By Regina Braun

Being pregnant with my daughter first got me into drinking green smoothies.

Did you know that getting over a cold is much harder when you are pregnant? I had no clue until I was pregnant and fighting the longest cold of my life. Why does it take so long? Well, first of all, the pregnant body gives the growing baby highest priority. Healing mom is not as important. Secondly, there is hardly any cold medication approved for use during pregnancy. So I was left dealing with this extended cold without any meds.

I realized that I had to take a proactive approach to boosting my immune system. That’s when I started to make green smoothies part of my routine. I still didn’t like the thought of a green-tasting drink, so my very first green smoothie creation ended up tasting like a cocktail instead. The tropical flavours of pineapple and coconut do an amazing job at masking the taste of leafy greens.

Is it any surprise, that my daughter already loves green smoothies? She insists on sharing my smoothies with me and loves it when I make them into mini popsicles for her.

Green Piña Colada Smoothie, Courtesy of Regina Braun, leelalicious.com, Calgary

Tropical flavours mask the taste of the leafy greens for a smoothie that is delicious and nutritious.

PinaColadaSmoothie

Prep time: 5 min
Yield: 2 servings (2 1/2 cups/625 mL)

Ingredients
1 cup (250 mL) coconut milk
2 tbsp (30 mL) organic shredded coconut (optional)
1 cup (250 mL) packed fresh spinach
1 cup (250 mL) frozen pineapple chunks
½ frozen banana
shredded coconut (for garnish, optional)
fresh pineapple (for garnish, optional)

Directions
1. In blender or food processor, combine coconut milk, shredded coconut, spinach, frozen pineapple and banana. (Layering ingredients from liquid to frozen makes for easier blending.)
2. Garnish rim of serving glasses with shredded coconut and piece of pineapple, if desired.
3. Serve immediately, or freeze leftovers to make green popsicles.

Leelalicious
I am a busy mom of one little girl who is already a great eater and future kitchen helper. On my blog, Leelalicious, I like to share nutritious and delicious recipes for the entire family!