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Pineapple with a Kick Recharge Smoothie

The Complete Herbal Guide / Healthy Recipes  / Pineapple with a Kick Recharge Smoothie

Pineapple with a Kick Recharge Smoothie

Sweet, tangy and spicy, this drink is truly a party in a glass.

Ingredients

1 small pineapple, peeled and chunked,
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled,
2 limes, peeled and quartered,
Use 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded,
1 1/2 cups orange juice,
1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place the Top Blades in the Pitcher and add all of the ingredients in the order listed.*
  2. PULSE 3 times. Select Speed 10 and flip the switch to START. Blend for 45 seconds.

Customize Your Drink

Our recipes are fabulous, but maybe you’d like to customize a drink that’s all your own! Don’t be afraid to experiment. Check out our suggestions for creating your own signature nutrient extract juice! (All recommendations based on a 12-ounce beverage.)

Make it Thicker

Try adding one of these ingredients for a creamier drink and to boost the nutrition profile as well:

  • 1/4 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons avocado
    • If you think avocados are only for guacamole, think again!
    • Ideal for greens drinks, avocado adds good-for-you monounsaturated fat with only 50 calories for 2 tablespoons.
    • Florida avocados (the larger, smooth skinned ones) have slightly fewer calories and fat compared to the smaller California varieties.
  • 1/4 tablespoon chia seeds
    • In white and black varieties, chia seeds are a nutrient powerhouse. Rich in protein, these tiny seeds deliver potassium, magnesium, calcium, and manganese.
    • Chia seeds are also one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fats and can contribute to your daily fiber needs in a big way. Their ability to absorb liquid is what thickens the drink, but don’t use more than the recommended amount — your drink will turn into a gel!

    Add chia seeds in with other ingredients before blending, or make a chia gel that you can keep on hand in the fridge and use as needed.

    How to Make a Chia Gel

    Combine 4 tablespoons chia seeds with 2 cups water or other liquid, such as coconut water. Voila – after 10-15 minutes you’ll have a gel! Use a tablespoon or two of gel to thicken drinks to your desired consistency. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week.

Make it Thinner

The thickness of a blended drink will depend on a few factors, such as whether or not ice is used, and whether the fruit is fresh or frozen. If your smoothie isn’t sip-able, you can add one of these healthful ingredients to thin it down just a bit.

  • 2 tablespoons green tea or chamomile tea
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut water
  • Add a small amount of a high-moisture food, such as celery, lettuce, cucumber, lemon or lime
  • Add some water—important to re-hydrate!
  • Unsweetened almond milk to add richness—great with tropical fruits!

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: Calories 159; Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 4mg; Carbohydrate 41g; Fiber 4g; Protein 2g

 

Herbal Guide Staff

schillemi@thecompleteherbalguide.com

The Complete Guide to Natural Healing believes that food, vitamins, supplements, and alternative medicine can be your best medicine. Our staff will show you the truth about health and wellness, so you can help your family and closest friends get even healthier. You’ll learn exactly what you should do and how to eat to get healthy, exercise to get your leanest, healthiest body and how to take control of your family’s health, using natural remedies as medicine.