Pineapple Ginger Green Smoothie


January 8, 2012

This pineapple ginger green smoothie is my mum’s favorite smoothie.

She loves red radishes, and this smoothie utilizes the radish greens.

If you haven’t used the leaves of red radishes in smoothies, these leafy legends are the best-kept secret in the smoothie-making world. Not only radish greens contain more protein, calcium, and vitamin C than the roots, but they’re surprisingly mild in flavor (they taste a lot like lettuce) and go all-but unnoticed in virtually any blend.

For a typical 32-ounce smoothie use about 1 cup of radish greens, which is the amount of greens on a regular bunch of red radishes. Radish greens are not sold separately, so you need to get the roots as well. The leaves are usually covered in soil, so wash them thoroughly to avoid a gritty mouthfeel or a glass full of dirt.

Rich in vitamins A, C, and K, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, radish greens are wonderful blood purifiers and boost bone, kidney, and heart health, and keep our skin, hair, and nails looking gorgeous.

Coupled with the anti-inflammatory power of the pineapple and ginger, this sweet smoothie packs a ton of medicinal mojo as well as awesome flavor. Enjoy.

Find more delicious smoothie recipes in The Blender Girl Smoothies app.

*Probiotic Powder – I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.

*Celtic Sea Salt – I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.

 

Pineapple Ginger Green Smoothie

This vegan pineapple ginger green smoothie is light, refreshing, and loaded with nutrients.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 16-ounce glasses
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (480ml) raw coconut water (or filtered water)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup (37g) lightly packed radish greens (or baby bok choy or spinach)
  • 1/2 medium avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cups (320g) frozen pineapple

optional boosters:

Instructions

  1. Throw everything into your blender (including any boosters) and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. Tweak lemon juice to taste. 

Recipe Notes

Find more delicious smoothie recipes in The Blender Girl Smoothies app
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

Comments

Comments 12

  1. I was laying in bed this morning and thinking about making a smoothie (pineapple, ginger and pear). Great minds think alike :). will be having this one today. Thanks!

  2. Another yummie creation, refreshing and energetic. I didnt have romaine, so I used spinach instead. I love this, I will be living on this in the summer months, it truly reminds of summer. Another job well done. : )

  3. This smoothie was SOO good! I’m also doing the blood type diet (which has really been working for me) and everything in this is “highly beneficial” for my type–BONUS! 🙂

    1. Yipppeeee!
      I am so pleased this is good for your blood AND your taste buds! ENJOY!
      Thanks for taking the time to let me know!

  4. I’ve never tried to blend lettuce or to juice it, but it does sound like it would be good with ginger and pineapple. What a cool and different idea. Thanks so much.

    1. It is DELICIOUS.
      Romaine lettuce is one of the best mild-tasting greens to start with if you are new to green smoothies. It is easily masked with sweet fruits.

    1. OH, I LOVE that! Keep going and try more green smoothies! They are SO good for us and I have tons more delicious recipes coming to keep you blending!

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