Kale is amazing. We know that. It fuels us with iron; vitamins A, C, and K; calcium; and powerful antioxidants. It’s good for our hearts and our skin. But sometimes, kale tastes a little too much like kale—especially in our morning smoothies. So, we’ve rounded up a collection of green smoothie recipes that will both excite your taste buds and keep you energised until lunch.
These shamrock-coloured health treats all have five or fewer ingredients, or at least five or fewer required ingredients, so they are never too difficult to make. If you’re in a pinch, we’ve discovered that a kale (or spinach)–pineapple-banana combo is always a safe bet. Just add water, blend, and enjoy your morning meal. If you have a little more time, these delightfully refreshing (and surprisingly filling) recipes will have you keeping green all summer long.
If you want this fruity goodness to be greener, add a handful of spinach to this recipe. Lots of ice cubes make this strawberry-banana-kiwi combo perfect for a hot summer morning. Click here for the recipe.
Protein, good carbs, and healthy fats make up the ideal trifecta for a pre-workout snack. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on this spinach-filled apple-banana smoothie, and your gym-boosting beverage starts tasting a bit like a chai latte. Simple Green Smoothies calls for oats and coconut oil as well, but we think these ingredients, while great sources of fuel, can be left out for a lighter, more cardio-friendly snack. Click here for the recipe.
Kyocera Susan G. Komen Pink Santoku Knife ($40)
Feel like you’re on a tropical vacation when you sip this delicious blend of pineapple, kiwi, mint, and coconut milk. And if you actually are on vacation, or at least enjoying your weekend, adding a bit of rum is also a very tasty option. Click here for the recipe.
You can use spinach or kale as your base for this revitalizing meal. Other ingredients include kiwis, frozen bananas, fresh mint, and citrus (your preference of lemon or lime). Just add water and ice, if desired, and your banana-kiwi creation is ready to enjoy. If you have coconut water in the fridge, you can swap that in instead of filtered water for an extra tropical flavour. Click here for the recipe.
Vitamix 5200 Series Blender ($480)
Matcha tea powder is the antioxidant-rich supplement of the moment. Add half a teaspoon of this trendy ingredient to a cup of spinach, some almond milk, a pear, and, if you’re needing extra energy, a scoop or two of vanilla protein powder. Click here for the recipe.
This hydrating blend calls for equal parts kale and spinach. Cubed honeydew melon adds a sweet yet mild flavour to this smoothie, and plain Greek yogurt makes it extra creamy. Add lime if you like the extra tang, or just a pretty garnish. Click here for the recipe.
Water, ice, cucumber, and melon are the only ingredients required to make this refreshing drink a summer favourite. Add vanilla protein powder for a breakfast version, or serve without at your next BBQ. Click here for the recipe.
This electrolyte-laden tropical smoothie is a medley of fresh spinach and orange slices mixed with frozen mango and pineapple cubes. Add coconut water for hydration, and garnish your mocktail with lime and a salt-rimmed glass. Click here for the recipe.
Adding a fourth of an avocado to this skin detox lends a rich creaminess to the blend. Spinach, pineapple, and coconut water provide the base. Go ahead: Drink your facial. Click here for the recipe.
Williams Sonoma Picardie Glass Tumbler ($4-26)
Mango is the secret ingredient in this creamy concoction. Add some kale or spinach, a cup of pineapple, and a banana to your mango base, and enjoy. The recipe calls for two bananas, but in consideration of your sugar intake, you may just want to use one. We love garnishing with mint. Click here for the recipe.
Are you a green-smoothie master? Share your favourite healthy combo in the comments!