Recipe: Kale, Pineapple & Banana Puree

kale-pineapple-banana-01We are huge kale fans in this household. The first time we had kale, my more-worldly best friend from Brooklyn was visiting and like, needed kale. What a strange thing to need I thought, but then she sauteed up some for us in little more than olive oil. And it was delicious. Flash forward a few years later, and kale is all the rage. And now I need it.

Aside from being tasty, kale is a nutritional powerhouse. But don’t just take it from me. Wikipedia says:

Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium. Kale is a source of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties.

Adding in pineapple doubles up the vitamin C content in this puree, which is precisely why I’ve dubbed it Super Greens for Super Sickies in our home. As a matter of fact, this recipe was born from my attempt to head off a massive cold from hitting me and Little Dude. It didn’t work, but I do think all that kale boosted our germ-fighting chances.

Banana smoothes everything out with it’s creamy texture and adds a sweet, familiar flavor to a puree that might otherwise be too adventurous for little palates.

This also makes a fantastic smoothie for you, mama! Just add some milk, almond milk, coconut water or juice and you’re set.

Not brave enough to try kale or can’t find it? Spinach is an easy substitute.

Kale, Pineapple and Banana Puree

Ingredients:

1 bunch of organic kale, washed and stems removed
1 pkg frozen organic pineapple
1 organic banana

Method:

Steam kale and pineapple together in a steam basket on the stovetop until kale is wilted and pineapple is soft, about 7 minutes. Reserve water. Combine steamed kale and pineapple with banana in a food processor; process until desired consistency is achieved. Add reserved water if necessary to thin the puree.

*What are these cool pouches I use? They are the pouches from Infantino’s Fresh Squeezed line. Check out my review here.

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