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Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie

In this Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie, frozen pineapple is combined with kale, coconut oil, chia seeds, water, and orange juice for a refreshing green smoothie.

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Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

This Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie is loaded with good things like coconut oil, chia seeds, and kale (4 things you should know about kale – all great things that added calories in a healthy way.

It is such a great way to supplement kids’ diets if they’re finicky about what you make for dinner. I highly recommend recipes like this for anyone who has a picky eater (if you can get them to drink it that is!). Or for anyone else who wants to get some extra greens, healthy fat, and omegas from the chia seeds.

PLUS, it tastes a little bit like a Pina Colada.

Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie Ingredients

This Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie recipe uses a hodgepodge of ingredients, but they all work so well together to create the most satisfying, healthy smoothie. Here’s everything I used in this green smoothie:

  • Frozen Pineapple
  • Kale
  • Coconut Oil
  • Chia Seeds
  • Water
  • Orange Juice
  • Optional – Vanilla Protein Powder

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

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Can You Substitute Spinach for Kale in Smoothies?

Yes, fresh baby spinach or frozen spinach is a great substitute for kale in a green smoothie recipe. The only difference is that spinach will probably have a slightly milder taste than kale does.

You can definitely still make this Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie if you are out of kale and want to substitute spinach.

What Can You Substitute Pineapple in Green Smoothies?

In this recipe, I would most likely substitute frozen peaches and/or frozen mango for the pineapple if I didn’t have any frozen pineapple on hand. The result will be slightly sweeter (and less pina colada like) than without the pineapple but it will still taste good

What Liquids Should You Use in a Smoothie?

In this Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie, I use some orange juice for citrus flavor in addition to water. Popular liquids for smoothies include: water, juices, milk, non-dairy milk such as almond milk, and coconut milk.

In this recipe I think you could easily use coconut milk in place of the orange juice if you needed a substitute or are trying to cut sugar.

If substituting coconut milk for the orange juice, ideally I would add the zest of a small orange in addition to the coconut milk to still give it that little bit of citrus background taste.

How to Make a Green Smoothie

Also, all you busy people out there (Hi, it’s me!) – this Pineapple coconut Kale Smoothie Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie couldn’t be simpler to make!, especially if you do things like freeze kale or make individual bags of freezer smoothies.

Here’s how I make this green smoothie with pineapple and kale:

  1. Add the chia seeds, coconut oil, half of the frozen pineapple, kale, now the rest of the pineapple orange juice, and water to a blender. 
  2. Blend on high speed until the mixture is completely smooth.
  3. If the mixture is too thick, add another 1/2 cup of water.
  4. If using the optional vanilla protein powder, add it at the end and blend on low until mixed

The above is simply a quick summary of the recipe. Check out the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

Tips for Using Kale in Smoothies

  • Remove and discard the stems as well as any discolored leaves. Wash the remaining leaves. Kevin got me one of these Leaf and Stem Stripping Tools for Christmas and it makes this task so easy! (also great for herbs)
  • Tear the kale leaves into smaller pieces so they blend easier.
  • Placing the kale in between some of the other frozen fruits will help it blend easier and prevent it from getting stuck at the bottom of the blender.
  • I like to use frozen kale best!

How Can I Make My Green Smoothie More Filling?

Sometimes I like to make a smoothie more of a meal rather than a part of breakfast. If you want this Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie to be a filling morning breakfast, I recommend adding a few other ingredients to make it a full meal.

Collagen Peptides and Protein Powder are great ways to add some protein to the smoothie. I recommend adding collagen peptides to add some protein to this smoothie.

Collagen peptides are my favorite addition because it doesn’t change the flavor of green smoothies like some ingredients might, but vanilla protein powder also tastes great in this recipe!

Here are some other ideas to add in to smoothies to make them more filling:

How Do You Store Leftover Green Smoothies?

You can easily freeze any leftover of this Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie in a glass jar to enjoy later! Just make sure, no matter what type of container you use, that you leave approximately 1 inch of headspace to allow for expansion as the smoothie freezes.

To enjoy a frozen green smoothie, you will want to set the frozen smoothie on the counter to thaw for about 30-45 minutes before it is drinkable. If you want to eat it with a spoon, you will be able to use a shorter thawing time.

More Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Need more smoothie recipe ideas to get your inspiration started? Check out some of these favorite recipes.

This Minty Raspberry-Banana Smoothie will fill you up and keep you energized all morning. It is packed with superfoods, antioxidant rich fruits and has just a hint of fresh herbs.

This Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie is a delicious snack for an afternoon pick me up.

If you’re a fan of green smoothies and want a couple of different recipes to mix things up flavor-wise you should also give this Pineapple, Green Apple, Kale Smoothie  and this Green Smoothie Bowl a try. We love them both!

The best thing about this Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie is that while it is healthy, packed with vitamin A, protein, and whole grain goodness, it tastes a lot like a yummy slice of pumpkin pie.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, make sure you browse the recipe index; you can find all of the smoothie recipes here.

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Kale Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie

Yield: serve 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Pineapple Coconut Kale Smoothie is loaded with good things like coconut oil, chia seeds, and kale. PLUS, it tastes a little bit like a Pina Colada.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 ounces frozen kale, or fresh
  • 8 ounces water, cold
  • 10 ounces frozen pineapple
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional

Instructions

  1. Add the coconut oil, chia seeds, kale and water to the blender.
  2. Puree (using the whole juice cycle if available) until completely smooth.
  3. Add the pineapple, orange juice and vanilla protein.
  4. Puree until well blended.
  5. Drink immediately.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 189Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 1mgSodium 19mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 3gSugar 16gProtein 8g

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Akansha

Sunday 20th of November 2016

Just made this for dinner right now! Though I used spinach instead of kale. Thanks for the recipe!

Katie

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

You're welcome!