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Dad's Favorite Smoothie

Dad's Favorite Smoothie

This is my Dad's invention.  His secret ingredient is pear nectar, which you can find in many supermarkets.  Look for unsweetened, 100% organic pear nectar.  That's the trick to sweetening this, Dad's favorite morning drink.

4-5 leaves kale                
1/2 frozen banana*
1/4 fresh pineapple                
1 small pear
1/4 cup organic pear nectar
1 tbsp raw organic coconut oil**          
2 cups purified water

If using a conventional blender, chop pineapple and pear into small chunks.  Place water and fruit into blender and mix on high.  Slowly add in kale while blender is running and let run until smooth.  Add additional water until desired consistency is achieved.  Serve over ice and add straw to enjoy.

If using a high-speed blender such as Vitamix, place all ingredients at once, add ice and mix on high until smooth.

*Frozen bananas add a special creaminess to smoothies that unfrozen bananas seem to lack.  Do not freeze bananas before they are ripe.  This is a great way to avoid wasting food - when you start to see brown spots, either use them or freeze them.  Be sure to peel before you freeze.

**Coconut oil is a superfood that has been linked to brain health, among its many uses.  For any age brain, it is a delicious and simple add-in.

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