I’m a big drinker. Yup. I love to drink stuff of all kinds. I’m a fruit smoothy lover and have been poking fun at my girlfriend, Noeleen, for drinking what appears to be a daily thermos of blended grass for a long time.
To shut me up she brought me some to sample (finally took the hint!) and I thought I’d share her concoction with the world–or at least my little corner of it. I know you can drink green leafy thingies, and have done so before. I must admit, however, that it is a bit odd to look at some fresh greens and think…
..I am going to drink this. Weird, I say.
This glass ‘o green stuff, my friends, is darn tasty I will attest. And I don’t mean that in a “I eat so much healthy food that my taste buds have morphed into a state where even weird things taste good.” I am not one of those “dark side” kinda folks. Promise. Really.
Noeleen’s Glass ‘O Green Stuff (which I modified and still enjoyed–see my version, below)
1 cup juiced pineapple (if that’s too intense trader joes has 100% pure pineapple juice;)
you can also substitute the juice for water…it still tastes great!)
1 Granny Smith
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of kale
1 handful of frozen pineapple.
cube the apple and put in blender with water or juice.
blend the heck out of it;)
add the spinach & kale
add the frozen pineapple
Michelle’s version (aka: I didn’t have exactly what Noeleen described so I took a few liberties… so unlike me.)
1 handful kale
few big scoops of apple sauce (I had bought a Granny Smith apple for just this purpose, but Mike found it in the fruit bowl before I got to it!)
can of pineapple including juice
few ice cubes
Directions: (and here’s a pre-blending photo for your viewing pleasure)
Blend the heck out of it and drink!
Tips: I think the key is the pineapple in one form or another. It has such a sweet and tangy flavor that it can work with, well, some green leafy stuff that you wouldn’t likely consider drinking in the first place! The apple, whether fresh or as a sauce, provides some added sweetness of course. I think strawberries would work well. Wouldn’t go for melon, though, as I think it would be too mild. I mean, we are drinking kale here; you need some power behind it!
While Noeleen’s kids love this beverage, mine were–surprisingly–not so enthused. For me though, I like to make one of these a couple times a week and keep it in the fridge. I can grab a glass here or there and know I’m getting some quick and good nutrition for a girl on the go.
Some final nutritional notes on kale (aka: the Queen of greens!)…
Kale is high in fiber and contains no fat. Kale is high in iron, vitamin A, C and K, is loaded with calcium and is filled with powerful antioxidants. It is an anti-inflamatory food that also supports good cardiovascular health.
That’s a lot of bang from a small little green guy. Hope you enjoy this tasty and healthy recipe!