Fresh Pineapple Ginger Kale Smoothie

Fresh Pineapple Ginger Kale Smoothie//The Spicy RD Fresh Pineapple Ginger Kale Smoothie…Spring is almost here!

Hello dear friends!

Have you noticed an absence of posts lately?

It’s been crazy here, for sure, these past few weeks, getting my new website ready to launch {fingers crossed, the week of March 25!}, and working long hours with my friend and co-chair, Miss Kim, on SiSi and Big Tex’s annual school fundraiser and art auction, so please bear with me, just an itty bit more over the next couple of weeks.  I promise you’re in for a real treat when the new site launches :-)

I really wasn’t planning a post at all today this week, but I made this fresh pineapple ginger kale smoothie this morning on a whim, and knew I had to share it with you.

Light, refreshing, and perfect if your craving the arrival of spring like me, this is the kind of smoothie that makes you feel oh-so-virtuous while drinking it.

Fresh pineapple offers a natural source of bromelain which aids in digestion and helps puts the kabosh on inflammation, along with the grated ginger, another terrific anti-inflammatory. The orange provides a nice dose of vitamin C and folic acid, along with some extra fiber to fill you up.  And, then there’s the kale.  Oh, the glorious kale….

How do I love you???  Let me count the ways…

  1. Kale Frosty
  2. Blueberry Orange Kale Smoothie
  3. Lemony Kale Pistachio Pasta Salad
  4. Peppery Kale Caesar with Homemade Croutons
  5. Winter Panzanella Salad with Kale, Carrots & Watermelon Radishes
Happy almost Spring!
Fresh Pineapple Ginger Kale Smoothie

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 1 large serving or 2 smaller servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk {dairy or non-dairy} of choice
  • 1/2 fresh orange, skin removed
  • 3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup raw kale
  • Fresh grated dried ginger root, or ground ginger, to taste
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix, and combine until smooth. Pour in to 1 or 2 glasses and enjoy.

Notes

Ingredient amounts are all approximations. Please adjust according to your taste. I used vanilla soy milk which added a little sweetness. If you use unsweetened non-dairy or dairy milk, you may want to add a little sweetener of choice {i.e. honey, maple syrup, or stevia}.

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Are you ready for spring?  Have you been craving lighter foods lately?  Is it as hard for you, as it is for me to wake up with the daylight savings time change???

 


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Comments

  1. Your smoothie sounds good! Pineapple & kale is a nice combo!

    • Thanks Andrea! I usually do my standard kale, banana, cinnamon combo, but this was a delicious change, especially with the ginger. I hope you’re week is off to a fabulous start :-)

  2. This smoothie looks just delicious! So refreshing!!
    I am jealous you are growing kale. We will have to see how it does here in Vegas.

  3. So many of my favorite fruits in one place :)

  4. Excellent! I can always go for a kale smoothie.

  5. teri@managedmacros says:

    I didn’t “miss” your posts b/c I have been missing in action myself! I understand the busy life! I am trying to make a return from my absence in blog land as we speak! I am excited about your website!! It is always fun to update!
    I LOVE kale and thanks to you, I eat a kale Caesar salad at least twice a week. It is the BEST!!

  6. I rudely popped a link to this refreshing recipe on my recent post, but didn’t let you know. Sorry! I loved the look and sound of this and wanted to share it on my otherwise quite ego-centric breakfast post. I really can’t wait to try this. My daughter used the last of the ginger so I will have to wait a day or two, but otherwise, I’m there!

  7. Sounds really tasty! I love ginger and here in Japan it ends up in a lot of stuff. But I never thought to do it with pineapple. Yum!

  8. I have a confession EA, I am not a green smoothie, or any type of smoothie type, but I am coming around. How can I resist this green deliciousness?! You captured it so well. I love kale slightly braised but I bet I would love it here raw with the tangy pineapple. So healthy too!

    • Absolutely no need to confess Shulie :-) I am a huge lover of green smoothies, but can understand how they might not be number one of everyone’s list. Braised kale? Delicious too!

  9. What a beautiful and creative recipe!

  10. I have been absent too, well with commenting:-) BUT this week I am determined to get caught up:-) I am excited to enjoy your new site, how wonderful!! I love that you added pineapple in your kale smoothie. What a great mix of flavors:-) Hope you are well? Sending hugs, Terra

  11. I have such a hard time with kale. I bet the addition of pineapple would make it taste better. :) LOL

  12. I loooove smoothies so much, and this one sounds fantastic! Also, thanks for telling me about your PB+J smoothie on my blog – I so want to try that!

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    world all is accessible on net?

  14. I just stumbled on this site after typing in recipes for kale and ginger. I have a special needs child whom is quite chunky and I’ve been wanting to get ourselves started on a healthier diet with smoothies and such. I tried a protein sample package from our health food store and I brought it home and mixed it with Chocolate Almond milk, I had a hard time getting it down for it was gritty. I don’t own a blender and don’t know which kind to buy to assure I end up with a no pulp no gritty smoothies. Any suggestions so I can get going on some of these shared recipes that sound so delicious?

    • Hi Carolyn! I own a Vitamix blender and I love it. It is pricey, but well worth the money, IMO, b/c all the other blenders I owned before would break down after one year. Have you tried whey protein? I find it to be very smooth in comparison to some of the vegan based protein powders. Hope this helps!

      • Thanks for your reply Spicy, I was kind of looking at the Vitamix but I haven’t ever had a smoothie so I’m not sure if I’m going to actually even like them, I wonder if there is an actual local business that serves fresh fruit/veggie smoothies. Whey Protein is Dairy based and my daughter is Lactose Intolerant. UGHHH!!! Yes frustrating..

        • My pleasure Carolyn! One thought-some whey proteins, depending upon the amount of lactose, may be tolerated by lactose intolerant individuals, so you may want to check with manufacturers to see if they can tell you how much lactose is in the product. Also, another one to try is egg white protein {if your daughter can eat eggs}. I’m not sure where you live, but if you have a Costco near you, they sometimes do demos/taste testing with the Vitamix, so you can try before you buy :-)

  15. Im up here in Eau Claire Wisconsin I know we dont have a Costco here but not saying there isnt one in MN which isnt to far away. Thanks again for all of the heads up with the protien and with Costco..

  16. Cosette Karsmakers says:

    I loved the smoothie, as did my husband and son. Thanx for sharing the recipe.

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