These Kale Recipes Will Blast
Your Cravings Away!

WHAT IS KALE?!? I never knew what kale was until I started making green smoothies. I saw kale recipes transformed by these nutrient dense smoothies.

Do you like dark leafy greens? If you are anything like me... kale is not the first food I snack on. But... it is hard to get the benefits from kale if I never eat it! Do you have a hard time finding a healthy kale recipe that you and your family will eat? I never ate kale until I started making green smoothies. Now I crave kale!

A couple years ago, I wouldn’t have even tried kale. I thought that it was mainly used to decorate gourmet dishes at fancy restaurants. Now, I prefer to drink a kale smoothie most mornings for breakfast.

If I can crave greens, there is still hope for you!

Purple Kale Smoothie

I have seen my skin glow, my weight drop, and my bowels become regular from drinking kale smoothies.

On Dr. Fuhrman’s nutrient dense chart, kale is at the top along with collards. In order for a food to be nutrient dense, it must contain a high amount of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc) with low amount of calories.

A great leafy green to begin adding to your smoothies is spinach. Its flavor is easy to cover up with fruit. I can add quite a bit of beneficial spinach without the smoothie’s taste changing.

Kale’s flavor on the other hand is harder to cover up. Start making kale recipes with 1-4 leaves of kale. Then, add more leaves as you adjust to the flavor. Also, the young tender kale leaves are have less bitterness. So, keep that in mind to harvest it earlier than later if you plan to grow kale.


Two secrets to tame down kale’s flavor

#1 - Briefly blanch and freeze the kale before blending. (If I know that I'll use the kale within a short period of time, I sometimes don't even blanch the kale. I just freeze it in serving size baggies.) Not only you can get more leaves into your smoothie, you can also save a lot of money by buying kale in bulk and then freezing it.

Frozen kale is a great way to add more nutrition to any meal. All you need to do is take the frozen kale (straight from the freezer) in its baggie and smash it with your hand or rolling pin. The frozen fragile leaves easily crushes up. It looks like extra seasoning in the dish. You can then stir it into an array of meals... such as soups, casseroles, rice, beans, etc. It is a lot easier than finely chopping up kale with a knife.

#2 – Add a delicious berry green drink or flavored stevia drops (my favorite stevia is the berry flavor) to help accompany the earthy flavor of the greens.

Three problems that people run into while blending kale

The first problem is that the cell walls of kale are very tough for a low quality blender to break apart. I would highly recommend a Blendtec Blender. This blender will pulverize through those tough cell walls so that you do not have to chew on pieces of kale while drinking a smoothie.

If you need to use a low quality blender, blend the greens with half of the water first. Then, add the rest of the water/juice with the fresh and frozen fruit and blend again.

The second problem with these kale recipes is that it will froth up at the top. To prevent the foam from forming, blend frozen fruit and/or ice into the smoothie.

The third problem is that after a kale smoothie sits for awhile, the smoothie starts to thicken up into a gel-like consistency. For that reason, I usually drink my kale smoothies right after blending. If you need to save a smoothie in the fridge make a spinach smoothie.

To use kale in smoothies, you should thoroughly wash the kale leaves and remove the stem. I firmly hold the base of the stem with one hand and run my other hand up the stem removing the leafy part. You can use a knife for this also.

Want to save money making these kale recipes??? Who doesn't! Learn how to grow kale in your own garden or flowerbed.


You can discard the stem if you like, but I give the stems to my dogs. One of them actually chews on it like she would a bone. Silly dog! She will eat anything I give her. The other one will only eat it, if I cut it up.


The flavor of these advanced kale recipes are an acquired taste. So only use 1-3 leaves at the beginning and work you way up.

My biggest tip with kale smoothies is that you should always be stretching outside of your comfort level. Keep adding more kale! I have learned to drink my smoothies for my health and not just for my taste buds. Now, my taste buds enjoy the kale smoothies just as much as my body does!

Want even more recipes than what is found below? Check out the kale smoothie recipes that the readers have shared with us.


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Kale Recipes

Beginner Blueberry Kale Smoothie

1 large ripe banana, peeled

2-4 kale leaves

1 cup blueberries, frozen

1 packet of stevia (optional)

1 cup pure water

Pour the water and toss the banana and kale into the blender. Blend. Then add the blueberries and stevia. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Tropical Kale Smoothie

1 large ripe banana, peeled

10 kale leaves

1 cup pineapple, fresh

3 dates, pitted

1 cup mango, frozen

3 ice cubes

1 1/2 cup pure water

Pour the water and toss the banana, kale, pineapple, and dates into the blender. Blend. Then add the mango and ice. Blend again until smooth. Very Yummy! 1-2 servings

Purple Tropics

1 large ripe banana, peeled

2-4 large kale leaves

1/2 cup blueberries, freeze-dried

3/4 cup pineapple, fresh or canned

1 packet of stevia (optional)

5 ice cubes

1 cup pure water

Pour the water and toss the banana, kale, blueberries, pineapple, and stevia into the blender. Blend. Then add ice. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Purple Kale Smoothie

If you have a hard time drinking green kale recipes, try a smoothie recipe with beets. You only need a little bit, but it can disguise your green smoothie!

1 large ripe banana, peeled

3-4 large kale leaves

1/4 medium beet (To turn the smoothie purple)

1 cup blueberries, frozen

1 packet of stevia (optional)

1 1/2 cups pure water

5 ice cubes

Pour the water and toss the banana, kale, and beet into the blender. Blend. Then add the blueberries, stevia, and ice cubes. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Creamy Avocado Kale Smoothie

1 large ripe banana, peeled

4 large kale leaves

1/4-1/2 avocado flesh

3/4 cup blueberries, frozen

1/2 cup strawberries, frozen

1 packet of stevia (optional)

1 1/2 cups pure water

Pour the water and toss the banana, kale, and avocado into the blender. Blend. Then add the blueberries, strawberries, and stevia. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Advanced Berry Kale Smoothie

1 large ripe bananas, peeled

6-12 kale leaves

1/2 cup strawberries, frozen

1 cup blueberries, frozen

1 packet of stevia (optional)

1 1/2 cup pure water

Pour the water and toss the banana and kale into the blender. Blend. Then add the strawberries, blueberries, and stevia. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Peachy Kale Smoothie

1 large ripe banana, peeled

10 kale leaves

4 dates, pitted

3/4 cup pineapple, frozen

1/2 cup strawberries, frozen

3/4 cup peaches, frozen

1 cup pure water

Pour the water and toss the banana, kale, and dates into the blender. Blend. Then add the frozen fruit and blend again until smooth. 1-2 servings

High Antioxidant Smoothie

1 large ripe banana, peeled

2-4 large kale leaves

3/4 cup blueberries, frozen

1/2 cup pomegranate kernels, frozen

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Twister Power

1 packet of stevia (optional)

1 1/2 cup pure water

Pour the water and toss the banana and kale into the blender. Blend. Then add the blueberries and pomegranate kernels, Twister Power, and stevia. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Want even more recipes? Here are more kale smoothie recipes that you have shared with us. I hope that you enjoy these kale smoothies as much as I do!

Happy Blending!

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