I stock my freezer with frozen fruit, such as pineapple and frozen banana that I’ve peeled and sliced. It will last a long time, and you can use it in smoothies or for baking. If you don’t have kiwi or pineapple on hand and you want to blend up a green smoothie for St. Patty’s morning, just use tart fruit, such as strawberries or a peeled tangerine or mandarine orange.If you don’t have kale, use spinach. The avocado will provide healthy fat and fiber that keeps you full, but if you don’t have avocado you could throw in a scoop of coconut mana or butter instead. The hemp hearts are full of protein and healthy fats to keep you going in your day; you could also add a scoop of protein powder, or chia or flax seeds.
Blend it up and enjoy. Garnish the smoothie with kiwi slices, mint leaves, shredded coconut or a sprinkling of hemp hearts. It’s slushy, tropical and full of nutrients — and no one dare pinch you while you’re drinking it.
Kale, Kiwi, Pineapple and Mint Smoothie
Yield 1-2 smoothies
This is one of my favorite green smoothies, it has a clean, crisp, slightly tropical flavor. If you prefer to use your favorite nut milk instead of water or coconut water, that’s completely fine. It will just change the flavor profile of the finished smoothie. You can also add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to this if you’d like, but I find that the fiber and fat in the hemp hearts and avocado keep me going.
- 2 large leaves kale, any variety, center stem removed (substitute spinach if you prefer)
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 1/2 banana, peeled, frozen or fresh
- ¼ cup pineapple chunks, frozen or fresh
- ½ avocado, peeled and pitted
- 12 mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons hemp hearts
- 1 ½ cups water or coconut water
- ½-1 cup ice, depending how “slushy” you like your smoothie
In a blender or Vitamix, combine all the ingredients. Start with the kale leaves so they are closest to the blade. Blend the smoothie either on the smoothie setting or on medium-high. You may need to stop the blender and stir. Add an additional ¼-½ cup water if the ingredients aren’t coming together.
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