Kale, Pineapple, and Chia Smoothie
We borrowed this recipe from Dr. Alejandro Junger's book "Clean." We were drawn to this smoothie recipe because of its ingredient of chia seeds. We absolutely love chia seeds, and can't speak highly enough of its medicinal and nutritional values.
Here's some information about the value of each ingredient:
Kale: One portion provides you with 192% of your daily dose of Vitamin A. It's also high in manganese, iron, copper, calcium, and B Vitamins.
Pineapple: High in Bromelain, which is useful as an anti-inflammatory. Also offers high amounts of Vitamin A and C.
Chia Seeds: A superfood that's high in protein and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They're great for athletes, because they absorb the water we drink, holding it in our system longer.
|Pineapple chunks||1/2 cup|
|Lacinto or dinosaur kale||2 leaves|
|Soaked chia seeds||2 teaspons|
|Pure water||1 cup|
|Agave syrup||1-2 teaspoons|
1. Soak chia seeds for a few hours in pure water. This will activate the enzymes, but this is not essential.
2. Look for the darkest-green kale with long leaves. If lacinto or dinosaur is not available, use any kale you can find.
3. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.