Tropical Green Smoothie

Summarytropical-green-smoothieThis smoothie will help you to fulfill your craving for tropical fruits, while fulfilling your body’s need for greens in one tasty endeavor. It is a little off the beaten path in terms of ingredients, but is very healthy and tasty. The sweet tanginess of the pineapple, banana, and coconut overtake the drink, so the greens do not taste strong or overpowering. This is a great way to enjoy a fun summer drink while staying hydrated. The festive garnishes will also make this a drink that kids will want to try, making it easy to slip some green power into their diets. You can save on the effort by using canned pineapple rings and bottled coconut milk, if desired.

Coconut milk can be a good source of fatty acids, and has shown to have properties that help fight infections and viruses. However, coconut milk should be consumed in moderation, as it does contain some saturated fat. Bananas and pineapples are also high in sugar. Although it is natural sugar, and much healthier than processed sugar, this drink should be an occasional treat as opposed to a weekly staple.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 kale leaf
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 cup plus ½ ring pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Ice if desired
  • Sprinkle of coconut for garnish

Directions

  • Rinse all produce thoroughly
  • Juice cucumber, spinach, kale, and one cup pineapple
  • Pour juice into a blender with the banana, coconut milk, and ice
  • Blend well and taste. If desired, another banana can be added for sweetness
  • Pour into a festive summer glass, sprinkle with coconut, add the ½ pineapple ring for garnish, and serve
  • Enjoy on the beach or by the pool!
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