Kale, Mango, Banana Smoothie: At first, it may sound like an odd combination. I created this recipe when I was looking at my smoothie ingredients for the day. I ran out of mixed berries and my favorite combination of ingredients for a berry smoothie. All I had was kale, mangos, pineapples, and bananas.
So I thought “hmm, kale, mango, banana sounds good, let’s give it a try!”
I was really tired at the time and wanted a quick energy boost. This refreshing and tropical green energy smoothie recipe not only tastes delicious, but it’s also loaded with nutrition with my favorite added superfood powder boost for energy (see below).
I drink energy smoothies any time during the day when I need a quick boost of energy to power through my work. I find them better than coffee and far more nutritious because you are taking whole-foods and mixing it with plant-based superfood greens and caffeine from Yerba Mate and Matcha (see below for what I use to add the plant-based caffeine).
I still drink coffee from time to time and I have a specific mushroom coffee recipe I will share later when I am looking for a mega-boost in energy earlier in the day.
But this is a really simple and easy green energy smoothie you can make in minutes!
- Lacinato Kale*
- Chopped frozen mango*
- Chopped frozen banana*
- One whole raw banana *
1. Clean Your Kale
Here’s how to clean your kale:
In a small bowl, add 1-2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Then add your chopped lacinato kale to the bowl. Mix with water until you have enough to cover your kale. I use my hands (after washing my hands of course) to massage the kale and clean off any nasties and water or pesticide residues (yes apple cider can help remove pesticide residue). I use Braggs apple cider vinegar and you can get it cheap here. Let sit for a few minutes, 5 minutes is enough time or however long it takes to prepare your fruits and other ingredients.
2. Blend Your Kale First
I like to blend my greens first until they are chunky in the water before adding anything else. This is a layering approach. I do this with about 20oz of water. This depends on the blender you use. But I like to add my kale, then add the water until it fills the blender about 1/3 of the way up. Just enough to get my blender to chop the greens. This does two things: 1. It frees up space so I can add more ingredients (I like to make 50-64 ounces of smoothie at a time). 2. It makes sure that my greens get blended really well to avoid green chunks! Remember, I only blend for about 10-20 seconds max before adding the rest of my ingredients.
3. Add Frozen Fruit
I happened to have organic frozen fruit that I bought on sale. I had a bag of frozen bananas and a half of bag of mangos left that were in the freezer. I also had one whole banana left that was not frozen. I added all of these ingredients to the blender.
4. Blend Away!
Now with all ingredients added to your blender, simply blend for about 30-45 seconds or until the smoothie is nice and consistent with no chunks. You will have to experiment with the water ratio, but I did not have to add water after blending my kale. I used about 20oz of water in a 64 oz blender.
5. Add Your Energy SuperFood Powder
I saved the best for last. After blending, I added my favorite Amazing Grass Energy Green Superfood Organic Powder. You can buy these in small packets or large containers. I had some sample packets that I got at my local store but I usually buy in bulk. This stuff is simply amazing. It comes in two flavors: lemon-lime and watermelon. I chose lemon-lime for this smoothie because it really goes with the flavor and tropical theme. Not only do you get alkalizing nutrients like wheat grass and alfalfa, chlorella, spirulina (just to name a few), but the energy-giving nutrients are Yerba Mate and Matcha Green Tea extract. This is the ultimate plant-based energy caffeine and doesn’t give you the crash!
If you have another protein powder you really like that doesn’t have a strong flavor (like chocolate or vanilla) feel free to add it here. Also, if this isn’t sweet enough for you (it should be with all the fruit) you can add one or two medjool dates and that will sweeten it right up!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and get a big energy boost from it! Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!
Happy smoothie making!