Start your day with a super-easy and nutritious kale smoothie!

This popular green smoothie recipe is a powerhouse of superfood vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Whip up smoothies for the fam on busy school and workdays, or make one after a workout or practice!

Kale Smoothie in two mason jars with straws

Our Fave Kale Smoothie

Who doesn’t love to make a fun smoothie that is also deliciously healthy? Packed with green phytochemicals, Vitamins A, C, K, and a wallop of fiber, we love kale smoothies that taste like a treat with all the benefits of healthy foods!

Adding in orange juice and frozen pineapple or peaches adds some tart zesty flavor.

ingredients for Kale Smoothie

How To Make A Kale Smoothie

KALE This healthy smoothie is loaded with kale! You can also use fresh or frozen spinach if that’s what you have on hand.

FRUIT Frozen fruits like strawberries, berries, pineapple, peaches, even cherries will give a smoothie a burst of fruity flavor while chilling it down. I try to use frozen bananas (instead of fresh) for a thicker texture.

LIQUID Orange juice adds to the flavor of this smoothie while a bit of honey adds sweetness.

A nutritious kale smoothie is as easy to make as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Chop kale into smaller pieces.
  2. Blend yogurt, kale and juice until smooth.
  3. Add bananas and a cup of your favorite frozen fruit and honey. Blend until smooth!

KITCHEN TIP:  Blending kale with juice/yogurt before adding the frozen fruit helps to get a nice smooth consistency.

Kale Smoothie ingredients in a blender

Tips & Tricks

  • Kale is fibrous and will blend better if it is chopped into smaller pieces before adding to the blender with the orange juice and yogurt. Pull the leaves off of the tough stems (and set them aside for the juicer or for making homemade stock.)
  • For an extra protein boost and to make kale smoothies ultra-thick, add a tablespoon of chia seeds to the blender with the bananas.
  • For a thinner version, simply add some milk or use fresh fruit instead of frozen.
  • Sweeteners can include a splash of maple syrup, agave syrup, or even some Stevia or Truvia, to taste. Monkfruit sweetener is a great zero glycemic alternative.

Did you Make too Much?

If you make too much, freeze the smoothie in an ice cube tray and add it to your next smoothie. Smoothie cubes can also be added to hot oatmeal to cool it down for kids.

Smoothies also make great healthy drip-free breakfast popsicles!

Smoothies for Days!

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Kale Smoothie in two mason jars with straws
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Kale Smoothie

This Kale Smoothie is healthy, full of fresh fruits & veggies, and makes the perfect snack!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 smoothies


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  • 3 cups kale chopped
  • 1 cup plain yogurt or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 ¼ cup orange juice or as needed
  • 2 bananas frozen
  • 1 cup frozen fruit of your choice I prefer pineapple, strawberry, or peach
  • 2 teaspoons honey or preferred sweetener


  • Blend kale, yogurt and orange juice until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Divide over two glasses and serve immediately.
5 from 4 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 388 | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 1521mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 10905IU | Vitamin C: 212mg | Calcium: 328mg | Iron: 2mg

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

Course Beverage, Breakfast, Drink, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
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  1. I read your article about buying FROZEN vs FRESH spinach, I assume kale….
    why are there any smoothie recipes using FROZEN GREENS ?
    I assume the recipe amounts would be a lesser amount of frozen vs fresh…