Sunshine in a Cup

Green smoothies have quickly become a regular part of our routine, (here are two that we love) so much so that it’s already time to shake things up a bit in the ingredients department.  Which is why I’m so glad to have begun to learn about the super-high nutritional content found in micro-greens, the teeny leaves found in the produce section next to the lettuce.  They are often confused with sprouts, and understandably so – while the name seems to indicate the opposite, sprouts have not yet begun to bear their leaves.  Micro-greens on the other hand have, and while many look the same, each delivers a very different flavor, just like their more grown up counterparts.  And just like ‘adult’ greens, each micro-green carries a different nutritional profile.

Usually, I think of micro-greens as the perfect finishing touch on a dish – they enliven soups and sandwiches with both a delicacy and a punch.  However, upon learning about the high protein content in Sunflower micro-greens, I realized that they’d be the perfect addition to round out our green smoothies.  This one continues to use the tropical fruit that’s in now in season, which seems to be a perfect balance to various greens.

Sunshine in a Cup

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Kitchen Equipment: Blender, Measuring Cups, Sharp Knife & Cutting Board

Ingredients: 

– 1 Cup Fresh Pineapple Chunks

– 1 Champagne Mango

– 1 & 1/2 Cups Kale, preferably frozen

– 1/2 Cup Sunflower Micro-greens (I used Good Water Farms’ brand, found at Wholefoods)

– 1/2 Cup Coconut Water

Steps:

– Adding fruit first, place all ingredients in a blender.

– Start blender on a low speed, then increase to higher speed to throughly puree all greens.

– Serve in a large glass & garnish with a slice of mango & a Sunflower micro-green.

Here’s to your health!

Sunshine in a Cup Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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