Pineapple-Kale-Spinach Green Smoothie, and a Bit about Bromelain
|November 23, 2011||Posted by Christina under Nutrition, Recipes|
This smoothie is chock full of nutrition and enzymes and is very easy to make. Kale is so incredibly nutritious, but can be very bitter when eaten raw, but the pineapple masks any bitter flavor and adds a tangy sweetness, and the spinach neutralizes everything and makes it all come together nicely. I really recommend you give this a try because it is a nutritional superstar and is such a wonderful way to start the day. Pineapple also contains a mixture of enzymes called bromelain that block the production of kinins that form when there is inflammation, so eating pineapple can help to reduce swelling brought about by things as diverse as arthritis and gout to sore throats and acute sinusitis. Bromelain is also a natural digestive aid because it can digest proteins. It is very helpful for gas, bloating, and other digestive problems.
The recipe is as follows:
Christina’s Pineapple-Kale-Spinach Green Smoothie
1 1/2 cups kale, destemmed
2 cups baby spinach
1 1/2 cups pineapple (fresh or frozen–I usually use frozen since it’s easier and makes the smoothie nice and chilled)
1 cup filtered water
Blend everything together (it will be even creamier and nicer if you use a high powered blender like the Vitamix, my personal favorite) and voila! Breakfast (or a snack or lunch or dinner) is served!
Hope you enjoy!