Apples and pineapples taste great together in this tropical fusion smoothie. They also make the perfect blend to try out a new (to me) type of leafy green – escarole.
Escarole is a type of endive. It has broad leaves and is much less bitter other endives or even kale. Like most leafy greens, it is a rich source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene), vitamin K, folate, calcium (21% RDA per head), iron (4.4 milligrams per head) and six grams of protein per head. Yes, I stuff the entire head into my blender pitcher!
This smoothie is a large, 36-ounce meal replacement. You can easily halve the recipe or drink half in the morning and half in the afternoon. Personally, I’m used to drinking large smoothies so I drink the entire smoothie in about 30 minutes.
Apples are loaded with healthy fiber to help you feel fuller longer. This smoothie lasted me until mid-afternoon. Fiber also helps promote colon health and may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Apple-Pineapple Tropical Fusion Green Smoothie Recipe With Escarole
- 8 ounces homemade almond milk
- 2 apples, cored
- 2 cups pineapple, cubed
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 head escarole lettuce
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
(NOTE: Nutritional information is going to vary based on the almond milk you use and is not included in the information below.)
Calcium: 29% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 389% RDA
Vitamin C: 233% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamin B1 – B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.