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Pineapple-Kale-Spinach Green Smoothie, and a Bit about Bromelain

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.

pineapples are high in bromelain

The recipe is as follows:

Christina’s Pineapple-Kale-Spinach Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

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!

2 Responses to Pineapple-Kale-Spinach Green Smoothie, and a Bit about Bromelain

  1. Thank you for this recipe!
    Since this contains almost no protein and no fat, having it alone for breakfast wouldn’t keep me going very long. Do you recommend eating it with a meal or is it best to have it between meals separate from other food? Or how about adding raw egg yolk, whey protein, or coconut oil? Or maybe that would be gross.
    Thanks,
    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa,

      I recommend eating this on its own, as fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach. If you really feel you need the extra protein, I would suggest adding chia seeds and/or hemp powder, as both are high in protein and omega 3s. Alternatively, you could try adding a vegan protein powder (NOT whey protein!) or some almond butter or other nut butter. As I mentioned, fruit is best digested without mixing protein in and many people have gastrointestinal symptoms, bloating in particular, when they consume fruit mixed with other foods. I would suggest trying one of the aforementioned suggestions and observing how you feel. If you experience bloating, then have the smoothie as is, and eat something with protein about 20 minutes later (e.g. a piece of gluten free bread with almond butter). Hope this helps!

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