Yes, I know it’s apple, pomegranate and cranberry season, but sometimes I need to escape into some tropical flavors during the winter. This delicious pineapple-banana tropical smoothie with wheatgrass does the trick.
I’m not usually one for powdered supplements, but for this recipe I used a wheatgrass powder from Amazing Grass (available in health food stores). I often travel with it since the packets are easy to carry anywhere, and I feel like I can get some greens in me, even in an airport.
If you’re not on the go, you can use fresh wheatgrass juice. You’ll need a dedicated wheatgrass juicer, however. Even top-of-the-line blenders are not designed for breaking apart the tough cell walls of grasses. If you blend wheatgrass in your Vitamix, you’ll end up with bits of indigestible grass with no nutritional benefit.
Since wheatgrass has a “highly distinctive” flavor on its own, I find that adding sweet pineapple, coconut water, and bananas mellow it out nicely.
Pineapple-Coconut with Wheatgrass Green Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups pineapple, cubed
- 2 small bananas, peeled
- 1 packet Amazing Grass Wheatgrass
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 8 ounces coconut water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calcium: 16% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 297% RDA
Vitamin C: 268% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamin B1, B2, B6, copper, magnesium, manganese 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 the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.