Piña Kale-ada Smoothie

By: Erica Trestyn

“To get something you’ve never had, you must be willing to try something you’ve never done”- Thomas Jefferson

The sun is shining, birds are singing and the flowers are finally blooming! Why not harness this energy, ride the wave and try something new?

Throughout the year we live at an intense pace (physical, emotional and mental), and we often get stuck in routine, either for the sake of efficiency or out of fear of unfamiliar territory. The lack of variety in doing the same things over and over stagnates not only our minds, but also our bodies and hearts. Are you hesitant to break your routine? Fear and excitement have the same physiological expression in our bodies; it is our mind that classifies the feeling as either positive or negative. So the next time you consider a change in routine and your mind says “scary!” see if you can re-frame it as “exciting!”

What is something you have never done before or that you have wanted to do for a long time? If you’ve never put greens in your smoothie, then right now is the perfect time.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Greens are the best thing that you can do for your body. If you don’t enjoy eating them or are not sure how to cook them, putting them into a smoothie is a great way to incorporate them into your diet! Green smoothies are great for reducing cravings, improving your immune system and digestive tract, and also help us lose weight. Try having one for breakfast for an entire week and see how you feel.

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  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1 small orange, peeled
  • 1/2 banana
  • 4 kale leaves kale, (or giant handful)
  • 1 cup/ (250 ml) almond milk
  • ½ cup (125 ml) coconut water


Put all ingredients into a powerful high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition per serving:

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Erica Trestyn

Erica Trestyn, MA, HHC is the founder of Cultivate Nourishment LLC. Erica received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and as a certified holistic health counselor she empowers her clients to transform their lives through healthy eating and mindful living. She knows firsthand what it’s like to struggle with always wanting to be a different size and has felt the pain and frustration of living a morbidly obese life. She believes that diets don’t work and that true health is achieved when we create complete harmony with the mind, body, and spirit. She strives to empower others to nourish themselves from the inside out. Visit her website www.cultivatenourishment.com and follow her on twitter @EricaTrestyn.

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