Kale Smoothie with Pineapple and Banana

greensmoothieCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day or the beginning of spring with this Real Simple smoothie requiring just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes hands-on time. The result is a spring-grass green way to drink 3  of the daily recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Add chia seeds for a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Chia boosts fiber content and increases the feeling of being full and satisfied, reducing cravings and therefore cutting down on between meal snacking. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups stemmed and chopped kale
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 1 ripe banana, chopped
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds (optional)

Preparation

Combine the coconut milk, 1/2 cup water, the kale, pineapple, and banana in a blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute, adding more water to reach desired consistency. For easy blending, place the liquid in the blender first, then the greens. Fruit and other vegetables should go in last. Serves 2. Calories 253; Protein 5 g; Carbohydrate 36 g; Sugar 18 g; Fiber 5 g; Iron 3 mg; calcium 119 mg. 

 

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