Tropical-ish Kale Smoothie

Tropical-ish Kale Smoothie

Tropical-ish Kale Smoothie

Let me just preface this post by saying: Not everyone has a green smoothie ‘thumb’. Unless you are the Miyagi of blending the perfect combination, then they can be somewhat unpalatable. Even while creating this wonderful Tropical-ish Kale Smoothie, I still managed to think of additions or alterations after all was said and done. I’ll note them at the end. But first, a story…

After inhaling a snack pack size of Oreos yesterday (check out my twitter feast post) – provided by a friend after rescuing us when our truck broke down – I felt like I needed some redemption.

[Insert  horrendous circuit workout that I found on Pinterest adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers]

Okay it’s not really called the “horrendous” circuit workout, it’s the “no-nonsense circuit workout,” but I’m thinking about starting a petition to change the name after barely finishing one round of it. Did I mention I HATE circuit/strength training…it’s my Achilles heel. I better stick to yoga.

After somewhat finishing my 12:23:09 workout, I decided to keep the rhythm going and make a green smoothie.


Kale is an amazing green, with a powerhouse of nutrients. It’s high in vitamins K, A, and C, calcium, iron, is a good source of fiber, and also has the ability to lower your cancer risk tremendously. And that’s just scratching the surface of all the health benefits of kale. Please, tell me what slab of meat will do that? (hint: none)

I started by putting the flax seeds in my blender first and pulsing them until they were ground up completely. Then I added the frozen banana, kale, frozen mango, freshly squeezed orange, and water. On top, I grated the fresh ginger like so…

ginger: before ginger: after

Then I blended until a smooth, velvety, scrumptulescent, frothy batch of goodness presented itself. If you want the taste to be dominated by a specific ingredient, by all means add more! Or, you could be like me and realize you want it even more velvety, so you add half of a small avocado…

the not so small velvety avocado

{the not so small velvety avocado}

After blending in the avocado I tricked myself again, and convinced my brain it was happy hour by pouring it into a large beer mug. Chris said it looked like I was getting a head start on St. Patrick’s day, but it definitely didn’t taste like green beer. Although it did have a frothy top.

frothy top

{frothy top}

Tropical-ish Kale Smoothie 

Makes 1 large serving, or 2 small

  • 3 stalks of fresh kale, rinsed well and trimmed from stalks
  • 1 T flax seeds, ground in blender first
  • 1 frozen banana*
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango*
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled & grated
  • half an orange, freshly squeezed
  • half of a small avocado (optional)

Grind flax seeds in blender first. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until very smooth.

*If you use fresh banana and mango, add a few ice cubes to make it cold.

Other add-ins/alterations:

  • Use spinach instead of kale if you want a milder tasting smoothie
  • replace flax with chia seeds
  • add pineapple**, or replace mango
  • use your favorite non-dairy milk instead of water
  • use 1/4 tsp ground ginger instead of fresh, if you don’t have it

**It’s pineapple season, right??

Wondering what to do with your kale stalks? Try passing them off to your dog like I did…

Martin McFly Martin McFly eating kale

Martin McFly giving up on kale Martin McFly tired of kale

Martin gave up after about 5 minutes, but maybe you’ll have better luck with your furry friend 😉

What are your feelings about the green smoothie movement? Love it, hate it, or never tried it?

Leave a comment


  1. Bill

     /  February 26, 2012

    Thanks Andria your articles give a great insight and they are very well-written!! Since you cant buy just 3 stalks of kale, you could make Crunchy Kale with any leftover kale you have. It’s a healthy snack that I must say is very tasty. The recipe can be watched within the video at this link:

    • havefoodwillfeast

       /  February 27, 2012

      Thank you for the comment, Bill! I’ve seen so many recipes and heard great things about Kale Chips, but have been too intimidated to try it myself haha. Thanks for passing along the link!

  2. Debbie

     /  February 26, 2012

    WOW! That is just as cute as can be! Great pics! I miss Marty!!! Oh ya recipe looks good too. I will try it.
    Does HEB’s sell everything I need???

    • havefoodwillfeast

       /  February 27, 2012

      Thanks! Yes, HEB should have everything. There’s nothing weird in it…so you won’t have to go far 🙂

  3. jessi

     /  February 29, 2012

    Haha the first time I tried to make a green smoothie I just through a bunch of random veggies and fruit in – OH MY GOD never again. It’s so true you gotta have the right ratio of ingredients or it’s a bad situation. This one looks like a keeper though!

    • Thanks, Jessi! And I can totally relate….I’ve done that many times before finding that ‘perfect’ blend. What’s even worse is that most of them turn out brown in those experimental stages. Not a good look!

  4. This looks awesome! I’ve been on a green smoothie kick lately, but I haven’t been brave enough to include kale yet, only spinach. But this one sounds tasty so I’ll have to try it soon!

    • I’ve found out that when using Kale, it’s really important to have a great blender 🙂 But, I can see that you do bc I saw your Green Smoothie post! Looks delish!


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