Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

 

It’s mid-September and I am still going strong with smoothies. It’s a great way to intake natural vitamins.
Also, it keeps you fuller, happier and healthier.  I rather drink one tall glass full of nutrition than pop a vitamin pill and rely on that entirely.  I believe in balanced meals, and healthy beverages, so I genuinely try to reduce sugary drinks as much as possible, and I really do not drink anything alcoholic. I am not a saint, so from time to time I take soda such as Sprite or Ginger Ale, but to be quite honest with you, I really try to avoid it. Warm tea after a meal is a much better choice, even though we always tend to go for something icy-cold, and that’s really bad since cold drinks after a meal, especially heavy meal makes your food solidify in your belly and it’s hard to digest. Makes sense now, right?!

I enjoy this smoothie so much, and so many other combinations. I drink it either in the morning before my coffee or in the afternoon when I feel a bit sluggish or find myself that I need either one more large cup of coffee or a nap. You know what I mean, right?!
Coffee never affected me in a manner that I can’t sleep or give me an energy boost, but I need my daily two cups of sugarless coffee… And I think that’s a pure coffee addiction for me, nothing else.  Perhaps coffee helps to calm down my headaches, but I imagine that’s because I am drinking coffee for over 20 years, and my body is used to having it at a certain time of the day and if I don’t drink it, it produces headaches.

This smoothie intake became my routine to just drink this before my morning or afternoon coffee to keep me functioning. I found myself actually reducing coffee, going from the full cup in the morning and afternoon, to half dosage. Why am I writing about coffee?  Well, simply to give you an idea that actually healthy smoothies could help you boost that energy and do you better than a cup of coffee.  I can’t believe, but this is coming from someone who really loves coffee, however, after doing this for more than 5 months, I realized that I am more awake, happier, my mood changed for the better, even though I am still a crazy b**, I can find myself laughing more and do things in a “calmer” way. So, I think it is doing wonders for me. I have posted many great smoothies on my blog that you might like. Some of them have written health benefits and some don’t.
I hope you enjoyed this post… CHEERS!!! 

Health Benefits:

KALE:

Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer. These types include cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from glucosinolates in kale play a primary role in achieving these risk-lowering benefits. Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale. With kaempferol and quercetin heading the list, kale’s flavonoids combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in a way that gives kale a leading dietary role with respect to avoidance of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.

  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Vitamin B6
  • Fiber
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Omega-3 fats
  • Folate 4%

PINEAPPLE:

Pineapple is an excellent source for the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses.
Vitamin C is the body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant, defending all aqueous areas of the body against free radicals that attack and damage normal cells. Free radicals have been shown to promote the artery plaque build-up of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, cause the airway spasm that leads to asthma attacks, damage the cells of the colon so they become colon cancer cells, and contribute to the joint pain and disability seen in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B
  • Fiber
  • Folate
  • Pantothenic acid

Potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta-carotene,  thiamin, B6, and folate, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber, and bromelain.

BANANA:
Bananas have been considered one of the healthiest options for fruit consumption for many years due to its impressive nutritional content, which includes vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B6, riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid, and niacin, as well as trace amounts of other vitamins. In terms of minerals, bananas deliver a significant amount of potassium, manganese, magnesium, and copper. Bananas are also good sources of dietary fiber and protein.

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Riboflavin
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • Provides relief from stomach ulcers, and constipation.
  • Helps with the Kidneys.
  • Aids in treating piles and anemia
  • Provides relief from menstrual problems.
  • Reduces inflammation and keep eyes and bones healthy.

FLAXSEEDS
Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities, as well as Fiber.

  • They Can Heal Your Arteries
  • They Can Contain Beneficial Plant Estrogens
  • They Can Reduce Your Breast Cancer Mortality by 70%
  • They Can Protect Against Ovarian Cancer
  • They Protect Against Radiation Toxicity
  • omega-3 fats
  • Vitamin B
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Fiber
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium

Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

Course beverage, Drinks
Keyword smothie, beverage, healthy, breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Serving
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • Banana and Pineapple Smoothie1 banana almost ripe
  • 1 cup Kale any type on hand
  • 1 cup Pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cup Coconut water
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 tablespoonful Sweetener
  • Sweetener to taste *optional

Instructions

  1. The best way to get the kale completely blended is to add liquid and kale first. I did not do that in my picture, but you can try it. After the kale is blended add all the other ingredients!
  2. Blend all the ingredients for a minute or two, until everything is combined and smooth texture.
  3. Add any sweetener that you prefer. I do not add anything since for me it's sweet enough but you can add what you like, sugar, honey, stevia, etc.

Recipe Notes

Ripe bananas are very good for smoothies and good for you, in general, not just a great option for banana bread. Make sure to wash kale very well with cold water. Peel pineapple, and slice it into slices or chunks. Use 1 cup and the rest use container and keep in the fridge. If you have Pineapple allergies, use mango or other fruit that you like and prefer. Kale could be replaced with RAW spinach. Try to get organic produce if you can.



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