About This Green Smoothie Recipe
Given the busy lives we lead nowadays, green smoothies have become a popular way for many to meet their daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables.
Smoothies are also an easy way to include supplements like protein powder or other powdered vitamins and minerals in your daily diet. Just add a serving into the blender with all your fruits and veggies and you’re good!
Bananas are a common addition to smoothies for some creaminess, but when you want some extra creaminess, nothing beats avocado. This was a surprising find for me too. When I wanted to try something different and used an avocado, surprise, surprise, my smoothie was so much creamier.
By itself, avocado has a mild flavor, so it won’t affect the overall taste of your smoothie. Its most significant contribution is adding a rich and smooth texture that will make your smoothie positively indulgent.
And if the idea of using a vegetable as ferociously green as kale in your smoothie makes you hesitant, don’t be afraid. Raw kale has an overwhelming taste, but with the addition of fruits and some maple syrup for added sweetness, and you’ll keep coming back to this recipe every day. Besides, kale is another “superfood” low in calories and high in nutrients and antioxidants.
The best part? You can literally whip this up in 10 minutes! Add all the ingredients in a blender, and you have a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack, or a nourishing treat whenever you want.
What You Need for This Green Smoothie Recipe
- Kale: I have used green curly kale, but any variety will work here. Kale is a good source of vitamin C and iron and contains fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and vitamin K. In fact, there is more vitamin C in a cup of raw kale than in an orange.
- Avocado: Avocado has a rich, creamy, and smooth texture. It is also rich in vitamin K, folate, and potassium and loaded with healthy fats and fiber.
- Pear: Packed with vitamins and minerals, pears are an excellent addition to this green smoothie.
- Maple Syrup: For a touch of natural sweetness.
- Coconut Water: Coconut water is a great source of hydration and a good source of vitamins and minerals.
- Fresh Mint Leaves: To make your smoothie extra refreshing.
- Coconut Water: For a creamier and thicker smoothie, you may substitute coconut water with coconut milk or any other plant-based milk.
- Maple Syrup: You can substitute the maple syrup with agave syrup or honey.
- Kale: While kale is one of the main ingredients, you may substitute it with baby spinach if you really don’t like kale.
- Avocado: For its creamy texture, you may substitute the avocado with banana.
- Pear: Don’t like pear? Use apple, peach, or nectarine instead.
Can I refrigerate this Kale, Avocado, and Pear Green Smoothie?
This kale smoothie tastes the best right after being blended.
What kind of kale should I use for this smoothie?
Curly chopped kale is perfect for this smoothie. Avoid using Lacinato kale as it tastes quite bitter.
How can I blend kale smoothly?
If you’re using a high-powered blender, you can add all ingredients together and blend until smooth. If you’re using a standard blender, I recommend blending the kale and coconut water first until the kale is as smooth as possible and then adding the remaining ingredients.
Kale, Avocado and Pear Green Smoothie
A vibrant green smoothie that is as healthy as it is easy to make. This kale, avocado, and pear green smoothie has a creamy mouthfeel and refreshingly light taste, making it perfect to be enjoyed any time throughout the day!
Yield: 1 smoothie (about 1 ½ cups / 400 ml)
How To Make Green Smoothie Step By Step
In a blender, combine all ingredients, and blend until smooth.
Pour into a cup, and enjoy immediately!
- I recommend removing the stems if you have big kale leaves, as they can be too tough and fibrous.
- If you want a thinner smoothie, simply add more coconut water. For a thicker smoothie, you can add a few ice cubes.
- For a frosty smoothie, freeze the kale ahead of time.