Kale Smoothie with Pineapple, Mango and Banana

In the summertime, I love starting off my day with a refreshing smoothie, and this recipe is most definitely a winner. It’s not super thick, so you won’t be left feeling like you downed an ice cream frappe instead of a smoothie, it’s super simple to make with only five ingredients, and—most importantly—it’s healthy!

Kale is jam-packed with health benefits, but there are few times I’d ever think to eat it or cook with it. Ugggh, I’m staaaarving, I would give anything for some kale right now! No. Never.

But adding it to a smoothie is a perfect way to incorporate this super food into your diet. Just why exactly is kale such a stud? For starters, it’s loaded with:

  • Dietary fiber: Dietary fiber promotes regular digestion, curbs overeating and can lower cholesterol.
  • Antioxidants: Kale is packed with carotenoids and flavonoids, two antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals and help prevent the formation of cancerous cells.
  • Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin C: Vitamin K strengthens the composition of our bones by aiding in the synthesis of osteocalcin. Vitamin A boosts immunity and is essential to the always-popular reproductive organs. Vitamin C lowers blood pressure, is great for the immune system and helps offset cataracts. And these are just a few of this trio’s countless benefits.

Think of that as the highlight reel of kale’s bragging rights (fancy biology words compliment of HealthDiaries.com). And if you’re turned off by the thought of drinking green liquid, you can take my word for it that you will hardly taste the kale, if at all.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups kale, loosely chopped
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 ½ cups pineapple, chopped
  • ¼ cup orange juice

I don’t need to write out directions, right? Chop everything up, put it in a blender and blend. It’s not rocket science. Unless you’re using a VitaMix blender—then, it’s rocket engine science.

I’ll be the first to admit that not everything I whip up in the kitchen is a home run, but this smoothie is an out-of-the-park grand slam. Try it immediately. It’s delicious, light, refreshing, and the perfect summer smoothie.

End of infomercial.

 

Comments

  1. Love Smoothies<3

  2. yum looks awesome!!

  3. This looks so good!!! I love smoothies! Excited to try this one!! :D

  4. Added to my morning shakes list!! Thanks Chica!

  5. Patricia Sherratt says:

    First time using Kale..very good & creamy…thanks!

  6. There is a “sandwich/wrap” counter in a gas station I stop at when I am traveling which also makes smoothies. They let me try a sample of this and I have decided it is now my “pick me up” on a long drive. It is very light, so you don’t get tired, yet the fruit flavors are a great combination. Adding protein powder gives you an additional boost. They used frozen fruit and a little bit of ice to make it thicker. Yum!

  7. Looks amazing! And great photos! I like how you did the shoot outside (as opposed to inside a kitchen or something). Just a little tip: I would recommend shrinking the photos down before you upload them… your page loads **really** slow even with a high speed cable connection. If you shrink them to 600 pixels wide, your pictures will still look awesome and your page will load way faster. Or if you still want people to be able to click on the images and see them larger, you could do 1200 or 1600 pixels wide. It’ll still be way faster than what it currently is. Anyways, looking forward to trying this smoothie recipe!

  8. Meat hater says:

    Is the orange juice a requirement? Btw, thanx a zillion…was looking for an awesome bevy of ingredients to join the kale.

    • Hi! Nope, you can definitely skip the OJ. The pineapple has a high water content so extra juice isn’t needed. :)

  9. My husband was very suspicious this morning when I handed him a green drink. But that suspicion turned into a smile after the first sip. We loved this smoothie! I was looking for a great tasting kale smoothie and now my search is over! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

  10. I’m trying this today. Thank you :)

  11. I get this at the cafe at my work. I love it for a morning smoothie and so much easier for the body to digest. I have them use water instead of OJ to reduce the amount of sugar I am consuming. Anyone know the calorie/sugar/carb content of this particular drink?

  12. Chanelle says:

    How much does this recipe make?

    • It’s been a while since I’ve made it–I’ll whip up a batch this week and update the post with serving size and nutrition info! :)

  13. Vanessa Tirado says:

    Looks great…gonna try it right away

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