June 15th, 2012 / posted by paularath

Reader (and fabulous jewelry designer) Candice Wakumoto has an enviable figure and beautiful skin so I’ve always wondered what she eats. Well, it’s kale, in addition to many other super foods that offer powerful nutrients. She tosses them all into a blender to make a Green Smoothie.

Mahalo to Candice for offering us this painless way of adding kale, and other healthful greens, to our diets:

“Get a Vitamix! Throw spinach, kale, celery, parsley, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, ice cubes, a little water, soy milk, coconut oil and Stevia in and blend. You can add cocoa powder or other veggies or fruits that you desire. If it’s for a meal I’ll add a raw egg to the mix. Try it!”

A few weeks ago I wrote a feature about the amazing 91-year-old Joan Packer and her personal trainer, Diane Cadinha (www.ShapingUp808.com). Diane shared with an audience at Arcadia Retirement Residence her version of the Green Smoothie which, she said, she adapted from one that Joan introduced her to. She said she buys her greens, especially kale, at the farmer’s markets and then freezes them so she’ll always have them on hand. She tosses everything into her juicer with some ice.

Here’s her recipe:

Frozen greens

One pear, sliced

One banana

Frozen strawberries ( a handful)

One fresh pineapple (it’s a great anti-inflammatory; try the Maui Gold ones from Foodland – so ono!)

Fresh ginger (@ 3 Tbsp.)

Half an avocado


Flax seed (@ 1 Tbsp.)

Wheat germ (about 2 Tbsp.)

Coconut water


I make smoothies for Jerry and me for breakfast several times a week but I must admit they are entirely fruit and dairy based, with protein powder added in. I have never tried putting greens in my smoothies but now I am inspired to do just that.

– Paula Rath

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ron irwin
June 15th, 2012 at 1:37 am

I found that fresh washed Kale (not an easy one to cook either) in a blender with a spear or 2 of pineapple, some ice cubes, any kind of juice, I like pomegranate……. if you want protein…… blends into a really tasty sweet smoothy but all the nutrition of kale included. So far the tastiest way I have found

June 15th, 2012 at 1:48 am

Mahalo Ron! What do you add to it if you want protein?

June 15th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Kale and pineapple sound like a really good combination and I love anything pomegranate. I fell in love with pomegranates in Turkey, where they squeeze fresh ones at street stands. Mahalo, Ron!

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