Enjoy this bright Pineapple Green Smoothie for a tasty way to get the gut-healthy benefits of kombucha and a serving of greens.
I've got a thing for smoothies. Maybe it’s because it’s a new found love, or maybe it’s because they're a super convenient way to get my fruits, veggies, and fats in, but one thing is for sure: as much as I like a healthy smoothie, packed with all sorts of goodies, I also like them to have flavor. This Pineapple Green Smoothie is no exception. With kale, four tropical fruits, kombucha, and ginger this smoothie is crave-worthy while also being good for you.
After all, when I have a big workout ahead or behind me or am just needing a solid nutritional start to my day, what better than to reach for an easy snack or breakfast chock-full of whole fruits, vegetables, and protein-packed yogurt?!
In fact, I love getting veggies in for breakfast but sometimes an omelet with veggies is too much for me to digest before working out. A vegan green smoothie recipe like this, though, tends to go down just fine. Not only that, but I just feel good after eating it.
Some nutritional highlights of this kale green smoothie recipe:
- No processed sugar
- Can be made dairy-free & vegan
- Gut-healthy smoothie, thanks to kombucha & yogurt
- 100% gluten-free
- High in Fiber
- Rich in potassium & vitamin C
- Balanced in carbohydrates, fiber, and protein -- making it an ideal workout recovery snack or meal.
Is kale still healthy in a smoothie?
Yes! As long as kale isn't overcooked and slathered in unhealthy fats or sugars, it's still healthy for you. In this case, there is no added processed sugar in this smoothie making it a healthy and low sugar pineapple green smoothie and a perfect way to eat your kale.
What are green smoothies made of?
They can vary in other ingredients, but they always have at least one leafy green in them. Some popular greens are baby spinach and kale. In addition to this, they have a liquid, often other fruits and vegetables, spices, and/or nut butter, just like this other delicious green smoothie also has.
In the case of this Pineapple Green Smoothie, the liquid is kombucha (so it could also be considered a kombucha smoothie), frozen pineapple and coconut, banana, yogurt, and dried (or fresh!) ginger.
What can you put in a healthy smoothie?
So many things can go in a healthy smoothie! Some of my favorite healthy smoothie ingredients are...
- hemp seed
- flax meal
- nut butter -- like peanut butter or almond butter
- fresh fruit -- like bananas and berries
- nut milk
- coconut water
- baby spinach
- coconut chunks
- coconut oil
- frozen, unsweetened fruit
... and I'm sure there are other ingredients I'm forgetting, but hopefully, this gives you a good start! Comment below with your favorite smoothie ingredients to let me know what you like!
How to make this Pineapple Green Smoothie-- a quick overview:
- Add all the ingredients to your high-speed blender in the order listed (this will help the smoothie blend the fastest and with the least amount of strain on the machine).
- Tamp the smoothie down or scrape the sides and continue to blend the smoothie until nicely blended and smooth.
- Pour into chilled glasses and enjoy!
To make this vegan and dairy free, just use plain nut yogurt instead of the regular greek yogurt.
Looking for other creative ways to use kombucha?
Check out my Kombucha Whiskey Sours, a lower sugar way to enjoy the classic cocktail!
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Pineapple Green Smoothie
A green smoothie bringing the tangy and sweet flavors of pineapple, a serving of greens, and the gut benefits of kombucha. To make this smoothie vegan, use a nut-based yogurt.
- 1 14-16 oz. original flavored kombucha
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- ½ cup whole milk yogurt or unsweetened nut based yogurt
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- ¾ teaspoon dried/ground ginger or 2.25 tablespoons fresh ginger
- 2 ½ cup packed kale, preferably lacinato
- 2 ripe medium size bananas
- ½ cup frozen unsweetened coconut chunks
- ¾ cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- Add all ingredients to a blender in the order listed (fluids first then onto the dried seasonings, greens, fresh & frozen fruit). Blend on medium or high speed for 30 seconds- 1 ½ minutes, or until everything is pureed and no chunks of coconut remain.
- Pour into cups and serve!
- Leftovers will keep covered in the fridge for 1-2 days. Just mix up with a spoon before serving.
- Don't have or can find an original flavored kombucha? Ginger or a lime-coconut flavor would be just fine here!
- Feel free to use fresh fruit substitutions if they're available. Otherwise, I stick with frozen fruit because it is just as nutritious and more flavorful than a fresh, but out of season fruit. Often cheaper, too!
- Otherwise, I prefer 2% or 4% greek yogurt here. The flavor is better than fat-free and more and more studies are suggesting that full-fat dairy is better for health.
- Put all the ingredients in the blender in the order listed in order to minimize the strain on your blender's motor. Vitamix recommends this order.
Amount Per Serving Calories 275Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 5mgSodium 50mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 8gSugar 20gProtein 8g
This nutrition breakdown is just an estimate of the nutritional value of this recipe and cannot be taken as facts. The owners of Mae's Menu are not nutritionists or dieticians and therefore cannot be held accountable for this nutrition estimate. Please contact your nutritionist or medical professional for a nutritional breakdown of this food. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.
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