Kale & Spinach Acai Blend with Hemp Seed Granola

kale & spinach acai blend with hemp seed granola and bananaHey guys, thanks for bearing with me while I figure out what happened to my homepage. It looks a little funky but I’m working on it (and wishing I was better with code)!

This past summer when I did a weekend trip to NYC, I had the pleasure of discovering Juice Generation. They make fresh juice (duh), smoothies, and these glorious acai bowls that I’ve been obsessed with ever since I had one. It’s not just delicious; I swear you can feel it nourishing your body as you swallow it. It’s cold, refreshing, invigorating—I mean I don’t even know how to put into words how much I fucking loved eating this thing. (Pardon my French, sometimes it’s just really necessary to drop an F bomb to get your point across, ya know?)

kale & spinach acai blend with hemp seed granola and bananaHowever, it’s not all rainbows and puppies. No no no. Juice Generation has the audacity to only be located in New York City. The nerve! Having an acai bowl on a trip then not being able to eat it every day of my life is as frustrating as when someone tells you they have a secret then doesn’t tell you the freaking secret. THEN WHY DID YOU TELL ME YOU HAD A SECRET IN THE FIRST PLACE?! WHY, JUICE GENERATION, WHY?! I even tweeted at them asking them to open a Boston location, but got no reply.

kale & spinach acai blend with hemp seed granola and bananaSo it was time to take matters into my own hands. They list the ingredients in their acai bowls, so I decided to just make my own. And it was incredibly easy. Of course, I can’t be sure that my proportions are the same as Juice Generation’s, but my homemade version of their Amazing Green Acai Bowl tasted just as delicious, so I’d say I came pretty darn close to nailing it.

Kale & Spinach Acai Blend with Hemp Seed Granola

Ingredients

  • 1 Sambazon Unsweetened Pure Acai Berry Smoothie Pack (you can find these in the frozen fruit section of Whole Foods)
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1 cup packed kale
  • ¼ cup hemp granola (I used Whole Foods’ Hemp Plus Granola)
  • ½ tbsp hemp seeds

Sambazon acai berry packets

Directions

  1. Run the acai berry pack under the sink for a few seconds. I then hit it against the counter to break it up into chunks before cutting it open and dumping into a blender.
  2. Blend acai, spinach, kale, almond milk, hemp seed and half of the banana.
  3. Pour into a bowl and mix with the granola. Cut up the remaining half of the banana into small slices and mix into the bowl as well.

kale & spinach acai blend with hemp seed granola and bananaYou must try this recipe—even if you live in NYC and have a Juice Generation around the block.

kale & spinach acai blend with hemp seed granola and bananaAs part of the ongoing effort to improve this blog, I’m going to start including nutritional information or each of my recipes. With all the food allergies and diet plans out there, I figure it’ll come in handy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 296
–Calories from Fat: 102
Total Fat: 10 g
–Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 111.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 47 g
–Dietary Fiber: 8.9 g
–Sugars: 19 g
Protein: 8.5 g

Comments

  1. love the nutritional info!!

    Also, need to work on finding these ingredients in Colombia! haha looks sooooo good!

    • I bet you’d be able to find fresh acai in Colombia, which makes me very jealous–I can only find it frozen in the States grrr

  2. I just made this for lunch and it is DELICIOUS! …. and super healthy. Double whammy! Thanks Nicole!!

  3. christina says:

    made this this morning. YUM YUM YUM.

  4. Also made this morning and halved the recipe…So GOOD!! Just found your blog the other day and LOVE it! Thank you for sharing.

  5. So happy to find this recipe on line as I too was disappointed that Juice Generation is only in NYC. I tried it this morning and the consistency was not the same as JG’s. It was a bit watery. Any suggestions? Also, your nutritional information is very helpful, but different from JG’s. Different ingredients? http://juicegeneration.com/attachments/products/nutrition/48/medium/nutritionpanel_amazinggreen.jpg?1354302747

    • Different proportions. I don’t know exactly how much of each ingredient JG uses. If you want it thicker, add less almond milk or more banana/greens. Hope that helps.

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