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A Green Smoothie-Fiesta Friday Healthy Recipe Challenge

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Every Friday Angie, you all know Angie right, hosts the virtual party Fiesta Friday.  We all link our recipes on her site and you can bring whatever you want,  well this is a little different, she gave all of us that participate in Fiesta Friday a challenge. She listed two ingredients, leafy greens and pineapple and asked us to make something using them. This recipe has never posted on the blog before only a photo. I found this on Williams Sonoma website and searching it’s no longer there but luckily I had posted it on Instagram,  I put my own spin on it, adding some different ingredients and it turned out great, it’s delicious and healthful and uses both leafy greens and pineapple. I am so glad that Angie gave us this challenge because this smoothie hadn’t been on my radar and I am happy to have rediscovered it because it’s delicious, easy to make, nutritious and such a pretty color green.  There will most likely be dozens of green smoothies and they will be very similar but thats ok, here is mine and I love it. You can use whatever leafy green you like. I actually mixed kale and spinach. You get great results when you freeze your pineapple and banana, the smoothie is cold and thick and creamy. Oh I also should add that there are GREAT prizes for the winners of this challenge, yes first, second and third place winners will be chosen by a panel of judges. How exciting is this! You can submit as many recipes as you like. Hope you all enter.

A Healthy Green Smoothie

adapted from a recipe on Williams-Sonoma

makes 2 generous portions

1 cup cleaned baby spinach

1 cup kale, leaves only and tender stems – discard the tough ones

1/2 ripe avocado

1 cup frozen cubed nicely ripe pineapple

1 ripe banana cut into chunks and frozen

1-1 1/2 cups coconut water (freeze your coconut water in ice cube trays for a colder creamier smoothie) start with one cup and add more if you like a thinner smoothie

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk or 1/4 cup of the coconut cream scooped off the top of cold canned coconut milk

1 tsp fresh ginger grated or finely chopped

1 tbs fresh mint leaves chopped (or just throw in a few mint leaves)

juice of half a lemon

1 tsp matcha powder (optional)

Put all of the ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately.

 

 

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  1. This sounds freshly delicious, Suzanne. And such a pretty color of green too. :mrgreen: Mega hugs

    January 15, 2017
    • It’s really wonderful, it’s too cold out now for this with all the cold stuff in it but come spring it’s going to be something I make often. Thanks so much Teagan and mega hugs back at you.

      January 15, 2017
  2. Not sure what it’d do to my…er…system 🙂

    January 15, 2017
    • Well, it’s nutrient rich and I guess I’m lucky, no ill effects. Thank so much!!!

      January 15, 2017
  3. Fresh nice mix – astonishing in january when we ( I !! ) want hot drinks !- but this is full of vitamins and vitality – Thank you, dear Suzanne – Kisses – et amitiés – france 🙂

    January 15, 2017
    • Oh France, it’s much too cold for this now. I can’t have cold drinks when its freezing cold outside. But come Spring I will. Amités cher France.

      January 15, 2017
  4. Love smoothies!

    January 15, 2017
  5. Sounds delicious, and so healthy too 🙂

    January 15, 2017
  6. Oh wow Suzanne, this sounds (and looks) absolutely delicious!!!

    January 15, 2017
  7. This sounds pretty amazing, Suzanne! Not just regular kale and pineapple smoothie but with matcha and avocado, wow! I seriously never thought of adding those two in my smoothie. Good thing I recently bought matcha powder. I’ll try this very soon! Thanks for participating! 😘😘

    January 15, 2017
    • Thanks Angie, you don’t really taste the matcha powder but it does add anti oxidants, this is a very filling smoothie and when I have one I’m good until lunch. Thank you so much, I had totally forgotten about this one.

      January 15, 2017
  8. Your smoothie looks tasty and healthy. Shall add this recipe to my smoothie collection can never have enough great recipes for smoothies when the weather warms up.

    January 15, 2017
    • I can’t drink something so cold when it’s cold outside so this is in my warmer weather lineup as well, thank you Dyanna.

      January 18, 2017
  9. So much goodness in there!

    January 16, 2017
  10. This sounds both healthy and very delicious, Suzanne 🙂

    January 16, 2017
  11. delicious!

    January 16, 2017
  12. This is definitely a win in my book Suzanne! It looks and sounds creamy delicious!

    January 16, 2017
    • Thank you Julie, it’s really delicious. I love pineapple and eat it every day and love that it’s in this smoothie.

      January 18, 2017
  13. Sandhya #

    I could rink this smoothie every day Suzanne! Perfect combination of healthy and tasty!
    I was busy with the Sankranti festival over the weekend….still thinking about the healthy challenge. Hope to come up with something interesting.

    January 17, 2017
    • I am sure you will come up with something delicious Sandhya, Thank you so much.

      January 18, 2017
  14. A very healthy start to the year! I;m not sure about the kale but the pineapple and ginger combo sounds like yum!

    January 17, 2017
    • You really don’t taste the kale or spinach. All the other ingredients kind of cancel it out, LOL. Thanks Ann.

      January 18, 2017
  15. I’m not terribly bit on green smoothies but I love the sound of this – pineapple and coconut together? Sounds divine.

    January 18, 2017
    • Thank you so much Maggie, I am also not so keen on green smoothies and abhor wheatgrass. What I liked about this one is that you don’t taste the green, the pineapple really is the star here and I am a pineapple fanatic.

      January 29, 2017
      • I am on a special 800 calorie diet – it’s supposed to help reduce the risk of diabetes and exotic fruits like pineapple are off the table…buuuut when they are back on I want to try this! Hope you are keeping well?

        February 10, 2017
      • Best of luck with the special diet. Thank you so much!!

        February 10, 2017
      • cheers!

        February 11, 2017
  16. Love this combination of smoothie. So fresh and tasty!

    January 19, 2017
  17. Beautiful Suzanne– looks so inviting and delicious and fresh. We’re benefitting from your health eating! hope all’s well with you… xox

    January 20, 2017
    • Thanks so much Rhonda, wish I could drink this year round but in the cold winter months I shy away from smoothies. It is so good and good for you. Hope you and your lovely family are well.

      January 29, 2017
      • I know what you mean Suzanne– in the winter, I want something HOT for breakfast, oatmeal and toast and tea… We’ll have to save the recipe for summer! Hugs friend!!

        January 29, 2017
  18. Mmmm, Suzanne, this looks wonderful! I love a good green smoothie, but I noticed that yours has ginger and mint in it! I am going to try this for sure! I just happen to have a bunch of mint in my fridge right now. This will surely add a flavour punch! I can’t wait! 😀

    January 21, 2017
    • The mint is great in this smoothie, it has a lot going on but the sum of all the parts really is wonderful thank you so much Julianna.

      January 29, 2017
  19. Yummy! Thanks for this 🙂

    January 21, 2017
  20. Such a lovely color! Looks great Suzanne!

    January 25, 2017
  21. So refreshing, love all the ingredients that you’ve used to make it your very own. That color is amazing, and great tip on freezing the fruit first 🙂

    January 26, 2017
    • Thanks Loretta, I love green, one of my favorite colors and when I saw the color of this smoothie it made me happy.

      January 29, 2017
  22. The smoothie sounds awesome….healthy and yumm…coconut water sounds good!

    January 26, 2017
    • Thank you so much Lina, hope you are doing well.

      January 29, 2017
      • Yes Thank you 😊

        January 29, 2017
  23. This looks delicious Suzanne! My daughter loves smoothies with pineapple, and I need to try this out. I love the idea of adding ginger and mint.

    January 27, 2017
    • Hi Antonia, thank you so much. It really is delicious and creamy and filling.

      January 29, 2017
  24. It looks great, Im gonna try it!

    January 29, 2017
  25. I love the addition of avocados and coco milk in your smoothie – sounds really good and delicious! Great one, Suzanne. 😉

    January 29, 2017
  26. Elizabeth Brooks #

    I love green smoothies

    February 17, 2017

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