Kale, Pineapple, Coconut Water and Bananas for added flavor and sweetness.
This is another green energy smoothie recipe in my continuing series of creating (and craving) energy smoothies.
I guess I’m on a bit of an energy kick! Will you join me?
Pineapple is Surprisingly Super-Nutritious
Not only does pineapple make a great-tasting tropical smoothie, but it’s also loaded with nutrients like magnesium, niacin, iron, copper, manganese, vitamin c, fiber and trace amounts of phosphorus, zinc, and calcium.
But a lesser-known enzyme known as bromelain is the big winner here! This type of enzyme is known as a protease and helps to break down protein molecules to make it easier to absorb in the intestine. This can be very beneficial for the pancreas.
Kale me up!
Kale is an obvious green choice. I love kale. Cooked, raw, on salads and most often in my smoothies. Kale is loaded with antioxidants like Quercetin and is a great source of many vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and calcium.
Coconut Water For Energy
I love me some Coconut Water. It’s loaded with minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Just drinking coconut water by itself gives you a jolt of energy.
Coconut Water also restores electrolytes. Perfect for restoring your body after a hard workout at the gym or outside enjoying the summer weather!
But you must find a good brand of coconut water that is pink in color as this means it’s got all the antioxidants and nutrients in it. Make sure it’s unpasteurized.
Harmless Harvest Organic Coconut Water is by far my favorite. I’ve tried them all!
The added bananas in this smoothie give you more potassium and the added flavor to make the texture just right.
- Lacinato Kale*
- Chopped frozen pineapple (I got some on sale on my local supermarket)*
- Two fresh, whole bananas (the riper the better)*
- Free-trade, Organic Coconut Water (the pinker the better)*
Clean Your Greens First
Here’s how to clean your kale:
In a small bowl, add 1-2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Then add your chopped lacinato kale to the bowl. Mix with water until you have enough to cover your kale. I use my hands to massage the kale and clean off any nasties and water or pesticide residues (yes apple cider can help remove pesticide residue). I use Braggs apple cider vinegar and you can get it cheap here. Let sit for a few minutes, 5 minutes is enough time or however long it takes to prepare your fruits and other ingredients.
Blend Your Greens First
I like to blend my greens first until they are chunky in the water before adding anything else. This is a layering approach. Since we’re using coconut water as our base, add about 20 oz of coconut water or approximately half of the container size (I am using a 40 oz blender here). But I realize coconut water can get expensive so if you’d like, just add half water and half coconut water. Of whichever ratio of coconut water to water you want. Often times I have only one 8 oz coconut water available so I make it last by mixing it with purified water.
Add Frozen Pineapple and Fresh Bananas
After you’ve blended the kale, simply pour out your favorite bag of cut, frozen pineapple chunks. Then add two whole, fresh organic bananas to your blender.
Add Amazing Grass Energy Superfood Powder
If you need added energy (who doesn’t?) without the crash, then make sure you try Amazing Grass Energy Green Superfood Organic Powder. Yes, it’s truly amazing 🙂
What makes it so amazing? Take all of the benefits of amazing grass formula then add yerba mate and matcha green tea for plant-based caffeine!
I added roughly a scoop of this magic stuff to my smoothie. I used the lemon-lime flavor to go with my tropical theme here. It tastes delicious! As I am writing this I feel energized and fully awake, not drowsy or ready to sleep!
And here’s how it turned out!