RECIPE: Kale, Ginger and Pineapple Smoothie

Planes are a funny thing.  You can get stuck with 5 hours of elbow wrestling a hairy, super-sized, deodorant-boycotting beast or you can meet the most interesting people.

Luckily for me, my last flight landed me not only in the bulkhead, just inches from first class, but next to a recently showered, lovely girl, who was just visiting her violinist boyfriend, who plays his stringed instrument on a cruise line.

Having seen the shattered screen on my phone  (damage sustained by dropping my phone while texting my husband that I had just stepped in dog-poo) she offered the helpful advice of a place that replaces iphone screens quickly and affordably.  She also offered up this smoothie recipe, with which she turbocharges her health each morning. Thanks Melanie!

pineapple smoothie

3 kale leaves with stalks

2 cups ice

1 cup water

1 squeezed lemon

1/2-1 banana

1 cup pineapple juice (I sub frozen 1 1/2 cup pineapple cubes and 1/2 cup water for both ice and pineapple juice)

2-4 slices of shaved ginger (more or less based on your taste)

2 tsp Stevia (I sub honey, because of it’s healing properties)

Mix together in a blender and feel your cells de-aging!



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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

4 thoughts on “RECIPE: Kale, Ginger and Pineapple Smoothie

  1. I’ve sat next to the “hairy, super-sized, deodorant-boycotting beast” on many flights! This recipe sound interesting, especially since it has ginger in it — I always take ginger drops with me on long flights.

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