Delicious Tropical Kale Smoothie

By Alexandra Caspero on January 28, 2024
A healthy, nutrient packed kale smoothie!
Serves 2

You won’t taste the kale in this tropical kale smoothie recipe! Filled with healthy fats, protein, leafy greens, and naturally sweet pineapple.

If you’re looking for a healthy kale smoothie recipe, then you are going to love this one. While I may love the taste of kale and enjoy it often in kale soup and kale salad, my kids aren’t the same way.

Therefore, this kale smoothie is packed with healthy greens, but you can’t taste it! The frozen pineapple covers the taste, and the frozen banana makes for the creamiest texture.

Great for breakfast, as a snack, or anytime you want a healthy bite of greens. See below for more tips and details, or scroll down for the full kale smoothie recipe.

Kale Smoothie With Pineapple

Ingredient Notes

Frozen Kale: With any frozen vegetable, it’s recommended to cook the frozen kale first before using. I feel OK using frozen kale right into a smoothie, but if you are pregnant or serving this to infants or toddlers, then you may want to substitute fresh kale instead.

Frozen Banana: As with any smoothie that uses bananas, it’s both for flavor and texture. The pureed banana gives a frosty, creamy texture that is different than using fresh banana. Whenever my bananas are getting too ripe, I peel them and then add them to a freezer-safe bag (these are my favorite).

Soy Milk: I almost always use fortified soy milk in smoothies because it adds an extra boost of protein and healthy fats. Fortified non-dairy milk also contains added calcium (about 300 mg per cup) and the same amount of vitamin D as in cow’s milk. You can use almond milk or other milk as desired. Or consider coconut milk for more of a tropical taste!

Frozen Pineapple: The pineapple gives this kale smoothie a tropical feel and provides enough sweetness to balance the bitter flavor of the kale. Frozen mango will also work and will keep the pretty green color of the smoothie. If you sub in another fruit, like blueberry or strawberry, it will still taste delicious, but the color will be muted.

Flax seed: I think that flax seed provides the most neutral taste in a smoothie, but hemp seeds or chia seeds will also work. Or, you can add in your favorite protein powder for a protein boost. Flax seed is one of the richest sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of two essential omega-3 fatty acids that you must get from the food you eat as your body doesn’t produce them.

How to Make a Kale Smoothie

Place all Ingredients in a Blender

Ingredients For Kale Smoothie

Place all ingredients for your kale smoothie in a blender, then puree until creamy and smooth.

Divide into jars and serve

Kale Smoothie With Pineapple

Divide into jars– this kale smoothie makes 2 adult-size portions and 1 adult and two kid-size portions. I’ll often make this for me and my two kids and it’s the perfect size!

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Kale Smoothie With Pineapple

Delicious Tropical Kale Smoothie

  • Author: Alexandra Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: snack, breakfast, smoothie
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Vegan, American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

You won’t taste the kale in this tropical kale smoothie recipe! Filled with healthy fats, protein, leafy greens, and naturally sweet pineapple.


  • Author: Alexandra Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: snack, breakfast, smoothie
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Vegan, American
  • Diet: Vegan
  • Author: Alexandra Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: snack, breakfast, smoothie
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Vegan, American
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 small banana, frozen
  • 1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or hemp seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients for the smoothie in the base of a blender and puree until creamy and smooth. Depending on the power of your blender, you may need to stop and scrape down the sides and reblend.

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Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Chef, and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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