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Tropical Kale Smoothie

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 9.12.2019 | COMMENTS: 61

This insanely tasty tropical kale smoothie recipe was originally created for my #1 best-selling recipe book, Simple Green Smoothies. Over the years, I’ve craved it more and more… and decided it needed to be a part of our Autumn 7-Day Smoothie Challenge.

After all, what’s autumn without a fresh bunch of kale?!

Freshly blended kale smoothie with mango and pineapple.

Growing up in Southern California meant a lot of In-N-Out and Taco Bell. It wasn’t until I moved to Florida in 2011 that California started to lean into the health trends… and kale became king.

Or should I say: when California turned into Kalifornia.

This recipe uses lacinato kale, yet any kale will work. I highly recommend removing the stems of the kale before blending to eliminate as much bitterness as possible. You can compost the stems or even feed them to your backyard chickens, like me.

Why this smoothie is good for you

Aside from it using the “leafy green king”, this smoothie is packed with fresh ingredients that’ll leave you feeling better than before. And if you make a green smoothie a daily habit, you can begin to look different than before too. This this smoothie is the BEST because we use…

  • Plant-based ingredients: We only use fresh, 100% plant-based ingredients in this kale smoothie recipe. By avoiding dairy, we’ve eliminated the #1 food allergy in America. Also, this smoothie is WAY better than any kale smoothie with yogurt or milk— make it and see for yourself.
  • Naturally sweet fruits: Instead of adding sugar, juice or sweeteners, we opt for fresh fruit that’s naturally sweet and packed with flavor.
  • Incorporate chia seeds: these might mayan seeds are packed with omega 3’s, protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep your blood sugar levels stable, belly full and digestive system on track. Nutiva has a nice organic chia seed product that I order on amazon. I also buy from Costco when I’m down that way, which is the best price out there.

Dinosaur kale smoothie in a mason jar with tropical fruit and chia seeds.

How to blend kale into a smoothie

One of the biggest issues with a kale smoothie is the chunks. Sometimes they can be so big they take away from the entire smoothie. Yet it doesn’t have to be like that. Here’s 3 tips to help:

  1. Blend the kale and your liquid base together first. This gives you the best chance of pulverizing the leafy chunks into green juice.
  2. Invest in a high powered blender like the one we call “The Kale Krusher.”
  3. Use baby kale which is much softer and gentler than traditional kale.

Tropical Kale Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 2
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 16 ounces 1x
  • Category: Vegan
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Healthy


Like the warm California sunshine, this smoothie will brighten your day. Loaded with vitamins A, C, K, and calcium, you’ll be f illing your body with goodness that tastes great. Using chia seeds packs a mighty punch by adding omega 3’s, omega 6’s, healthy fats and protein. 



  • 1 cup kale
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 1 orange
  • 1⁄2 cup pineapple* 
  • 1⁄2 cup mango*
  • 1 tbs. chia seeds


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


Feel free to blend in the chia seeds or sprinkle on top for a crunchy texture.

Keywords: kale smoothie, kale shake, green smoothie

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  1. Mady.whitehouse says:

    I am dealing with Bladder Cancer and in general I need the ingredients to support this and healthy weight loss. Is this possible on this program??

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Mady, I’m sorry to hear you are dealing with bladder cancer. Many people believe a plant-based diet has numerous health benefits but you will want to speak with your oncologist and other health care providers regarding your diet. You and they know what will be best for you and your body.

  2. JoAn says:

    Love kale green smoothies. Chia not-so-much.

  3. KARTIK BHATIA says:

    Very high sugar content

  4. Alissabeth says:

    So yummy! Citrusy and refreshing. I added some plant based protein to it and it made it creamy.

  5. Margaet says:

    Morning go smoothly with a prepped green smoothie! ❤️

  6. Jean says:

    I enjoyed this smoothie with its citrus taste, very refreshing!

  7. Raquel Galindo says:

    Love the flavor that the kale gave to the smoothie.

  8. Rach m says:

    Couldn’t even tell it had kale. Great morning starter.

  9. Phyllis Lipford says:

    The burst of orange in the Kalifornia Sunshine was a pleasant yummy surprise!

  10. Amanda says:

    We had all the ingredients, so I made it and served with breakfast. The kids loved it! Yum!

  11. Clare Skinner says:

    Loved this one it was like having a refreshing sweet treat for breakfast.

  12. Katie Gehrke says:

    just the right blend of sweet, with a little tang from the kale….very good!!!

  13. Holly T says:

    Very good and refreshing! My toddler son has been drinking smoothies with me and he loves this one! I love that we are both getting our veggies and fruit in without really knowing/tasting them. Veggies have never tasted so good!!

  14. Paula says:

    I liked this one, but found it very sweet – maybe because I used spinach instead of kale.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That might be the case! You could always add in less fruit and more greens if you prefer too!

  15. Tanya says:

    I don’t love kale, but substituting spinach makes this delicious!

  16. Bernadette says:

    This smoothie is so yummy had it fro breakfast.

  17. Julia says:

    This is better than I expected. I like the tropical vibe. Will keep pushing to love the kale too!

  18. Shelli Boer says:

    The Kalifornia Sunshine is fabulous, I love the orange and pineapple together! skipped the chia seed and added in some vegan protein powder. Love that I can make this at home and bring it to work for my breakfast, keeps me satisfied until lunch.

  19. Sandi O'Donnell says:

    One of my favs!

  20. Phyllis M Longwell says:

    Loved it. Kale is one of my favorites.

  21. Julie S. says:

    I used orange juice instead of an orange & it was yummy!

  22. Chelsea Younk says:

    I’m a day behind, but my day 1 smoothies was great! Love SGS’s creative recipes and ways to keep ‘healthy’ exciting 🙂

  23. Bridget Zweber says:

    I love all of your smoothie recipies! Its full of fruit and healthy liquid and no sweeteners! Thank you

  24. Chelsea Younk says:

    I’m a day behind, but my day 1 smoothie was great! Love SGS’s creative recipes and ways to keep healthy exciting 🙂

  25. Tina says:

    I couldn’t find any pineapple, so I used twice as much mango. Not bad.

  26. Patty Dailey says:

    I’m LOVING this smoothie start to my day!!

  27. Sandra says:

    Delicious . I love kale with tropical fruits! It’s such a bright energetic smoothie!

  28. Elizabeth says:

    Love this smoothie! So refreshing and smooth!

  29. Rebekah says:

    Another delicious smoothie!

  30. Emily says:

    A delicious and bright smoothie to start the day! ☀️

  31. Marianne says:

    This is definitely one of my favourite green smoothies. I couldn’t get any fresh kale, so I used one of the portions that I put in the freezer when (much to my surprise) I managed to get hold of some last month in a local supermarket here in Crete (Greece).

  32. Cindy Gehman says:

    Love this smoothie! So refreshing!

  33. Laura Allison says:

    This one is one of my favorites so far!

  34. DIANA WILSON says:

    Today’s smoothie is great. I was a little worried about the chia seeds, but it was better than I thought.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That’s one of the reasons we love these challenges because it gets you to try new things you might not have before!

  35. Dana Neumann says:

    This is definitely a tropical taste, it’s one of my faves! Mango for the win!

  36. Cheri says:


  37. AnnMarie Gomes says:

    Scrumptious! Great start to the day.

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