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It might not look like much, but a bunch of organic kale, a bag of organic frozen strawberries, and fresh or frozen pineapple (not canned) can really make for a happy morning.

Step 1: De-stemify


….to make sure the smoothie, is, well, smooth, we don’t use the tough stems. After a quick rinse, my little one and I simply pull the leaves off and dump them in a strainer.

Step 2: Add the Fruity Goodness


We pack the entire bunch of kale in, along with a cup or so of frozen pineapple chunks. (If I’m using fresh pineapple, I use half a peeled, cored fruit and save the other half for later in the week.)

Step 3: Make It Berry Delicious


Blend it up on the highest setting, adding water as necessary (usually about 1/2 cup at our house) and let it work its way to really, really, smooth. At this point, you can dump in the (12 oz) bag of frozen strawberries, or use a pint of fresh ones!

Generally, that’s all we use to make a delicious green smoothie, but today the little one felt like adding raspberries, too, and how could I refuse? (A handful of frozen raspberries are a nice morning snack, too, as you can see, or as a garnish for a special spoonful.)

Step 4: Nomnom Eat It Up!


Once it’s blended smooth, you can pour it into a glass and enjoy. We like ours nice and thick, but if you like to use a straw, add a little more water.

Step 5: Save the Rest for Later


I pour the extra in a giant Mason Jar and label it so I remember to finish it quickly! With a big glass of one of these smoothies, my kids get at least all the calcium they need in a day, plus protein, and vitamin A and C!
What a nice smoothie idea! Thank you for sharing :)
I'm all about kale. It's insanely good for you.
looks great! <br>what is kale? <br>really sorry but i am from india and dont know what it is <br>seems to be fitting in okinawa programme! <br>thanks
also know as borecole . not sure what the name is in India. <br><br>Prana , why de-stem? your vita-mix will have no prob with them. Sometimes i use stemless leaves in my salads and left over stems in green smoothies .
I de-stem these because even in the vita-mix, the smoothie gets to be too stringy with the stems in. When I use Lacinato Kale (Dinosaur Kale) there's no problem with the stems, it's just difficult to find!
i have a blend-tec which should be the same . Maybe i'll post a ghetto green smoothie with some unlikely stringy fixins
This looks healthy and delicious. Great contest entry!
Thanks! It really is delicious. You'd be surprised what pineapple+kale tastes like. Delicious sweet green. Not pineapple+kale :)

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