Summer smoothies

Smoothies are great at any time of year…summer’s fresh bounty of fruits and veggies make them particularly great at this time of year.  There are lots of smoothie recipes on line (click here for some yummy ideas) and in cookbooks (Oh She Glows, for example).

Here’s a simple recipe made with fresh ingredients I had in my kitchen.   Kale, cucumber and lemon are the basis for it and then the secret is to add your favourite seasonal fruit(s) to sweeten it up just a little.

Creamy Kale and Pineapple Smoothie

Serves 2, Serving Size: 2 cups

Ingredients:

1 cup (250 mL) fresh pineapple, diced

2 medium mandarine oranges

1 large lemon, peeled, seeded and diced

1 medium cucumber, diced

1 1in (2.5 cm) piece of ginger (optional)

1 cup (250 mL) chopped Kale, raw

1/2 cup (125 mL) water, or enough to make the desired consistency

Ice cubes (optional)

Directions:

Layer the ingredients in the blender with the juiciest ones on the bottom, kale on the top.  Blend until smooth, divide and enjoy!

 

Nutritional analysis (per serving):  141 kcal, 1 g fat, 35 g carbohydrate, 5.8 g fibre, 4 g protein.