I know. Winter is coming up fast and the weather is getting colder, but while I try to keep my blogging seasonal most of the time, at this time of year I often find myself craving something tropical and something green. This November the west coast of British Columbia experienced the most amount of rain since 1954 and endless days of what we call “liquid sunshine” left me longing for some relief. So this past weekend I whipped up a smoothie including fresh pineapple, bright green spinach and a splash of jewelled pomegranate seeds. It was absolutely delicious and just what I needed to bring some brightness into this rather wet and miserable past month.
Some smoothies I count as snacks, but some I enjoy having as meals and when I do, I like to add some nuts for protein. With a little protein, I can make it to lunch without feeling hungry at all. With this recipe, I also added water as a liquid to reduce the calories. The taste is still heavenly and who needs more calories if they can be avoided, right?
For a nice vibrant colour, you could replace the dates with honey or another sweetener, but dates are full of fiber, iron, potassium, carotenes, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, copper, manganese, magnesium, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. They’re a nutritional powerhouse that you don’t get with any other sweetener.
So kick back and enjoy a fresh and revitalizing breakfast, that can almost take you out of winter and back to sunny and warmer days.
Pineapple Spinach Pomegranate Smoothie
A delicious healthy smoothie with a rainbow of colours!
- 1 small handful almonds
- 4 pitted dates
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
- 2 cups pineapple, chopped
- 1 handful spinach leaves
- ½ large pomegranate (seeds) - optional
Put almonds in the blender and blend until fine.
Add dates and water and blend until smooth.
Add coconut oil, pineapple, spinach and pomegranate seeds and blend until smooth.
Serve with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds on top and enjoy a healthy nutrient-packed breakfast!
Food for Thought: “Love all, trust a few, and do wrong to none.” ~ William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well