Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tropical Green Smoothie

Simple green smoothie that isn't bitter and has a nice tropical twist! It can be a difficult to fit enough fruits and veggies into your diet on a daily basis. Drinking a smoothie can be a great way to make sure you are getting enough nutrients in your diet. My biggest complaint about smoothies are that they are usually all fruit or heavily fruit based. Now there isn't anything wrong with fruit, but too much sugar can be a problem for some. Adding a bit of veg to this smoothie helps balance the fruit/veg ratio and still tastes awesome! 


The reason I juiced the kale, spinach and pineapple is I wanted to remove some of the tough fibers that they have. I wanted to go straight to the source of the vitamins and minerals - the juice. By pureeing the the other ingredients with the juice, it helps give it body, bulk and some fiber. The coconut oil helps the absorption process and, for me, makes me more satisfied. If you find you would like this to be more sweeter, add a bit more fruit. 



Tropical Green Smoothie


Cook Time: 0
Prep Time: < 5 minutes
Serves: 1 


Ingredients:
Juice:
  • 4 organic kales leaves & stems
  • 1 cup organic spinach, packed
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple

  • 1/2 ripe medium mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 ripe medium peach, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Using a Juicer - juice the kale, spinach and pineapple. Pour the juice into a blender. 


In the blender add the mango, peach and ice cubes to the green juice. Puree well to remove all of the chunks


Serve the smoothie in a nice glass and enjoy paradise. 


Nutritional Info for the entire recipe:
Calories: 220 ; Fat: 5g ; Carbohydrate: 45g ; Fiber: 5g ; Sugar: 24g ; Protein: 3.5g

18 comments:

  1. I love colourful drinks, I wish I had a juicer to try this with =[ x

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  2. This is one of the most appetizing green smoothies I have seen yet! I'll bet the sweetness of the pineapple, mango and peaches really helps to cut the sharp taste of kale.

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    1. It really is a great drink - I served it to my dad and he was quite impressed

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  3. This sounds perfect just as it is.

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  4. Hi Laurie, Hope you're feeling well during these last couple of weeks of pregnancy. I just wanted to let you know I've nominated you for the Awesome Blogger Award. See my blog for details.

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    1. Thank you so much Ellen!!! I'm doing quite well, I'm 39 weeks tomorrow - super close!

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  5. So yummy I love the mango in this would have never thought to add that with spinach!

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    1. The spinach really helps this smoothie not be too sweet. Great balance :)

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  6. Laurie, the veggie smoothie looks so good. I am a fan of greens.

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  8. Found your blog from Ellen B's shout out, and I love your food point of view! This smoothie looks perfect for the summer weather I'm having to endure right now. Cheers!

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  9. Love the green smoothie!!Perfectly refreshing and packed with so much nutrition :)

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  10. I am sooo curious about this smoothie! It resembles one that my daughter has been having for her breakfast ... I love spinach and kale so the thought of getting those vitamins and minerals easily is really attractive to me!

    Great recipe, Laurie!

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    1. Thanks Susan, it's a nice change from an all fruit smoothie and lighter on the sugar

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  11. This looks so tasty! I'll have to try it - I'm a sucker for anything with pineapple.

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  12. I love making fruit smoothies! I always add spinach or kale, and chia seeds to my smoothies. I can't wait to give this recipe a try in my vitamix. I'm so glad I found your blog.

    XOXO
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