Strawberry Kale Smoothie

BY : PUBLISHED : July 6th, 2022 UPDATED: August 5th, 2022

Need a new healthy smoothie recipe for the morning? Look no further than this 5-minute strawberry kale smoothie recipe! It’s easy to make and packed with lots of healthy ingredients making it the perfect way to start the day.

two completed Strawberry Kale Smoothie in a glass with ingredients in the background

Eating a healthy breakfast is a great way to start the day. It refuels the body after a night-long fast and gets you going for the day. But if time is a factor in making sure you eat breakfast, this kale strawberry smoothie is an easy solution.

Want more breakfast smoothies for the mornings? You might want to try one of my other favorite smoothie recipes! I love this mixed berry with mint and ginger fruit smoothie.

Need more ideas for cooking kale? Then you definitely need to check out this strawberry kale salad, garbanzo kale salad, and kale and bean soup.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick and easy
  • Healthy ingredients
  • No added sugar
  • Perfect for meal prep

What Goes Into This Smoothie

This green smoothie with strawberry is made using simple, healthy, whole ingredients.

ingredients for Strawberry Kale Smoothie spread out on a white surface
  • Strawberries: Frozen is best. They’re convenient, often less expensive, and give the kale berry smoothie a slightly frozen consistency.
  • Banana: Use fresh or frozen. You can even freeze overripe bananas and use them in smoothies. It’s a great way to save some money by reducing waste.
  • Pumpkin seeds: Healthy fats, fiber, and other nutrients but sunflower seeds work too.
  • Flax seeds (or flax meal): Ground flax seeds are a healthy source of omega-3 fatty acids. You can also use chia seeds or hemp seeds.
  • Kale leaves: Healthy greens boost the nutrition in this vegan smoothie. You can also use spinach or other greens.
  • Dates: A source of natural sugar to lightly sweeten this kale and fruit smoothie.
  • Water or plant-based milk: To help blend up the fruit and vegetables creating a smoothie texture. If using plant milk, my favorites are almond milk or coconut milk.

How To Make a Kale and Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1) Add all the strawberry green smoothie ingredients to a blender.
  • 2) Blend until smooth and creamy, adding water or milk as necessary to get desired smoothie consistency.

Expert Tips 

  • Shake Consistency: For a thick and creamy shake-like smoothie use frozen strawberries and bananas.
  • Meal prep: For easier mornings, pack up the fruit, seeds, and kale into containers. Then when you’re ready to make it, dump everything in the blender and add dates and liquid to blend.

FAQs

Is raw kale in smoothies good for you? 

Yes, kale is a superfood nutrient and contains generous amounts of fiber, vitamins A, K, B6, and C, calcium, potassium, copper, and manganese while also being low in calories. The vitamin K in kale may be a problem for anyone taking blood thinners so be sure to check with your doctor if this is a concern.

Can you blend kale stems in smoothies?

No, I don’t recommend using the stems, especially the larger ends. These can be quite fibrous and may not blend up super well in the smoothie. You are better off reserving the ends to use in soups or stews where they are cooked for a long time to soften up more.

Is it ok to drink a green smoothie every day?

Sure, there’s nothing really unhealthy about having a green smoothie every day. Just be sure to watch the sugar content and serving size so you don’t overdo it.  You might also want to vary up the ingredients a bit so you are getting a bit more variety in the nutrients you are getting.

two completed Strawberry Kale Smoothie in a glass with ingredients in the background

Variations

Here are a few choices for ways to add a little variety to your smoothie.

  • Protein boost: Add in a scoop of your favorite vegan protein powder or a tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter.
  • Creamier: Add silken tofu or vegan yogurt to make a creamier consistency.
  • Berries and kale smoothie: Use a mix of berries or swap out the strawberries for blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.
  • Fruit smoothie with kale: Use a mixture of fruits such as pineapple, papaya or mango instead of strawberry.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

completed Strawberry Kale Smoothie in a glass with ingredients in the background

Strawberry Kale Smoothie

Renee Press
Need a new healthy smoothie recipe for the morning? Look no further than this 5-minute strawberry kale smoothie recipe! It’s easy to make and packed with lots of healthy ingredients making it the perfect way to start the day.
5 from 55 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 318 kcal
METHOD Blender
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup of frozen strawberries
  • ½ of a banana
  • ¼ cup of raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon of flax seeds (or flax meal)
  • 4 kale leaves de-stemmed
  • 1 to 2 dates to taste
  • ¾ to 1 cup of water or plant-based milk to make smooth

Instructions
 

  • Add ingredients to the blender.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy, adding water or plant-based milk as necessary to get desired smoothie consistency.

Notes

  • Shake Consistency: For a thick and creamy shake-like smoothie use frozen strawberries and bananas.
  • Meal prep: For easier mornings, pack up the fruit, seeds, and kale into containers. Then when you’re ready to make it, dump everything in the blender and add dates and liquid to blend.

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 15gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 135mgPotassium: 1371mgFiber: 17gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 22827IUVitamin C: 261mgCalcium: 635mgIron: 6mg
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About Renee Press

Renee Press is the founder of Fire and Earth Kitchen in Seattle WA. which offers cooking classes, food coaching, and chef services. She's on a mission to make vegan, gluten-free cooking easy, accessible, and delicious for everyone. fireandearthkitchen.com

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Comments

  1. Michelle says

    5 stars
    I usually avoid mixing red and green because it ends up looking like poo but I'mm so happy the green overpowered the red and it looked as good as it tasted!

    • Andrea White says

      So pretty and delicious all in one!

  2. Teodora says

    I love this combination! So creamy!

    • Andrea White says

      Right?! Such a tasty and nutritious combo!

  3. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    Creamy, satisfying, and oh-so-yummy! One of my favorite summertime smoothies!

    • Andrea White says

      Definitely a great one for summer!

  4. nancy says

    5 stars
    this green smoothie is wonderful with a little tartness from strawberries

    • Andrea White says

      It's a great one alright!

  5. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says

    5 stars
    I love adding Kale to smoothies. My fave is Kale, mango and coconut milk, with vanilla protein powder. I'm going to try adding strawberries in tmrrw morning 🙂

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! Such a great way to add in extra nutrients!

  6. Natalie says

    5 stars
    I am always thrilled to try out a new smoothie recipe with some hidden veggies for my picky eaters. They loved it, thanks!

    • Andrea White says

      Gotta love the hidden veggie recipes!

  7. Katie says

    5 stars
    Love this healthy green smoothie! I feel so great after drinking it!

    • Andrea White says

      Right?! So refreshing!

  8. Tina says

    5 stars
    Loving this new healthy smoothie recipe!!

    • Andrea White says

      Same! It's sooo sweet and delicious!

  9. Janaye says

    5 stars
    I’m sure the strawberries add a delicious sweetness to the smoothie

    • Andrea White says

      So sweet!!

  10. Gina Abernathy says

    5 stars
    I love kale. This is a very tasty smoothie and perfect for mornings on the go.

    • Andrea White says

      It's a great way to get in a ton of nutrients! So good!

  11. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    Love how healthy and nutritious this smoothie is! So sweet and tasty!

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