Tropical Green Smoothie

I am delighted to feature a recipe from Joseph Gonzales, RD and Blue Cure. Joseph is a dietitian and researcher. He has published several research studies on plant-based nutrition and cancer, type 2 diabetes, and weight loss. Joseph has had the opportunity to work as a dietitian for the Comprehensive Lifestyle Changes Study at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, as well as  a dietitian for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. More recently, Joseph has been working as the Nutrition Director for— a wonderful resource for anyone looking for free, evidenced-based nutrition and lifestyle information.

Blue Cure is a non-profit organization that focuses on education and advocacy for integrative approaches to prostate cancer prevention and treatment. I especially love that this organization is not just raising money to find a medical cure— they are working to bring a lifestyle cure to the people. Helping to educate men that their daily dietary and lifestyle habits are a powerful “medicine” for prevention of prostate cancer. Raising awareness about prostate cancer should go beyond the beard to also raise awareness about lifestyle factors that contribute to prostate cancer. Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page.
Now for that tasty, fruity-recipe! This smoothie is great for a little pick-me up or something to quench that mid-day sweet tooth. The frozen banana helps to give the smoothie an ice-cream appeal, while the pineapple helps to sweetened it up. If you are not a lover of “green leafy vegetables”, maybe trying them in a smoothie would be a good place to start? The sweet and creamy texture helps to mask the more bitter taste of raw kale.
Tropical Green Smoothie
Serves 3
This smoothie is great for a little pick-me up or something to quench that mid-day sweet tooth.
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  1. 3 cups of chopped kale (remove the stems)
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. 1/2-1 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
  4. 1 ripe pear
  5. 1 orange
  6. 1 cup of green grapes
  7. 1 cup non-dairy, unsweetened milk (e.g. coconut, almond, soy, hemp)
  8. 1-2 Tablespoon ground flax (or equivalent amount of any nut/seeds)
  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into cups and enjoy!
  1. *Add ice as needed to make cold, but usually if using frozen banana and pineapple it’s not needed. Frozen grapes can also make it better!
  2. *For additional nutritional benefits, try adding 1/4 cup cashews to the mix. This will also make it extra creamy.
Kristina DeMuth