Ah, the green smoothie. For me, it’s a thing of beauty. I love eating my greens, but I also love starting my day by sipping them in a cold green smoothie. It’s kind of addicting! Once you start, you’ll never go back. I’m calling this one Kale Sunrise Smoothie because it tastes kind of tropical and I need some of that right now. (It’s getting COLD here!)
I normally don’t like kale in smoothies, but I found that this extra dark green lacinato kale tastes pretty good to me. I tend to use a higher kale to fruit ratio than most people use. I want to know it’s in there. If you don’t like kale or don’t have any on hand, totally swap it for some chard or spinach. I used fresh fruit, but frozen is fine too. If you want it extra cold, use 1 cup of ice or use frozen fruit in place of fresh.
Kale Sunrise Green Smoothie
1 1/2 cups coconut water (or filtered water)
1 large ripe pear
1 medium ripe banana
1 orange, peeled and any seeds removed
1 cup pineapple chunks
8 medium kale leaves
1 cup ice
For high speed blender: Place ingredients in blender in the order listed. Start on low, turning to high until totally blended.
For regular blender: Puree coconut water and kale. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
Makes about 5 1/2 cups, or 2-3 large servings