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10 Tasty Kale Smoothies

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Kale. There’s no denying it, kale is a fantastically amazing vegetable. Full of protein, vitamins, fiber, and important minerals, and believed to help defend the body against everything from asthma, to diabetes, and more, kale is in every way a super-food… except when it comes to taste. That’s too bad, because most of us could use more of this dark leafy green in our diets, and would be more than willing to supplement our meals with a healthy infusion of kale, if only it didn’t taste like a fistful of dirt. Well, hold onto your tongue, because we’ve located 10 recipes from around the web that manage to turn this bitter vegetable into some of the tastiest smoothies you’ll ever experience. Read on, and see for yourself just how delicious ‘nutritious’ can be.

10 Tasty Kale Smoothies

1. Kale, Pineapple, and Almond-Milk Smoothie

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Most kale smoothies make use of other sweet flavors to help mask the bitter tang of the kale, but the best kale smoothies use flavors that also work well together. Such is the case with this particular smoothie, which tickles the tongue with a perfect complementary mixture of pineapple, almond-milk, and banana. Special thanks to Marthastewart.com for sharing this healthy treat.

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
½ cup pineapple juice
1 cup kale (chopped, packed)
½ cup fresh pineapple (diced)
1 banana

Directions

  1. In a Blendtec blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth.

2. Kale-Ginger Detox Smoothie

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The holidays are a time for celebration. Of course, ‘celebration’ is often just another word for ‘overeating,’ and by the time mid January rolls around, many feel as though it might be easier to just give up than it would be to try to get back into a healthy dietary routine. This is where the kale-ginger detox smoothie comes into play. By clearing all of that residual holiday cheer from your system and giving you a chance to start the new year off right, this smoothie may just be your first step towards a happier life… and it tastes good to boot! This one comes to us courtesy of Julia via Ohmyveggies.com.

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1 banana (frozen)
½ cup blueberries (frozen)
1 tsp ginger (grated)
2 cups kale (chopped, loosely packed)
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
Raw honey (to taste)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a Blendtec blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. If needed, add more honey and blend again.
  3. Consider adding more almond milk if needed to achieve the correct consistency.

3. Pistachio Ice Cream Kale Green Smoothie Shake

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For those who want something that tastes like a dessert, satisfies like a meal, and nourishes like a plate full of greens, this pistachio ice cream kale smoothie may just be perfect. And, did we mention that it’s completely vegan? Kudos to Tarashaun at Blenderbabes.com for discovering it.

Ingredients

¼ cup milk substitute OR filtered water
½ tsp ginger (finely minced)
2 bananas
1 cup kale leaves (chopped)
½ cup pistachios, hazelnuts, and/or raw cashews
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp agave nectar OR raw dates (pitted, chopped)
1 pinch salt
2 cups ice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a Blendtec blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. If using frozen bananas, consider reducing the amount of ice to 1 cup.

4. Kale and Apple Green Smoothie Recipe {vegan}

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There’s just something about smoothies that makes them a perfect addition to the vegan lifestyle. This particular recipe, from Dara at Cookincanuck.com, uses apples to give it a subtle sweetness that is nonetheless strong enough to make you forget about just how nutritious the whole concoction is. And, like the previous recipe, this one is also totally vegan.

Ingredients

⅔ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
¾ cup ice
1 ½ cups kale (chopped, packed)
1 stalk celery (diced)
½ Gala apple (cut into chunks)
1 tbsp ground flax seed
Agave nectar (to taste)

Directions

  1. In a Blendtec blender, combine almond milk, ice, kale, celery, apple, and flax seed. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Taste smoothie. Add agave nectar if needed and blend again.

5. Chocolate Kale Smoothie

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Chocolate may seem like the anti-kale, but with a little bit of know-how (and the right ingredients), the two can be combined into a mouth-watering smoothie that works equally well for any meal, or even after a strenuous workout! This one comes to us from Beth at Greenphillyblog.com.

Ingredients

2 cups vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
6 large kale leaves
bananas (chopped, frozen)
2 tbsp chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp almond butter
Several cubes of ice
Chia seeds and/or blackberries (optional, for topping)

Directions

  1. In a Blendtec blender, mix almond milk, kale, bananas, protein powder, and almond butter. Blend on high until smooth. Add ice, and blend again.
  2. Top with chia seeds or blackberries to serve.

6. Kale and Strawberry Energy Boosting Smoothie

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Most of us could probably stand to have a bit more energy. But rather than crawl into a coffee pot, or resign yourself to a few hours of drowsy yawning, you can get all of the energy you need naturally. This recipe combines kale, strawberries, hemp seeds, coconut, and more to create a flavorful concoction that will help you stay alert throughout the entire day. Thanks to Nicole at Olahuna.com for sharing.

Ingredients

1 cup curly or purple kale (chopped, packed)
1 ½ cups strawberries (frozen)
1 coconut (young)
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp maple syrup OR coconut nectar
½ cup cashews (optional)
2 drops strawberry extract
1 cup ice

Directions

  1. Remove coconut meat. Save coconut water.
  2. Combine kale, strawberries. coconut meat, hemp seeds, maple syrup/coconut nectar, strawberry extract, ice, and (optionally) cashews in a Blendtec blender. Blend together on high until mixture reaches desired consistency. Add coconut water if smoothie is too thick.
  3. Use more or less ice to reach desired temperature.

7. Low Calorie Strawberry Banana Kale Smoothie

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For a great green smoothie that is also low in calories, you can’t do much better than this banana kale smoothie, courtesy of Jordan at Thefitchen.com. It hits all of the nutritional expectations you might have for a basic green smoothie, but is also a pleasant experience for the pallet.

Ingredients

⅓ cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups baby kale (chopped)
½ banana
1 tbsp hemp seeds
½ strawberries (frozen)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a Blendtec blender and blend on high until smooth.

8. Matcha Kale & Peach Smoothie

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Here’s to another taste combination that you never knew you were missing. Green tea, kale, and peaches come together in this smoothie to create a unique taste that you’ll find yourself craving all day long. And, as Jeanine at LoveandLemons.com suggests, it also works well as a pick-me-up.

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
2 tsp cooking-grade matcha
2 kale leaves
2 ripe peaches (pitted)
½ tsp ginger (grated)
1 banana
1 handful of ice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a Blendtec blender. Blend on high until desired consistency is reached.

9. Coconut ‘Kale-Ada’ Smoothie

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Even if you’re snowed in this winter, you can enjoy the taste of the sunny tropics with a coconut ‘kale-ada’ smoothie—courtesy of Hallie at Dailybitesblog.com. With all the taste of a refreshing piña colada, and all of the nutrients of a hearty green smoothie, this special treat is just the thing to chase the winter blues away.

Ingredients

¼ cup canned coconut milk (full-fat)
½ cup water (more as needed)
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup pineapple chunks (frozen)
½ banana (frozen)
1 kale leaf (stem removed)
1 cup spinach

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a Blendtec blender and blend on high until smooth.

10. Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie

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Tammy at Organizeyourselfskinny.com has really outdone herself. Cherry? Vanilla? These are two flavors that just can’t miss, and when you experience what they can do for kale smoothies, you’ll wonder how you ever managed to blend without them. And, in addition to the health benefits from the kale, the cherries offer quite a few benefits themselves, including promoting restful sleep, reducing belly fat, easing muscle soreness, and more.

Ingredients

Water (for consistency)
1 banana
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
2 cups coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 cup kale (chopped)
2 cups dark sweet cherries (frozen)

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a Blendtec blender and blend on high until smooth. Use more or less water to achieve desired consistency.

(40) Comments on “10 Tasty Kale Smoothies

  • Mildred

    I am new in this new way of consuming my veggies and fruits, but I need to know the calories on each smoothie because I have a diet of 1200. cal

    Can you provide me with this information?

    Mildred Garcia

    • Hi Mildred,

      Here is a list of the calories (per serving) for each smoothie:
      Kale, Pineapple, and Almond-Milk Smoothie – 305
      Kale-Ginger Detox Smoothie – 282
      Pistachio Ice Cream Kale Green Smoothie Shake – 709
      Kale and Apple Green Smoothie – 164
      Chocolate Kale Smoothie – 503
      Kale and Strawberry Energy Boosting Smoothie – 1033
      Low Calorie Strawberry Banana Kale Smoothie – 145
      Matcha Kale and Peach Smoothie – 287
      Coconut Kale-Ada Smoothie – 494
      Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie – 738

  • Andrew

    These all sound delicious! Definitely going to try them. But these all sound *sweet*, rather than the savory I was looking for. Any ideas for kale smoothies that have very little sugar in them?

    • Hi Andrew,
      The great thing about smoothies, is how versatile they are. Most of these kale smoothies can be changed by removing just a few ingredients to give it less sugar. You can remove the added sugar (like honey) and substitute water for any liquid base the smoothie calls for.

        • Amy

          A great flavorful somewhat savory drink that South Asian’s enjoy is “Borhani” I recently tried making this with Kale and I thought it was delicious. You just throw together plain yogurt, kale, tiny tiny bit of Indian black salt (or just regular salt will do), some chopped green pepper (careful with this, try a small amount or avoid if you really don’t like spicy but the yogurt does neutralize the capsaicin revealing green pepper’s more herbal taste), and a little bit of black pepper— blend and voila!
          I enjoy spicy/ flavorful South Asian and Mexican dishes. If you usually don’t, I would make a little bit to try first before making more. This drink is also not meant to be consumed in large quantities and is more enjoyable in smaller teacupful amounts because it does become overwhelming past that amount, kind of like dark chocolate :)

  • Grace

    These look delicious. Can you tell me what the fiber content is in each? My doctor wanted me to get more fiber in my diet and suggested vegetable smoothies.

    • Hi Amy,
      You shouldn’t taste the kale in these smoothies, at the very least, it shouldn’t be overpowering. You can always use spinach in place of the kale; it has a much milder taste.

  • Valerie

    I am new at trying these recipes. Can I use yougurt in any of them if I have no fruits. For instance can I use blue very yogurt and a banana with the kale and some almond coconut milk to make a smoothie

  • Victor

    Smoothie lifestyle is one of the best change you want to bring in living. I have been drinking smoothies regularly and always on a hunt for new recipes. All these smoothie recipes I have tried and matter of fact taste good.

  • Lauren

    FYI: Walmart has HUGE bags of organic kale for under 3 bucks =) Look for their Wild Oats brand of organics, including shredded coconut. I post this because I am in a small town and all we have is Walmart. Thanks!

    • These smoothies range from about 145 – 504 calories per serving. If you’re looking to keep it on the lower end, I recommend the Low Calorie Strawberry Banana Kale Smoothie, Kale and Apple Green Smoothie, Kale-Ginger Detox Smoothie, or Matcha Kale & Peach Smoothie.

  • Corrina

    Just tried the cherry, vanilla green smoothie. Wonderful! Nice hint of coconut. I enjoy trying new, healthy recipes.

  • Frances

    Thanks for these new recipes to add to my old ones. The five very low calorie ones will be my new favorites.

  • Pancakeorganics

    Wow, it is amazing and tasty. I love all these. The given all ingredients are very helpful for me to try all these. All my family members like all these. I will try banana shake in my free time, specially green one. Thanks

  • Sharon

    Thank you for all these great sounding (and healthy) smoothies made with kale. I have a bunch in my garden & am excited to find a tasty way to use it.

  • Carol

    Can smoothies be frozen in their container straight after making them or would it be better to use less ingredients to make one fresh drink every day.? The recipe alone seems to make a very large drink and I only want it for one.
    Thanks

    • We recommend that you do not leave blended food in your jars. You should wash and rinse them right after use, so as to keep them in good condition. If you are looking to make only one smoothie, you can try cutting the recipes in half.

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