This Blueberry Kale Smoothie recipe is a nutritional powerhouse that’ll keep you satisfied all morning and feeling fabulous all day! It’s creamy, delicious, and you don’t even taste the kale!
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It’s no secret that I’m smoothie-obsessed. Often I think smoothies are the cure for all things. Have a headache? Drink a smoothie? Skin looking a little dull? How about a smoothie? Need to get the pipes moving? Smoothie! Are you feeling tired? Healthy smoothies can help with that too.
This blueberry smoothie and blueberry cherry smoothie are on constant rotation in my meal plans. I enjoy various smoothies, but ones that include blueberries are quickly climbing to the top of my favorite list. And now we can add this blueberry kale smoothie to the list.
Reasons you’ll love this recipe
- Super healthy! This blueberry kale smoothie is packed with antioxidants, nutrients, fiber, protein, calcium, and omega-3s.
- Delicious. You’ll never know kale is in this creamy sweet smoothie.
- Easy to prepare. All you need to do is throw all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend. It doesn’t easier than that.
- It’s easy to meal prep ahead of time. Make some blueberry kale smoothie kits to ensure you have all the ingredients ready for your busy mornings.
- Blueberries. Fresh or frozen blueberries will work in this smoothie recipe. If you use fresh, blend in a cup of ice cubes to get a cold slushy consistency. Also, you can freeze blueberries if you acquire a large amount when they’re in season.
- Banana. A ripe banana gives this smoothie the perfect amount of sweetness and provides a creamy texture. Did you know that you can freeze bananas too? Yep, check out my tutorial on how to freeze bananas.
- Kale. To make it easy, you can purchase kale that’s already been cleaned and chopped. I often buy large bags at Wegmans, Whole Foods, or BJ’s WHolesale. Of course, you can purchase kale leaves, remove the stems, and chop it. Regardless, you can freeze kale if there are leftovers.
- Chia seeds. If you’ve made any of my healthy smoothie recipes, then it’s not a surprise to see chia seeds in the ingredient list. It’s my favorite superfood giving smoothies a boost of fiber, protein, and omega 3’s
- Vanilla Greek yogurt. It’s not often that I use greek yogurt in smoothies – I like to keep them dairy-free. But when I want to add extra protein to smoothies, then Greek yogurt is my ingredient of choice. Vanilla Greek yogurt also helps to mask the kale in this smoothie and makes it extra creamy.
- Unsweetened coconut milk. you can also use almond milk or any non-dairy milk.
Yes, absolutely. There’s no need to cook the kale first. If you purchase whole kale leaves, I recommend removing the stem before adding it to the blender. The stems are very rough and fibrous, making them difficult to blend into a smoothie.
Yes, blueberries and kale are powerful superfoods and have many health benefits. Blueberries are high in fiber, antioxidants, potassium, and vitamins. Kale is high in folate, calcium, vitamin c and k, and antioxidants. Both help to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cancer
The best way to prevent chunks and pieces of kale is to use a high-speed blender. I have a Vitamix that works great, but I like Ninjas too. For more blender recommendations, check out this best blender for smoothies post.
Another tip is to blend the kale with some liquid first before adding in the other ingredients. This helps get a smooth consistency.
Last, don’t blend in the stems. Stems are very fibrous and do not blend well into smoothies.
Common Curly Kale is the best kind to use for smoothies and the variety found in most grocery stores. I also like using baby kale because of its mild flavor. You can purchase kale in bulk or bags already cleaned and chopped.
- Swap in other greens. If you don’t like kale or have other greens available, you can use those instead. I also like purchasing containers of super greens, which include a mix of kale, spinach, and chard.
- Use your favorite superfood. Smoothies are perfect for adding in all kinds of superfoods. Chia seeds are my favorite, but you can use flaxseeds, hemp hearts, coconut oil, matcha, or any superfood.
- Make it a high-protein smoothie. You can blend in peanut butter or any nut butter for a protein boost. A scoop of protein powder is another way to slip in extra protein.
- Make it dairy-free. You can substitute dairy-free yogurt to keep this smoothie dairy-free.
- Adjust the liquid to your preference. If you’d like a thicker consistency, use less liquid; this is good for smoothie bowls. For a thinner smoothie, use more liquid.
- Make it sweeter. The banana in this smoothie does give the perfect amount of sweetness but if you’d like it a touch sweeter, then blend in a teaspoon of pure maple syrup or honey.
- High-speed blender – I’ve owned this Vitamix for close to 10 years, and it’s still going strong. If you plan to make smoothies regularly, I recommend investing in a high-quality blender. If a Vitamix is too pricey, then check out my recommendation for the best blenders for smoothies.
- Glass tumbler – I often use a 32-ounce mason jar for drinking smoothies. I also have this 18-ounce Ello glass tumbler.
- Reusable straws – These Ello reusable straws work fantastic for smoothies.
- Straw cleaner – Definitely grab a straw cleaner to keep those straws clean.
- 20-ounce Yeti tumbler – I love using my Yeti tumbler to keep smoothies cold on the go.
- Reusable silicone bags – These bags come in handy when putting together freezer smoothie kits.
How to Make a Blueberry Kale Smoothie
Place all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend. Add more coconut milk or water until you get the desired consistency. If you don’t have a powerful blender, I recommend blending the kale with some liquid first to prevent chunks.
Check out my ultimate tutorial on making a green smoothie for more tips, recipes, and ideas.
Leftover blueberry kale smoothies can be stored in a mason jar and refrigerated for up to two days. The consistency will be thin, and the smoothie will separate a bit. But the flavor will still be good. Just give it a few shakes and enjoy.
Or make a freezer smoothie kit – place all of the ingredients, minus the liquid, into a freezer bag and freeze.
Blueberry Kale Smoothie
- High-speed Blender
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1 cup chopped kale or more if you like
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- water, if needed for consistency
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add water, if needed, to get the consistency you like.
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