Spinach Kale + Pear Smoothie Print Recipe Print Recipe

Oh, hello.

I’m actually a bit relieved that the title of this post didn’t keep you from visiting. I thought about changing it to “dessert for breakfast”. I mean, if you’re like me, it’s not that far from the truth. Just try not to be intimidated by all the green.

 

Now that I think about it, the only time I buy kale is when I make these chips. Delicious, yes, but I needed another way to get more greens into my diet. I have to thank Taylor from Sterling Style for introducing me to this recipe. Seriously, no wonder we get along so well. This has my name written all over it. I could have this every single day and sometimes I do.

So, I love bananas, but I can’t eat them. Every food allergy test says I can’t eat them either. However, I still try, hoping that I’ve “outgrown” the discomfort that it causes – if that’s even possible, but no. If you’re okay with bananas, go for it, they will give it a creamer & silky consistency. If not or if you want to try something else, go with from mango chunks.

I’ve made this at least 4 times this week, I now crave it. When I make a big batch, I store in a mason jar and keep in the fridge so I can enjoy throughout the day. I wouldn’t recommend keeping for more then 48 hours, which I’m sure you won’t have to worry about after you take a sip.

*Note: This recipe is Gluten-free and Dairy-free

{Created/Photographed by With Style and Grace}

Spinach Kale + Pear Smoothie

{Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker}

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach leaves, packed
  • 1 cup chopped kale leaves, packed – I like dino kale, it’s not as bitter
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 frozen banana OR 1 cup frozen mango chunks – sometimes I’ll do 1 1/2 bananas to make it extra creamy
  • 1 1/2 cups cold almond milk – I like the unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions

Depending on type of Kale, remove the leaves from the center stalk – Chop (or tear) the kale.  In a blender, combine kale, spinach and milk.  Blend until no big kale bits remain.  Add your mango OR banana, pear  and pear.  Blend until smooth. You may also add a few ice cubes to make it thicker.

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  • http://fauxmartha.wordpress.com Melissa

    I’m going to try this!! I went to a little juicing demonstration at work the other day. I couldn’t handle the straight vegetable juice, but once they added an apple, I was golden, which means I will love this smoothie.

  • http://www.ourslohouse.blogspot.com karen @ our slo house

    Like you with bananas, I can’t eat spinach –> horrible stomach pains!

    This mixture looks really good. I’m going to try this today. My typical recipe is:
    - 1/2 c. oj
    - 1/2 cucumber (makes great consistency)
    - handful of kale
    - handful of fresh italian parlsey

    The color is “‘scary”, but it’s surprising how refreshing it is!!

  • http://www.withstyle.me With Style and Grace

    Does it still give you problems when it’s broken down & blended? That’s why I tried bananas again thinking it would be different – but no. You’re daring, I would have to add a bit of fruit. Have you ever added avocado? I use to add that and it make it nice and creamy. Enjoy!

  • http://1000usefulthings.com Bryn

    Hmmmm, this is awfully green, but I need to get more veggies! Where do you find the dino kale?

    PS LOVE the picture of the cutting board and all the ingredients!

  • http://www.withstyle.me With Style and Grace

    I know, all the green is rather intimidating, but trust me, it’s better than it looks! I found dino kale at Whole Foods, but you can use any type of kale. Good luck!

  • http://erraticallyelizabeth.blogspot.com Elizabeth

    The color (and ingredients) are a bit scary to me, but the title intrigued me enough to come over and take a look. I think I might try it out, Lord knows I need more greens in my diet! Thanks!

  • http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com Kate (Bread & Chocolate)

    Love the bright greens in your smoothie! I borrowed your recipe and posted it alongside a few of my favorites…like banana/mango and a modern PB&J made from strawberry/peanut butter. Enjoy!

    http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com/2011/03/smoothie-operator.html

  • http://www.shopsweetthings.com Shop Sweet Things with Jeanne

    I don’t know, the spinach kale part sounds pretty yucky.. but when you put it in a pretty glass like that, I’m sold! :)

    Btw, it was so nice meeting you a while back at Lalola. I’ve been following your blog since and I love, love, love it!

  • jenn

    i wanna try for sure! do you notice it makes a difference in your skin or anything? or you just *feel* better?

  • jenn

    oh and PS – great tip on adding mango. i saw this on sterling style, but avoided cause of banana (i get migraines).

  • http://thelonelywifeproject.wordpress.com/ Lonely Wife Project

    I may be the only person in the world whose mouth waters at the thought of kale. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it.

  • http://plainfancyliving.blogspot.com/ Amy R.

    I have a spinach smoothie for breakfast 4-5 times each week. I use spinach, frozen bananas, strawberries and blueberries. I mix in the almond milk and a teaspoon of natural peanut butter with flax. I tried kale, but I didn’t think it blended too well. I may try this recipe and use the dino kale that you suggest.

  • http://www.happyolks.com Kelsey, Happyolks

    Scare me away? not possible. Anything with kale in the title immediately has my attention! I’m actually drinking a spinach/pumpkin smoothie now with some amazing greens in it. De-lish.

  • http://www.mimiandmegblog.com/ Megan

    Hello dear!
    I’ve been juicing my greens for about a year now and I LOVE it! I’ve never been a fan of veggies, but once I juiced them I was in love. A few combos I do is kale, lemon, green apple, cucumber & spinach. Sometimes I’ll add a stalk of celery (but not much, celery is strong!). I’ve heard kale, lime and agave nectar is good. But I usually do a version of whatever I have above, add a pear if I have one, etc. But always some kale in there.

  • Susan N.

    Hi! Lisa, This has become one of my favorite drinks. I have to say I feel much better after drinking it. I have not had any pears on hand so I been making it with blueberries. it taste great but looks like something Kermit the Frog would drink. The blueberries make it a dark green. Thanks for the great recipes Susan.

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  • http://facebook Marcia Goldman

    No dino kale avail.here but tried a regular organic kale ..pretty peppery but tamed it with frozen applesauce..I freeze those little indiv.organic cups from Costco. We are excited for the first greens from the garden..it is still freezing at night here with an occasional SNOW flurry.

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  • Jenn

    thanks for sharing this!  tried it today; it’s refreshing and lightly sweetened, and the subtle sweetness masks the taste of the greens very well.  i didn’t have any kale, so i used all spinach.  

  • Jactalbert

    Yum this is delicious. Made my own almond milk for the first time, too. Used strawberries instead of pear cus that’s what was around. I find that this is a smoothie you still need to chew (I used my vitamix) do you still have to chew it or can you actually get the kale smooth enough? Either way I don’t enjoy kale in salad but this is a great way for me to get it. Very good:)

  • Rllr6465

    I accidently found this recipe while searching for the benifits of quail eggs.  It sounded interesting and I love all the ingredients involved.  My first batch was exactly what the recipe called for. My brother in-law was the only one brave enough to indulge my new smoothie. We loved it!!!! Seriously, wow!  I’ve given it a spin of our own tho. I add to the recipe {dbl.}  3 lg. tablespoons of ground flax, and 6 fresh quail eggs.  I’ve tried several brands and varieties of almond milk but I prefer unsweetend too. We are hooked!!  I’m up every morning at 4:15 and out the door 40 min later for work. I make time for this!!  The health benifits are amazing.  Believe it or not, I make this for my brother in-law and I for dinner at least 4 times a week. It’s that good!!  Now just getting my sister to try it:0)  Give it a try!!  Thank you for this recipe.

  • Lindsay Pihaly

    This is amazing! I used both mango and a banana and 1/2 an avocado. Yummy

  • Anonymous

    Happy you liked it!

  • Ladye

    Really enjoyed the smoothie!!! This one will be added to my smoothie list.

  • nutriousgal

    Sounds good. I have to try it.

  • Jadah S.

    Yummy! This is perfect for my 30 day green smoothie challenge: http://www.simplegreensmoothies.com