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Tropikale Smoothies

These Tropi-Kale Smoothies are a tropical take on the classic green smoothie, complete with pineapple, coconut milk, and of course, kale!

These Tropi-Kale Smoothies are a tropical take on the classic green smoothie, complete with pineapple, coconut milk, and of course, kale!

The great thing about kale is you can freeze it for smoothies, so it virtually never goes bad. And the great thing about cooking up kale for two whole weeks is our freezer is PACKED with kale. The tulip-man likes to say I’m a hamster because I hoard everything (which, do hamsters even do that??), but I like to think of it as being thrifty.

We made Two-Toned Kale Smoothie Bowls last week, packed with berries and eaten with a spoon, but these Tropi-Kale Smoothies are the smoothie bowls’ exotic cousin, full of pineapple and coconut!

Oh lord, the coconut. I bought a whole coconut, partly because it was only 1 euro, but mostly because I thought a halved coconut, inconspicuously in the background of these smoothie photos, would look stellar. And I was too preoccupied with how stellar these coconut photos would look that I failed to think of how I might go about opening the coconut.

Well YouTube says to just tap around the perimeter with a hammer until it breaks open. Easy enough. But of course the tulip-man has every tool except a hammer. So in my Friday’s best (i.e. pajamas), I took to that coconut with my cast iron skillet, tapping away. Tapping. Tapping. Frustration. Tapping. Pounding. Throwing.

Well I didn’t get the damn thing open. And I sincerely hope all my ruckus didn’t draw the attention of our neighbors, who would surely think the tulip-man had just imported a girlfriend from looney land.

But nevertheless and halved-coconut-less, these Tropi-Kale Smoothies turned out pretty stellar.

These Tropi-Kale Smoothies are a tropical take on the classic green smoothie, complete with pineapple, coconut milk, and of course, kale!Tropikale SmoothiesTropikale SmoothiesTropikale Smoothies

Tropi-Kale Smoothies

These Tropi-Kale Smoothies are a tropical take on the classic green smoothie, complete with pineapple, coconut milk, and of course, kale!

Course Beverages (Non-Alcoholic), Breakfasts, Smoothies
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion 4th of July, St. Patrick's Day
Time 15 minutes or less
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 143 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups chopped kale 90 g, frozen if possible
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple 330 g, frozen if possible
  • 1 banana chopped and frozen if possible
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup light coconut milk*
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Ice as needed

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients, adding a handful of ice if you’re using fresh, unfrozen ingredients. Enjoy!

Notes

*This is canned coconut milk, not the variety you might find in a carton in the refrigerated section.

Nutrition Facts
Tropi-Kale Smoothies
Amount Per Serving (1 smoothie)
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.4g 7%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 27.6g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3.4g 14%
Protein 2.6g 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments (15)

  1. Maya says:

    oh my… this sounds delicious. I also love the image of someone trying to open a coconut with a cast iron skillet!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Maya! Haha and yes…it was probably quite the sight…

  2. Cassandra says:

    I am so ready for this Chicago winter to be over so I can enjoy some smoothies again! Love how bright and clear and beautiful your photos are.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Cassandra! I never wait for winter to end to enjoy smoothies 🙂 I just bundle up and drink them anyways!

  3. angie says:

    love what is in these shakes but not for sure if I can get my hubby to drink one with me or not.

    1. Sarah says:

      Kale can be a bit much for new green smoothie drinkers. Swap the kale for spinach and he won’t taste it AT ALL!

  4. Kari says:

    I love sneaking kale into my smoothies for an antioxidant boost.
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  5. Tish says:

    The looks awesome. What a great and healthy chilly treat.

  6. I had no idea you could freeze kale. Just never really thought about it. Typically we blend our greens fresh but I must say we do waste quite a bit that way as it tends to go bad before we finish it. Totally going to switch to freezing it now! Not to mention we will be trying it in the recipe you provided too!

    1. Sarah says:

      My life changed after I discovered freezing greens! I used to waste SOOO much, and now I literally freeze every soon-to-go-bad produce for smoothies (i currently have frozen beets, cabbage, kale, and spinach haha)

  7. Kusum says:

    Oh my looks so delicious, I love Kale in my smoothie or just about anything! Love that you included coconut in your smoothie, where I am from coconut is used on a regular basis, its so healthy.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  8. Hahaha I chuckled a bit at your telling of your coconut-opening misadventures. They’re damnably hard to open, aren’t they!

    1. Sarah says:

      Yes!! I swear mine had no inside and was just one mass of coconut wood.

  9. Love this smoothie & the name!

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