Refreshing Tropical Fruit Smoothie with Kale and Thai Basil

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Today seriously has to be the hottest day of the year so far! My weather app even says it is 94 but feels like 102! You would think after living in Florida most of my life I would be use to it but no... just no.

Our church has a skatepark and the boys have been begging me to take them up today. I don't know how they can even think of being outside today let alone skateboarding, but I brought them up and skate they did. I must be getting old because I can't handle the heat like they can. I watched them skate for a little bit and then left them to stay with Josh. He is not only a Pastor but the Skate Park Director also.

Earlier today I took the kids to Aldi and we bought a little kiddie pool and these beautiful mangoes and pineapple.When the little kids and I got back from dropping the boys off at the skatepark, we went to work filling the pool up. The whole time I was outside I was dreaming of making this smoothie.

 A couple weeks ago I had made a tropical smoothie with kale and while I was out of the kitchen Josh added some Thai Basil to it that he had grown in our garden. I was upset at first because I thought he ruined my smoothie but he urged me to try it and it was actually so good! Who would have thought! Basil? Well it worked.

As the little kids got ready to go out and jump in the pool I quickly mixed up this smoothie. While the kids played I finally plopped down and slurped down the smoothie. Ahhhhh.... It was exactly what you would want on a ridiculously hot day. Cold, delicious, light and nutritious!

Seeing my smoothie, Luke and Simeon promptly got out of the pool to investigate and drank most of mine. Soon all the water was out of the pool and the kids were getting tired so I had them all come in and then gave them a bath. I know we use a lot of water in our household but the pool water was filthy by the time they were done with it.

Now they are watching the Wild Kratts, thunder is rumbling in the distance and I am ready for a shower and some snuggling with the little guys before the big boys get back.Wait, nevermind they are back. At least I had a few minutes of quiet and that smoothie was just what I needed to get me through the rest of the day.

Refreshing Tropical Fruit Smoothie with Kale and Thai Basil
Printable Recipe

Makes 6 cups/ 3 servings

1 1/2 cups of frozen tropical fruit or fresh/ pineapples/ mangoes
1 frozen banana
1 cup of torn kale or about 5 leaves torn up
A handful of Thai Basil or about 6-8 leaves depending on flavor preference

Blend on highest setting for about 30 seconds and lower setting for 30. Enjoy!

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