Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make it, along with a few of their nutritional benefits.
Kale. Kale contains fiber, antioxidants, calcium, vitamin K, and many others. It’s also a good source of vitamin C and iron. One cup of raw kale contains even more vitamin C than an orange! You can eat kale raw in a smoothie (no need to cook it first). The raw kale flavor is strong on its own, but the other ingredients mellow it.
Pineapple. My secret to taming the flavor of the raw kale and making it nearly imperceptible! Anytime I add pineapple to a green smoothie, it completely smooths and offsets the taste of the greens. As a bonus, pineapple also offers a variety of vitamins and minerals. It’s especially rich in vitamin C and manganese.
Banana. Another ingredient that tames the raw kale. Banana is high in fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Since bananas are low in calories and high in fiber, they may aid in weight loss as well. Banana makes the kale smoothie rich, thick, and creamy, and it naturally sweetens it too.
Honey. A bit of additional natural sweetness. Honey is full of antioxidants, can aid in digestion, and may soothe a sore throat. To make the kale smoothie vegan, swap maple syrup (which also has health benefits!).
Peanut Butter. Healthy fat that makes the smoothie extra satisfying. You can also swap almond butter or sun butter, though I do enjoy the peanut butter flavor here (it’s so yummy with the banana and honey).
Greek Yogurt. A big dollop of nonfat Greek yogurt provides extra healthy protein and makes the kale smoothie even more filling. To make the kale smoothie vegan, use non-dairy yogurt.
Almond Milk. My favorite for smoothies of all kinds (I love its flavor and texture), though any kind of milk will do.