Ok, I may be a little late hitting the smoothie train, but there’s a reason for that – namely green gunky stuff that looks like it recently floated off the top of the neighbor’s septic tank. Seriously, I just can’t bring myself to drink that.
And, can we talk about kale?
Unless you have been living on a deserted South Pacific jungle island with the last Japanese soldier to hear about the end of WWII – you’ve heard about kale. Kale, kale kale…and more kale. If you’re not eating kale, or putting it in your smoothies, then you’re square.
Well, hold on there, maybe not.
It seems we are beginning to learn that kale isn’t for everyone. (I could have told them that if they had only asked!)
- Kale has too much fiber for some people’s system. There are certain GI problems like IBS, gastroparesis and other digestive problems that just can’t handle kale and similar food that contain too much fiber. This can cause problems like hard knots of undigested fiber to form in your system and can cause obstructions. I know this because I’m plagued with gastroparesis and IBS and have to be careful.
- Kale contains a sugar called raffinose that is hard to breakdown and digest. As a result it may pass into the intestines undigested where it will ferment. That means bloating and gas.
- Kale can affect the proper function of your thyroid. My thyroid is crazy as it is – so I’ll pass on the kale.
Just research Kale on the internet and you’ll see – kale has been pulling our collective leg.
So, when I decided to recruit Tall & Handsome into making some smoothies with me, I decided to make something we would enjoy and have tasty, nutritious ingredients. Pineapple is crazy good for you. Two winters ago I was so sick with a cough and sore throat I couldn’t get rid of until I started drinking pineapple juice and eating fresh pineapple.
I’ve used some other favorite ingredients to make this and right now T & H and I are loving it. Some mornings it’s breakfast – sometimes it’s a snack. He’s been battling the flu and throat issues for a couple of weeks, so he’s really enjoyed it.
I foresee our imagination taking off on this smoothie train.
Vanilla Pineapple Coconut Smoothie
Makes 2 smoothies
2 cups of ice, crushed or cubed
1 cup fresh chopped pineapple (you can freeze it)
1/2 cup lite unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons flaked coconut
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla flavoring
1/4 teaspoon coconut flavoring
- Combine ingredients in a blender that is able to blend ice.
- Blend and mix until smooth and desired consistency.
- Divide between two glasses.
*If the consistency is too thick and needs thinning a little you can add some extra coconut milk, a couple of spoons of crushed pineapple with juice or pineapple juice. Then continue blending until desired consistency.
**It has been suggested that adding 1 ounce of Malibu Rum is delicious and can turn this into a tropical delight.
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