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.