A basic green smoothie.

I like my smoothies…green.

Those are five words I never ever thought I would utter in the same sentence.

I would buy kale, spinach, and bok choy in the hopes of weaving it into our daily foods. And in theory, the greens would excite me. They are nutrient dense, packed with tons of good things that our bodies need. And yet…when it came time to make a meal with the greens. I’d procrastinate.

When I finally cooked greens, I would do my best to stuff them into my mouth. Or hide them under other foods. Just so I could get a few bites in. But it never worked. And in the end, I would push the greens to the side and finish my meal.

I would do this dance every few month, thinking that it might have been the recipe. Or the green. But it was always the same result: procrastination, nausea, waste.

I was beginning to think that it was a lost cause. Until I tried a green smoothie at the Whole Foods Nutrition MeetUp. It. Was. Delicious. So delicious, in fact, that kale made it back on the grocery list. And has already been whipped into the first of many green smoothies.

Turns out, cooked greens and I don’t get along. Throw in a leaf or two of kale into a smoothie, and it disappears with 5 minutes.


A basic green smoothie.

A delicious introduction to the wonderful world of green smoothies.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2


  • 2 leaves of kale washed and chopped
  • 1 banana sliced
  • handful of grapes
  • handful of blueberries
  • 1/4 of an apple
  • 1 cup hemp milk


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until liquefied, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. You will probably need to use something like the back end of a wooden spoon to push ingredients down. Just be careful not to hit the blade!

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free, soy free, and egg free.
PS—Looking for additional information or instructions on making green smoothies, check out this blog post.

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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

10 comments / Add your comment below

  1. You know what else is oddly good in a smoothie? Avocado. It makes it really creamy. I added a quarter of one to a smoothie the other day.

  2. 1. Yum! I make smoothies every morning and will definitely try this.
    2. Pgh whole foods nutrition meetup group? Cool!
    3. I’ve never had hemp milk. Read good things about nutrition so want to try.

  3. When I first tried a green smoothie, I thought I’d hate it. They’re surprisingly delicious. Thanks for a new recipe! I’ve never put apple in mine 🙂

  4. I love green smoothies with hemp milk. I haven’t tossed in an apple yet. I’ll try it!

    Have you tried raw kale? It’s great in a salad IF you massage it with olive oil and sea salt (with your hands).

  5. lee: if i liked avocado, i’m sure it would be delicious. not sure i can go there…yet.

    jennifer: hemp milk is great. worth a try. though, most of the non-dairy milks taste about the same to me.

    kate: thanks for the encouragement!

    britt & jl: apple is great. hides the taste of the kale, makes it a little sweeter, and gives it a good texture.

  6. I just found your blog and love it! And I love your design — very refreshing.

    I just recently got hooked on green smoothies. I use spinach instead of kale and I love them. I’m actually so hooked I now put pureed spinach in my oats. And just baked cookies with them. I’m mildly obsessed.

  7. I feel the same way about greens! It’s much easier to hide them in a smoothie. I have a feeling I’ll be receiving a lot of greens when I start getting weekly CSA boxes, so I’ll have a great, healthy way to use ’em up!

  8. I agree with lee on avocados. I like a creamy avocado/blueberry smoothie. You can dose them with extra blueberries to make them turn purple of the green color turns you off.

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