Hello there! It feels like I haven't posted a recipe in forever... oh wait, I haven't. I just got back from a month in Nicaragua. Talk about a way to bring in Summer. I went from a chilly Spring in Whistler to 90 degree (30 plus degrees Celsius) tropical Central America. I spent most of my time in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua's surf capital. San Juan had all the quintessential things you would expect a Central American surf town to have: bright colored buildings, $6 lobster dinners, psychedelic surf art, beautiful sunsets over the ocean, and an eclectic assortment of locals (much like Whistler).
As to be expected, I ate a LOT of the local tropical fruits and veggies. Every few days I would visit one of the open air markets... buying fresh bananas, pineapple, passion fruit, tomatoes, avocados, mangoes, and watermelon. These kind of markets and produce are all too familiar to me. They take me back to the good old days of growing up in Hawaii. Every Wednesday and Saturday my mom, nanny and I would go to the farmers markets. After a while, you get to know the farmers and they HOOK IT UP. Great, great memories.
Luckily I came back to a warm and sunny British Columbia. I also came back with a strong desire for tropical flavors. My taste buds were not ready for the vacation to be over. I don't blame them. To keep the tropical bliss going, I have been making paradise inspired green smoothies. This pineapple and coconut smoothie is my favorite. It almost tastes like a pina colada, okay almost. I love green smoothies because they are such an AMAZING way to get in your greens. I also find fruit-only smoothies too sweet. They boost my blood sugar to the moon then I come down crashing. Not the case with a great green smoothie. If you like your smoothies less sweet, try the recipe below with 1/2 cup pineapple first and then add more as needed. Be careful when making this smoothie- it has been shown to take your mind to exotic, tropical places.
Pineapple Coconut Kale Green Smoothie
Servings 2 | 5 minutes prep | Adapted from Simple Green Smoothies
Try this nutrient-packed green smoothie with fresh cut pineapple, kale and coconut oil. Coconut oil has some amazing health benefits such as increasing metabolism and endurance— which is great if you workout or are running after little ones all day.
- 2-3 cups kale, fresh
- 2 cups water (optionally use coconut water)
- 1 cup pineapple (I used canned unsweetened organic pineapple)
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Blend kale, water and coconut oil until smooth.
- Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.
Notes: Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold.