This pineapple kale smoothie is made using simple ingredients and tastes like the tropics! Get in your servings of fruits & vegetables with this easy vegan smoothie recipe!
This post was originally published in July 2018. The post has been updated with more tips!
Where are my smoothie fans at? When the weather gets warmer, smoothies are my go-to breakfast or snack recipes. They are super quick to whip up, healthy, and I can really get my fruits and veggies intake.
Ingredients for a pineapple kale smoothie
- Almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
Frozen ingredients vs fresh ingredients for smoothies
Frozen ingredients will lend to a thicker milkshake-like smoothie. I typically keep frozen fruit on hand to use for smoothies. In the case that I have bananas or greens going bad, I will stick them in the freezer (peel and slice bananas before freezing) to save for smoothies! It really cuts down on my food waste.
I would consider this smoothie recipe more of a snack than anything because it only requires 4 ingredients! We’ll get into ways to beef up this smoothie in a moment to make it a delicious meal replacement.
How to make a pineapple kale smoothie
Blend almond milk, kale, pineapple, and banana in a blender and blend until smooth. I personally love this blender as it really blends the kale well!
- Use any variation of kale you’d like! Dino, lacinato, etc. Make sure to destem the kale first and just blend the leaves.
- I use fresh kale for smoothies, but grocery stores sell frozen kale too! If you have kale that’s about to go bad, you can wash it and freeze it to save for smoothies!
- Fresh, frozen, or canned pineapple will work for this recipe
- Frozen pineapple will yield a thicket smoothie (my preferred variation!)
- If you use canned pineapple, make sure to drain the pineapple from the juice
Benefits of pineapple kale smoothie
It’s no surprise pineapple and kale are packed with health benefits! Here’s a breakdown:
- Inflammatory rich food
- Natural detox for the body
- Great source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A
- High in fiber
- Rich in antioxidants
- Is loaded with Vitamin K
What does a kale smoothie do for you?
Both kale and pineapple have great health benefits and when combined they make one powerhouse of a smoothie!
Adding kale into a smoothie is the easiest way to get your dose of healthy veggies in a delicious way. It’s also easier on the digestive system since it is completely blended up!
Variations of this smoothie:
Okay, now that we have the basics down, it’s time to customize this recipe!
- Add mango for an extra health boost (and a tropical punch!)
- Add ginger for a spicy kick
- Substitute banana with avocado for a creamy texture (and a banana free smoothie!)
- Add yogurt for a protein boost
- Add a scoop of protein powder to make it a healthy meal replacement. Vega is a great brand!
- Substitute kale with spinach, chard or another leafy green
- Add chia seeds, flax seeds, spirulina, or another superfood for a health boost
- Use coconut milk instead of almond for a more tropical flavor
- No banana? No problem! Substitute with 1/2 an avocado to still keep the creaminess.
Customize this pineapple kale smoothie recipe to your liking! Even if you can’t take that paradise vacation at the moment, we can pretend with this healthy smoothie.
How to prep a smoothie ahead of time
To incorporate this recipe into your meal prep routine, simply combine banana, kale, and pineapple in a bag or mason jar and place in the freezer. When ready to eat, add all the ingredients to the blender and add almond milk. Blend until smooth and you’re done!
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Vegan Pineapple Kale Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk can substitute with any plant-based milk
- 2 cups kale destemmed and chopped
- 1 cup frozen pineapple can substitute with fresh or canned
- 1 medium banana can be fresh or frozen
Additional Add-Ins (optional):
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
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