Why choose coconut water for green smoothies

Coconut Water Smoothie

PUBLISHED: 9.13.2019

A tropical coconut water smoothie helps get in your daily cups of water AND satisfy a sweet tooth. Made with pineapple, orange and banana.


A tropical coconut water smoothie can help you get in your 8 cups of water a day AND satisfy a sweet tooth. I know you might be scared of the kale (I’ve had a few of those kinda smoothies) yet this isn’t it.

For some there are two barriers to get over here: coconut water and kale. Let me try and convince you why you need to get over this and just blend it.

Is drinking coconut water good for you?

Just like most things in life: moderation is key when using coconut water.

Yes, it’s considered nature’s gatorade thanks to the natural electrolytes that replenish a depleted body. Yet you also gotta remember there’s more calories in coconut water than filtered water— 60 calories, to be exact.

So as good as it is at hydrating your body, it’s also good at hiding calories when you might not actually need them.

My advice: it’s cool to have 1-2 cups of coconut water a day (with one of those being this coconut water smoothie, of course!). Then opt for water for the remaining water intake.

Coconut water smoothie using kale, oranges and banana.

Can I just make this smoothie with water?

You bet you can! Swapping your liquid bases is very easy in any coconut water smoothie.. or beyond. Depending on my needs, I sometimes do the same. Here’s how I decide what to use as a liquid base:

  • Craving a creamy smoothie: nut milk
  • Want a light, refreshing smoothie: plain water
  • Just ran 8 miles and sweated like a beast: coconut water
  • Struggling to stay awake right now: chilled green tea
Old glass milk jugs used for a kale green smoothie using coconut water, oranges and banana.

What else can we use coconut water for?

If you decide to use the coconut water in here (which I hope you do!) you might have some left over and not sure what to do with it. Here’s 3 other ways to use coconut water:

  • pour it in a glass with frozen pineapple
  • chug it right out of the carton and enjoy those electrolytes!
  • freeze into an ice cube tray and make smoothie cubes like we did below using a few other boosters too

Looking for more? Check out our Rawk the Year meal planner! A whopping 35 of the 400+ recipes in our planner are for coconut water-based smoothies. We love it so much, we’ll let you try it free for 14 days – click here to start your free trial.

Coconut Water Smoothie Cubes

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I think it’s time to get on with the show and share the coconut water smoothie…

Coconut Water Smoothie with kale and oranges
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Why choose coconut water for green smoothies

Coconut Water Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 2
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: vegan
  • Method: blend
  • Cuisine: plant-based


Kale can be a tough green to fall in love with, but it’s not impossible with this coconut water smoothie! We use citrus fruit to cut the bitterness in the kale and boost the sweetness with banana.



  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1⁄2 orange
  • 1⁄2 cup pineapple*
  • 1⁄2 banana*
  • 1 tbs chia seeds


  1. Place kale, orange and coconut water in blender. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add remaining fruit and blend 


  • Remove the stems of the kale as well to help with the taste.
  • Feel free to blend in the chia seeds or sprinkle on top for a crunchy texture.

Keywords: coconut smoothie, coconut water smoothie, coconut kale smoothie


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  1. Dawn says:

    Yum! Search for ingredients I had and found this Tropical Hydrator! Really easy and surprisingly filling!

  2. Christine says:

    This is SO YUMMY after a workout.

  3. Julia says:

    This was amazing! Tastes like vacation in a glass. I was nervous about the coconut water, but it really is delish!

  4. Yolanda says:


  5. Alissabeth says:

    Loving the tropical vibes

  6. Clare Skinner says:

    This was yummy for my tummy, so topically tasty a definite favourite. I will be drinking this one much more

  7. Rachel says:

    My husband said this is his favorite smoothie so far!

  8. Sarah says:

    Delicious !

  9. Sandy Daniels says:

    This drink was amazing, completely refreshing, fruity and sweet, yet green and healthy, very sustaining and vitalizing.

  10. Paula says:

    This one is my favourite so far!

  11. PreShus Lee says:

    This was, by far, the best recipe so far. I was so happy while drinking it.

  12. Renae says:

    looks yummy! I will try tomorrow!

  13. Benessi says:

    Forgot to rate 😉

  14. Benessi says:

    I don’t like coconut water on its own so this is a great way to utilize it!

  15. Nichole says:

    Seriously so yummy!

  16. Valerie W says:

    Definitely refreshing! I’m not a fan of chia, so I used hemp hearts instead.

  17. Shelli Boer says:

    PS – would love to win a membership to Rawk the Year! These smoothies daily have me so motivated!

  18. Shelli Boer says:

    I am in love with this one, first time making one with coconut water and it is so refreshing, even made one for a co-worker today. I have a new devotee to green smoothies!

  19. Julie S. says:


  20. Phyllis Lipford says:

    Love the refreshing ingredients; will try another day … I just wanted strawberries with my greens today!

  21. Alane says:

    The Tropical Hydrator tasted delicious this morning! I appreciate that it includes chia for the protein and their cleansing properties.

  22. Laura Allison says:

    One of my personal favorites…love that tropical flavor.

  23. KARTIK BHATIA says:


  24. AnnMarie Gomes says:

    Delightful! Great sunny taste 🙂

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