A Lighter Green Smoothie

BY : PUBLISHED : July 5th, 2014 UPDATED: August 17th, 2021

OMG! did you hear how they discovered that KALE CAUSES CANCER!!?!?  Neither did I.  But if they ever did, you’d still be able to have your daily, healthful, tasty green smoothie if you wanted to, with this treat.

Cuz, yeah, kale doesn’t have to own the green smoothie market; green tea matcha, basil, and honeydew are green, too.  And, together, give this drink a truly refreshing profile (I mean, really, let’s stop kidding ourselves – raw kale is not exactly refreshing…).

My take on something I saw from Instagram user @kokoinparis.  As she said, “not your average green smoothie.”  Enjoy!

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A Lighter Green Smoothie

Matthew Smith
A green smoothie doesn't mean just kale and spinach. Try out some new flavors like adding basil leaves.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Course Breakfast, Drink
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 246 kcal
METHOD Blender
DIET Vegan


  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup of honeydew melon
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk (or soy, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon of green tea matcha powder
  • 6 large basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice (about 1/6 of a large lime)


  • Nothing fancy here - put it all in the blender and process away! If you want a thinner smoothie, either add more milk, or more honeydew...remember that the melon is mostly just flavored water anyway...
  • PS - if you _do_ want to get fancy and garnish it for yourself and other drinkers, keep in mind that even the smallest sprinkle of matcha powder on top consumed all in one swallow can be too much to handle; stir it in with a straw (or finger!) so it won't be overpowering.


Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 5gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 114mgPotassium: 977mgFiber: 6gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 549IUVitamin C: 84mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 2mg
Keyword almond milk, basil, easy, green, green smoothie, green tea, honeydew, lime, matcha, melon, pineapple, plant-based, quick, smoothie
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About Matthew Smith

A former math teacher, Matt is now cooking up food in a vegan restaurant in Berkeley, CA. More than 5 years into his vegan journey, he loves sharing tasty, compassionate, and healthful food with friends and family--and strangers, too, sometimes!

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