This is my favorite green smoothie recipe. Kale, juicy pineapple, and sweet bananas are all blended until smooth with my favorite healthy additions. Bring it in a to-go mug or kickstart your day with this smoothie recipe first thing! 

Yogurt is a breakfast favorite around here, often in the form of overnight oats or the perfect smoothie! With just a few ingredients, fresh or frozen produce, a little milk or yogurt, and a really great blender you can easily make a great snack or breakfast on the go!

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Pro-Tip: Smoothies can be frozen into popsicles for an especially healthy summertime treat and the kids love having them for breakfast!

What is a Green Smoothie?

A healthy green smoothie recipe looks like a lot of things and there are absolutely no rules! Smoothies can be thick, refreshing shakes filled with nutritious fruits and vegetables, or they can be a simple like a kale smoothie; just juice and fresh kale, whizzed up into a quickie beverage, perfect for when you’re on the go!

Making a healthy smoothie recipe is easier than ever with this basic Green Smoothie Recipe! This recipe has a few main components but feel free to tweak and add your own additions. Kale adds sort of an earthy flavor so the pineapple and banana are the perfect complements!

Main Ingredients

  • Kale
  • Yogurt
  • Pineapple
  • Milk
  • Flax Seeds
  • Honey
  • Banana

Other great additions

  • Spinach
  • Coconut milk
  • Green Grapes
  • Chia Seeds
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Orange Juice

Get creative with your smoothies to create your own favorites!

Ingredients for Green Smoothie in a blender

How to Make a Green Smoothie

When layering a green smoothie recipe for blending, start with the lighter ingredients first (like yogurt and greens) and the heavier ingredients on top (like fruit, bananas and ice if using). Gravity will help make blending easy!

  • Greens & Fruit
    • Kale is the “green” in this smoothie recipe but you can use spinach, or even swiss chard.
    • For the fruit, you’ll want fruits that are sweet, tart and juicy with a bolder flavor like pineapple (or even mangoes).
    • Banana is added for sweetness and to help thicken the smoothie. Freeze your banana and pineapple beforehand for a great thick consistency.
  • Milk
    • Healthy smoothie recipes can be made with a wide variety of milks, too: almond, rice, coconut, hemp, whichever your taste buds prefer!
  • Yogurt
    • Plain yogurt is a great base for this recipe. Plain Greek yogurt is thick and has a lot of protein. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add a bit of honey or use vanilla yogurt.
  • Add Ins
    • I like to add in flax for a boost of fiber which also helps keep me feeling full!
    • Enjoy this recipe exactly as is or add in your own favorites like carrots, coconut milk, oranges or orange juice to name a few!

Keep adding fruits, veggies and/or juice until you get the flavor and consistency you like! Naturally, a great smoothie has the perfect combination of sweet and tart fruits (banana/pineapple in this case)!

Green Smoothie in a blender
How to Make Healthy Smoothies

Whether you are new to the world of making smoothies or are an old hand and have a favorite standby recipe – making easy green smoothie recipes a great meal on the go.

Most supermarkets sell frozen fruit and veggie smoothie medleys, but you can make your own with whatever you have on hand as well!

If you happen to have leftover smoothie, pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it. Once frozen, store it in a freezer bag and add them to your next smoothie!

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Green Smoothie Recipe

An easy green smoothie recipe with Kale and pineapple is the perfect way to kickstart your day!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings


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  • ½ cup yogurt plain or Greek
  • 2 cups kale chopped
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup pineapple chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 cup milk
  • honey to taste optional


  • Add yogurt, kale, banana, pineapple, flax seeds and milk to blender. 
  • Blend until smooth. 
  • Add honey to taste if desired. Serve immediately.


For a sweeter smoothie, add honey or use a vanilla flavored yogurt.
For a thicker smoothie, freeze banana and pineapple before blending.
4.93 from 13 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 240 | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 942mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 7070IU | Vitamin C: 125mg | Calcium: 346mg | Iron: 1.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beverage, Breakfast
Cuisine American

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  1. Would this recipe work with spinach instead of kale? Never developed a liking for that particular green ….

  2. at first I thought it was my blender so I’ve switched from small to extra large blenders I still cannot figure out how to get my green smoothies smooth it always come out gritty no matter what I do how can I make a green smoothie that does not come out gritty. None of the recipes work.

    1. My suggestions are to make sure the greens are very well washed. Next blend just the liquid and the greens until completely smooth. Once the greens are completely smooth, add the remaining ingredients.

      Kale can have a slightly more grainy texture whereas spinach is a bit smoother. I hope that helps, let me know how it goes!

      1. Loved the green smoothie will try it and put honey to get a better taste

  3. I’ve been saving this recipe for months I never seem to have all ingredients but a quick run to Walmart fixed that (even though I’ve been there several times) I like the simplicity of this smoothie I actually made one that doesn’t taste like all kale despite the fact I didn’t have much honey left and only used half banana my new go to breakfast5 stars

  4. Holly I can drink milk and in your recipe for a green smoothie it uses milk can I substitute the milk with a almond or soy product and if I can do I change anything else in the recipe?

    1. Yes, while they may change the flavor slightly, almond or soy milk should work just fine (no other changes needed)! Enjoy!