Fresh Pineapple Kale Smoothie | Vegetable Smoothie Recipe
Fresh Pineapple Kale Smoothie – Easy Vegan Breakfast Smoothie!
Anytime I’ve eaten a kale salad, I feel like I’m just eating a bunch of bitter leaves! (After all, that’s sort of what kale is.) But, now you can leave the bitterness behind and STILL drink up the superfood benefits by blending those leaves into a fresh pineapple kale smoothie!
Every day, it seems like the internet is buzzing about a new ‘superfood.’ It was blueberries yesterday, grass-fed butter today—tomorrow it’ll be roasted banana peels or something. (Just kidding…) But, there is one steadfast superfood that seems to stand the test of time: kale.
And, even though I’ve learned all about kale’s amazing benefits, do I ever actually eat it? KALE NO!! Luckily, this sweet pineapple kale smoothie makes it easy to sneak more of the superfood green into my day. None of the bitterness, but all of the nutrients!
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Frozen Kale: Maximum Nutrients for Minimal Cost
I know, plenty of kale lovers will disagree. All sorts of recipes on the internet say that the key to making kale tastier is to massage the leaves in oil. But who’s got time for that??
This pineapple kale smoothie recipe is naturally sweet, with a crave-ably tropical flavor from the pineapple, banana, and coconut butter. No massaging necessary—and no added sugars or sweeteners!
Plus, you don’t even have to bother with cleaning, de-stemming, and prepping a bunch of fresh kale. Frozen kale works perfectly in this vegetable smoothie! It’s so much more convenient, it won’t go bad in the freezer, and it’ll save you a pretty penny.
Most importantly, frozen kale still contains all of the same, superfood nutrients as fresh kale. Thanks to flash-freezing, frozen foods are frozen at their peak time of freshness, locking in those vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients!
The Superfood Benefits of Kale
So, even with frozen greens, this pineapple kale smoothie is LOADED with antioxidizing, anti-inflammatory, and cancer-fighting power! From the two cups of kale in this pineapple kale smoothie, you’ll get:
- Over 13 times the recommended daily amount (RDA) of vitamin K1—an essential nutrient for our bone health, that also helps to regulate the body’s inflammatory response.
- Around 4 times the RDA of vitamin A, which keeps our eyes healthy and protects them from age-related damage.
- Nearly 3 times the RDA of vitamin C, for a serious immune system boost.
- Almost 20% of your RDA of calcium—which is almost as much as a glass of milk!
Deliciously Medicinal Pineapple Kale Smoothie!?
Plus, kale is a part of the cruciferous vegetable family, so it contains loads of the cancer-fighting compounds, sulforaphane. And, kale’s rich antioxidant content makes this pineapple kale smoothie a free radical scavenger and an anti-inflammatory super-drink! But, kale isn’t the only superstar here…
Few people know that pineapple is also an incredible anti-inflammatory food. It contains the inflammation fighting enzyme known as bromelain, which has actually been used as an anti-inflammatory MEDICINE for years!
Safe to say, it’s worth giving this pineapple kale smoothie a try. You can fend off chronic inflammation, get a healthy dose of dark leafy greens, and just enjoy a delicious tropical treat. Even my fellow kale haters will be saying KALE YEAH!
Fresh Pineapple Kale Smoothie
- Pineapple Kale Smoothie:2 cups frozen kale
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 frozen banana
- ¾ cup frozen pineapple
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- 1 Tbsp coconut butter
- Optional Toppings: fresh kale
- fresh pineapple
- coconut shreds
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!