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Kale Mango Smoothie

Our Kale Mango Smoothie takes the cake when it comes to adding a little island magic to your day.
Kale Mango Smoothie | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com #vegan #kalesmoothie #plantbased #mangosmoothie

Take a mini-vacation with every sip of this yummy Kale Mango Smoothie. And don’t let that kale intimidate you! If you’re new to blending with kale, this is a great smoothie to help break you in. The tropical fruit and coconut milk give this smoothie a delectable flavor and texture, like a milkshake – only healthy!

We love blending with a variety of  liquid bases, and for this kale mango smoothies we really do love coconut milk.

What Kind of Coconut Milk is Best for Smoothies?

It can be confusing to know which coconut milk to blend with. You will find coconut milk in shelf-stable cartons, cans, and in cartons in the refrigerated section. And if you are really ambitious or don’t have access to coconut milk, you can even make your own!

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So which one to use, you may ask…

You will find a variety of different types of coconut milk on store shelves. Canned coconut milk is typically labeled according to fat content. (Spoiler alert: coconut milk is high in fat.)

Here are the most common types of coconut milk you’ll find at the grocery store:
  • Canned (or shelf-stable cartons of) coconut cream has the highest percentage of fat – creamy, rich, able to be whipped; a great non-dairy substitute for heavy cream
  • Full-fat coconut milk (which consists of coconut cream and water)
  • Light coconut milk which is lighter in viscosity, fat, and calories; you can make your own “light coconut milk” by diluting full-fat coconut milk with water #protip
  • Sweetened coconut milk, such as Coco Lopez; contains loads of sugar – none of smoothies will every call for this type – and typically used for cocktails and desserts
  • Sweetened condensed coconut milk – like the previous type this contains a lot of sugar and is a non-dairy substitute for dairy sweetened condensed milk
  • Refrigerated cartons – these are located in the refrigerated section of grocery stores; you will see both flavored and plain, sweetened and unsweetened coconut milk, and even blends that contain almonds or other nuts; typically contains preservatives and additives that help with mouthfeel and flavor
  • Shelf-stable cartons of coconut milk are comparable to other non-dairy milks (like the refrigerated cartons above) such as almond or hemp milk. The flavor is very light. The advantage to this type of coconut milk, as with cans, is that it keeps for a very long time and you can purchase them in smaller sizes so you can use what you need and limit wasting the milk

You’ll find canned coconut milk in the Asian section of grocery stores, but I find that there is a lot more variety as Asian grocery stores (it it’s usually less expensive too!). Trader Joe’s carries organic coconut cream and milk for a good price as well.

What type do we recommend at SGS?

Our SGS team is kind of split on which type to use. Some preferred the thicker, richer flavor of canned coconut milk. Others like the kind in the carton, shelf stable or refrigerated, it doesn’t matter. All of us seem to agree on using canned coconut milk for our meal recipes where carton milk simply wouldn’t yield the same results.
Ultimately, we always recommend using whatever you like best, have access to, and fits your lifestyle and/or budget.

Why You Should Eat (and Blend!) More Kale

Dark, leafy greens in general are some of the most nutrient dense, healthiest foods on the planet. Eating (or drinking) your greens gives your body a whole host of nutrients.

Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. It also contains moderate amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. Kale is naturally low in sodium and calories – one cup of raw chopped kale only has 34 calories.

The significant amount of phytochemicals in kale can help reduce the risk of chronic disease and inflammation. Kale contains lutein and zeaxanthin which can help prevent cataracts from forming and macular degeneration. Antherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of the arteries, may be prevented by a diet rich in lutein.

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Kale Mango Smoothie

  • Author: Jen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks, Beverages
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Description

Kale can be intimidating at first, yet with a little pineapple you are good to go. This smoothie is super nourishing and filling—and makes a great breakfast


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh kale
  • 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1/2 cup pineapple

Instructions

  1. Blend kale and coconut milk together until smooth.
  2. Add remaining fruit and blend again.


Notes

Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 16 ounces
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  1. GRACE

    January 10th, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Yumm, just made this immediately — add a little of almond milk + coconut water since I am not too keen to coconut milk but they turned out so good!!! Thanks for sharing !

  2. Debbie

    January 10th, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Is this really 700 calories?!!!

  3. Rachel

    January 13th, 2019 at 8:09 am

    That’s what I’m wondering too!!

  4. Brittani Kendrick

    January 15th, 2019 at 7:23 am

    The smoothie tastes great but I was alarmed to see 700 calories!

  5. Liz

    January 15th, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Not bad flavour, but I noticed kale tastes more powdery? Not a huge fan of that. Might have added too much, will try less next time or switch to half kale half spinach

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Hey Liz,

    Make sure you are removing the stems from your kale to avoid that bitter taste. If you are not a fan feel free to do half and half or swap it completely with another green of your choice!

  7. Beth

    January 15th, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I don’t typically use only Kale in a smoothie; I always combine the kale with spinach. I was excited to try this one and was pleasantly surprised how good it tastes.

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Kale yeah!!

  9. K D

    January 15th, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Very tasty! I too was alarmed by the calorie total, however it’s not too surprising as there’s so much fruit in it. Used So Delicious shelf stable coconut beverage and it turned out fine. So green, smooth and tropical.

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Feel free to swap the amount of fruits and veggies to make your smoothie less sweet if you prefer it that way!

  11. Jeanine Long

    January 15th, 2019 at 10:23 am

    I Love this smoothie! It’s like a mini trip to the beach on a cold and foggy day!!

  12. Donny

    January 15th, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Delish! These are changing my lifestyle!!!

  13. Donny

    January 15th, 2019 at 10:46 am

    These are changing my lifestyle!!!

  14. Sami

    January 15th, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I was a little hesitant to try kale in the smoothie but it tasted great!

  15. Kari

    January 15th, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Like a tropical vacation, so good!

  16. Mil Beni

    January 15th, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Article was very helpful. The smoothie, simply but delicious.

  17. Emily

    January 15th, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I think I will try this with coconut water next time as I didn’t love the coconut milk. Otherwise great!

  18. Brenda Coates

    January 15th, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I wasn’t too sure about using Kale and how it would change the flavor of the smoothie’s, but no worries; they taste amazing!

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 11:47 am

    So glad you are on the kale wagon now!! 🙂

  20. Theresa OMara

    January 15th, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Smooth. Great flavor. Easy to make and easy to drink

  21. Cecily

    January 15th, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    This was such a yummy creamy smoothie, it will most definitely be put on my to make again list!

  22. Bethany Vines

    January 15th, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Yummy! I used canned coconut milk since the store I went to didn’t have unsweetened coconut milk in the carton. It was definitely the predominant flavor, so I’d like to try it with a different kind of liquid next time. Overall really good, though. Felt very tropical.

  23. Pamela LaBouve

    January 15th, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Love this smoothie! My greens were a blend of baby kale, chard and spinach. I also substituted a banana for the pineapple because that’s what I had on hand. I use half water and half coconut milk, I like the smoothie a little less thick. Definitely will be adding this to the rotation 🙂

  24. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 11:50 am

    So glad you were able to make this work for you! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  25. Katie

    January 15th, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I’m enjoying tropical heaven in the middle of a gray Midwestern January morning. Tuesday is suddenly looking a little brighter with a delicious smoothie!

  26. Rachel Gebauer

    January 15th, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I love this smoothie, very refreshing. It was like a taste of summer.

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