I’m not the biggest fan of kale.
I’ve read all the nutritional facts. I know that it practically cures cancer, gives you glowing skin and superpowers. It might even fix the economy of a small, struggling country. We don’t know yet.
Exaggerations aside, we all know kale really is good for you. But if you’ve ever actually tried it, you know that it has a very strong, bitter taste.
With the exception of this salad, I prefer to hide kale in my food… like I’m a kid.
Hiding it in smoothies is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this.
To cut the bitterness, I add fresh lime juice to this smoothie. The pineapple helps as well and adds sweetness. The cucumber gives it a fresh taste and is another nutritional bonus.
You can adjust the measurements to your personal preference. Add more pineapple for a sweeter smoothie, use spinach instead of kale, add chia seeds for healthy fats and a bit of protein, it’s up to you.
The measurements, as is, make for what I would describe as simply a fresh tasting smoothie. Just enough sweetness that it’s not bitter, but not enough to call it a sweet smoothie.
It’s in the category of healthy smoothie and is a quick & easy way to get more veggies in your diet.
It seems like every summer I get hooked on one particular smoothie. This pineapple cucumber kale smoothie is definitely the one for this summer. I’ve been making it at least 3 or 4 times a week for several weeks now and don’t plan on slowing down.
Here’s to glowing skin & superpowers. ;)
One other thing to note in the recipe is the consistency. The lower almond milk measurement will yield a thicker smoothie while the higher measurement is almost like a juice. Start small and add more milk, depending on what you like.
What about you? Do you like kale? Or do you have to hide it too? :)
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Pineapple Cucumber Kale Smoothie
- roughly 3/4 c. frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 c. peeled & sliced cucumber
- handful of kale
- juice from 1/2 lime
- 3/4 – 1 c. almond milk
- pinch of chia seeds, optional
Blend until smooth. Add more pineapple for sweetness or more lime if it’s bitter.