Green Smoothie Recipe

A Green Smoothie Recipe that actually tastes 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.)

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

Green Smoothie Recipe

Yield: 32 oz.

Prep Time:5 minutes

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A simple smoothie recipe with tropical fruit and kale.


  • 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


  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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  2. Annaposted November 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm Reply

    I agree about blending vs juicing. Juicing isn’t very filling so most people don’t stick with it. I blend because there is so much variety you can do and then just do batches of green juice for on the go vitamins.

  3. Christinaposted November 24, 2015 at 1:49 pm Reply

    That green smoothie looks delicious and healthy too! Is it the Kale that gives it the green color?

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  5. Rochelleposted August 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm Reply

    My husband and I drink smoothies daily. I bought an expensive juicer and it was o.k. for “juicing”. But we wanted the full effect of eating healthier, so we bought the nutri bullet. Love them. You don’t loose any of the fruit/veg. You can make it as thin or thick as you want and add whatever you want. There are 100’s of recipes out there , but this is one we usually turn to.

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  8. Ronposted December 28, 2014 at 10:42 am Reply

    Recently got a Nutra Bullet RX. Frozen bananas, strawberries and mangoes does not even make it breathe hard. This drink is so delicious I feel like I must be cheating. I am fighting with the wife, I want to put more green in – probably spinach, but after pouring out my last green concoction she doesn’t want me to touch this recipe.

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  17. Jakeposted August 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm Reply

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


  18. Jackieposted July 13, 2013 at 10:03 am Reply

    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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  20. Jennyposted May 14, 2013 at 4:46 am Reply

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

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  22. Feliciaposted March 15, 2013 at 7:29 am Reply

    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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  27. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted January 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm Reply

    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!

  28. Rochelleposted January 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm Reply

    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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  30. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted January 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply

    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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  32. RavieNomNomsposted January 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply

    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!

  33. Kristenposted January 10, 2013 at 9:45 am Reply

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

  34. vianneyposted January 10, 2013 at 8:39 am Reply

    the color alone is tempting. love green smoothies!!

  35. Robynposted January 10, 2013 at 7:48 am Reply

    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!

  36. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm Reply

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

  37. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted January 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm Reply

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

  38. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted January 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm Reply

    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

  39. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted January 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted January 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm Reply

      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. :)

  40. JulieDposted January 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm Reply

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

  41. [email protected]posted January 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm Reply

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

  42. Tereseposted January 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm Reply

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

  43. Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted January 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm Reply

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

  44. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted January 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm Reply

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

  45. Paula - bell'alimentoposted January 9, 2013 at 11:45 am Reply

    I need to give more green smoothies a try !

  46. Jeanetteposted January 9, 2013 at 11:39 am Reply

    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.

  47. Angieposted January 9, 2013 at 11:21 am Reply

    What a healthy and delicious way to start the day!

  48. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted January 9, 2013 at 9:47 am Reply

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

  49. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted January 9, 2013 at 9:18 am Reply

    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!

  50. katieposted January 9, 2013 at 9:18 am Reply

    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!

  51. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted January 9, 2013 at 8:58 am Reply

    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!

  52. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted January 9, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply

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

  53. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 9, 2013 at 7:44 am Reply

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

  54. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted January 9, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply

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

  55. DessertForTwoposted January 9, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply

    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!

  56. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted January 9, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

    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!

  57. High Plains Drifterposted January 9, 2013 at 6:56 am Reply

    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.


    • Belindaposted January 10, 2013 at 9:54 am Reply

      Totally agree. I love my Vitamix!

  58. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted January 9, 2013 at 6:52 am Reply

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

  59. Leslieposted January 9, 2013 at 6:52 am Reply

    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.

  60. Aggieposted January 9, 2013 at 5:49 am Reply

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

    • Johanaposted December 28, 2015 at 3:21 am Reply

      I love smoothie and mango also, but I don’t think I have time to have smoothie in the morning every day except in the weekend. I’m way get up too late. :(

  61. Belinda @zomppaposted January 9, 2013 at 5:53 am Reply

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