Christmas Hangover

filed under: Miscellaneous on December 29, 2009

I dont know about you, but I have sorta eaten a lot in the last few weeks.  And when I say a lot, I mean a lot.

Not only have I eaten like its going out of style, but I have let the kids diets slide as well… not saying no when grandma offers them a cookie. (or eight)  Letting them eat all of their bread and none of their veggies at Christmas dinners… not taking away the sweet treats and candy gifts people are so generous with during the Holidays.

So I knew I needed to give them some super foods… something to get their little gastrointestinal system back on track.

Bring on the smoothies.

My kids love smoothies.

And for the record, I do to.

I am going to share with you my super powered, body healing, stomach soothing, palate pleasing turbo smoothie.



Here’s how you make it.

Grab your cup of frozen blueberries.  I just buy a ton during the summer when they have them ‘buy one get one free’ at the grocery store and throw them in the freezer.


Put blueberries in your blender.  Add one cup of water.

Add banana. Blend well.


Add kale.  I pull all of the leaves off the stem first… the stem is extremely bitter.


Add spinach.  Fresh baby spinach works good too.


Blend everything together really well.  On my blender, which was manufacture in 1979 I kid you not, I have to blend it for about 3 minutes.

Now, taste it.

Is it perfect?  Then you have done well my friend and have no need of my super secret ingredient.

Is it slightly bitter?

Then you might want to try this.


Is that a super fun  ingredient or what???  If you can find organic even better.  I would add no more then 1 teaspoon, but start with 1/2 teaspoon and see how it goes.

Now, sometimes I get really, really bitter kale.  Usually the banana cuts most of the bitterness, but when it doesn’t, I just add a teaspoon of this.


But most of the time the sugar is not necessary.

Now, why a blueberry, kale, spinach, banana smoothie?

1. It tastes good.

2. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and rate highest among other fruits and vegetables in their capacity to destroy free radicals.

3. Bananas are awesome.  If you would like some more technical terms go here.

4. Kale is in season in the winter, and appears to be able to lessen the occurrence of a wide variety of cancers, including breast and ovarian cancers. New research is revealing that phytonutrients in crucifers, such as
kale, work at a much deeper level. These compounds actually signal our
genes to increase production of enzymes involved in detoxification, the
cleansing process through which our bodies eliminate harmful compounds.

Talk about body cleansing. (for more info on kale click here)

5. Spinach rocks.  Just ask Popeye.  Calorie for calorie spinach provides more nutrients than any
other food
.  Feeling sluggish from all those cookies?  I promise some spinach will give you back some energy!

Let me know if you try it, or if you are already a super smoothie drinking momma.

If you are, why have we not discussed this sooner?  I need details girl! 🙂

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  • Val says:

    That looks good! I’ve got some of the ingredients! I’ve eaten so much in December… It’ll take all of Jan & Feb to get back on track! I saw my whole self in a fat mirror at a basketball game last night and nearly passed out when I realized it was me!

  • Melanie says:

    I am so making some smoothies in this house asap!! I have just recently found your blog and enjoy it very much:)

  • hannah says:

    I love smoothies. I am hoping to eat much better this year and get off this stress induced sugar kick I have been on for the last year.
    Gotta love frozen blueberries! Have you ever heard of that super blender thing (vitamix)? Several of my friends have it…I do not because it is like $700.00 but they make THE BEST smoothies. Perfectly smooth.

  • Margaret says:

    I’m not sure I’ve really ever had a smoothie, and what you’ve described doesn’t sound “good.”
    PS: Still want to know the details on the TV thingy!

  • denise says:

    ooh…i’m SO going to be trying this! i planted one kale plant in my garden last winter and it went crazy (in a good way, as i like kale)…literally i could use all it’s leaves and it would send more up for me what seemed like the very next day…i have a girlfriend who has been eating raw and making awesome smoothies like this…i even joined a 3 day green smoothie challenge:
    of course i received the recipes, motivational e-mails, encouraging group members and have yet to make my first smoothie…it seems like whenever i try to catch up with you, your posts somehow speak directly to me on some issue i have been avoiding or need to deal with! perfect timing as i reflect on new year’s resolutions (that will be obsessed over and listed and blogged about much later…or maybe read about dec 31 2010 as i’m making my 2011 list! ha!)…looking forward to trying your recipe!

  • Genny says:

    I’m definitely going to have to share this one! Looks awesome. We love frozen blueberries. Kale is so good, too. Awesome, Amanda!

  • Jenney says:

    I so so so want to try this BUT…every pregnancy I have one food that I normally LIKE that if I even look at I feel I might vomit.
    Pregnancy #1=peas
    Pregnancy #2=broccoli
    Pregnancy #3 bananas
    Isn’t that awful? It seems to have no bearing on them because they have no aversions to those foods. Hmmmm. I will have to try this recipe in the spring.

  • Christina says:

    I am so going to try this!

  • Christy says:

    We’re going to try this one, we love smoothies!!! Chad really loves smoothies, so this may be one we make often!

  • Bethany says:

    I’ve got to say, it looks interesting. 🙂 I’m not much of a smoothie person ’cause I’m always freezing cold. Even on the 90 degree days in the summer, I’m under a blanket with the air set at 73. So anywho….
    I hope you all had a good Christmas and have fun celebrating the new year coming in. After all, there is a blue moon tonight. 🙂

  • Dorothy says:

    Great idea! I think we ALL ate a “little” too much between Thanksgiving and Christmas! I got a blender for Christmas, so I just might have to make this today.

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Amanda…I just made this today for the family and it’s really good! 🙂 I never would have tried KALE in a smoothie, but I knew I could trust you. 🙂 I feel so healthy now! Thanks for listing all of the benefits of each ingredient, too. I can use that reminder. I start telling myself that cookies are a health food b/c they are “all-natural.” 😉
    PS…I used my immersion blender for Sur La Table….they have a GREAT deal on some pretty ones from Cuisinart…$29.99. Worked perfectly.

  • olivia says:

    i did the 30 day smoothie challenge on FB and drank 4 cups of green smoothie for over 2 months…every day. i’ve lost my excitement for them but my husband hasn’t. i make a freezer full of 4cup mason jars full of green smoothies for him to have every morning. we have the $700 (vitamix)blender…but it was actually only $400. it’s powerful. i’ve put everything i can think of in smoothies. it’s fun. throw half a cucumber in it! or a couple slices of yellow bell pepper or carrots…it’s awesome and so healthy and sweet! hubby likes protein powder in his but i think that totally ruins the flavor. i’m so glad he love this stuff eventhough it’s quite a bit of work for me. i love him that much.

  • Tammy and Parker says:

    Parker is feed via a g-tube and Pediasure is what all the docs recommend. But finally after searching high and low, I discovered someone willing to follow us in creating a blenderized diet for him.
    We add a veggie, fruit, protein (meat, nut butter, legume), healthy oils, grain and a milk.
    I can’t imagine a life where all you get for nourishment is a can of stuff created in a lab. blech.
    Tammy and Parker
    @ParkerMama on Twitter

  • Amy says:

    My husband and I tried it tonight. I never know people really ate kale! I worked at a restaurant and only knew it as a garnish. I have been meaning to put veggies in our smoothies so thanks for the post!
    The smoothies we make are yogurt and fruit based with some milk in it. Sometimes we add ice to it. If my daughter doesn’t like the smoothie I freeze it and turn it into a popsicle and she eats it right up!
    Thanks again!

  • coupon says:

    The healthiest diet i’ve seen so far.

  • StacieBee says:

    I just had my version of a super smoothie! One banana, two handfuls of spinach, 1 T of whole flax seeds, 3/4 cup chocolate (or vanilla) almond milk, and a few ice cubes. I will definitely be getting some blueberries to add to the mix!

  • Stephanie says:

    I definitely need this!! Thanks so much for posting!

  • Kim C says:

    I’m definitely making this. I’ve never had Kale but I’m willing to give it a try. Thank You so Much for posting this recipe and for adding in the links to find out more about the ingredients. It is very helpful and extremely considerate of you to do so 😀

    I do have one question about the Kale. When you say “bitter” do you mean bitter like broccoli rabe because I’ve had that and I’m not a fan so does it taste anything like that?

  • Katharina says:

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Will go shopping right NOW and make this the minute I am back! 😀

  • Tara says:

    Thanks for the recipe! My four year old (who hasn’t met a veggie he likes more than once) just drank this without complaint! I’m so very excited.

  • Stephanie says:

    Made this this morning and it was just what I needed after indulging over the holidays!

  • Jen Keefe says:

    I am allergic to Kale! Crazy right? Even my super organic, veggie loving doctor was stumped when Kale came up as my number one offender on the food allergy testing! No wonder I was feeling so crummy when I started trying those green smoothies everyone was raving about! Anyway, is there something I should replace the kale with? More spinach? A different green? What do you think?

    • Amanda says:

      What a crazy allergy! You can most certainly use spinach or any leafy green that you prefer. Blessings!

  • Chris says:

    I know you said “girl” but I’ll chime in as well. I have to admit, this looks tasty! Almost as good (but much better for you) than the chocolate Chip banana smoothie which has become my favorite. I do agree though, that frozen bananas are the only way to go with smoothies!

    • Amanda says:

      Anything with chocolate tastes better dude. And I like frozen banana’s as well, but with 4 kids and me (I love banana’s) they hardly ever make it to the brown stage! 🙂

  • Yvonne says:

    I have also made almost this exact smoothie but used coconut water as a base and its really good. Coconut water is so hydrating.