How to Make our Healthy Green Jakarta Smoothie


IMG_6655Is it too late for a New Year’s Resolution?… a smoothie or a green juice each day!

In this case it’s a smoothie. The ingredients are blended which technically makes it a smoothie.

Living in this tropical fruit paradise makes the search for that perfect morning drink a cinch, and it couldn’t be easier to source ingredients in Jakarta.

Starting with the liquid base, I choose either filtered water, coconut water or fresh almond milk. Almond milk is becoming increasingly popular in Jakarta, and you can find it freshly made at Gwen’s Kitchen/Bless nature’s best, Pondok Indah or at Ranch Market Supermarkets from time to time. The brand at Ranch is called Yourganic.

I use either a stick or hand blender.

Making a green smoothie in Jakarta calls for local produce and is a great opportunity to try new fruits…. and vegetables. I’ve included a local apple, the jambu or rose apple, which is small and sweet and horenso, also referred to as Japanese spinach.

Bananas don’t last very long here in the fruit bowl, one because they taste so good but also the humidity makes them brown very easily. These are perfect to cut and package into freezer bags ready for your morning green smoothie.

We’d love to hear if you tried the Healthy Green Jakarta Smoothie, or if you have a favourite you’d be happy to share with us at a journey bespoke. You can email us at, or leave at comment at the end of the post.
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Selamat Minum!  (Happy Drinking!)

Healthy Green Jakarta Smoothie

(Serves 1)


1 cup filtered water or coconut water or almond milk or regular milk
2 jambu apples
Fresh chunks of pineapple, as little or as much as you like for sweetness
1 frozen banana, cut into slices. Use more if you prefer a sweeter smoothie
Handful of hornenso leaves


1. Cut pineapple and jambu apples, and take banana out of the freezer
2. Place fruit pieces and horenso into the blender
3. Pulse or blend to the desired consistency



Words: Liz  Photography: a journey bespoke


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