This kale pineapple apple smoothie is delicious and nutritious. There is no better way to start the morning than with a tasty and nutritious smoothie.
I started doing smoothies in the morning three years ago. It all started because my mom was diagnosed with a blood disorder. We needed to incorporate things such as kale and spinach into her diet, and a smoothie is a great way to do that. And the best part is that you can hardly taste the kale or spinach, when you include it in a smoothie. My mom is not a fan of kale so hiding it in a smoothie is a big plus.
I hadn’t shared the smoothie recipes with you guys because, I wanted to make sure they were beneficial and, I wanted to test different combinations. So far, the smoothies have been very beneficial for my mom, and for my whole family. I make them in the morning for the whole family. Even my one year old loves them. He gets super excited when he sees the smoothie in his cup.
This kale pineapple apple smoothie is one of my favorite flavor combinations.
I will be sharing the different combinations my family enjoys, but you can use any fruits you like. Here are a few things to consider:
How to prepare to make smoothies
These steps are very important. It will make the smoothie making process easy.
- Prepare the leafy greens: wash and dry the leafy greens and place in a Ziploc bag with paper towels in the fridge for the week. The paper towels will allow the leafy greens to stay fresh longer.
- Buy organic frozen fruits.
- If you buy fresh fruits or want to use leftover fruits you have on-hand, make sure you follow the proper process, or the fruit will freeze into a lump.
Prepping to make smoothies is important because it will make the process enjoyable in the morning. The day of, you just need to add the ingredients in the blender, blend until smooth, and enjoy.
How to freeze fruit?
To properly freeze fruits, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread the fruit into a single layer and freeze for several hours. Once the fruit is frozen, gently peel the fruit off, place it in a freezer bag, and put it in the freezer. This will ensure your fruit does not stick together and become a lump.
What to add to a smoothie?
The most important thing to note, is to please use organic produce. I cannot emphasize how important that is. One of the causes for the blood disorder my mom has, is pesticides, so using organic produce is very important.
You can use any fruits you like. But I do have to say some combinations of fruits are better than others. I like to use fruits that are antioxidants and/or anti-inflammatory. Fruits such as berries, pineapples, apples, etc. are good.
Kale, and/or spinach and Acai are a must to add in a smoothie!
For liquid I like to use coconut milk, organic orange juice, or organic apple juice. Below is the brand of organic orange juice I use. It’s the closest thing to freshly squeezed orange juice. It’s a Wholefoods product. You can use any milk you prefer.
Some people like to add cauliflower to their smoothies, but if I add cauliflower it needs to be frozen cauliflower. Fresh cauliflower has a much stronger flavor. I first added fresh cauliflower, but the taste was so powerful. I then tried frozen cauliflower and it was much milder in flavor.
Now, let’s talk about seeds such as flax seed or chia seeds. I do not add these because my doctor suggested not to consume them whole. They need to be grind or for chia seeds they need to be soaked in liquid for a while. My doctor said they were too hard for the stomach to digest. But you can add them if you like to. I would ask your physician.
Sometimes I add yogurt or avocado to get a creamier consistency. It all depends on the flavors I am doing.
Lastly, I add collagen peptides. Currently the brand I use is vital proteins. The best deal I have found is at Costco. This may change in the future. Please note, the collagen peptides increases the volume of the smoothie. If you omit the collagen peptides this recipe will yield less ounces.
What blender to use?
A high-power blender is the way to go, but if you only have a regular blender, that will work. The difference will be in the consistency. I used a normal blender during my first year of making smoothies and I enjoyed the smoothies. I did however receive a high-power blender for Mother’s Day and it completely changed the experience. The consistency is so much smoother, but I didn’t know until I tried the high-power blender. So, this is the reason I say you can use a regular blender, if you don’t have a high-power blender.
What cup to use for smoothies?
I like to use an insulated thermo cup, because it keeps my smoothie cold and fresh. The leafy greens tend to turn dark in a regular cup. I find thermo cups slow down that process.
If you plan to drink your smoothie quickly, then the cup won’t matter, but if you are like me and drink it slowly, I suggest an insulated thermo cup.
This is just the start of many smoothie posts to come. Stay tune! You will love these delicious nutritious smoothie recipes. Now, go try this delicious kale pineapple apple smoothie.
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Kale Pineapple Apple Smoothie
- 1 cup kale
- 1 cup pineapple frozen
- 1 apple fresh or frozen
- 1 cup orange juice
- 3-6 ice cubes
- 2 scoops collagen peptides
- Place all ingredient in the blender and blend until smooth.