The warm weather was one of the main reasons why we moved to California but right now the heat is a little intense and there is no end to the heatwave in sight. Good thing we can cool down with this fresh and thirst quenching Pineapple Kale Smoothie!
I have always loved smoothies but it’s hard to find tasty ones without added sugar or a ton of calories. This recipe only has 200 calories per serving and all the sugar is from the pineapple and veggies.
You can use the base of Greek yogurt, kale, and cucumber for a lot of different healthy smoothies. This Pineapple Kale Smoothie is one of my favorites, but you can use raspberries or mango instead of the pineapple if you like. Whatever fruit or berry you use should just have a strong flavor with a bit of sweetness to balance the tartness of the yogurt.
Pineapple Kale Smoothie as a post-workout shake
The perfect time for me to enjoy a fruit smoothie is right after a workout. This is the time where I can use the fruit sugar to fill up my energy (glycogen) reserves and the protein from the Greek yogurt to help my muscles recover and grow.
Because the smoothie only takes a few minutes to make, I can enjoy it on the balcony less than 5 minutes after coming home from a workout. Knowing that a delicious pineapple smoothie is waiting for me at the end of my workout is all the motivation I need!
You don’t blend ice into this smoothie (it would get too watery) so make sure that all the ingredients are cold when you start blending. You can also drop a few ice cubes into the smoothie just before drinking it or serve the smoothie glasses in an ice bucket. Just make sure that you serve it COLD!
Speaking of cold, did you try the Sugar-Free Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle recipe I posted last week? We have been eating a lot of those lately to keep the heat at bay and they are delicious!
I am thinking of inviting friends over to hang out by the pool soon just so I can impress them with my cool smoothies and snacks 😀
The last ingredient we haven’t talked about yet is the hemp seeds. I love that they add both texture and a bit of healthy fat to the smoothie but you can leave them out if you want to. They aren’t necessary for the smoothie to taste great.
Next time you are tempted to drink a cold soda in the summer heat, try this cool smoothie recipe instead. I promise that it will hit the spot!
This delicious sugar-free Pineapple Kale Smoothie only has 200 calories for a large serving. Perfect for a workout shake or to cool off in the summer heat.
- 1 cup (285 g) 0% fat Greek yogurt
- 1.5 cups (250 g) cubed pineapple
- 3 cups (200 g) baby kale
- 1 cucumber
- 2 tbsp, hemp seeds
Put all the ingredients in a blender (I use a NutriBullet) and blend until the smoothie has an even and silky consistency.
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