This tropical green smoothie recipe post is brought to you by Nature’s Greens who provided a sample for review and a promotional item for my time.
I have found over the years that one of the easiest ways to boost my nutrition intake is to blend things together into a smoothie. I throw all sorts of things in them including fruits, veggies, seeds, oils and all sorts of other good things. Green smoothies have become quite popular nowadays as people are trying to find easy ways to get healthier on the go. Green smoothies are perfect for the busy lifestyle because you can just blend, pour into a travel mug of some sort and off you go to run your errands. Sip your nutrients while you shop!
The greens you use in your green smoothie can be anything from kale and spinach to mustard or collard greens. I like to buy the big bags of greens from Nature’s Greens because they come triple washed and ready to use. No washing means less hassle and time spend preparing for my green smoothie! Nature’s Greens offers a complete line of triple-washed, ready-to-use greens such as kale, collard, mustard and turnip greens, along with greens blends. They are available in both one- and two-pound packages and are packaged by WP Rawl, a leading producer of fresh bulk and packaged greens based in Pelion, SC. Nature’s Greens is available year-round and can be found in many large grocery stores like Krogers, Walmart, and Save A Lot.
If you have never made a green smoothie before here are a few tips you might want to keep in mind when you make it:
1. Your liquid base can be anything from plain water, apple juice, coconut or soy milk or any other liquid you think sounds good with your ingredient list. Juices will add sweetness, dairy and dairy alternatives will make it a bit more filling and higher in protein. Water is just fine but you will not have a smoothie that has quite as much flavor.
2. Blend your liquid and fruits first, before adding the greens. This will allow the blades of the blender to move freely and give you the smoothest green smoothie possible.
3. Choose natural sweeteners if needed. If you are adding plenty of fruit and/or juice you may not need a sweetener at all. Taste your green smoothie before adding any sweetener.
4. For a slightly spicier and bolder flavor try adding fresh herbs to your green smoothie. Herbs are easy to grow in your garden or landscaping so you can always go out and grab a handful when you need them.
5. To thicken your smoothie you can freeze your berries before adding them to the blender or add ice.
6. Consider adding healthy fats to your green smoothie like avocado oil, flax seed oil, or raw nuts and seeds.
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Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe
I don’t have a fancy blender so I just did this in a regular blender and it came out very good. It had a bit more texture than a plain fruit smoothie but the green color was just amazing! I love knowing that this green smoothie is packed full of nutrients. It makes the perfect breakfast or even a filling afternoon snack.
- 2 to 3 cups coconut milk (depends on desired consistency)
- 2 cups fresh chopped pineapple
- 1 banana
- 3 cups fresh kale
- 1 TBSP flax seed oil
- In a blender, combine 2 cups of the coconut milk, the pineapple, banana and flax seed oil.
- Blend on high speed 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth
- Add in the kale, 1 cup at a time blending on high speed 1 to 2 minutes after each addition
- When all the kale is added, adjust to desired consistency with remaining coconut milk.
- Serve immediately
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