I’m always craving creamy, fruity smoothies, and this mango pineapple smoothie with kale totally hits the spot! It’s creamy, with tasty tropical flavors – and you can’t even taste the kale.
(Plus, the green color is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!)
It’s such a nutritious snack, and only takes a few minutes to whip up! Just blend together fruit, kale, Greek yogurt, and your choice of milk – plus optional chia seeds for added nutrients and texture.
Not a fan of kale? No worries, spinach will work great in this smoothie, too! Or you can always just try my popular and super simple Banana Spinach Smoothie recipe.
Pineapple & Mango Kale Smoothie
Smoothies are so refreshing, and make a great healthy snack.
You can even prep them ahead of time by cutting up all the fruit (mango, pineapple, and banana) and placing it into a zip-able bag. Then, just store that in the freezer until you’re ready to eat!
Or, you can use frozen fruit from the store to save even more time. This is especially helpful when summery fruit like mango and pineapple isn’t in season. Because tropical smoothies should definitely be enjoyed year-round!
With all the fruit (especially the banana), this smoothie tastes plenty sweet on its own, so there’s no need for added sugar or sweeteners. It’s a win-win!
How to Prep Kale for a Smoothie
The main key when prepping to make a kale smoothie is that you want to make sure you only use the LEAVES of the kale, not the stems, which can be super bitter and will make your smoothie not so delicious.
If you’re using baby kale, this isn’t an issue because the stems are tiny/not tough, but if you’re using mature kale with thick, tough stems, be sure to strip the leaves from the stems and put only the leaves into your smoothie. You’ll thank me later!
Have some leftover kale? Try these savory baked kale chips!
Tropical Green Smoothie Ingredients
To make this mango pineapple smoothie, you’ll need:
- kale leaves (again, be sure to remove the bitter stems, which you don’t want in your smoothie!)
- plain Greek yogurt
- chia seeds (These are optional, but are packed with fiber, protein, and minerals, so I recommend adding them! Plus, I love the texture they create.)
- unsweetened almond milk (dairy milk or coconut milk would work, too!)
Of course, you can switch things up and toss in whatever your heart desires – leave out one fruit and add another, you do you! I would just stick to the main measurements (in the full recipe card at the end of this post).
I’ll be sharing some inspiration for different toppings and add-ins later in this post, too!
If you have extra mango, try this sweet and spicy mango habanero salsa!
How to Make a Mango Pineapple Smoothie with Kale
Start by getting all your ingredients together. Then, just whirl away in a blender until it reaches your desired consistency. That’s it!
If you use all fresh fruit, you’ll want to add ice to make it cold and frosty. Just keep in mind it may water down the smoothie’s taste down a bit.
Because of that, I recommend using mostly frozen fruit, or cutting up and freezing your fruit ahead of time.
(Pssst: check out my Healthy Recipes for Overripe Bananas post for more inspiration and also for tips on how to freeze overripe bananas!)
Smoothie Add-Ins & Toppings
There are lots of tasty toppings you can add for extra flavor or texture in your smoothies! Here are some ideas:
- nut butter (You may have tried peanut butter in smoothies, but have you tried almond butter or cashew butter? Both of those would be delicious in this smoothie!)
- chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- unsweetened shredded/toasted coconut
- puffed quinoa (For a little crunch!)
- rolled oats (This will thicken your smoothie. I definitely recommend adding these before you blend everything.)
I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do!
You’ll find the full kale mango pineapple smoothie recipe at the bottom of this post.
What’s a smoothie flavor combo you love? Let me know in the comments!
Looking for more smoothie recipe inspiration? Check these out:
- Banana Spinach Smoothie
- Ginger Turmeric Smoothie with Mango
- Berry Smoothie with Yogurt
- Watermelon Rind Smoothie
- Strawberry Cherry Smoothie with Lemon
- Creamy Spirulina Smoothie
- Mint Avocado Banana Smoothie (Healthy Shamrock Shake)
- Lemon Ginger Berry Protein Smoothie
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Chocolate Cherry Espresso Smoothie
And don’t forget to check out my mix & match smoothie recipes post!
- 1/2 cup diced mango (preferably frozen)
- 1/2 cup diced pineapple (preferably frozen)
- 1/2 of a banana
- 1 cup kale leaves (be sure to remove the bitter stems)
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain, unsweetened)
- 1-2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until it reaches your desired consistency. Enjoy!
If using fresh fruit, I recommend dicing and freezing it prior to using it in your smoothie. Otherwise, you'll want to add a few ice cubes before blending so the smoothie is cold and frosty.