VIDEO – How to Make a Basic Kale Smoothie



Basic Kale Smoothie
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These are the usual ingredients I prefer to combine, that create a delicious vehicle for the consumption of nutrient-rich kale.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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 Recipes.com.  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.
-Paul

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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!

      -Paul

  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.

      -Paul

  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.

      -Paul

  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.

      -Paul

  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?

      -Paul

  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?

      -Paul

  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!

      -Paul

  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!

      -Paul

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