Pineapple & Kefir Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

After my healthy eating post last week, it only seemed fitting to share a recipe that I make multiple times a week: a green smoothie. My first one was a hit, but this one’s a little fancier. If you haven’t had one, you’re probably reacting much like I did initially: why would I ever want to drink greens like spinach and kale? Smoothies should always be made with fruit, and only fruit!

I promise: try this and you won’t regret it. Try not to be fazed by the weird color and if you’re someone who’s weirded out by texture, make sure and used fresh spinach rather than frozen and don’t put in fruits with gritty peel (such as apples.) Spinach is loaded with nutrients and is really good for your skin/complexion…I’ve actually noticed a difference in mine. It’s crazy to think that one 20 oz smoothie packs multiple servings of fruit and some veggies. I’ll often have one as breakfast, a snack, or after a lighter dinner when I’m still hungry. It keeps in the fridge overnight and you can freeze them, too.

Fruit smoothies were one of my favorite snacks growing up, so I’m excited to share a sort of “grown up” version that’s packed with lots of nutrients and still tastes delicious. I know it’s cold out, but this is worth it. And it’s the perfect recipe to take you straight into warmer temperatures!

Pineapple & Kefir Green Smoothie

Makes one generous 2o oz smoothie

Ingredients:

10 oz spinach (I used chopped frozen, but you can also use fresh)

5-6 chunks frozen pineapple

1 small apple

1 banana

3/4 cup berries (fresh or frozen)

4 oz juice (I used orange peach mango)

2/3 cup kefir (I used strawberry; you can also use regular or Greek yogurt in your favorite flavor)

Few cubes ice, if desired

Directions:

Put spinach and fruit in blender (I use this one, but desperately need an upgrade. Suggestions welcome!) If you’re using frozen spinach, put that in first. Pour kefir and juice over fruit.

I normally let this all sit for 10 or so minutes, depending on how much frozen fruit I’m using. If you have a powerful blender you can skip this part, but mine makes some sad noises when I overwork it with frozen everything.

Add ice (if desired) and blend until smooth. Freeze, refrigerate, or enjoy immediately!

Photo by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies

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