Green Sunshine Smoothie

I was in the Denver airport last month. It was 7pm and my flight was delayed. I was hungry, but wasn’t about to spend another $15 on a crappy airport salad, like I had earlier in the day in Virginia. So, I headed to the food court to see what I could do.

I was looking for quality greens, lean protein and good fat. I ended up searching the Jamba Juice menu for a blend that didn’t include protein powder, sorbet or excessive fruit. What I walked away with was random, healthy and exactly what I wanted. I made some modifications to the Amazing Greens Smoothie (took out the peaches and asked for light banana) and ended up with a blend of kale, banana, pumpkin seeds, water and ice.

It’s inspired a new smoothie in my house – Green Sunshine! I tweaked the ingredients a bit and have been making it for the past several weeks.

Green Sunshine Smoothie

makes 1 serving


  • 1/4 banana, frozen is best
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 tbs hemp seeds
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/8 c raw almonds
  • 1/8 c raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3 stems of kale, rinsed and pulled off the stem OR a handful of power greens
  • water, I start with about 1/4 cup and add from there to get the right consistency
  • ice


  1. prepare the ingredients
  2. load a high powered blender. I have the best results when I load it in this order: water, nuts and seeds, orange, banana, kale, ice
  3. blend until smooth. Add more water and/or ice to get the desired consistency.

Nutritional highlights:

  • approximately 400 calories
  • approximately 16 grams of protein.
  • approximately 19 grams of healthy fat
  • loaded with vitamins K, C and A
  • a mild sweetness, courtesy of orange and banana
  • super hydrating
  • loaded with fiber

I go in and out of protein powder phases. I’m in an “out” phase at the moment. How about you?

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    03/25/2017 at 2:43 pm

    Excited to try this! I was on a green smoothie high in Jan-Feb, and now need some fresh ideas for my blender. After several years of a “no protein powder” phase, I’m into it again. I like the vanilla MRM one you recommended. I usually just do a half scoop though. I don’t work out hard enough to require 24 grams of protein, which is what’s in one scoop.

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