As I mention in my post “Summer Reset- Day 6“, my husband has been making and drink these green smoothies for several months now, but it has taken me longer to get on board with them. I’m partial to my fruit smoothies. I finally tasted the smoothie again because it really is a great way to get a healthy serving of kale to start the day with. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the smoothie was. It really is a great way to start the day with a pile of greens. Sometimes he will switch out a pear for the pineapple or add spinach in place of some of the kale, but most often he makes it as it is listed below. He often includes a banana too. I leave the banana out so it isn’t as thick as his is. Besides the thicker texture, the banana complements the other flavors nicely. The ingredients are listed with estimated amounts because it really is something that you can tweak to adjust to your taste from day to day. So without further ado, here is my husband’s Green Smoothie.
1/2 – 3/4 cup fresh pineapple
1 scoop hemp protein powder
2 inch long chunk of cucumber
2-3 tsp. fresh ginger, sliced or grated, depending on your blender’s ability to grind it up
1 – 1 1/2 very large kale leaves
1/2 cup water
Blend all the ingredients until completely smooth. Then add 5 cubes of ice if you wish to make the smoothie extra cold. I prefer it very cold.
Makes one 12-14 oz serving.