Raw Vegan Pina Colada Green Smoothie34
Piggies! If you like pina coladas, you are going to LOVE me today. I don't mind admitting that I NAILED this delectable non alcoholic pina colada smoothie, and am SO excited to share it with you. The reason why I am so proud of this little triumph is that the secret ingredient is one of the most bitter wild edible greens on the planet - dandelion greens.
Most people who brave including dandelion greens into their "greens rotation" are usually repelled after the first attempt because of the overwhelming bitterness, that typically requires a lot of sweet fruit to balance out . Whilst, I do not recommend drinking this pina colada smoothie every day (it does contain a lot of natural fruit sugar) it is a sexy introduction to the wonderful world of wild edibles.
Dandelion greens, are one of the most nutrient-dense greens you can include in your diet, and I eat a bunch every week in order to benefit from all of the goodness. Rich in Vitamins A, B C and D, as well as copper, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium, dandelions are great for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol; and are very beneficial for the health of internal organs. They are also extremely alkalizing. The best thing about dandelions, is that there are over three hundred varieties, and none of them are poisonous! These would be one of the most “socially acceptable” wild edibles and are sold at most health food stores.
When using dandelions in your green smoothies, try starting with 1/2 cup or 1 cup to start off with. I have found that using any more than that in a blend is usually unpalatable for the average "sweet" tooth. If you want to add more greens to your smoothie, try then boosting your blend with mild neutral-tasting greens like spinach and romaine lettuce.
In this raw vegan pina colada smoothie, the bitterness of the dandelion greens comes in very handy, and seems to make this smoothie taste like it has alcohol in it. I promise all of the ingredients come together in exactly the right quanities that you would swear this little concoction had a nip of rum in it and you were laying at a beach resort! Trust me, this green smoothie puts the "dandy" back in the lion. It is TO DIE FOR!
Just like the sublime "pistachio ice cream" kale shake (if you haven't tried this, you are missing out on the BEST green smoothie on the planet) is a biblical introduction to kale, this pina colada green smoothie is the sexiest introduction to dandelion greens that I have ever tasted! If you have another "dandy" shake please share with everyone :)
Trust me, make a "date with dandelion" and let your inner rum-drum sing..........
This green smoothie is a stunner, a winner, and not to be missed. Enjoy!
Raw Vegan Pina Colada Green Smoothie
- 4 cups fresh or frozen ripe sweet pineapple
- 2 cups raw coconut water
- 2 cups ice (if using fresh pineapple)
- 1 cup chopped washed dandelion greens
- ½ cup dried shredded unsweetened coconut
- ¼ cup raw cashews
- ¼ cup dried chopped pitted dates or more to taste
- pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Place all the ingredients in your blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth and creamy.
- Tweak flavours to taste and enjoy.
- Makes four 16-ounce glasses
Piggy Cooking Tips
selecting and storing raw cashews
“Raw” cashews are widely available in pre-packaged bags as well as bulk bins. Always purchase from a supplier where there is a high turnover to ensure freshness and quality. Look for plump cashews that are uniform in colour. Avoid the limp and shrivelled ones. Cashews should smell nutty and sweet. If they have a sharp or bitter smell they have gone rancid. To preserve the precious oils, store cashews in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to six months. Always soak cashews before using to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.