Green Love

The time has come for everyone to fall in love with greens!  Leafy greens like kale, spinach & collards are finally getting the attention they deserve.  Dare I say, they are even trendy?  Whatever it takes to get more people on board with vitamin & mineral rich salads, smoothies & soups, you won’t hear me complaining!  Greens make us feel light, clean & nourished and once you bring your palate and body in balance, you will find infinite pleasure in bringing your meals to the green side of the rainbow.

Even with all the good press greens have been getting, I’ll still bump into people who have never tried kale, swear they hate vegetables and won’t go near raw foods. Do you know anyone like this?  The funny thing is, I really get it.  A few years ago, I was there—a vegetarian who hated vegetables and the darkest green I touched was probably the basil in the pesto that covered my pasta.  So how do you make the transition from this state towards developing that deep, dark green craving?

I started the hard way.  I knew it was “good for me” so I stuffed tons of greens into smoothies, force fed myself kale and starting pumping my body full of green powders.  The initial pleasure was lacking, but, well, it worked.  The happier my body became, the more I actually began to crave these foods and incorporate more and more into my meals.  Today, I’m not happy if every meal isn’t green focused because I’ve learned that my body thrives in this way.  With my experience, however, I’ve come up with ways to make the transition much more pleasurable for all the newbies.  I’ll be sharing my success secrets here on the blog through recipes that are suited for more discriminating palates.

Today I have a green dessert shake that will knock your socks off!   This frosty, mint chocolate chip “milk”shake is thick, creamy, sweet and healthy!  It’s all that we want in a dessert and healthy enough to be eaten for breakfast.  Let the green cravings begin!


Mint Chocolate Chip Kale Shake

serves 2

* 1½ cups water
* 6 tablespoons cashews
* 2 tablespoons coconut oil
* 2 tablespoons coconut nectar or sweetener of choice
* ¼-½ teaspoon peppermint extract
* 4 large kale leaves
* 3 frozen Bananas
* 1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Place the water, cashews, coconut oil, sweetener and peppermint extract in a high speed blender.  Blend until very smooth.  Add the kale and blend again.  Add the bananas and blend until smooth & frosty.  Lastly, add the cacao nibs and blend gently just to combine.




Do you have any tricks for getting more greens in your diet? Let us know in the comments!

Natalia is a shamanic practitioner and pure food chef working holistically to guide clients towards thriving health and unwavering happiness. She is currently living & loving in Santa Cruz, CA where she maintains her Shamanic Healing practice and hosts monthly Sacred Food & Ceremony gatherings. Learn more at


12 Responses to “Green Love”

  1. Lou says:

    Love the addition of mint in this smoothie… also love the chalk board glass + kale necklace, too cute! I am obsessed with adding spirilina the everything these days, especially mixed with maca and lucuma powders and added to banana soft serve…. yummo.

    I love my greens, but to entice my son more I blend up greens with other colour vegetables… think carrots and purple cauliflower and roll them into balls with brown rice, flax and seasonings and bake them. With a fun dipping sauce he gobbles them up + I think the beautiful colours make them more fun to eat. Kids like colour, and nature provides us with some amazing examples!

  2. Mariel says:

    this sounds so yummy! i love your picture <3 green smoothie are definitely one of my favorite meals!

  3. Marina Patrice Van Gossen says:

    My husband and I tried out this recipe this morning. It was delicious. I hadn’t expected kale and peppermint to work so well together. My husband said it was much easier to make than our usual smoothie, which has fresh squeezed orange juice, banana, collards, and frozen fruit. Hopefully that means he’ll make it again. A welcome addition to our smoothie repertoire.

  4. Julie says:

    Would this work with fresh mint?? I put kale, spinach, romaine, etc. into all my smoothies. I use coconut water (with probiotic) plus hemp powder and super green foods powder. Liking the mint idea…

    • Natalia says:

      Hi Julie! I love fresh mint in smoothies! I find too much is a bit bitter so a blend of mint & kale or spinach would be my recommendation for this recipe. You don’t need much to get that nice minty freshness.


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