Recipe: Kale, Banana and Berry Slushie with Chia and Ginger

Good morning. This week has been super busy so I am a little behind on my blogging. Also, I had intended to do a totally different type of smoothie this morning, one with coffee as the liquid base, but as I didn't get a chance to go food shopping for the other ingredients yesterday, today's smoothie is a bit of a mish mash of what I had in the house this morning. It's made using kale, frozen berries, frozen banana, ginger, chia seeds and water.

Adding frozen fruit to a smoothie is a great tip for making a creamier smoothie. Of course, freezing fruit requires a little forethought so I usually slice about six or seven bananas at the one time and freeze them in individual freezer bags. Berries can be batch frozen from fresh or bought frozen. This morning I used blackcurrants as I have a stash of them in my freezer from the summer, but you can use whatever berries you like. I should say when freezing bananas, peel the banana and slice it before freezing.

The chia seeds are an important addition as they are packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, a polyunstaturated fat associated with many health benefits. Chia seeds are also a fantastic source of plant based calcium, especially important for anyone on a mainly plant based diet. The ginger adds a great kick, but if you are not a fan of ginger there is no problem leaving it out.

Serves one large or two medium(ish) sized portions.


3 medium sized leaves of kale

1 cup of frozen blackcurrants (or berry of your choice)

1 cup of frozen banana

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

1/2 inch of ginger

1 1/2 cups of water


Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately or store in a glass airtight jar in the fridge for up to 24 hours (just shake it before drinking as it may separate).

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