Tropi-Kale Green Smoothie is a dairy-free, vegan tropical inspired smoothie with mango, pineapple, banana, and coconut milk, and some baby kale added for a nutritious boost. This smoothie will take your taste buds on a healthy, tropical vacation!
Happy New Year! It’s that smoothie time of year again…not that smoothies aren’t always popular, but they’re increasingly more popular right after the holidays. Especially the green variety with that boost of nutrition and cleansing power that we all need after all the holiday fare. New year, new you, right? That’s my motto right about now. 🙂
I’m really late getting on the green smoothie band wagon. I love my greens, but I’ve always had trouble wrapping my brain around spinach or kale in a fruity drink. I guess I just couldn’t see how it would taste good.
In fact, last year over the summer I had my first green smoothie ever, and I felt like such a grown up for doing so that I posted it on Instagram. It was a tropical smoothie from Jamba Juice called “Kale-ribbean” and I really liked it! I meant to get around to re-creating it here at home a lot sooner, but no time like the present. 🙂
Since I’d already had a Tropical Mango Pineapple Smoothie recipe that I loved here on the blog, I adapted this recipe from that. This time, however, I omitted the Greek yogurt and just did coconut milk, and added some baby kale leaves. Without the yogurt, this smoothie is still nice and thick and creamy just the way I love a smoothie, because the coconut milk gives it that richness. I used full fat coconut milk because that’s what I had in my pantry, but if you’re watching calories, just go with low fat. It won’t be as rich, but will still taste ah-mazing. 🙂
My youngest son was eyeing my smoothie creation skeptically, because he had major doubts a smoothie could taste good with kale. Chip off the old block, yeah? Well, after I photographed the smoothies I told him we should split one. He was not in the room and I drank half of one, and it was so good I just kept going until it was gone. He did the same thing with the second one. Honestly, this recipe should make 4 servings, but if you’re like us, you may only get two larger ones. 🙂
Suffice it to say, I’m on board with green smoothies now in a big way. I may even add more kale to this recipe down the line to make it even greener. The greener the green smoothie is, the better right? And mixed with sweet tropical fruit and coconut milk, there’s no going wrong here. I’m going extra green in 2015! How about you? 🙂
Need more smoothie recipes for a healthier you? Check these out:
Banana Coconut Cream Smoothie by Flavor the Moments
Blueberry Mango Smoothie by Pick Fresh Foods
Blueberry Pineapple Green Detox Smoothie by Life Made Sweeter
Peanut Butter & Banana Pumpkin Smoothie by Inspiration Kitchen
Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Smoothie by Kristine’s Kitchen
Strawberry Oatmeal Chia Smoothie by Cookie Monster Cooking
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 large banana, frozen, and cut into chunks
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3-4 tablespoons agave syrup or honey (I used agave)*
- 1 cup loosely packed baby kale leaves
- 1¼ cup coconut milk*
- Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!
*Full fat coconut milk makes for a richer smoothie, but if you're trying to cut fat and calories, use low fat.
If the smoothie is too thick for your liking, add more coconut milk to thin it out.
Recipe by Flavor the Moments