Kick Booty Kale Pineapple Smoothie
Can you feel that? That twinge? That gentle hum of the atmosphere? Close your eyes and hear the crinkle of a calendar page turning. It’s a fresh new year. Anything, ANYTHING is possible, including a kale smoothie that actually tastes amazing. Take a great big sip of this Kale Pineapple Smoothie and believe with all of your being. This is YOUR year. Let’s kick some booty!
I realize that I *might* be dramaticizing the impact that a beverage can have on a person’s psyche, but this Kale Pineapple Smoothie truly makes me feel so profoundly good that, after a few sips, I believe I can do just about anything. My to-do list? Child’s play. Spin class? Extra hills, please. A poorly timed run-in with an ex-[boyfriend/girlfriend/boss]? I am the picture of poise.
With its oodles of fruit, veggies, and protein, this Kale Pineapple Smoothie makes me feel like a booty-kickin’ superhero ready to take on the world, from my wildest goals to the laundry I’ve put off for the past three weeks. Now that is power.
If the idea of a vegetable as ferociously green as kale in your morning beverage makes you wary, I am begging you to give this Kale Pineapple Smoothie recipe a try. I’ve made dozens of green smoothies over the years, and this recipe is truly the best.
Don’t believe me? Check out the comments! I (and, more importantly, YOU) love this Kale Pineapple Smoothie so much that I decided to give it a little facelift with fresh photos and share it again today.
My secrets to a kale smoothie that doesn’t taste like kale are pineapple, banana, and a touch of honey. These three sweeten and mellow the kale’s flavor so that (telltale green color aside) the kale’s taste is undetectable.
Follow up the pineapple and kale with peanut butter and Greek yogurt for protein, and you have a creamy, filling smoothie that’s
a) loaded with vegetables, but
b) doesn’t taste like vegetables, and
c) will keep you powered for hours.
I realize that kale smoothies are sooooooooo 2016 (or are they more 2013?) and that we are in a hot new year with hot new food trends. What will it be this year? Jicama pizza crust? Heirloom breakfast pasta? Brownie-batter-stuffed egg roll Nutella cheesecake bites with gooseberry drizzle?
Food trends may come and go, but this Kale Pineapple Smoothie is your little black dress of breakfasts. It’s flattering, all about the essentials, and designed to make you feel fabulous.
Does that make the LBD my superhero uniform of 2017? BYP (Black Yoga Pants) is probably closer to the truth, but as long as we have this Kale Pineapple Smoothie on hand, I know you and I can handle whatever the new year throws our way.
THIS IS YOUR YEAR. Drink up, and go get ’em!
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Kale Pineapple Smoothie
A delicious and creamy green kale pineapple smoothie with banana and Greek yogurt. Filled with healthy protein, nutrients, and will keep you full for hours!
Yield: 1 large or 2 small smoothies
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes
- 2 cups lightly packed chopped kale leaves, stems removed
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk you like)
- 1 frozen medium banana, cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup frozen pineapple pieces
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter, creamy or crunchy (I use natural creamy)
- 1 to 3 teaspoons honey, to taste
- Place all ingredients (kale, almond milk, banana, yogurt, pineapple, peanut butter, and honey) in a blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth. Add more milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Enjoy immediately.
Serving Size: 1 (of 2)
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 187 Calories
- Total Fat: 9g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Cholesterol: 3mg
- Sodium: 149mg
- Carbohydrates: 27g
- Fiber: 4g
- Sugar: 13g
- Protein: 8g