Yep, this one’s exactly what it sounds like: blueberries, pineapple, and kale. If that doesn’t scream “DELICIOUS” to you, you should probably get checked out by a doctor. Someone I trust advised that I give this murky-looking smoothie a real good name so as not to sell it short: Blueberry Sunshine! Amethyst Ahimsa! But what can I say? Cutesy, culturally appropriating names aren’t really my style. Just one more thing to add to the (very, very long) list of reasons I’ll never get a cookbook deal!
Looks aside, though: this is a smoothie worth making. I lifted this idea from a smoothie I drank at Claire’s last summer. I haven’t been able to get that sweet, frozen libation out of my mind since … nor have I summoned the will to fork over another eight bucks for something so simple. This smoothie epitomizes summer refreshment, and would probably be a great way to introduce someone scared of kale to the idea of drinking vegetables. Plus, I think it’s best when made in a regular blender, so don’t fret if you don’t own a high-speed one. It’s sweet and bright and has some real texture to it from the kale and blueberry skins, which I love!
- ½ c fresh or frozen blueberries
- ½ c fresh or frozen pineapple
- 1 c fresh kale (rinsed and lightly packed)
- ½ a fresh or frozen banana
- ¾ c water or ice (or coconut water)
- Put everything in a blender and pulse briefly until almost smooth.
- Drink up!