Allow me tell you a story.
One day, Pittsburgh was experiencing some uncharacteristically hot weather. Alexa, out of the goodness of her own heart, decided to make and shoot a smoothie recipe so that her best friend, Mark, could drink it and get all energized and such.
[Alexa’s quite the sweetheart]
Alexa looked in her freezer and pulled out the most refreshing summer fruit she could find: bananas, pineapples, coconut…the works. She then added a secret ingredient for some sneaky nutrition. Mark is going to love this whole food recipe, she thought. And it’s good for him, too!
After her creation was complete, she handed it over to Mark with a giant grin on her face. “Try it!” she urged.
He looked excited and said, “Mmm…looks good.” But then he noticed the smoothie’s green hue. “What exactly is in this?” he casually asked.
“Oh, just some coconut milk, pineapple, banana, and some greens,” Alexa replied, throughly impressed with her tropical Piña Colada Green Smoothie creation.
Mark’s face twisted ever so slightly, and he eyed the smoothie once more. “…you added green beans to this smoothie?” Mark asked, trying to not sound completely horrified.
Please do not misunderstand me like dear Mark did.
I DID NOT ADD GREEN BEANS TO THIS PIÑA COLADA GREEN SMOOTHIE.
Instead, that beautiful green color is coming from one of my favorite greens and nutritional powerhouses: kale!
This Piña Colada Green Smoothie is perfect. It’s refreshing. It’s coconutty. It’s pineappley. It’s tropical. It’s summer in a glass. Add a tiny drink umbrella, and I’ll bet that you can pretend you’re at the beach, toes in the sand, without a care in the world. Better yet, hand this Piña Colada Green Smoothie off to your mama this Mother’s Day. She’ll be thanking you for her tiny stay-cation.
Oh, and, for the record, Mark loved this green bean-less smoothie.
Piña Colada Green Smoothie
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Taste the tropics with this nutritious and delicious gluten free & vegan Piña Colada Green Smoothie! It tastes like summer in a glass!
- 2/3 cup canned light coconut milk
- 1 small handful kale or spinach (optional)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or substitute more coconut milk)
- heaping 1/3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 frozen banana
- Hemp seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds, protein powder (optional, for protein boost)
- Add all ingredients in the order listed into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth, creamy and delicious. Pour into a glass and be transported to summertime bliss.
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