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15 Kale Smoothie Recipes That Actually Taste Great

If you thought national days are only for memorable events in history, think again.

Vegetables are now making the cut too. I’m talking about the National Kale Day - yes, it really exists! 🙂

Kale, a close relative of the Wild Cabbage, is a green leafy vegetable that’s especially rich in wholesome nutrients.

Here is the deal.​

You probably think kale is bitter... However, when you include it in a smoothie, it’s a whole different game.

When you think delicious healthy smoothies, think kale. Today, I will be sharing my selection of the healthy kale smoothie recipes that taste amazing.

The best part? The ingredients are very easy to find, and the recipes are equally easy to make.

Smoothies with Kale Leaves

Health Benefits of Kale

Kale is richer in nutrients than most other vegetables you’d put in your smoothie, so if you’re looking to step up your healthy nutrition, this is definitely the go-to vegetable.

​Not only that, but what gives kale its bitterness is a sulfur compound that researchers think might suppress cancer.

But that’s not all…​

1. Kale and Weight Loss

The high levels of sulfur found in kale acts as a detoxifying agent. It also has antioxidants that prevent fat cells from multiplying in the body.

2. Kale and Cancer

Statistics show that cases of cancer are on the rise the world over. By taking kale, you gain anti-inflammatory and healing nutrients that trials have shown to have potential to suppress cancer.

3. Kale and Diabetes

Incorporating kale into your everyday meals can lead to balanced blood sugar levels.

Kale’s high fiber content decreases the rise of glucose in the body. This is particularly for type 2 diabetics.​

4. Kale and Brain Health

Kale contains omega-3 fatty acids that enhance brain and muscle functions. It also contains flavonoids that reduce the risk of stroke.

​If you got a brain injury, kale helps with that too. Sulforaphane is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that aids in cognitive functions.

Kale Smoothi with Leaves

Top 15 Kale Smoothie Recipes

Now that you know about the exceptional benefits that kale can have on your health and weight loss efforts, you’re probably eager to try a smoothie or two.

These are the most delicious kale smoothie recipes that I’ve developed or found - I’m sure you’ll love them!

You will notice I use water for some recipes as the liquid base for the smoothies. Follow if you prefer your smoothies not too thick, but for thicker smoothies use other liquid bases such as kefir yogurt or coconut milk.

If you’d like to know the basics of how to prepare smoothies the right way and ensure they look and taste great, you can’t find our full smoothie making guide here.​

Kale Spinach Smoothie

Kale Spinach Smoothie

This is ideal for breakfast when you are just starting your day. I chose spinach because it is low in fat and even lower in cholesterol.

Spinach also makes this perfect for newcomers to green smoothies, as it's taste is more neutral than other leafy greens, and kale is enough of a challenge for beginners as is.

These ingredients make this smoothie a good super food.

I opted for mango as a natural sweetener because of its great taste. A very ripe mango gives the best results.​

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 cups kale
  • ½ ripe mango to sweeten
  • 2-3 drops vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water (or ½ cup water and ½ cup ice)

Instructions

  1. Cut half of the mango
  2. Toss all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

Kale Avocado Smoothie with a Twist

Kale Avocado Smoothie with a Twist

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This is one of my go to smoothies whenever I need an energy boost.

Kale and Avocado work surprisingly well together, and the Avocado does a good job masking the somewhat harsh taste of the green.

It’s ideal if you are trying to lose weight, mainly because of the cholesterol lowering properties of avocado.

For the citrus twist, add either the juice from half an orange, or just half an orange.

If you're going for orange juice, squeeze the orange on the spot to preserve the maximum amount of vitamins and to avoid sugar added store-bought juice. An all-in-one blender juicer machine comes in handy for this.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ orange
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and serve.

Kale Banana Smoothie

Kale Banana Smoothie

Recipe and image via tasteandtellblog

This is perfect as a post workout regimen, or for when you just need an energy boost. It’s bound to leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale, stems removed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple (I like frozen)
  • 1 banana (I like frozen)
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend the kale and the water in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again.

Super Chia Green Smoothie

Super Chia Green Smoothie

Recipe and image via ifoodreal

I love my chia and flax seeds for an added protein boost.

I’ve also tried this recipe with an added vanilla flavored protein powder and it worked great. If you’re working out, you can opt for more or less protein here - be it chia seeds, flax or powdered protein. How cool is that?​

Servings: 2 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 kale leaf, medium
  • ½ long English cucumber, sliced
  • ½ any apple, chopped and not cored/seeded/peeled
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ lemon, juice of

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. If using a regular blender it is best to add the ingredients in the order listed above and press "pulse" on and off to get the blending process started.
  2. Then I usually hit "grate" and "liquefy" after.The order doesn't matter for a powerful blender.

Storing Instructions: It is best you consume the smoothie right away but the reality is different. I refrigerate the leftovers in the blender for up to 12 hours and drink all day. Just an advice.

Kale Almond Milk Smoothie

Kale Almond Milk Smoothie

Don’t you just love the taste of almonds in your mouth? This particular recipe has been in my family for years.

My nana used to soak them up to 48 hours. Then, adding water depending on the desired quantity, blend and voila! Almond milk.

You can also buy almond milk from the store. The choice is absolutely yours. Both ways work perfectly fine for this smoothie.

If you go for the store bought almond milk, the unsweetened version is the healthiest.​

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups shredded kale
  • 1 tablespoon honey to taste
  • 4 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients until desired creaminess.
  2. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated until it’s time to drink.

Kale Orange Smoothie

Kale Orange Smoothie

Oranges are an ideal fruit because of their citrus properties - think healthy dose of vitamin C plus a 10% reduction in odds of developing breast cancer, among many other health benefits. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded kale
  • 1 ripe orange
  • 1 cup water
  • Honey to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Add water and blend to desired consistency.
  3. Serve and enjoy.

Snack Replacement Smoothies

Let me paint a quick scenario for you. Its midday, you are at the office and craving to eat something.

Naturally, you reach out for cookies or chocolate, stored in your top drawer. We’ve all been there. As I was struggling to lose weight, my poor snacking habits kept taking me back to the drawing board.

​This was until I realized I could totally snack on smoothies and get the same satisfaction. I was ecstatic.

It’s the best habit to have it both ways. You get to snack and keep your calories low at the same time.​

Kale Strawberry Smoothie

Kale Strawberry Smoothie

Recipe and image via inspiredrd

Strawberries always have a way of leaving us feeling more vibrant than before. This recipe was created with exactly that in mind. It’s so yummy. You will be recommending it to all your friends within no time.

Servings: 2 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 heaping cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 packed cup fresh kale leaves
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 ripe peeled banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 Tbsp. nut butter
  • Dash ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth.

Kale Apple Smoothie

Kale Apple Smoothie

Recipe and image via blendtec

My mum eats apples like her life depends on it. I tried to catch up to the habit but realized it wasn’t working for me.

​What better way to get the nutritional value apples provide than to make the good old apple smoothie, with kale? You will love it.

Servings: 2 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • ¾ cup ice
  • 1 ½ cups kale (chopped, packed)
  • 1 stalk celery (diced)
  • ½ Gala apple (cut into chunks)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • Agave nectar (to taste)

Instructions

  1. In a Blendtec blender, combine almond milk, ice, kale, celery, apple, and flax seed. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Taste smoothie. Add agave nectar if needed and blend again.

Kale and Berry Yogurt Smoothie

Kale and Berry Yogurt Smoothie

Recipe and image via 3yummytummies

Berries bring sweetness and vibrant color to this smoothie, while the yogurt takes care of the amazing creamy texture. The cranberry juice is a great addition, but it isn’t necessary if you’re looking to avoid the extra sugar.

Servings: 2 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 C. packed Kale
  • 1 C. Strawberries
  • ½ C. Blueberries
  • ½ C. Raspberries
  • 1 C. Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • ½ C. Cranberry Juice
  • 1 C. Ice (not necessary if Frozen fruit is used)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender bowl and blend until smooth.

No Fruit Kale Smoothie

No Fruit Kale Smoothie

Recipe and image via insonnetskitchen

You’re trying to avoid sugar, even fruit sugar. So you opt for smoothies without fruit.

Alternatively, you do like your fruits, but you wake up one day and realize you forgot to pass by the store and restock. It’s a total disaster. But is it?

There is a way you get to enjoy your daily smoothie without adding any fruits. It’s simply delicious and you get to double up on the nutritional values of kale.​

Servings: 2 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ organic cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ½ lemon, peeled
  • ½ avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 cups organic, raw spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 6 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Kale Pineapple Smoothie with a Twist

Kale Pineapple Smoothie with a Twist

Recipe and image via vegkitchen

Pineapples with anything are a popular smoothie idea. Why not try something new for a change?

​This recipe needs you to add cucumbers to the mixture. You will be thankful.

Servings: 2 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced fresh or canned pineapple
  • ½ medium or 1 small sweet apple
  • 4-inch piece cucumber (leave peel on if unwaxed)
  • 3 to 4 kale leaves (curly or lacinato)
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds or chia seeds, optional
  • 1 cup mango or pineapple juice

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until quite smooth. Divide among two tumblers and serve at once.

Kale Blueberry Smoothie

Kale Blueberry Smoothie

Recipe and image via organizeyourselfskinny

What I love most about this recipe is how the smoothie turns out.

The vibrant colors blend together to form one tasty smoothie that will leave you craving for more.​

Servings: 2 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups frozen blueberries
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup kale (or more if you like)
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ​2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • water if needed for consistency

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend till smooth. Add water, if needed, to get the consistency you like.

Kale Dessert Smoothies

To some it may sound strange, but kale can actually make a great dessert choice! Just try these recipes and you’ll understand why.

Creamy Vannila Kale Smoothie

Creamy Vannila Kale Smoothie

Recipe and image via onelovelylife

This smoothie passed the critical taste buds of kids as well as green eating beginners. So, if you’re just starting out with green smoothies, this is perfect for you.

Servings: 2 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½- ¾ cup almond milk (more, if needed)
  • 2-3 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked 30 mintues-8 hours if possible
  • 1 cup kale leaves, tough stems and ribs removed (or spinach, if you prefer)
  • 2 frozen bananas, sliced

Instructions

Place all ingredients in blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of your blender and adding additional almond milk as needed. When mixture is very smooth, taste and add additional syrup if needed.

Chocolate Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Chocolate Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Recipe and image via lorimerkitchen

And just when you thought the fun was over, it’s just beginning.

When I’m feeling low and need chocolate to get me feeling like everything is alright with the world, I get up and whip me a chocolate smoothie.

Incorporating kale makes it a healthier option. You don’t have to worry about putting on extra pounds. It’s so easy to make and tastes like heaven.​

Servings: 2 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Soy Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 4 Ice Cubes
  • 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1 ½ cup kale
  • 2 tablespoons Oats (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Hemp Seeds (optional)

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Kale Detox Smoothie

 Kale Detox Smoothie

Recipe and image via littlespicejar

The holidays have just ended and for most of us, the festive mood got us falling off the losing weight wagon. Now, you must be wondering what to do to shed all the extra pounds gained. It’s pretty easy.

The first step is detoxing to rid your body of all those toxins. I just came across a kale smoothie recipe perfect for the detox. Give it a try. This is bound to leave you feeling as good as new.

Servings: 2 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups spinach
  • 1 ½ cups kale
  • 1 orange (peel removed)
  • 8-10 fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh mango and/or pineapple (cubed)
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until desired smoothness. Drink up!

​I hope you have enjoyed reading this post.

Use the comments below to tell what recipes you loved and the ones you added a little twist of your own. Go green!

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Katie - 8 months ago

I’ve started looking into green smoothies as I don’t like green veggies much and I heard smoothies are an easy way to get them in. These recipes all sound delicious, really glad I came across this post!

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    Jennifer Pelegreen - 8 months ago

    Thanks for your comment, Katie! Our pleasure 🙂

    If you don’t like eating veggies, smoothies are so great for helping you to forget you’re even having them 🙂

    Hope these recipes do the trick!

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Dominic - 8 months ago

I’m not wild about kale so it’s something I tend to avoid but these recipes could change that!

The creamy vanilla and chocolate blueberry smoothies sound so delicious!

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    Jennifer Pelegreen - 8 months ago

    Thanks for your comment, Dominic!

    I’m sure you’ll find eating kale a lot less of a chore if you can start including it in your smoothies. It’s amazing how quickly you forget it’s even there 🙂

    Hope you enjoy those two recipes … can’t wait to hear if they change your mind about kale!

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Bethany - 8 months ago

I’ve never been a fan of kale but these recipes have made me want to try out green smoothies!

The chocolate blueberry kale smoothie sounds incredible. I think this might be the one to convert me to green smoothies:)

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    Jennifer Pelegreen - 8 months ago

    Thanks for your comment, Bethany! Green smoothies are super healthy so it’s great if you’re going to give them a go 🙂

    Hope you enjoy the chocolate blueberry version!

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