Pineapple and Kale Smoothie

Everyone is smoothie crazy these days.  It makes sense because they are easy to make and of course, they taste like a milkshake!  If you aren’t a big vegetable eater, smoothies can also give you a chance to consume several servings of vegetables at one time without even really tasting them.  I always add greens to my smoothie.  At this point it seems weird if the smoothie isn’t green.  While I love vegetables, there are times that sitting down with a nice big salad just doesn’t sound that appealing.  That’s when I know it’s smoothie time.

Check out these smoothies already posted on Andy Shardo’s:

Typically my smoothies include PB2 because I’m obsessed with the product.  This pineapple and kale smoothie doesn’t.  It’s always nice to switch things up.

IMG_0805Geez, the things looks good even before it’s blended!  Here’s what you need:

  • 2 scoops of protein (I use EAS Lean 15…get it at Sam’s!)
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 4-5 large kale leaves (If you buy it chopped in a bag, use about two handfuls.)
  • handful of mixed greens (optional)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of diced pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • 12 ounces of water (If you like a creamier smoothie, you can use unsweetened almond milk for all or part of the water.)
  • 8-10 ice cubes

The sweetness comes from the pineapple, so if you like a sweeter smoothie, you can always add more pineapple or stevia.  I try to stay away from artificial sweeteners as much as humanly possible, but if you need one, stevia is a the only way to go.

If you find your smoothie is too thin, add ice.  If it’s too thick, add water or almond milk.  You really can’t mess this thing up.  So good.

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