By Madeleine Ignon | March 7, 2011

Photo: Madeleine Ignon

I am not one to participate in the debate between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Similar to how I won’t pick a favorite baseball team, I won’t take sides with my cities.  (I think I am the only person in history to say out loud-while in the baseball stadium where the two teams are playing-that she is a fan of both the Red Sox and the Yankees.)

I am currently a resident of San Francisco, but I would say I happily co-exist between the two. I relish their beautiful differences. Los Angeles has the weather-that’s undeniable-and San Francisco has the natural beauty.

As far as food trends go, one thing I will say for sure is that I have yet to find a great smoothie in San Francisco. My sister and I have scouted all the good spots in LA, and a while back we happened upon Leaf, whose smoothie blend of kale, mango, banana, orange juice, and cinnamon came pretty close to my idea of perfect, and thereby inspired my own recipe.

I prefer my smoothies to be more creamy than acidic, so I substituted the orange juice with milk (any kind will do, but I like the taste of almond milk). If you want to add the dates, they add a nice sweetness, but the smoothie is great without them too. Here’s to homemade healthy deliciousness.

Nutrient-Packed Green Smoothie Recipe

Servings: 1-2


  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 mango
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 3 dates, chopped (optional)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 2 big stalks of kale, rinsed and de-ribbed
  • A few (3-5) healthy shakes of cinnamon
  • Ice, optional


Combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth and frothy, about 1-2 minutes.

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