(makes approx. 16 oz.)
1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
2 cups kale (one cup at a time)
1 tsp fresh ginger (ground if possible)
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 cup liquid (water or 100% juice)
I confess that I DO NOT like kale. I do not like it on a boat. I do not like it with a goat. I barely tolerate it my mixed green salads. I have never been a fan in smoothies. Kale is thick and fibrous. It challenges my palette and it challenges my blender as well.
I ended up putting more kale than my blender could handle the first time I made this smoothie. I had to split it, add more liquid, and then blend again. It was okay, but only okay. It would not be my first go to smoothie as is.
Tips to Improve the Green Tropics Smoothie
1. Get a better blender. I need something that can take on the kale challenge without flinching.
2. Use frozen pineapple.
3. Freeze the fresh ginger. It makes it easier to get the ginger chopped fine. Freezing also helps to make the ginger last longer.
4. A high flavor juice (like a tropical fruit or an orange juice) could be a good pairing with the stark flavor of kale.
5. Chop the kale before adding it to the blender.
Some people like the taste of kale and I have found that different kale has a different flavor. It is important to try out some and see what you like. The best place to testing flavors is the local Farmer’s Market. The key to making your smoothies a success is to choose those flavors that you prefer.