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Tropical Kale Smoothie


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.
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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

Description

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. 


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Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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. AnnMarie Gomes

    September 17th, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Scrumptious! Great start to the day.

  2. Cheri

    September 17th, 2019 at 8:49 am

    excellent!

  3. Dana Neumann

    September 17th, 2019 at 8:55 am

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

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 17th, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    We love tropical flavors!!!

  5. DIANA WILSON

    September 17th, 2019 at 9:03 am

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

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 17th, 2019 at 2:58 pm

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

  7. Laura Allison

    September 17th, 2019 at 9:45 am

    This one is one of my favorites so far!

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 17th, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for letting us know!!

  9. Cindy Gehman

    September 17th, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Love this smoothie! So refreshing!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 17th, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for letting us know Cindy!!

  11. Marianne

    September 17th, 2019 at 10:29 am

    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).

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 17th, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    That is awesome you stored some in your freezer so you could make this smoothie!

  13. Emily

    September 17th, 2019 at 10:44 am

    A delicious and bright smoothie to start the day! ☀️

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Thanks Emily!

  15. Rebekah

    September 17th, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Another delicious smoothie!

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 9:49 am

    It really is Rebekah!!

  17. Elizabeth

    September 17th, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Love this smoothie! So refreshing and smooth!

  18. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 9:50 am

    It’s one of my favorites!

  19. Sandra

    September 17th, 2019 at 11:01 am

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

  20. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 9:51 am

    It really is! Thanks for letting us know, Sandra!

  21. Patty Dailey

    September 17th, 2019 at 11:05 am

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

  22. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 9:58 am

    It’s seriously the best start to my mornings!

  23. Tina

    September 17th, 2019 at 11:07 am

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

  24. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Way to make this smoothie work for you!

  25. Chelsea Younk

    September 17th, 2019 at 11:23 am

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

  26. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 9:59 am

    No worries about being a day behind! The fact that you started is a big win!!!

  27. Bridget Zweber

    September 17th, 2019 at 11:23 am

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

  28. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 10:00 am

    So glad you love them!! 🙂

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