Fresh ginger gives this smoothie a BIG kick! I toned it down using crystalized ginger that I pulverized in the blender. I also prefer smoothies made with frozen banana, which you might want to try. I buy a couple bunches of bananas when they're on sale, slice them into 1 inch chunks and freeze 1 portion/1 banana in a zip-lock bag... then I can add the frozen banana to my smoothies whenever I feel the urge! It's economical and easy (you can reuse the zip lock bags for your next batch of bananas too!).