Filled with lots of good for you ingredients, this Pineapple Banana Kale Smoothie Recipe is filled with iron, potassium, fiber and so much more. And it’s so delicious, even the kids will love it!
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You all already know that I’m a big fan of the smoothie. (Hey- I have my own book all about them!) I love that smoothies are a way to make one simple change in your day that will benefit you in a big way. And I have a smoothie almost every day, so I’m always looking for different recipes.
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I loved everything about this Pineapple Banana Kale Smoothie Recipe. The pineapple and banana are sweet enough to mask the bitterness of the kale, and with a frozen banana and frozen pineapple, the texture was just how I like them. I shared this smoothie with my boys, and they both gulped down their servings and then begged for more. It was one of those rare times when you feel like you are totally winning at the parenting thing!
And now I’m ready to up my green smoothie game!
How to Make a Smoothie
Smoothies are luckily one of the easiest foods to make. 98% of the time, the ingredients I use in smoothies are raw, so it’s easy to blend up a smoothie at any time. But here are the basics to a smoothie, plus some extra add-ins that you can add on.
- Your liquid – The liquid can be many things, including water, milk, a non-dairy milk (such as coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc), or fruit juice.
- Your fruits and/or vegetables – If possible, I like to have these frozen because I like that frozen slushy/smoothie texture, and the more you put in that is frozen, the less ice you’ll need to add. You don’t have to add fruits and/or vegetables, but they always add extra nutritional values.
- The boosters – These would include things like protein powders. There are all kinds of things you can add (like bee pollen or probiotics or wheatgrass) but I’m usually pretty simple and don’t usually go beyond occasionally adding protein powders.
- The thickeners – I mentioned above, but the thing I like to use the most for thickening my smoothies is frozen fruit. But you can always add things like yogurt, nut butters, oats, or chia seeds.
- Any extras – there are a lot of things you can add, like extracts, sweeteners, or spices.
Tips to Make the Best Green Smoothie
The biggest complaint I always hear when it comes to green smoothies is that the texture is weird, with chunks of the “green”. My first suggestion is to use a high powered blender, if possible. There are a few different brands on the market, and different people will rave about different blenders, so I think the brand is really preference. But I know they can get pretty pricey, so if you aren’t making smoothies every day, it might be hard to justify the cost. So if you are using a cheaper blender, here are my tips for making the smoothest green smoothie possible.
- In this recipe, the kale is blended with some water before you even add any other ingredients. I think this is a great way to get a smoother smoothie.
- You may need some extra liquid. Since the cheaper blenders don’t have as much power, it takes a little more liquid to get things moving around.
- Be patient. You may have to blend a little longer, or stop the blender to stir a few times.
- Make sure you get rid of any tough stems before adding the kale to the smoothie.
Ingredients in this Kale Smoothie
Now let’s get down to what is in this super easy Pineapple Banana Kale Smoothie!
- Kale – make sure to remove the stems. I usually just get whatever is at the grocery store, which is curly kale most of the time. You can also use dinosaur kale or red Russian kale (although the last may give your smoothie a bit of a peppery flavor).
- Water – I’m only mentioning this here because if you want to, you can use a different liquid (I will sometimes use coconut milk). It will add calories, and water is still really great in this smoothie, but there are other options if you want.
- Pineapple – this is a great thing to keep in the freezer if you make smoothies often.
- Banana – I always have a surplus of frozen bananas in the freezer. The more ripe they are when you put them in the freezer, the sweeter your smoothie will be.
- Lime juice – I really, really love the brightness the lime juice brings.
- Chia Seeds – You can actually find chia seeds really easily these days – most grocery stores carry them. The chia seeds will help to thicken your smoothie. They also provide fiber, potassium, calcium, antioxidants and they are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
More Smoothie Recipes
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Tools Used to Make this Pineapple Banana Kale Smoothie Recipe
I have had a Blendtec blender for years now and love it. There are other high powered blenders on the market that would work, as well.