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This kale pineapple smoothie tastes just like you are on vacation on a tropical island. It’s a refreshing blend of fruit and kale, which work together surprisingly well. This powerhouse smoothie is packed with nutrients and vitamins that will nourish your body, all while making your tastebuds happy.
They say to eat the rainbow. Well, with smoothies, you can drink the rainbow! This recipe is full of gut and heart-healthy ingredients. Kale is a superfood that has disease-fighting antioxidants and is rich in iron. Pineapple is very high in vitamin C, which is fantastic for your immune system. Plus, chia seeds have tons of fiber that help your digestion system function at its best.
If you prefer to drink your vitamins instead of swallowing them in pill form, then you are going to really enjoy this tropical smoothie. All the fresh citrus flavors are bursting with natural sugar so you don’t even need to sweeten it (although you can if you want to, of course).
Another thing you will love about this smoothie is that it is made without bananas! I have used bananas in so many other smoothies that I wanted to try and create something completely different. The chia seeds help make this smoothie creamy so you don’t need that texture from the bananas.
Keep reading and learn more about this super-tasty kale smoothie.
Key Ingredients For Kale Smoothie
This is a very simple recipe and all of the ingredients are easy to find. Here is what you’ll need:
- Kale: Chop up the kale and remove the stems. If you’re feeling a bit hesitant, don’t worry. When you add all the different types of fruit, you won’t even taste the kale.
- Orange: Remember to peel the orange slices and remove the pith. This will give it the best texture.
- Coconut Water: This is full of antioxidants and fiber that flush out your body and helps you feel better while adding a subtle coconut flavor.
- Pineapple: It’s easier to just use frozen pineapple chunks. If you want to use fresh pineapple, add some ice to the smoothie to get it to have a slightly frozen texture.
- Mango: Even though mango is easy to buy and prep, it’s even easier to use frozen mango pieces.
- Chia Seeds: If you don’t have chia seeds, you can use flax seeds instead.
Note: For a full list of ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make this tropical smoothie, take a look at the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
What To Serve With Kale Pineapple Smoothie
This is a very sweet and fruity smoothie. Thanks to the chia seeds, it is also extremely filling, so you might not want to eat much with it.
If you do want a little something savory, then I suggest munching on a southwest black bean egg muffin. It is filled with protein and will balance out the sweet tastes of your smoothie perfectly.
You could also eat a little bit of broccoli and cheese frittata. It’s also high in protein and tastes just salty enough to be delightful with this tropical smoothie.
Recipe Tips And Ideas For Tropical Kale Smoothies
Follow these tips to make sure that this smoothie turns out smooth and sweet every single time!
- Blend the kale, orange, and coconut water together first. These are the most difficult things to combine, so it is important they are completely blended.
- Chop up the kale well before you add it to the blender. This will help it blend in better with the rest of the ingredients.
- Taste it before you add any kind of sugar or sweetener. Sometimes pineapple is sweet and sometimes it isn’t. If you think it needs to be sweeter, add a touch of honey, maple syrup, or extra pineapple or mango.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions I frequently get asked about by some readers…
What can I use instead of coconut water?
Coconut water has a mild, almost nutty flavor. You can always replace it with some pineapple juice if you don’t enjoy coconut milk. However, make sure to taste the smoothie after you add the pineapple juice – you might discover it’s a lot sweeter now! If it is too sweet, just cut the amount of juice back and add more water.
You could also sub in some unsweetened almond milk or even just plain filtered water. I highly encourage you to give coconut water a try, though—you can easily find it in grocery stores and it adds that perfect tropical punch to this recipe.
Can I use spinach instead of kale?
If you aren’t a kale fan, you can use baby spinach as a substitute for kale. If you have a powerful blender like a Vitamix, you can just add the spinach right to the smoothie. However, if you have a less powerful blender, I’d recommend you chop it up and remove the stems from the leaves before you add it to your blender.
What kind of kale is best for smoothies?
Green kale might be the easiest to find in the store and it works just fine in this smoothie. If you can find red kale, it is even better! It’s also called Russian kale. It’s perfect for smoothies because it is so delicate and has an even sweeter taste.