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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.

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. Chelsea Younk

    September 17th, 2019 at 11:24 am

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

  2. Julie S.

    September 17th, 2019 at 11:41 am

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

  3. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Way to make it work for you Julie!

  4. Phyllis M Longwell

    September 17th, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Loved it. Kale is one of my favorites.

  5. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Kale Yeah!!

  6. Sandi O'Donnell

    September 17th, 2019 at 11:47 am

    One of my favs!

  7. Shelli Boer

    September 17th, 2019 at 11:48 am

    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.

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 10:19 am

    What a great way to make this your own. Thank you for sharing, Shelli!

  9. Julia

    September 17th, 2019 at 12:06 pm

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

  10. Bernadette

    September 17th, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    This smoothie is so yummy had it fro breakfast.

  11. Tanya

    September 17th, 2019 at 12:38 pm

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

  12. Paula

    September 17th, 2019 at 2:20 pm

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

  13. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 10:20 am

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

  14. Holly T

    September 17th, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    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!!

  15. Katie Gehrke

    September 17th, 2019 at 3:03 pm

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

  16. Clare Skinner

    September 17th, 2019 at 4:02 pm

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

  17. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Yum!!! It’s crazy to think that this is healthy for you!!

  18. Amanda

    September 17th, 2019 at 4:03 pm

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

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 10:21 am

    We love it when our smoothies are kid approved!!

  20. Phyllis Lipford

    September 17th, 2019 at 4:27 pm

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

  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 10:22 am

    This is perfect for sunny days!!

  22. Rach m

    September 17th, 2019 at 7:50 pm

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

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 18th, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Kale yeah for the win!!

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