Healthy Green Smoothies… that taste good!

A simple smoothie recipe loaded with protein and greens. This isn’t your average hard-to-swallow green smoothie recipe. This is a breakfast shake you will crave!

Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe that Tastes Good!

I’ve been trying to get into juicing for years. Every so often, I muster up the courage to try it again. I load both refrigerators with bushels of kale, cucumbers and apples and dust off the industrial strength juicer.

I tell myself, “This time I will like juicing. I will, I WILL.”

Then I shove my produce feverishly into the juicer and watch and thick murky liquid emerge.

Long sigh….

Slow reluctant sips, followed by green teeth and a gritty coating on my tongue.

Then I spend the next week serving kale salad with every meal.

Why do I do this to myself over and over?

Making Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe that Tastes Good!

After several episodes of juicing, I determined to make “green” smoothies, hoping they would be more enjoyable.

Again, I loaded both refrigerators with kale and started searching for a green smoothie recipe online that I would enjoy each morning.

Unfortunately, this proved to be tricky.

Most of the green smoothie recipes I found were heavy on greens, low on fruit, and just as tough to swallow as green juice.

So today I’m sharing my version of a healthy green smoothie recipe.

One that tastes good.

Simple Green Smoothie Recipe that Tastes Good!

The key is to use less kale and more fruit. I know, I know, you are liquifying your greens to make sure you get MORE of them each day.

Hey, some kale is better than no kale. For me, it’s has to taste good, or I won’t keep up with it.

This simple smoothie recipe combines pineapple, banana, and mango with kale and protein powder, to provide a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and protein each morning. I find the combination of creamy banana with tangy pineapple and mango, really balance out the grassy flavor of the kale.

Plus they are Gluten Free! (If your Protein Powder is Gluten Free.) For more amazing Gluten Free Recipes, visit my friends at the Udi’s Gluten Free Community Page. Meal ideas, tips and big-time support.

Cheers to green smoothies! Even Lt. Dan asks for this one.

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Yield: 32 oz.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Green Smoothie Recipe

A simple smoothie recipe with tropical fruit and kale.

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder
  • 1 large kale leaf (over 1 cup chopped)
  • 2 cups low fat milk or almond milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 frozen banana

Directions:

  1. Prepare ahead: Cut all fruit into 1 inch chunks and place in separate freezer bags. Freeze. (You can find these items precut and frozen in most grocery stores.)
  2. To make: Place all ingredients in a heavy-duty blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Makes one enormous servings,  2 large servings, or 3 small servings.

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53 Responses to “Healthy Green Smoothies… that taste good!”

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    Aggie — January 9, 2013 @ 5:49 am

    I’ll take one of these for breakfast :)
    I love the mango and pineapple in this!

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    Belinda @zomppa — January 9, 2013 @ 5:53 am

    I keep meaning to juice…but I’m a lazy juicer!

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    Leslie — January 9, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    I too tried Juicing and not only is it not filling….it is sooooo expensive. You have to use so much produce for so little drink :(
    Green smoothies are my fav. I always use spinach, I will have to try Kale.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 9, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    this is my morning favorite! Can’t wait to try your version

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    High Plains Drifter — January 9, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    The spinach -fruit smoothie in the Vitamix cookbook has about one cup spinach to four cups fruit, and it’s deelish. Turns very, very green, but you only kinda sorta get a V8-ish taste in the background.

    If you want breakfast smoothies, you gotta get one of the high-powered blenders. You can throw pineapple cores in a vitamix, saving all the fiber.

    Cheers!

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    • Belinda — January 10th, 2013 @ 9:54 am

      Totally agree. I love my Vitamix!

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — January 9, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    I agree… green juices have never been appealing. But a fruit smoothie with a little kale…. that works beautifully! Will have to pull my juicer out for this baby!

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    DessertForTwo — January 9, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    I’m definitely one of those that chokes it down, no matter the taste. Every now and then when I accidentally make a good green smoothie (usually when I’m running low on kale), it tastes good and I’m shocked. Yours looks delicious! Frozen pineapple sounds perfect!

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 9, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    We love a fruit smoothie anytime of the day. YUM!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 9, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    I love smoothies but I have not tried the green variety. It would have to taste good and I’m betting yours is great!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — January 9, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    I’ve been looking for some smoothie and juice recipes for the New Year–I’m adding this one to my list!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 9, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    I am so anxious to try this! I love green smoothies and usually use spinach. I never used kale before so that is a great idea my kids would even enjoy!

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    katie — January 9, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Your green smoothie sounds fabulous. I can’t wait to give your recipe a try! I have everything on hand except the mango. must run out and grab a mango!

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — January 9, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Seriously, some kale IS better than no kale! Although I don’t have a blender strong enough to whip kale into smoothie material, so I usually stick with spinach. This smoothie sounds amazing to me though!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 9, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Green smoothies are my JAM! just add some peanut butter and you have no idea they are healthy!

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    Angie — January 9, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    What a healthy and delicious way to start the day!

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    Jeanette — January 9, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    Love this Sommer – definitely some kale is better than none. My kids will drink green smoothies in small doses, but only if they’re sweetened with lots of fruit.

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    Paula - bell'alimento — January 9, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I need to give more green smoothies a try !

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 9, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    I’ve yet to try a green smoothie, but I think I might be able to do this one!

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 9, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    I love green smoothies. The mango is a great idea!

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    Terese — January 9, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    Thanks for another greenie to add to our menu, Sommer! (Site looks great, btw!)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 9, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    Love how you use mango! Will have to try this soon!

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    JulieD — January 9, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    Looks good, Sommer! I need to add kale to my smoothies! :)

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 9, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    Hahaha, I have to laugh because I just wrote about juicing and green juices! I know they take some getting used to. I’ll take a nice smoothie like this one any day, sounds healthy and delicious!

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    • Sommer — January 9th, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

      Sylvie, I read your post this morning and would take the non-green juices in a heart beat! They looked divine. The green juice is just a bit much for me. :)

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    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — January 9, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    I love smoothies! I just had one for breakfast {strawberry banana :) } Love this green smoothie, Sommer! And I’ll have to try one with kale !

    Hugs <3

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    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 9, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    Fruit smoothies are always a hit and I love how healthy this one is!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 9, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    I’m with you, I need a smoothie that tastes good! Love the pineapple and mango!

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    Robyn — January 10, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    I’ve been making green smoothies lately too and have found that it is hard to find a good balance between being too “green” and just green enough. I like the pineapple in this recipe! Ive been buying big containers of Anni’es organic greens that include kale, tat soi, spinach and arugula that are great to add to a quick smoothie and as they come prewashed. Im going to give your version a try!

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    vianney — January 10, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    the color alone is tempting. love green smoothies!!

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    Kristen — January 10, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    I can’t wait to try this recipe – I have been looking all over for some good tasting green smoothies! thank you!

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    RavieNomNoms — January 10, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    That does sound good! I find that when I mix greens in a shake I really have to put sweet things in with it too or it just tastes terrible haha. Looks like you did well here!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — January 11, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    I’m trying to smoothie my way out of the sugar addiction I picked up over the holidays, so I’ll be trying yours here any minute ;) I love kale and could definitely use some in a smoothie!

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    Rochelle — January 15, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    I’ve been experimenting with green smoothies lately and have been adding almond butter for a bit of protein and flavor. I think your recipe plus a little almond butter might be the winning combo I’ve been looking for. Thanks for the ideas!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 17, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    Green smoothies are my absolute favorite! I didn’t think I’d go near one in a million years but they are amazing. Can’t wait to try your version!

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    Felicia — March 15, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    I hate eating breakfast. But I know I have to eat something in the morning. If I make a big batch on Sunday how long will it last? Has any one tried that?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Jenny — May 14, 2013 @ 4:46 am

    Can’t even taste the kale!! Great recipe : )

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    Jackie — July 13, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    Green is the way to go! I have been juicing for years and could not do without it. Green smoothies are a great way to start. After you see and feel the difference you may be delighted and want to get on the juice wagon! Blessings!

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    Jake — August 1, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    What a great Green Smoothie Recipe. Has just the right amount of fruits vs. veggies. Thank you for posting.

    Jake
    Smoothies

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    クロックス アウトレット — September 7, 2013 @ 12:33 am

    ダウン デュベティカ

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