The Joe Rogan Kale Shake

I absolutely love the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Every episode is packed with uncensored discussions, opinion, irony, insight, and laughter. Joe Rogan is famous for being a sitcom star, reality TV host and mixed martial arts commentator, but he also has a soft side. He’s a loving champion of anyone who wants to change their life for the better, get out of a rut, or be healthier. Plus, he’s just damn funny.

I started listening to his podcast on and off in October of 2011, and now I don’t miss an episode. If you took the interview segment of The Daily Show and stretched it into a very informal, uncensored two-to-three hours, you’d have Joe’s show. He converses with interesting and accomplished guests – from journalists to philosophers to anthropologists to his contemporaries in comedy – and there’s rarely a boring episode. Often they’re quite enlightening.

He is an advocate of healthly living and being aware of how your body works in the world. He inspired my efforts in the last year to get healthier, and I feel way better than I used to. I regularly go to martial arts classes now, and I make kale smoothies every day. My blog is a testament to how easy and fun it is to fuel each day with an energizing, fresh drink every morning! Do it with me!


The Joe Rogan Kale Shake
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Serves: 1-2
This is the OG Kale Smoothie Recipe - the Joe Rogan Kale Shake. If it weren't for his inspiration, I would never have started doing this.
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cucumber, with skin
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup water and ice
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 stalks kale
  1. peel and chop ginger
  2. peel and chop garlic
  3. seed pear, chop pear
  4. combine all ingredients in blender and serve!



Hi guys, how’s it going?

Today I’m going to show you how to make the original, the first kale smoothie recipe I ever made, which is the Joe Rogan Kale Shake. It’s the one that kicked it off for me to begin with. Usually I – as you may or may not know – mix kale with lots of different kinds of things to kind of mask it’s somewhat bitter, earthy flavor, and surprise myself and mix it up, but Joe Rogan has a recipe that he uses every day of his life, and it’s nothing but: kale, celery, pear, ginger, garlic, cucumber and some coconut oil.

I’ve never made this EXACT recipe. I’ve just combined kale with celery, cucumber, pear and ginger, but today I’m going to put in the garlic and coconut oil and see what happens. So, let’s get started!

First thing, we’ll just attack this ginger. Scrape off the skin with a spoon. Scraping off the skin with a spoon allows you to get rid of the skin, but keep the most ginger material inside. Whereas if you cut it with a knife, you’re most likely gonna cut away a lot of the ginger. And the spoon just scrapes away only the skin. It’s pretty cool.

Alright. So, if I had a Vita-Mix or a Blendtec, I could just throw this in there and it would demolish it, but my blender’s a little weaker so I have to chop things up. There we go.

I guess let’s put in the garlic next [laughs]. Garlic! Alright – garlic’s supposed to be really good for you, y’know? I guess, why not. The flavor, that’s why not! Garlic and ginger, usually a lovely combination.

Okay now I’m gonna put in some pear. Alright.

Cucumber, with skin. Don’t peel that skin off, it’s got lots of nutrients in there.

And, coconut oil. I’m gonna put in a couple tablespoons, I think.

One cup of water and ice – alright.

Okay, running low on blender volume so I’m just gonna put in a couple of these stalks of celery, so we still have room for that kale. Mmm, maybe we could put in the third one. Give that a li’l blend.

[laughs at spurting blender] Okay, finally: we’re gonna put in this kale! It is, after all, a kale shake. It’s just got a lot of other stuff in there, too.

Alright. I cannot wait to see what this tastes like. Down the hatch. Whoo! hoo. Hey you know what? That garlic doesn’t taste too bad. With all the other flavors in there, it’s not too overpowering.

So, alright. Thanks for watching, I hope you enjoyed this recipe, and I hope you try to make yourself a Joe Rogan Kale Shake. We’ll see you next time!

17 thoughts on “The Joe Rogan Kale Shake

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    • Ooh, salt, didn’t think of that. Thanks, man!

      Mr. Dave Asprey would approve I’m sure. Onward!


  2. Køørfón Béöbweef on

    I kale to see the connection between a comedian and good health but if the smoothie makes you feel good, it doesn’t matter if its funny.

  3. Chris on

    I made the shake; I hope you grow to love the taste because it really doesn’t taste very good at all. What can be done to improve it?

    • Hi Chris,

      The Rogan recipe is probably not the best kale shake to START with. Try any of the other ones; they’re sweeter and will warm you up to the idea of kale shakes much faster.

      The garlic in particular is the hardest part to deal with. Let me know how it goes!


  4. I tried my first kale shake yesterday, particularly, this recipe. I think that jumping in on this for your first shake is tough when trying to overcome the garlic.

    So tonight I decided to give it another go without the garlic and blended a little Florida’s Natural Cherry smoothie with it and it was really good. I also halved the ingredients because this recipe is of manly proportions for me. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Hi Ania,

      “Manly proportions,” haha. Yes, the Joe Rogan kale shake is nothing if not manly. And I agree, the garlic is not for everybody, including me! I just made it based on his exact recipe for posterity, and curiosity. But in the spirit of experimentation I’m super glad that you recognized that one can easily swap out ingredients without the final product suffering. Thanks for letting me know about it!


  5. I tried this a couple of years ago and your post inspired me to share it on my website with others. I didn’t realize this many people were into the infamous “Joe Rogan Kale Shake.” Cool stuff man! I think I’ll have one for lunch sometime this week. TIP:

    Throw in a spoonful of honey to give it a sweeter taste. If you like to give it a little bit of a kick, add a splash of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Works like a charm!

    • Hey F,

      Nice tip, thanks! I never would have thought to have added apple cider vinegar, but I will now.


    • Hi Derik,

      All my smoothies vary slightly in volume, but generally they amount to 2 glasses, each being about 12 oz. Sometimes when I put more ingredients in, it amounts to about 2.5 glasses, but almost never 3.

      Hope that helps!


    • Hi J,

      Sorry, I don’t know of any way to eliminate the garlic smell, after one has ingested it. Seems to just be one of those things. Anyone else have any ideas?


  6. Tina on

    Hi! I tried my first kale smoothie today. Although I didn’t have a lot of ingredients (frozen banana, pineapple and pineapple juice and kale) it was great and my kids (2&5) loved it too! Can’t wait to try more! I’m curious as to why you use ginger so often? And have you ever experimented with coffee or coffee bean in your smoothies? Obviously not for kids, the coffee drink that is, lol. My husband had the idea. Thanks!

    • Hi Tina,

      Thanks for the nice note – I’m glad your family enjoyed the recipe! The reason I use ginger so much is 1. I love the flavor, and 2. it’s a natural digestive aid, so it seems like it can’t hurt.

      I’ve done a couple of experiments with coffee in kale smoothies before, but haven’t yet hit upon the magical flavor combination I’m looking for. But thank your husband for me for the great idea! When I figure it out I will gladly make a video post about it!


  7. Christopher on

    How much should we be drinking, this recipe makes about 24 or more ounces. How ounces should we be drinking in the morning?

    • Hi Christopher,

      24 ounces, to me, is two drinks. When you make that amount, drink one, and put the other in the fridge for tomorrow!

      Thanks for writing, let me know if you have anymore questions.

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