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Spinach Kale Smoothie

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 3.23.2020 | COMMENTS: 23


Time to up your healthy habits with our Spinach Kale Smoothie. It’s made with plant-based whole foods that are nutrient dense such as pineapple, banana and coconut water.

If you’ve never thought of yourself as a green smoothie person, it’s time to get past that. If you’ve had them in the past and thought it tasted like grass or was just downright gross, then someone did you wrong.

I’ve learned how to make green smoothies that my kids love, their friends love and I crave too. And yeah, i was that mom who ate Lucky Charms for dinner and called myself a vegetarian. I’ve come a long way on my wellness journey and love helping others fall in love with plants too!

I hope you enjoy this spinach kale smoothie and share it with your loved ones!

Is kale or spinach better for smoothies?

Both types of leafy greens are great in green smoothies. If you’re just starting out with smoothies, I suggested using spinach for the first week or so. As your tastebuds adjust and you start to crave the greens (it will happen!) then it’s time to bring on the kale. Kale is a more bitter green and can leave a bite in the smoothie if not paired with the right ingredients, which I talk about later.

All ingredients loaded in Blendtec for a spinach kale smoothie recipe.


Is it OK to put raw kale in a smoothie?

Raw kale is great in a smoothies because it’s high in fiber and the blender will break down the plant walls so it’s easy to absorb in your body. I recommend starting with baby kale for the most mild flavor.

You can also use full kale leaves, just remove the stem which is the most bitter part. You can feed that part to your dog, chickens or compost it.

In this Spinach Kale Smoothie, I used curly kale and made sure to pull the stems off with my hands before I blended.

Aerial view of a blended green smoothie with kale.

Secret to make a kale smoothie not taste gross?

Making anything healthy not taste gross is my mission in life, including a kale smoothie. After many failed attempts, I’ve learned a few things that make all the difference what it comes to kale. Here’s my top 5 tips:

  1. Blend kale with citrus to cut the bitterness. Lemon, oranges, pineapple, clementines and grapefruit all work great.
  2. Start with a mixture of 1/2 spinach and 1/2 kale in your smoothie to give your tastebuds time to adjust.
  3. Baby kale is the most mild type of kale— start here
  4. Remove the stems of the kale leaves before blending
  5. Add more fruit to overpower the kale taste

This spinach kale smoothie is a great transition smoothie if you’re trying to add more greens to your diet.

Mason jar with Spinach Kale Smoothie and Blendtec blender in the background.
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Spinach Kale Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: healthy
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Two kinds of leafy greens happening in this smoothie! Blending kale and spinach together boosts the protein, gives your body variety and gently transitions the taste buds to kale.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1 cup coconut water 
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup pineapple

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach, kale and water until smooth.
  2. Add fruit and blend again.

Keywords: spring smoothie, kale spinach recipe

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  1. Stacia Wilson says:

    My 4 year climbed on the counter and ate my perfectly ripened pear I had specifically for this smoothie. So I added mango instead. Can’t wait to try this one again with a pear.

  2. Cynthia Williams Phelps says:

    This was an unexpected flavor combination! Yum!!

  3. Cynthia Williams Phelps says:

    My favorite smoothies are made with banana and pineapple!

  4. Cristina Ribeiro says:

    I added lemon and lime so mine was tart, I’ll remake for tomoruw

  5. Susan says:

    Every time I click day 9 Spring Pear Smoothie, the day 8 comes up, so hope this works. Not my favorite. But, drinkable.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Susan, sorry about that! We are fixing it but for now, you can access the Day 9 smoothie here: Spring Pear Smoothie. Thanks for rating!

  6. Erin says:

    This recipe is fun, and a bit tropical. The pineapple takes the bite out of the coconut water, and this smoothie is an easy one to boost with chia seeds + coconut oil.

  7. Amy Maxfield says:

    Love it! Pear instead of pineapple for me.

  8. Grace says:

    Another creamy one! I subbed in avocado because we are out of bananas, used zucchini instead of spinach, added black chia seeds and cauliflower, plus used some regular tap water in addition to the coconut water.

  9. Sher says:

    Spinach Kale Smoothie
    This is another favorite. I added chia seeds, oats and protein powder since this was a meal replacement (lunch) it was very creamy and tasty. I really enjoyed it..
    Also made the strawberry lemon pudding and this was yummy. I will be making this a lot for desert or any time I need a sweet and healthy treat or want to impress guests

  10. Shelley Anne says:

    I like the taste of this smoothie. I added
    Chia seeds. Yes pretty good.

  11. Meagan says:

    The pineapple really shined on this smoothie. I subbed canned coconut milk for the coconut water to turn into a nicecream. It was a delicious soft serve

  12. Fiona says:

    Love the tropical sweet taste of this smoothie. It has to be all that yummy pineapple.

  13. Tim says:

    Tropi-Kale is very refreshing!

  14. Dora Suarez says:

    I’m not a big fan of kale, but am a fan of combining kale and spinach. I normally use baby kale when I can find it. Very refreshing, and tasty.

  15. Jessica says:

    Added avocado for extra creaminess and good fats + Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides powder. Delicious!

  16. Susan says:

    This was really good! I added the anti-inflammatory smoothie cubes I prepared last night for an extra healthy punch.

  17. Sherri Lyness says:

    This is one of my go to smoothies.
    Very tropical and smooth.

  18. Jean says:

    No kale so used all spinach instead. Added a little mango to pineapple. Tastes good.

  19. Laura Young says:

    Pretty tasty!

  20. Ella says:

    Classic!
    Nice!
    Addded 2 mint leaves and some chia – to make it a superfood.

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