Spinach Kiwi Chia Smoothie & the movie “Super Shrink Me”

by Kirsten on January 26, 2014 · 7 comments

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Spinach Kiwi Chia Smoothie.

I am not a fan of eating out at fast food restaurants. I’d rather prepare my family’s meals from scratch because I like to know where the food we eat comes from and how the meal was prepared. That also includes breakfast. I get up every morning and make sure my kids don’t leave the house with an empty stomach. My personal go-to breakfast is two soft boiled eggs. I know, that’s not very adventures, but I really like eggs.

Inspired by the brand new movie Super Shrink Me, to which I will get to in a moment, I found myself in the kitchen this morning trying to find out what the hoopla about green smoothies is all about. I know, I am probably the very last one to join the green shake party, but nevertheless, I was on a mission to create a healthy AND tasty breakfast smoothie. While reading through different recipes I stumbled over the prefect green smoothie guide here. Thanks so much, Nicole. Using what I had on hand I came up with a spinach kiwi chia smoothie that I enhanced with dates, peanut butter and cinnamon. Mission accomplished. I shared my spinach Kiwi chia smoothie with my son who happened to walk in the kitchen just for a taste test. He liked it, too. You couldn’t taste the spinach, the dates and fruit provided enough sweetness and the peanut butter provided a really nice nutty flavor. We both especially liked the hint of cinnamon. I encourage you to blend up my spinach kiwi chia smoothie or come up with your own creation to enhance your daily vitamin intake and stir up your normal breakfast routine.

Spinach Chia Kiwi Apple Smoothie.

Spinach Kiwi Chia Smoothie
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  • 1½ cups (375 ml) coconut water
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
  • ½ apple, chopped
  • 3 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Serve over ice or as is.


Let me get back to the movie Super Shrink Me. I am sure many of you are familiar with the movie Super Size Me which documents how unhealthy food choices at quick service restaurants negatively affect your health and weight. The other night I had the pleasure to meet Ande Anderson and Ike Allen, the film makers off the brand new movie Super Shrink Me. In the movie, Ande who is a dietitian and nutritionist, guides her boyfriend Ike, who sets out to lose 10+ pounds in 30 days, to make healthy choices while eating at fast food restaurants twice daily. Hint; she prepares him green breakfast shakes that are very similar to my spinach kiwi chia smoothie. The movie shows very effectively that the choice is up to you, the consumer, and that anybody can become healthier and lose weight by making the right food decisions even at fast food restaurants. The movie is available to be watched for free here  and I would highly recommend it, especially if you find yourself struggling to make better choices while eating out. Thanks again, Ande and Ike, for inviting me to your movie debut.

Ande & Ike, Super Shrink Me

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Simply Sweet Justice February 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm

This smoothie sounds great! I will be giving it a try soon. What a healthy breakfast!

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Lisa @ Garlic and Zest January 28, 2014 at 7:26 am

Great post! I just got a VitaMix and while I’ve made copious amounts of soups and sauces — I have yet to make a green smoothie. Might have to give it a go!
On to other business – I need your help! I live in South Florida. We are planning our Super Bowl festivities and rather than the standard hoagies, chips, dip, pizza etc, our family tradition is to make foods from the areas of the country that the two competing teams are from. For Denver, I’ve been thinking bison or venison and something with green chile. I was wondering if there is a quintessential Denver dish that I’m unaware of. Could be anything from an app, to a main or side, even a cocktail or dessert. What-cha-got?

Kirsten January 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

Lisa, finding “the” Colorado dish is challenging. What always comes to my mind right away is Colorado lamb, grass fed beef, local, organic and sustainable ingredients. In the summer we have wonderful produce from the western slopes like our Colorado peaches. Let’s also not forget the great breweries we have. You definitely need to serve some Colorado beer (New Belgium, Great Divide, Avery,…) What would be nice to nibble on would be some bison burger sliders or thin cut grilled flank steak with veggies on baguette with a tasty bacon guacamole, a good cold Colorado beer, some oven baked sweet potato fries and for dessert something with peaches, maybe some grilled peaches with honey, a simple peach pie or a peach pudding. My friend Michele Morris published a cookbook called “Tasting Colorado”. It features 120 recipes from Colorado chef’s. Maybe you will also find some inspiration there. It’s available on Amazon. I am wishing you fun with your guests on SuperBowl Sunday. Greetings from Colorado. Go Broncos!

Kirsten January 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

This is a great article featuring one of my favorite here in Denver, Chef Jen from Rioja. She also recommends to include lamb. http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/49527

Kate January 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

I have yet to try the green shake…my niece keeps telling me that I will love it and that you don’t taste the green….there is something about drinking “green”!

Susan January 27, 2014 at 7:01 am

What a healthy way to start the morning; are you getting into shape for the trip in October! XOXO

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