Tropical Kale Smoothie

tropical kale smoothie

I’m a big fan of kale, especially if it’s cooked and crispy (Green, Eggs and Spam Quinoa Muffins, Tasty Kale Chips, Butternut Squash Frittata with Crispy Kale).

If you haven’t discovered the joys of kale, let me tell you some of the reasons why I love it.

At just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has:

  • Nearly 3 grams of protein
  • 2.5 grams of fiber
  • Vitamins A, C, and K
  • Folate, a B vitamin that’s key for brain development
  • Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. (While kale has far less omega-3 than fish, it is another way to get some of this healthy fat into your diet)
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin
  • Minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc.

Do you want the health benefits of kale, but can’t get past the taste and texture?  Then let me recommend this Tropical Kale Smoothie. The tropical flavors mask the taste of the kale completely.  I like mine a little chunkier, but if you blend it longer, you won’t have any pieces of kale to contend with.

Tropical Kale Smoothie


1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1 cup kale, ribs removed

1/2 cup pineapple chunks

1 banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder


Add all ingredients to blender.  Blend until smooth.

Makes 1-2 servings

tropical kale smoothie




Garlic Recipe Roundup

garlic recipe roundup

Last week I shared the Top Five Healthy Benefits of Garlic.  This week I thought you might enjoy some recipes my blogger friends and I have put together.  All the recipes feature garlic as a significant (or main) ingredient.  That should scare the vampires away!!

First up is my recipe for Easy Sauteed Ratatouille.

garlic recipe roundup
You can substitute or add your favorite vegetables, but don’t forget the garlic!!

Lisa over at the Snappy Gourmet has a yummy recipe for Garlic-Cheddar Drop Biscuits.

garlic recipe roundup
This recipe is similar to your favorite biscuits from Red Lobster.

Here’s one of my favorite recipes for Roasted Tomato Herb Soup.

roasted tomato herb soup recipe
The garlic helps bring out that roasted flavor.

Nate over at Wanna Bite has a twist on the traditional Aglio Et Olio (Spaghetti w/Garlic and Oil).

garlic recipe roundup
Nate’s additions to this recipe from Southern Italy are chicken and cheese.

Have you always wanted to make your own Jarred Minced Garlic?  Tonia at The Sunny Patch shows you how.

garlic recipe roundup
Dehydrated garlic is they key.

What’s your favorite garlic recipe?  Please share a link or email me if you would like to share your favorite recipe on the blog.