5 healthy and delicious kale smoothie recipes to lose weight.
Finally some green smoothies you’ll actually enjoy drinking.
These flavorful kale smoothies will have you sneak in an array of superfoods into your diet.
Superfoods like cacao, avocados, spirulina and chia seeds are nutritional powerhouses. Together they’ll reboot your health, nourish your body, and keep hunger at bay.
You’ll feel completely rejuvenated and energized after having each one.
If you were wondering what type of smoothies are good for weight loss? Today I’ll share 5 of my favorite weight loss smoothies with you.
Smoothie particularly green smoothies are good for weight loss. Fruits smoothies can be tasty but by themselves, they can lock essential nutrients. Something that gree smoothies like the ones below delivers on, in abundance.
Take kale, for example. Kale, the main ingredient in these smoothie recipes is very nutritious.
Kale is full of essential yet most commonly deficient health-boosting vitamins and minerals.
A single cup of raw kale (about 67 grams or 2.4 ounces) provides:
- Calories: 33
- Vitamin A: 206% of the RDA (from beta-carotene).
- Vitamin K: 684% of the RDA
- Vitamin C: 134% of the RDA
- Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDA
- Manganese: 26% of the RDA
- Calcium: 9% of the RDA
- Copper: 10% of the RDA
- Potassium: 9% of the RDA
- Magnesium: 6% of the RDA
Just adding 1 serving of raw kale to your daily diet can fulfill your vitamin C, A, K. Now that’s very impressive.
It also helps supplement much-needed minerals like manganese and potassium.
Kale also has a pretty impressive macronutrient ratio. It has 6 grams carb (30% of which is fiber), 3 grams of protein, and very little fat.
And the large portion of the fat in kale is an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid. It’s a healthy fat that most of us could use a lot more of.
Kale is also rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, flavonoids, and polyphenols.
Antioxidants help defend against oxidative damage caused by free radicals. In addition to their anti-aging benefits, they also support the immune system, brain memory, and heart health.
Thankfully, kale is relatively easy to add to your diet.
It can be eaten raw in salads or baked as kale chips for healthy snacks.
But if you are looking for an even easier and better way to include kale in your meals, ‘green smoothies’ are the way to go. This is even more true if you are bothered by kale’s bitterness.
Kale smoothies are a sure way to turn this bitter green vegetable into a tasty drink you can actually enjoy. Especially the 2nd recipe, I don’t even taste any kale! And be sure to check out #4. It’s also my favorite.
These five smoothies also got some additional boosts in nutrients by packing in other healthy ingredients.
Here are 5 delicious Kale Smoothie Recipes you’ll actually love.
1. Tropical Kale Smoothie
The sweet flavor from the pineapple will help mask the bitter tang of the kale. In addition to its sweetness, pineapples come with their own list of health benefits.
Pineapple is known worldwide as a natural cure for indigestion and allergy. That’s all thanks to its high supply of vitamin C, vitamin B1, potassium, and manganese.
Antioxidants in pineapples also help prevent disease formation.
Their health benefits include protection against heart disease, improved fertility, and reduced inflammation.
In smoothies, it’s a perfect natural sweetener that offers tropical breeze with a bit of tanginess.
This kale smoothie recipe won’t have the same tangy, sweet flavor without pineapple.
Coconut water is a refreshing low-calorie natural beverage. It’s the earth’s finest energy drink packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins B and C.
It’s also full of minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.
Plus, it has the plant hormones called cytokinins with anti-aging and anti-cancer effects.
Coconut water is also said to protect the immune system and rehydrate the body. This makes this nutty drink a perfect choice for this super green kale smoothie recipe.
- 1 cup coconut (100%)
- ½ cup fresh pineapple (diced)
- 1 cup kale (chopped, packed)
- In a Blender blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth.
- Pour in a mason jar and enjoy!
2. Spirulina Kale Smoothie
Bananas are extremely tasty.
They are well known for their sweetness and creamy texture, which is perfect for this kale smoothie.
Besides that, bananas are an awesome health booster despite its higher than average starch content.
They contain several essential nutrients and have benefits for digestion, heart health, and weight loss.
Nutrients in bananas include (per serving):
- Vitamin B6 – .5 mg
- Manganese – .3 mg
- Vitamin C – 9 mg
- Potassium – 450 mg
- Dietary Fiber – 3g
- Protein – 1 g
- Magnesium – 34 mg
- Folate – 25.0 mcg
- Riboflavin – .1 mg
- Niacin – .8 mg
- Vitamin A – 81 IU
- Iron – .3 mg
Each medium banana contains only about 105 calories and is almost exclusively made up of water and carbs.
Mangos and bananas not only make a perfect flavor combo, but they also compliment well in the nutrition arena.
This tropical fruit high is in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and C.
They are relatively low in calories and have glycemic index values ranging from low to medium, meaning it’s less likely to cause a major spike in blood sugar levels than foods with a high GI.
Adding mangos to this smoothie is an instant hit, transforming a less than stellar drink to a tropical heaven. If fresh mangos are not available in your area, feel free to use frozen ones.
Spirulina is a natural algae powder particularly high in protein, antioxidants, iron, vitamin B, and other nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. (FDA)
It’s considered one of nature’s most powerful superfoods and has been studied extensively for its health benefits.
- Some of the known health benefits include:
- Long-lasting energy
- Strengthens the immune system
- Boost brain health
- Support cardiovascular health
Spirulina is made of between 55 to 70 percent digestible protein. That’s more than beef, chicken, and other plant protein like soybeans. Spirulina contains all the essential and non-essential amino acids.
It’s a highly recommended source of protein for vegetarians.
Adding spirulina to your super green smoothie adds protein and iron to your drink.
- 2 cups of kale chopped
- 1/2 cucumber chopped
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup of frozen mangos
- 1 tsp Spirulina
- 1 tsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 1 cup of almond milk
Blend all the ingredients in the order listed. Sprinkle cacao nibs before drinking. Enjoy!
3. Kale, Coconut, and Avocado Smoothie + Chia Seeds
If you are looking for some green detox drinks to help detoxify your body, this green kale, coconut, and avocado smoothie might just be it.
I love having this green smoothie drink first thing in the morning. This not only fills me up the right way but also energizes and refreshes me instantly. Thanks to the perfect combo of all things healthy, my skins feel smooth, soft, and glowing with this drink.
Overall, it’s my go-to drink when I need to clean from inside out and feel rejuvenated.
Since this smoothie contains chia seeds that expand in your stomach, it’s fulfilling and works to suppress hunger and reduce your appetite throughout the day.
If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t miss out on chia seeds.
Coconut is a healthy natural source of vitamins and minerals that deserve more credit.
Coconuts are highly nutritious, very rich in fiber, and packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
This superfood benefits everything from weight loss to brain functions and skin health.
There’s no better way to add good flavor and rich texture to your green smoothie than using an avocado.
In addition to its smooth texture, you’ll also get the benefits of healthy fats.
Most fruits consist primarily of carbohydrates, but avocado is high in monounsaturated fatty acids. A diet rich in monounsaturated fatty acids is linked to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
Avocados are also rich in fiber and minerals like potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, and phosphorous.
Chia seeds are one of our favorite ancient grains. They are naturally gluten-free and packed with a list of good-for-you nutrients. These include omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. You name it!
When soaked in liquid, they expand to more than four times their original size, giving them a tapioca-like consistency. They work well in weight loss providing satiety and energy boost.
- 1 cup kale (chopped)
- 1/2 cup avocado
- 1/2 cup, frozen coconut
- 2 tsp fresh lime juice
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- 2 tsp chia seeds
Pour coconut water into a blender. Add kale, avocado, frozen coconut, lime juice, chia seeds. Cover with lid and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
4. Chocolate Kale Smoothie
Chocolate and kale may not be an obvious pair in flavors, but with a little bit of know-how (and the right ingredients), the two can create a mouth-watering healthy smoothie perfect for any meal or post-workout drink.
I’m a huge fan of dark chocolate, but not the sugary kind. And by dark chocolate, I mean chocolate with over 70% cacao content.
Dark chocolate is a healthy food with benefits ranging from lowering the risk of heart disease to boosting fat loss.
It’s also a powerful source of antioxidants. Cacao which is the main ingredient in dark chocolate is rich in antioxidant flavonoids called flavanols, which include procyanidins, epicatechin’s, and catechins.
According to some research, the unprocessed raw cocoa powder is amongst the highest antioxidants-containing foods tested. They even ranked it higher than other superfoods like ginger, raspberries, acai berries, blueberries, blackberries, and a lot more.
That’s pretty amazing.
With that being said, most of the chocolates on the market is nothing but a milk and sugar bar. To get the best of dark chocolate, choose a quality organic chocolate bar with over 70% cacao content.
- 1 cup kale leaves chopped
- 1 medium banana (chopped, frozen)
- 2 tbsp raw organic chocolate powder
- 1 tbsp almond butter (optional)
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
In a blender, blend all the ingredients in the order listed until smooth (except chia seed). Top with the chia seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut. Enjoy!
5. Apple, Kale, Celery Detox Smoothie
This detox smoothie is an easy and delicious way to flush out toxins out of your body and help you lose weight.
This detox green drink is full of vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and other healthy nutrients. This actually is really important since antioxidants are a key component of any detox plan and play a vital role in jumpstarting your health and cleaning your body from inside and out.
They also contain large amounts of water, which helps to hydrate your body and boost metabolism.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients:
There is much truth to “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Apples are incredibly tasty and good for your body and health.
They are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
Apples are also a good source of dietary fiber.
Fiber is best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation, maintain a healthy weight, and lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Another benefit of apples is its fresh, crisp sweet taste. It’s also easy to pair with anything and everything from kale, spinach, to pineapples. It certainly blends perfectly with celery and kale in this smoothie.
Celery is well known for its crunchy stalks, which dieters often consume as a low-calorie snack.
However, there is more to celery sticks than its low-in-calories feature.
Celery is believed to benefit the digestive tract and the cardiovascular system, and the seeds of the plant are used in medicine to help relieve pain.
Other health benefits of celery and its seeds include lowering inflammation and blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer, and preventing age-related degeneration of vision.
Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K and molybdenum. It is also a very good source of folate, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, and pantothenic acid.
You can find many more vitamins in celery including vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids).
1 cup of chopped celery only contains 16 calories. That’s really a bargain when you think of all the nutrients in celery.
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- ¾ cup ice
- 1 cup kale (chopped)
- 1 stalk celery (chopped)
- ½ red or green apple (cored and chopped)
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
- In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth.
- Pour in a mason jar and enjoy!
Sure, you can eat kale salads, but a kale smoothie is way more fun and a lot tastier, especially when you add tropical fruits like mangos and pineapples as we did in some of the recipes above.
They not only give your drink a sweet flavor and tropical flare but add smoothness and mildness that masks kale’s bitter taste. That alone is a pretty awesome benefit!