ChocoBananaNut Smoothie Recipe

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My friend from way-back-when, Jennifer Menzer, is in incredible shape. So much so, that it begs the question: “Girl, what do you eat?” As a Nutrition, Fitness, and Lifestyle Coach for Boston Health Coaches, in Boston, Massachusetts, there is no question that she is in peak form, in part, through exercise; however, it is Boston Health Coaches lifestyle approach that got my attention. They advertise the belief that “food, health, and life should be savored.”  How opposite to what we normally think about diet. Their approach is not about deprivation, but about making the right choices instead. Brilliant.

So back to the question about what she eats. This foodie wanted to know. She gave us this wonderful recipe for the ChocoBananaNut Smoothie. Visit her website at to learn more information and connect with Jennifer and her counterparts at Boston Health Coaches.

Makes 1 serving

1 frozen banana (freeze it with the peel off!)

1 tsp peanut or almond butter

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 tsp chia seeds

small handful kale

Cover with a bit of Almond Milk, blend, and enjoy cold.

As an aside, I served it to my kids, and they had no idea that they were drinking veggies. Bottoms up!

Might as Well Face It, I’m Addicted to Kale

I know I’m a little slow on the uptake, but what can I say? I’m a skeptic. Hollywood has been buzzing about kale for the last couple of years. I had tried the Buffalo Kale Caesar at Just Salad in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and I was immediately hooked. By the way, if you haven’t been to Just Salad yet, you must. They are a chain with multiple locations throughout Manhattan, and one in Brooklyn. And Hong Kong, apparently?

The best thing about kale is that it’s so versatile.  You can bake it in the oven with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Braise it. Eat it in the form of a chip. In a salad. But the best part about kale (besides being packed with vitamins) is that it’s crunchy (unless you boil it down which I don’t really recommend). This translates to kid friendly.

I was in the supermarket a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised that my very mainstream supermarket carries pre-packaged salads with kale.   And guess what? Two out of two kids in my house tried it. And liked it! If you haven’t bought it yet I’d urge you to give it a shot. They come in several flavors, but my favorite is the chipotle with the little chips in it.