The Week of Green Smoothies: Part 2 & Poll

Tuesday: Kale Smoothie with Pineapple and Banana

 

Again four ingredients and again the blender’s frozen drink setting easily transformed them into a drinkable beverage:

1/2 cup coconut milk,

2 cups stemmed and chopped kale,

1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple (about 1/4 medium pineapple),

1 ripe banana, chopped.

 

This smoothie was quite a bit thicker than yesterday’s and would probably benefit from either adding a full cup of coconut milk or cutting back on the pineapple for a thinner consistency. Favor was good with the pineapple and banana dominating. I was surprised at how little I tasted the kale given it’s reputation for bitterness. Using canned, crushed pineapple was probably cheating but it was safer than locking me, a pineapple and a large knife in a room together.

It has 253 calories, 13 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein, 36 grams of carbohydrates and 5 (count them 5) grams of fiber. I was also interested to note its 119 milligrams of calcium. That’s more than twice the calcium of yesterday’s spinach, grape and coconut smoothie. I felt no ill effects from consuming the smoothie on today’s three-mile run. Enjoy and please take the poll.

Full smoothie recipe from realsimple.com.

 

Blog Post on Making Green Smoothies Without Bananas

 

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Comments

  1. The nutritional profile on this one doesn’t look so good compared to Greek yogurt. What’s the goal with these green smoothies anyway? more fiber?

    1. It’s a combination of trying something different and just looking for a way to get more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I also wanted to experiment daily posts to see how it would affect views on the blog. Fiber is good too.

  2. I like they way you show the ingredients measured out. It gives a good feel for the relative amounts. 2 cups of kale, yum!

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