Saturday Smoothie: Kale Sunrise Green Smoothie

Ah, the green smoothie. For me, it’s a thing of beauty. I love eating my greens, but I also love starting my day by sipping them in a cold green smoothie. It’s kind of addicting! Once you start, you’ll never go back. I’m calling this one Kale Sunrise Smoothie because it tastes kind of tropical and I need some of that right now. (It’s getting COLD here!)

I normally don’t like kale in smoothies, but I found that this extra dark green lacinato kale tastes pretty good to me. I tend to use a higher kale to fruit ratio than most people use. I want to know it’s in there. If you don’t like kale or don’t have any on hand, totally swap it for some chard or spinach. I used fresh fruit, but frozen is fine too. If you want it extra cold, use 1 cup of ice or use frozen fruit in place of fresh.

Kale Sunrise Green Smoothie


1 1/2 cups coconut water (or filtered water)
1 large ripe pear
1 medium ripe banana
1 orange, peeled and any seeds removed
1 cup pineapple chunks
8 medium kale leaves
1 cup ice


For high speed blender: Place ingredients in blender in the order listed. Start on low, turning to high until totally blended.

For regular blender: Puree coconut water and kale. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Makes about 5 1/2 cups, or 2-3 large servings

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    1. Hello, Pam, my friend! You can get it for sure at Whole Foods and Sprouts in bunches. Trader Joe’s has some washed and chopped in bags in the produce section. Harmon’s might. Not sure about Macey’s. Walmart does not. It will be labeled as Tuscan, Dinosaur, or Lacinato.

  1. I have been making smoothies since I got my high speed blender. Love being able to put kale and spinach with fruit. Taste awesome. Feels good to drink something I know is good for me!!!!

  2. This smoothie was absolutely delicious! So refreshing. I cannot stand the taste of coconut water but it’s so good for you so this was a win-win. I can’t taste the water and it’s tasty! I put the second serving in freezer. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  3. What inspired you to create the Kale Sunrise Smoothie, and what specific qualities make it enjoyable, particularly in terms of its tropical flavor? How has incorporating green smoothies into your morning routine been a positive experience, and what do you find addictive about this healthy habit?
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