Do you add greens to your smoothies? I do it often mostly as a way to get my kids to eat some greens each day. Fruit really does mask the sharp taste of many greens so it’s a good strategy. The trick is to not get so carried away with smoothies and juices. One 6 to 8 ounce smoothie/juice a day is a good balance.
Now that’s it’s Spring I’m finding more pineapples and tropical flavors are a favorite. If I could drink a bottle of Coppertone lotion I’d do it. I know some of you would too. If you like a green smoothie and love your self a Pina Colada, give this tropical smoothie a try. The kale gives you a good source of Vitamin A, pineapple is high in Vitamin C and both give you a good source of dietary fiber. I also always add bananas to my smoothies for texture and more tropical flavors. Bananas are of course a great source of potassium but they also provide prebiotics, food for the healthy bacteria in your gut to proliferate.
What’s really important? It tastes good, with those wonderful Coppertone lotion flavors and a good kid friendly treat for the warmer days approaching. Give it a whirl in your blender and see if you like it!
- ½ cup vanilla coconut milk
- 2 full leaves of kale, torn from stem
- 4 basil leaves (optional)
- ½ pineapple
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup ice
- Place kale, basil and coconut milk in blender and blend for 30 seconds or until the kale is no longer in pieces.
- Add the remainder of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve.