This is a delicious green smoothie, made with kale banana, and strawberries!
A superfood-loaded drink, ideal for breakfast or a healthy snack.Print
- 2 handful of kale (washed)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 medium-sized banana
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- Using a high-speed blender or a Nutribullet, add the kale and frozen strawberries first, followed by the other listed ingredients.
- Blend for 2-3 minutes. (Not longer, otherwise, your smoothie may become foamy!)
- Serve and enjoy!
*For recipe notes, smoothie variations, and more, scroll past the recipe!
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Category: Smoothie
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 324
- Sugar: 25.4g
- Fat: 3.2g
- Carbohydrates: 55.4g
- Fiber: 14.3g
- Protein: 16.5g
Keywords: green detox smoothies, green smoothies, kale banana smoothie, kale berry and banana smoothie, kale smoothie, vegan green smoothies, vegan smoothies
Kale Strawberry Banana Smoothie Benefits
This leafy green smoothie with berries and bananas offers an abundance of nutrients, thanks to its 6 nutrient-packed ingredients!
Every ingredient in this green fruity smoothie provides nutrients.
A more thorough breakdown of the benefits of this kale smoothie includes:
- Rich in Vitamins and Antioxidants: Kale and strawberries are high in vitamins A and C, which are essential for immune function and skin health. The antioxidants help combat oxidative stress.
- Good Source of Protein: Greek yogurt and chia seeds provide a substantial amount of protein. A serving of this smoothie contains 16.5g of protein.
- Bone Health: Ingredients like kale, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds are good sources of calcium, which is vital for strong bones and teeth.
- High in Dietary Fiber: Chia seeds and the fiber in fruits like strawberries and bananas aid in digestion and promote a feeling of fullness.
- Heart Health Benefits: The omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds and the healthy fats in almond milk are beneficial for heart health.
- Energy Boosting: The natural sugars in fruits provide energy, making this smoothie a good option for breakfast or an energy-boosting snack.
- Potassium Source: Banana is a great source of potassium, which is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure and heart function.
And many more benefits too.
Smoothie Variations & Tips
There are numerous different variations of this smoothie you could try, should you want to.
I have tested around 10+ different variations, and most of them worked well.
If you want to experiment with different flavors, check out some of my suggestions:
- Make The Smoothie Vegan: The smoothie can be made vegan-friendly really easily, all you need to do is either swap the Greek yogurt for a vegan yogurt alternative or use nut butter!
- Tropical Flavored Delight: Swap the bananas for frozen pineapple or mango, and the almond milk for coconut milk from a carton!
- Swap The Chia Seeds: You can swap the chia seeds for oats, flaxseeds, or even nut butter.
Recipe Tips – Blender Compatability
Not all households share the same blender, which is why I tested 8 different blenders to make this recipe:
|Vitamix Blender Propel 510
|Ninja Blender BL610
|Oster 6640 Blender
|Hamilton Beach 58148A Blender
|AMZChef Blender 1800 W
The reason why the 3 blenders marked in ‘x’ weren’t suitable in the recipe, is because of the lack of liquid in the recipe.
In order for these blenders to work, you will need to add more liquid, which means the smoothie won’t come out as thick as mine.
Recipe Tips – Smoothie Making Tips
- Add The Kale And Frozen Fruit First: These ingredients are hard to break down, which is why you want them nearer to the blender blades.
- Avoid Blending For Too Long: When blending leafy greens, blending for too long can cause your smoothie to become foamy. 2-3 minutes of blending is enough.
- Make An Ultra Thick Smoothie: If you love your smoothies thick, you can use frozen banana slices, and ice together with the frozen berries! You may need to adjust the liquid slightly.
- Drink The Smoothie As Soon As It’s Blended: Since it contains frozen fruit, the longer the smoothie sits after it’s blended, the more the texture will change as the smoothie warms up.
Should You Cook Kale Before Putting It In a Smoothie?
No, there is no need to cook your kale before adding it to your smoothies. However, if you have leftover cooked kale, you can use the cooked kale in the smoothie.
Can I Use Frozen Kale Instead Of Fresh?
Yes, you can use frozen kale. The amount should be 2 nests. In fact, using frozen kale can help thicken your smoothie and make it taste a whole load fresher!
is This Smoothie Good For Weight Loss?
The smoothie is relatively low in calories, but high on protein and fiber, which helps to keep you feeling full for longer. So yes, it can be helpful for people trying to lose weight.
Will The Smoothie Help Me Poop?
The smoothie contains 14.3g of fiber per serving, which helps support your digestion and help you poop. If you are struggling with constipation, this smoothie can certainly help.