Green Smoothies

by Kelli on February 26, 2013

This energizing Green Smoothie combines spinach & kale with frozen banana and mango + a hint of ginger.

I have two things on my mind this morning – (1) the Brooklyn Half Marathon and (2) green smoothies.  Let’s talk about a little running first, and we’ll save the delicious stuff for last.

I recently registered and began training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon…so, so excited!!  Back in January I told you that one of my goals this year is to run a sub-2 hour half marathon.  This 2 hour mark feels like it’s been hanging over my head forever (really, 5 years)!  Well, this is it!  This is the year, and this is the race!  I see a half marathon finish well under 2 hours, happening this May.

I’ve talked about triathlon and running in the past, but there’s never really been any showing.  So, in the spirit of showing what I’m up to on the training and race front, here’s a little peak at my training plan.

training plan

It’s a modified version of a Hal Higdon intermediate plan.  I altered mileage, swapped around some workouts so I can still cruise around Central Park with my running club, and I sprinkled in a couple fun races, to create a plan that works best for us.  We also added an extra week of training (who said 13 isn’t lucky!), for no other reason that we were super excited to get the show on the road and some extra miles on our legs.

Another reason I’m so excited for this race is that the boyfriend is also running it, and it’s his first half marathon!  Forget my sub-2 goal, I think I’m slightly more excited about his half marathon excitement.  Before we met, the he ran sometimes….kind of.  It took him a little while to warm up to us running together, but he eventually did, and now it’s a part of our regular schedule.  He’s such a great running partner, and I really love that we share this!

I’m not 100% certain, but I think I just might see the marathon wheels spinning in the boyfriend’s head.

This energizing Green Smoothie combines spinach & kale with frozen banana and mango + a hint of ginger.

What’s been motivating me during morning workouts lately… smoothies!  I’ve been craving dark leafy greens like crazy!  Like, all.the.time!  Leafy greens, like kale, chard, spinach and arugula, are a regular part of my diet (think 2-3 times a day), and lately the more greens I eat, the more greens I want to be eating.  And on an interesting note, you know what I haven’t really been craving these days….sweets.

I love starting my day with green smoothies.  This energizing drink combines my favorite dark greens, kale and spinach, along with frozen banana and mango for a hint of sweetness, and a touch of fresh ginger.  Whether I’ve just rolled out of bed or I’m refueling after my morning run, this smoothie leaves me feeling refreshed, full and energy and ready to tackle the day.

This energizing Green Smoothie combines spinach & kale with frozen banana and mango + a hint of ginger.

Green Smoothies

Yield: Serves 2


  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, depending on how thick you like your smoothie
  • 1 cup kale leaves, center rib removed
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 banana, frozen & cut into pieces
  • 1 mango, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger


Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Divide between glasses and serve immediately.

This energizing Green Smoothie combines spinach & kale with frozen banana and mango + a hint of ginger.


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne February 27, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Girl, there’s so much goodness in this posting that I had to bookmark it! I just tried spinach in a smoothie and was delightfully surprised. I might have to break this greenie out this weekend.

And good luck on the sub-2 — a big milestone!


Kelli February 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Thanks so much, Anne!!

If you already like spinach in your smoothies, I think you’ll really like the kale addition. This is especially delicious post- long run :)


PURABI February 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

How wonderful and simple the green smoothie is! This breakfast recipe is making my mouth water….loved the picture!


Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen February 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Yum! I love green smoothies and am always looking for a new recipe to try out.

Good luck with your training for the Brooklyn Half! I’m sure you will blow by 2 hours! So fun that you and your guy are training together. I’m actually going to send you an email, because my guy has convinced me to try a triathlon!!


Kelli February 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Kelsey!

Yay, triathlon!!!!! More than happy to answer any questions :)


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

I am still amazed by how great vegetables can taste in smoothies! I love them :).


Kelli February 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I know, right… delicious! It almost feels wrong that it’s good for you and so great at the same time.


Abby February 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM

That’s so exciting!! You’ll rock it :) Love this smoothie, the mango sounds so good right now and I love that you snuck some kale in there


Kelli February 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Thanks, Abby!! I’ve been adding kale to everything lately!


Silke March 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Kale = happiness :-)


Kelly March 19, 2015 at 10:06 PM

I’m so excited to try all of your smoothie recipes, especially the green ones! I have a question though, I’m allergic to both banana & avacado. What would you suggest as substitutes?


Kelli March 27, 2015 at 9:32 AM

Thanks, Kelly! You can leave those ingredients out and add in some of your other favorite frozen fruits. Pineapple, mango, and strawberries are all really great!


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