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Tropi-Kale Breeze + BlendTec Giveaway!

Tropi-Kale Breeze + BlendTec Giveaway!
Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.

Have you ever optimistically put some kale in your blender, only to regret it when it came out all chewy? I have definitely been there. Luckily, my dear friend Dreena Burton persistently nudged me until I finally got myself a BlendTec. Or, as we affectionately refer to it: Rambo Blender.

Since then, blending has been a totally different story! I have to remind myself when using a regular blender that I can’t just throw a carrot in, and expect it to all be ok.

Not that you can’t make some awesome stuff with a regular blender – but I generally stick with just fruit, maybe some english cucumber, maybe some spinach.

A high-powered blender like a BlendTec opens up so many more possibilities, like adding kale (with the stems!) or ice or cocoa nibs – and knowing it’ll come out super duper smooth.

That’s why I’m absolutely thrilled that BlendTec has generously offered a give a brand new blender to one of YOU! This is to help celebrate the launch of my new book, The Plant-Based Diet Meal Plan, which includes a few smoothies that have kale or carrots and will come out best with a high-powered blender like a BlendTec (though I gave options for those who don’t have one).

One of those smoothies is the Tropi-Kale Breeze (recipe below), so get yourself entered to win and get blending! And maybe order a copy of my book? In whatever order you wish…

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Note that there are a few ways to enter the contest, and that you can do this through your email without registering for a Facebook account if you don’t want to.

Contest closes March 19th at midnight Eastern Time. One entry per person. Eligible for US or Canadian addresses only.

4.94 from 15 votes

Tropi-Kale Breeze

Pineapple is a natural metabolism booster, has an enzyme that helps with digestion, and helps cut through the bitterness of kale. If you haven’t tried greens in a smoothie before, this is the one to try first. The stems of kale can be tough, so it’s best to tear the leaves off the stem and work only with the leaves. The kale does best if you have a high-powered blender, like a Blendtec. If you have a regular blender, try softer spinach or omit the fresh greens and use a greens powder to get the nutrient boost without the chunkiness. We’re also using avocado for creaminess instead of a banana, so this is a lowercarb option than other smoothies. Add a teaspoon of matcha green tea powder for an extra boost, if you’d like.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, tropical
Keyword green smoothie, healthy, kale, smoothie, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.


  • 1 cup chopped pineapple frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup chopped mango frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water or coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder optional


  1. Purée everything in a blender until smooth, adding more water (or coconut milk) if needed.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Did you know? Matcha green tea powder contains catechins, which minimize inflammation and maximize fat-burning potential.


  1. Jacqui Pappas 8 months ago

    I need a new blender! I keep saving for a high speed so I can make anything I want. Hope to win!

  2. Laura 8 months ago

    Great idea- speing green drinks. Love the idea to use pineapple to complement the kale. Thanks for the giveaway and the recipe :-). Mini vacation in a glass 🍹

  3. This would be SO nice for nut butters and making our own nut milks. Good luck to everyone on the giveaway! I’m on disability and could never afford one. Fingers crossed!

  4. Mooinca 8 months ago

    Raw soups – fruit soups, veggie soups…hot soups with cashews…soup, soup, soup.

  5. Crystal 8 months ago

    Would LOVE a BlendTec! I drink at least one smoothie a day and could really convince my kids to too if they couldn’t see or taste chunks lol Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway! 🙂

  6. Lisa P 8 months ago

    I would use the high-speed for making smoothies with frozen fruit – I love thick smoothies that you can eat with a spoon!

  7. Ellen Hy 8 months ago

    A friend started making fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies 2 weeks ago and he raves about how he feels better already. So I’ve been thinking about trying it,and your post was timely being in my fb feed today

  8. Jeffrey 8 months ago

    I’d love to make smoothies in the Blendtec. Hummus and nut butters are also on my list!

  9. bn100 8 months ago


  10. Calvin 8 months ago

    I like blending milk shakes and sometimes sauces

  11. Lauren Couture 8 months ago

    Thanks for contest and recipe. Big smoothie lovers in our house!

  12. Kimmy Ripley 8 months ago

    I am all about a delicious and nutritious smoothie bowl to start my day. My blender is awful though and I would be so thrilled to upgrade to this Blendtec!

  13. Shannon 8 months ago

    This sounds wonderful! High speed blender for the win!

  14. Darcy L Koch 8 months ago

    I would like to make smoothies in it. I need healthy drinks.

  15. Alex S. 8 months ago

    I would use it for soups.

  16. Tiesha 8 months ago

    I want a high powered blender to make sauces and smoothies

  17. Kelly D 8 months ago

    I would like to blend fruit smoothies and veggie soups.

  18. Judy 8 months ago

    I want to make morning smoothies

  19. Marlene V 8 months ago

    I would love to make some smoothies and soup in this!

  20. Mal/M 8 months ago

    If you want to get SLENDER/ Get a Blen Tec Blender!!!

  21. Gina 8 months ago

    Love high power for pureeing roasted veggies for soups and whole fruits for smoothies.

  22. Kayley 8 months ago

    I would blend cashews to make “cheese”.

  23. Maddie Allen 8 months ago

    I’d use the blender on fruit for smoothies or nuts to make nut milk 🙂

  24. Amy Heffernan 8 months ago

    Fruit for smoothies. Thanks!

  25. Lindsey 8 months ago

    I would love to make sorbet!

  26. Courtney H. 8 months ago

    Everything healthy – I want to do grains, herbs, soups, smoothies, and on and on. No animal products though.

  27. Jennifer Scott 8 months ago

    I create smoothies for lunch for my vegan husband everyday, just to make sure he is getting a wide variety of nutrients, and would love a new high speed blender!

  28. Darren Scrubb 8 months ago

    Fruit smoothies

  29. joyce s. 8 months ago

    I want to blend my soups.

  30. Erin 8 months ago

    I want to make my smoothies in this blender!

  31. Darlene Carbajal 8 months ago

    I want to blend up some yummy smoothies!

  32. Diane T 8 months ago

    Avocado shake!

  33. Tom H. 8 months ago

    I want to blend as many fruit and vegetable concoctions as possible – and probably more than my fair share of nut butters and hummus!

  34. Wayne Couzens 8 months ago

    A high power blender would be great for our frozen smoothie deserts

  35. Sara Zielinski 8 months ago

    I want to blend fruit smoothies with huge strawberries in them that are hard to blend, this would be perfect for that.

  36. Amy 8 months ago

    Frozen mango, fresh Tumeric and avocado to make a breakfast pudding.

  37. Kathleen Roffey 8 months ago

    I would blend frozen fruit for a smoothie

  38. Roberta Thompson 8 months ago

    This would be great for blending sauces.

  39. Kristin McCall 8 months ago

    I want to blend my chocolate cold brew protein smoothie.

    • Author
      Heather Nicholds, C.H.N. 8 months ago

      oooo that sounds good!!

  40. Micheline 8 months ago

    Love to try the Tropi-Kale Breeze smoothie, sounds so refreshing.

  41. Daniela Plume 8 months ago

    smoothies, smoothies and more smoothies

  42. Livi 8 months ago

    I’m in desperate need of a blender that gets my ingredients smooth the first time. I’ve been using the same blender so long it’s finally going out and it takes several tries to remove the lumps and get the right consistency.

  43. Dave H 8 months ago

    Green smoothies.. to the max.

  44. Ron 8 months ago

    I’d love it for smoothies or hummus.

  45. Carly S 8 months ago

    I can’t wait to make some nutritious smoothies. I would love a machine that can easily blend ice. Thank you!

  46. Leanne 8 months ago

    Thanks for the awesome contest. My New Years resolution is to eat healthier . Could use a new blender for fruit smoothies .

  47. Ashley 8 months ago


  48. Laurence Price 8 months ago

    Milk shakes and smoothies

  49. David 8 months ago

    I want to blend my green smoothies on high power. My current blender just doesn’t quite cut it and no one likes a slightly chunky green smoothie.

    • Author
      Heather Nicholds, C.H.N. 8 months ago

      it’s so true, no one wants that… we want them silky smooth!! good luck!

  50. wendy hutton 8 months ago

    I would blend smoothies on high power

  51. Sarahjferg 8 months ago

    I want to blend on high so I can make baby food and smoothies.

  52. Alex 8 months ago

    Kale and spinach smoothies!

  53. Joanne C 8 months ago

    I’d love to blend soup and ice cream.

  54. janine a 8 months ago

    i would love to win for making smoothies and soups 🙂

  55. Natalie 8 months ago

    I would use the high speed to make strawberry banana smoothies and vanilla milkshakes.

  56. Huguette E. 8 months ago

    I’d like to make breakfast smoothies

  57. Trenda Tillson 8 months ago

    I would make smoothies for my 3 little boys!

  58. Karen 8 months ago

    Pick me! My blender just broke. Help! 🙁

  59. Heather Swanson 8 months ago

    great for healthy smoothies

  60. liberty 8 months ago

    I’d love to be able to add more veggies and greens to my smoothies like kale!

  61. Valencia 8 months ago

    I want to blend frozen strawberries and blackberries.

  62. Tina 8 months ago

    I would like to make nut butter and soup

  63. Robyn Bellefleur 8 months ago

    I would like to blend a strawberry and banana smoothie.

  64. MELISSA AVEY 8 months ago

    What do I want to blend on hi power? Everything! haha smoothies, sauces , dips , soups! so many options!

  65. Kim 8 months ago

    I would make soups and sauces in it.

  66. Lester C 8 months ago

    chocolate, peanut butter protein shake with chia seeds and banana

  67. AlexisB 8 months ago

    I love to make green smoothies and nut butters!

  68. Dandi D 8 months ago

    I would love to make smoothies for the whole family!

  69. Lane Phillips 8 months ago

    I want to blend my morning green drink that has frozen items requiring some major action to break down and combine. I think this blender could do it!

  70. Lindsay A. 8 months ago

    Absolutely incredible giveaway, thank you so much! 😀 There’s so much I’d love to make with a BlendTec, & one of the main things would definitely be various nut butters! And coconut butter too! Mmmmmmmmm

  71. Charity Banman 8 months ago

    I want to blend green smoothies on high power. I love adding spinach or kale to my smoothies.

  72. raymond kimmell 8 months ago

    very nice

  73. Yuliya Anastasiya 8 months ago

    Yum yum

  74. Doreen Lamoureux 8 months ago

    I really would love to make my morning green smoothie.

  75. Angelica 8 months ago

    I want to blend my nomato sauce and bone broth cauliflower gravy. I can never get them quite smooth enough with my immersion blender!

  76. Julie A. 8 months ago

    Green smoothies- and I want them to be really smooth, no chunks of kale!

  77. Meghan Malicoat 8 months ago

    I would love to start making some healthy fruit smoothies at home.

  78. tracy k 8 months ago

    frozen berries to make smoothies

  79. Kriss 8 months ago

    Margaritas. My blender just can’t handle the ice. It’s a wimp. 🙂

    • Author
      Heather Nicholds, C.H.N. 8 months ago

      love it!!

  80. Debbie 8 months ago

    I would love to win the Blendtec so I could give it to my daughter who has 2 small children, so they can learn early on how fun eating healthy is (:

    • Author
      Heather Nicholds, C.H.N. 8 months ago

      awwwww how sweet is THAT??!! you are amazing Debbie!

  81. Teresa 8 months ago

    I love smoothies!!!

    • Author
      Heather Nicholds, C.H.N. 8 months ago

      me too!!!

  82. Ilt3u 8 months ago

    I’d love to make smoothies in it

  83. kokoronagomu 8 months ago

    i was trying to get my husband to drink smoothies since he’s got absorption problems… it’s difficult to make them with my thirty year old blender but that’s what i’ve been using.

  84. beebee 8 months ago

    a new blender would help me try out new vegan cheese, nut butters, and soup recipes!

  85. Maria 8 months ago

    I want to blend veggies to make a soup! It’s still cold here in northern California and I am still craving a smooth carrot, broccoli, or acorn squash soup. Yum! Thank you for extending this opportunity to your followers. It’s a lot of fun! 😀

  86. Charlene 8 months ago

    Like everyone else who has commented here, I would love to have a blendtec for the many recipes I could potentially use it for! The smoothie recipe looks delicious. Fresh tropical fruit is not available where I live (northern NY) but our local co-op likely carries the frozen variety. I’ll have to check on that!! Love your recipes, Heather!!

  87. Jenni 8 months ago

    Smoothies, cashew cheese, dressings…

  88. Lauren 8 months ago

    I want a Blendtec to blend everything that’s edible including rice and small nuts

  89. Jolene Johnson 8 months ago

    I would LOVE to blend fruits and veggies without having to first chop then all up into small pieces. Lol. That would probably encourage me to make smoothies more often!

  90. Meli 8 months ago

    Awesome giveaway! Smoothies and hummus for me!! I moved into my new apartment about a year ago, moving out of my home with my mom. I haven’t used a blender since living with my mom, and I think this would be a great addition to my current kitchen arsenal!

  91. Myrl 8 months ago

    I want to chop kale and chia seeds and tough veggies. I am shifting to a vegetarian diet. Also anti-Candida. The machine I have is not capable. Thanks.

  92. Carrie Kennedy 8 months ago

    I have never made vegan cheese…might be interesting but would need a new blender! heehee!

  93. Alyssa 8 months ago

    If I win I am going to try my hand at a big bowl of nice cream!!!😋🍨

  94. Michelle 8 months ago

    I would like to make smoothie bowls with this blender!! It would be great =))

  95. Shauna Z 8 months ago

    What do I want to blend in a high powered blender? Um, everything? 😀

    While I already bought your new book, I unfortunately cannot buy a new blender, so I’m crossing my fingers to win <3

  96. Tina W 8 months ago

    I want to blend pineapple at high power! “Milkshakes” (smoothies) are one of the only ways I can get my Dad to consume fruit (apple pie is the other). Pineapple is his favorite flavor, but I’ve managed to burn out the motor on my Kitchen Aid blender after about 6 months of smoothie-making.

  97. Courtney 8 months ago

    I want to make baby food for my little one

  98. Andree 8 months ago

    I’ve never had any type of high-speed blender & this has greatly limited me. I love making my own soups, as well as smoothies & would love to be able to include more raw greens in them without a lot of hassle.

  99. Janet 8 months ago

    Banana ‘ice cream’

  100. Michelle 8 months ago

    I would love to try blending nuts into nut butters.

  101. Lydia Amaral 8 months ago

    I would love a blender to start making cashew cream that isn’t lumpy!

  102. Karen D 8 months ago

    I want to make smoothies and almond milk

  103. JHF 8 months ago

    Thanks for this opportunity! Blending juices/smoothies/soups smooth is soooo much better than chunky 😜 amiright?!

  104. Audrey 8 months ago

    I would love to make some delicious soups, dips and smoothies. And when summer comes have some delicious popsicles made with fruit and veggies blended up for my children!

  105. Richelle G 8 months ago

    I want to blend ALL the things! Especially want to try plant based milks. Thanks for the chance!

  106. Fel Friesen 8 months ago

    Saving for one of those!
    Oh, the smoothies and soups and butters and dips and flours!

  107. Natalie 8 months ago

    Mm looking forward to green smoothies and yummy soups! yes! Amid almond milk and smooooooth homus. Good luck everyone.

  108. Angie 8 months ago

    Smoothies! Sauces! Soups! All this and more! Good luck to everybody and thanks for the chance to win!

  109. Lindsey 8 months ago

    Homemade curry paste!

  110. OT 8 months ago

    A super blender for nectars.

  111. Kristi 8 months ago

    I’d love to use it for my daily smoothies and to also make cashew sauces and desserts.

  112. Lenore 8 months ago

    Sounds yummy, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe and the contest!

  113. Manju 8 months ago

    Smoothies made with blendtec makes a difference. Would love to win one. Thanks!

  114. Bonnie Anderson 8 months ago

    My blender is on its last legs so I would love to win a new super powered one!!

  115. Rust 8 months ago

    I would really enjoy making my own nut butters and also salsas and dressings.

  116. Lisa 8 months ago

    Ooo someone said they want to make their own nut butters and I wholeheartedly agree! I would love to blend up a blueberry spinach something on high, and see how creamy I could get it!

  117. Elizabeth V 8 months ago

    I would blend all of the smoothies and soups I can with everything else blend-able. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!!

  118. Emily 8 months ago

    I love smoothies!

  119. Yolanda Pugh 8 months ago

    I just received my copy or your book and would love to have the blender as well! 🙂

  120. elizabeth w 8 months ago

    Lots of smoothies and some cashew butter!

  121. Brenda 8 months ago

    I’d love to use my frozen fruit and add a raw veggie

  122. Sandra S 8 months ago

    I’d love to use it for smoothies, soups, nuts butters

  123. Sarah 8 months ago

    Smoothies! Juices! Dips! Soups!

  124. C Robertson 8 months ago

    Would love to win a Blendtec. I could blender all the things 😜

  125. Bridgett Wilbur 8 months ago

    I would love to make some homemade apple sauce.

  126. Erin M 8 months ago

    I would make soups in it.

  127. Jonnie 8 months ago

    would love to blend up some nut butters with this!

  128. Heather Nicolds 8 months ago

    I would love to blend the tropi-kale breeze smoothie in a blendtec! Hope to win the prize!

  129. sara 8 months ago

    I would love a new blender

  130. brenda heads 8 months ago

    I am going to start with dates and then go through the recipes I have saved to ‘make when i have got a good blender.

  131. Jeremy McLaughlin 8 months ago

    For making smoothies

  132. Kate Mason 8 months ago

    I would be thrilled to have a good blender! I went vegan a few months ago and have used my blender for lots of yummy cashew-based cheeses. A better blender would make that a bit easier! Thanks 😀

  133. Mo 8 months ago

    Sweet potatoes!

  134. ivy pluchinsky 8 months ago

    I would love to make fruit smoothies!

  135. B.J. Bernal 8 months ago

    I want to make a peanut butter and banana milk shake.

  136. Rhonda 8 months ago

    I would love a Blendtec! Effortless smoothies, dips and nut butters would be on regular rotation here. Thanks for the opportunity!

  137. cyndi br 8 months ago

    I like to blend vegetable smoothies and fruit smoothies

  138. Stephanie W. 8 months ago

    I hope to incorporate fibrous veggies (kale, carrots etc.) into my daily smoothies AND make cashew cheese! Mmm!

  139. Kayla Klontz 8 months ago

    I would love to make smoothies with this. Some wonderfully healthy smoothies would make this mommy happy!

  140. Candace Galan 8 months ago

    I want to blend guacamole on high power!

  141. MichelleS 8 months ago

    I can juice veggies like a juice master.

  142. Andrea P. 8 months ago

    Home made hummus !

  143. Austin H. 8 months ago

    Zucchini and rosemary soup would be great to blend up. I make it a lot in the late summer.

  144. Cassandra D 8 months ago

    I want to blend carrots,kale and cucumbers. I want to blend a lot of things and make up different concoctions.

  145. Marilyn 8 months ago

    My grandsons love green smoothies. I could make many different kinds.

  146. Trisha Musgrave 8 months ago

    I would love it to make smoothies, without worrying about the ice!

  147. Donna porter 8 months ago

    My blender is old and does not work well. If I had one like this I would be able to make some delicious veggie and fruit smoothies.

  148. Dina Lindquist 8 months ago

    Because I want my smoothies to be SMOOTH! I have a very old blender and whenever I try to make fruit and veggie smoothies, I end up drinking chunks or stems. It’s not very appetizing.I have been dreaming of owning a Blendtec for a few years!

  149. Rajee Pandi 8 months ago

    Almond green smoothie

  150. Eileen Boyce 8 months ago

    I want to blend fruit and veggies. Thanks

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