Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie Recipe

Katie Goodman | Good Life {eats} Updated

Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie can be made with frozen or fresh kale. Huge on nutrition and taste.

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With a little organization you can easily freeze kale for use in smoothies or other recipes that don't require kale to be fresh. These four methods are super easy, plus I've got a few recipe suggestions for you.

1. Make freezer smoothies

Making freezer smoothies is a great way to freeze your kale for a later use.

What is a freezer smoothie? It is basically a pre-assembled baggie that contains all of the necessary ingredients for your favorite smoothie recipe.

All you have to do is stuff a freezer bag full of your favorite fruits and/or vegetables, label, date, and freeze. When you're ready to make your smoothie, dump the contents in the blender, add your liquids and blend.

For more detailed freeze smoothie preparation instructions visit this post full of freezer smoothie how-to tips and smoothie recipe ideas.

2. Freeze pureed kale in ice cube trays.

My method for doing this is pureeing 3-4 cups of packed kale with 1 cup of water and using the "juice" cycle on my blender. Then, pour the juice into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a larger freezer bag. Date and label the bag and stash in your freezer.

This method is perfect when you just want to add small amounts of kale puree to smooth, chunk-free recipes like smoothies, soups or sauces.  Use frozen, pureed kale in recipes such as sausage and kale soup and this kale pesto recipe

Freezing Kale Picture

3. Freeze chopped kale in baggies.

Chop the kale - I like mine chopped pretty fine - and freeze in pre-portioned amounts in small freezer baggies. The pre-portioned size depends on what you want to use the spinach for, but usually amounts ranging from 1/2 cup to 1 cup are idea in our kitchen.

This method is perfect for anything you would want to add pre-chopped kale to. Recipes like kale and sweet potato pizza or this kale barley salad with grapefruit and almonds are perfect for using pre-chopped frozen kale.

If the recipe you are preparing won't be affected by any extra water the frozen kale might contribute, just add the kale directly to the recipe according to the recipe's instructions.

However, if you're preparing something where extra moisture would not go unnoticed, be sure to thaw the kale and squeeze it dry.

I like to place the kale inside a paper towel and squeeze that over the sink. Additionally, you can sauté the kale pieces for a minute or two to dry them out a little more.

Freezing Kale Image

4. Freeze kale in a baggie - minus the chopping.

If you know you want to add kale to various smoothies, but don't want to fuss with making freezer smoothies or doing any other prep work, you can transfer the kale directly to a freeze bag. When you need a handful or two of kale to add to a smoothie - like this kale banana smoothie.

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Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie Recipe

  3 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 1/2 ounces Frozen Kale, Or fresh
  • 8 ounces Water, Cold
  • 10 ounces Frozen Pineapple
  • 2 ounces Orange Juice
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder, Optional

Directions

  1. Add the coconut oil, chia seeds, kale and water to the blender.
  2. Puree (using the whole juice cycle if available) until completely smooth.
  3. Add the pineapple, orange juice and vanilla protein.
  4. Puree until well blended.
  5. Drink immediately.

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Recipe Yields: 3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 3

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 85
Calories 226

% Daily Value*
16%
Total Fat 11g
38%
  Saturated Fat 8g
1%
Sodium 25mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate 24g
2%
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 18g
17%
Protein 8g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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