Get your daily greens here! This is the most delicious kale smoothie you’ll ever make! It’s packed with nutrient dense kale, frozen bananas and the perfect flavor punch of orange juice and fresh ginger. Whip up this green smoothie in 5 minutes and you’re off and running with a healthy breakfast or snack on the go.
Green Smoothie of Your Dreams
This kale smoothie is the smoothie of our dreams, and is hopefully soon to become your dream smoothie as well! It packs 5g of protein and 6g of fiber per smoothie, AND doesn’t taste too hearty earthy green like so many green smoothies do — as long as you’re set up with a blender that can do some serious blending and puree all that nutrient-dense kale and let the banana, orange juice and ginger deliciousness do its flavor work.
We highly recommend investing in a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix or Kitchen Ninja because it will make blending anything (not just smoothies!) so much easier. Both the Vitamix and the Ninja are high-powered enough that you can drop all your smoothie ingredients in at once, and never have large chunks of kale (or other hearty ingredients) infiltrating your green smoothies again.
Best Kale Smoothie Ingredients
Fresh kale: This recipe calls for 2 cups of packed fresh kale. This means you’ll want to PACK your kale into your measuring cups. The more kale the better! You’re getting your greens in with this smoothie for sure.
Frozen sliced bananas: You can buy frozen sliced bananas at most grocery stores, but if you can’t find them, no worries! You can make your own at home.
Ground flax meal: Flax is such a great source of protein, fiber and omega-3s!
Orange juice: The citrus zing the orange juice provides in this smoothie can’t be beat! Use fresh orange juice from your fridge or freeze orange juice cubes ahead of time in an ice cube tray and keep in the freezer to have on hand for smoothie time.
Medjool dates: We love adding dates to smoothies because they’re packed with antioxidants, fiber and add just the right amount of sweetness. Just make sure to pit your dates before you put them in your blender, and if your dates are especially dry, simply soak them in a glass of water for a few hours before blending.
Fresh ginger: The fresh ginger in this kale smoothie is 100% optional, but 100% delicious if you like the taste of ginger. A little grated ginger goes a long way here!
Kale Smoothie Add-Ins
The beauty of smoothies is that you can throw in anything your body needs right into the blender! If you need more protein, add it! Need a little extra fiber? Go for it. Some of our favorites include:
Protein powder: here are our top whey and plant-based protein powders!
Nut butter: peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter
Rolled oats: a great way to add nutrients and a little thickness to your smoothie
Kale Smoothie Toppings
Smoothie bowl fans, where you at?! We love sprinkling our smoothies with so many delicious toppings that it requires a spoon for proper consumption. Even if you’re not looking to whip up a full-on smoothie bowl, here are some of our go-to smoothie toppings:
Seeds: chia seeds, pumpkin seeds or hemp hearts
Nuts: walnuts, peanuts, cashews or almonds
Fresh fruit: apple slices, blueberries, sliced strawberries or raspberries
Dried fruit: coconut flakes, craisins, raisins or banana chips
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- 2 cups frozen bananas
- 2 cups packed chopped kale
- 1 tablespoon flaxmeal
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted
- optional: 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1.5 cups orange juice
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Option to add more orange juice as needed.
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1/3 recipe Calories: 226 Sugar: 33 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 51 Fiber: 6 Protein: 5
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