratulations on your photo shoot! Interesting smoothie recipe. I never think of using dates.

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  16. We have date paste readily available (sold in clear rectangular packages) in the oriental section of our supermarch├ęs here in France…How much paste would be the approximate amount necessary for this recipe? Thank you for such a healthy mouth-watering brekkie!!!

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    1. Lucky! Just enough to sweeten it to your taste, maybe a teaspoon?

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    2. Hey Gina, we have dates paste "Molasses" here in the US. You can find it at any "Halal middle eastern grocery store". If you couldn't find it just let me know I'll send you some.

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  17. Great recipe from JoAnn Bayus. http://www.joannbayus.com/recipes/sweet-tooth-solution/

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  19. Here's a link to Hadley's Fruit Orchard in California. They sell date paste!
    http://www.hadleyfruitorchards.com/search/node/date%20paste

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    1. Wonderful, thanks for sharing!! That makes life so much easier : )

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  20. About cleaning the Ninja..
    I was taught to put a squeeze of dish detergent and very hot water half way up with a towel over the lid and let it rip. It will clean those spots you can't get too. Just do it right after you use it.




































































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  21. Hi Gina, I tried using chia seeds in a smoothie recently and they just all sunk to the bottom but your picture looks like it is nicely blended. Should I prep the seeds in anyway before throwing them into the blender?

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  22. Mmmm banana anything and I am in!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  23. What is a good substitute for the banana?

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  24. I have a hard time with smoothies but I want to love them for the health punch. I tried this one and I actually really enjoy it. The best part is my picky 2-year old does too!!! I was literally jumping up and down in my kitchen. Thanks. :)

    www.breakingthemommamold.com

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  25. Can chia powder and/or hemp powder be used interchangeably for the seeds of each?

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  26. OH GREAAAAAAAT ... I have plenty of dates I bought in Madinah d other months. Then I will make this wonderful recipe for my morning routine then drink right away after my morning workout ...Feeling healthy right away ehm ehm :-)

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  27. OOOOH! Sounds so delicious! I honestly LOVE making homemade drinks like this! I recently bought this bottle online that allows me to make little concoctions such as this but I can take it anywhere and it is super easy! My FruiTea2Go Bottle allows me to infuse any kind of drink which fruit, herbs, or veggies to make it nutritious and delicious! check it out they are awesome! fruitea2go.com

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