VIDEO – How to Make a Basic Kale Smoothie

Basic Kale Smoothie
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Serves: 1-2
These are the usual ingredients I prefer to combine, that create a delicious vehicle for the consumption of nutrient-rich kale.
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 1 pear
  • ½ a cucumber
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • ½ bag frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 leaves fresh kale
  1. combine ingredients into a blender
  2. blend and serve!

Hello!  Above is the first video I have made for Kale Smoothie Recipes dot com, and I’m happy to share it.  Following is the transcript:

Hi I’m Paul from Kale Smoothie  Today I’d like to show you how to make a basic kale breakfast smoothie.

Kale is basically a wild cabbage that’s incredibly high in nutritional value, and eating it is a great way to start out each day.  Today we’re gonna combine it with some other fresh healthy ingredients, and we’re going to make a sweet, delicious breakfast smoothie without any refined sugars or artificial ingredients.

Let’s get started!

Here are the basic ingredients you will need to make a delicious kale smoothie:

  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 of 1 cucumber
  • juice of half a lime
  • 2 leaves fresh kale
  • 1/2 bag of frozen pineapple chunks

Please let me know what you thought of this recipe or video in the comments below! Have a great day.

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    • Chris on

      I have been looking for recipes that I could use in a blender as I do not have a juicer. My very first kale smoothie trial. 2 kale leaves (no stems), 1 large orange peels and seeds removed, 1 red apple seeds and skin removed, 5 strawberries, 1 cup of coconut water. Overall I was pleased with the results. The smoothie was a bit thick for my taste so I might add more coconut water or an organic no sugar added apple juice next time.

    • You’re quite welcome of course, Christina. I like a lot of ginger, personally, but I try to tone it down for a general audience. Is 1 tbsp still too much, do you think?

  6. Stephanie on

    Random question: if I buy the pre-cut bagged kale, how much would 1 of 2 leafs be? 1 or 2 cups?

    • Hey Stephanie,

      Thanks for the great question! The answer is, it depends. Kale leaf sizes can vary from about 6 inches long to more than a foot, and their width can vary from 4-8 inches, I’d say.

      I guess I’m not the most knowledgeable kale smoothie chef in the world, because I’ve never seen the pre-cut bagged kale you mention. Usually the only options I see in any grocery store (here in Austin at least) are organic or non-organic, and it’s typically an un-bagged bunch of anywhere between 5-10 leaves, depending on how big they are.

      So my answer to your question will have to be theoretical, and my guess is that – if your kale leaves are on the small end of the height and width ranges I cited above – one leaf (de-stemmed) would be about a half a cup. And on the larger end, 1 cup. A REALLY big kale leaf might comprise 1 1/2 cups.

      Does that answer your question I hope? Thanks for stopping by!

  7. katie on

    I love kale smoothies! Mine are even more basic because I just blend a handful of kale with two apples and lemon juice and blend. It’s delicious anyway :)

    • Hi Katie,

      I’ll bet that IS good…! Thanks for the suggestion; I think I need to integrate more lemons into my smoothies. Plus, I just bought some apples yesterday so they’re definitely going into the next one!


  8. Melani Morris on

    Yummy! I added some silken tofu and egg white for protein, and it was just as yummy! Couldn’t even taste the tofu or egg white. I bought beets tonight, and going to try the beet blueberry recipe tomorrow. Love your videos, and the recipes. Thanks again!

    • Whoo hoo, that’s awesome! I’ve never tried tofu or egg whites by themselves, but thanks for the cool suggestions!

      Beets are the best.


  9. Paul Navara on

    This looks like a really good smoothie using kale- just what I was looking for. Nice job on the video!

  10. Yes this is a good one. I need a new blender though…mine is pretty chunky. :) I did think the ginger overpowered and cut it back to two teaspoons. And I use organic ground fresh ginger instead of the fresh, for the sake of time. Not as potent but better than no ginger. :)

    • Hi Ashley,

      Ginger is indeed a strong flavor, and one can cut it to whatever suits their pallate. Some ginger is better than none, agreed!

      And a new blender can definitely change one’s life for the better; it did mine.


  11. Christine Raymond on

    Thanks for your website. I bought a nice blender because I wanted to start make kale smoothies, but wasn’t sure how to do it. You video and basic recipe was a great way to overcome the newness and plunge in! I didn’t use the recipe as is but used what I had in the house in addition to the kale, gleaning a few ingredients and ideas from some of your other recipes and other comments on the site. Thanks for getting me started on kale smoothies!

    • Hi Christine,

      I’m glad my video helped you get over the newbie anxiety and jump in! As always, good idea to use whatever’s fresh or on-hand in the kitchen! I’m impressed by your improvisational instinct.


  12. Chuck on

    Great job Paul,
    Why is such a small amount of kale used in all recipes if it’s the main ingredient?

    • Hi Chuck,

      I guess my main goal is to get people to integrate more leafy greens and healthy things into their diets, so perhaps that’s why. I dunno – some recipes I put a whole lot of kale in, but with others, sometimes that one leaf is really gigantic, so I just put in one. How much do you put in your smoothies?


  13. Allison on

    Thanks for posting your videos. I have a family with lots of food allergies. Do you a have a more basic recipe with no cucumbers, banana, or ginger?

    Thanks, Alli

    • Hi Allison,

      That’s a really good question, thanks for submitting it! I have put this challenge on my list of things to do. Can you be more specific about which foods your family is allergic to?


  14. Gabby Gutierrez on

    Just wanted to say thanks for this website, Paul! It’s a great resource for those of us who want to incorporate more kale into our diets. My daughter and I just threw what we had together from the fridge and came up with another kale recipe:

    1 cup apple juice
    1 leaf of kale
    1/2 apple
    4 small strawberries
    1 medium carrot

    it came out pretty good for not really knowing what to expect! thanks for the inspiration :)

    • Hey Gabby,

      Thanks for reporting on your kale smoothie recipe experimentation! Kudos on your adventurous spirit – I love how fun it is to try new combinations and see what happens. One tip for future experiments: I’ve found that including a banana always makes the texture smoother and more drinkable. Let me know what you think!


  15. alysha on

    Hey, I have a question?

    I am trying to find a way to include green smoothies in my diet, but I never seem to have all The ingredients listed. Is there anyway I can make them still with substitutes. Or maybe make my own kale with different ingredients? Is there any no no’s to not mix withh certain things? I have tons of raspberries, melons and berries including frozen. I have celery, carrots and a few raw broccoli cauliflower and cucumber. And I have oasis juice of straw berry and kiwi. And 10 fruit blend. I have vanilla yogurt. And that’s it. And some spices. I have hemp seeds.

    • Hi Alysha,

      Wow, that’s a lot of ingredients! I think what you need to do is focus on the core reasons for making and drinking a kale smoothie in the first place, which is to get leafy greens into your system on a regular basis by making a delicious drink vehicle to take them there. One can make fruit smoothies without greens in them all day long, but you’ll mainly just be getting vitamin C and natural sugars into your system. Do you not have access to fresh greens at your local grocery store? I don’t know of any substitute for kale, other than perhaps spinach. Let me know and I’ll try to help you answer this question better!


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