Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pineapple Smoothie

I should probably save the best for last, but instead I'm doing it first! This is currently my favorite smoothie. I love the flavor, and it actually hits all four of my pregnancy nutrition weak points! I took pictures last time I made it, and here is how it comes out:

Kale (one serving, approx 2 cups). Kale and spinach are both very nutritious, and have a minimal effect on the flavor. By adding either one to my smoothie I painlessly get in a generous serving of greens. For someone who doesn't like salad, this is wonderful!

Yogurt (approx 1.5 cups)--at 14 grams of protein per cup, this yogurt is exceptionally protein rich, hitting two more of my focus points (dairy and protein). You don't have to use this brand (I got it on sale 6 for $1!) but you probably won't get as much protein from most other brands. Just a note, while I love the high protein count on this brand of yogurt, the flavor/sweetness is somewhat lacking (plain yogurt would work equally as well). This brand is great for smoothies, but not so great on its own.

1/4 Pineapple

Coconut Oil -- The final challenge area of my diet, coconut oil shines in this smoothie! It blends perfectly with the other tropical flavors in the smoothie, and doesn't add any of the icky "oily" taste. I can add quite a bit in, usually about 2 tbs. 

Other ingredients:

1 Banana
1 tbs sugar (Optional. I recommend blending and sweetening to taste. I don't usually add sugar to my smoothies if I have flavored yogurt in there already, but the Siggs brand needs a bit of extra TLC)
Milk or water (1/2-1 cup, to allow blending)
ice (to taste, optional)

Here's what the smoothie looks like before I blend it up:

Blend generously until the shake is liquid. I find it can help to add the kale and the liquid first and allow to blend for awhile before adding the remaining ingredients.

Final Recipe:
2 Cups Kale
1 1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 pineapple
2 tbs coconut oil
1 Banana
1 tbs sugar
Milk or water (1/2-1 cup, to allow blending)
ice (to taste, optional)

Blend all ingredients until the shake is liquid. 

This comes out to be a pretty generous shake for one person, but both my hubby and I think it is just right as a full meal. If you wanted to reduce the amount or split it more ways you certainly could.

Here is the nutrition:
34-42 grams of protein (depending on whether you use milk or water)
1 serving green vegetables
2 yellow fruits
2-3 servings healthy fats
2-3 servings dairy
Lots of fiber!

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