- Dish type
- Green smoothie
This detox, vitamin-packed smoothie is a meal in itself! It is packed with kale, banana and almond milk and contains fresh ginger, turmeric root and cayenne pepper for added flavour and heat!
7 people made this
- 6 ice cubes
- 240ml almond milk
- 1 banana
- 3 leaves kale, large stems discarded, leaves chopped
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons freshly sliced ginger
- 2 tablespoons freshly sliced turmeric root
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/4 teaspoon stevia sweetener
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
MethodPrep:5min ›Ready in:5min
- Blend ice cubes, almond milk, banana, kale, flax seed, ginger, turmeric root, almond butter, sweetener, cayenne pepper and black pepper together in a blender until smooth.
Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(8)
Reviews in English (6)
Loved this recipe! Substituted mango because it is what I had, and raw local honey instead of stevia. I also threw in a dash of nutmeg. Delicious.-19 Jun 2016
by Buckwheat Queen
Interesting. I left out the stevia and any sweetener. Definitely a kick start to your day. I can see where mango would be a nice addition to or sub for the banana. This is one of those recipes you just have to try yourself to understand how good it really is.-11 Feb 2016
by Jadwiga Kramczynski
Love this spicy smoothie.I didn’t use ice , but frozen sliced banana, and some mango.It was just right thick for me .-09 Apr 2018
An anti-inflammatory smoothie with beets, ginger, turmeric, and strawberries boosts your immune system and helps ease all the bloat.
I made this smoothie because I was bloated.
From time to time, you may feel as though all the waterways in the world are ebbing and flowing throughout your body. And not in an I-feel-so-connected-to nature sort of way, but in a someone-stab-me-I-feel-like-a-balloon sort of way. TMI? Never.
Laaaaaadies < &ndash sung like Missy Elliot. Sorry.
I try to live by the &ldquolet food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food&rdquo mantra. So when my holy temple has been overtaken by all the bloat, I try to stick to foods that will lessen the problem rather than worsen it. Hence: a smoothie that is made with anti-inflammatory ingredients.
My medicine of choice: beets, turmeric, ginger, and strawberries.
I used my Blendtec Blender. It&rsquos a smoothie making MACHINE! Literally&hellipit&rsquos a machine that makes smoothies.
As you know, root vegetables are famous for their high concentration of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Beets, turmeric, and ginger have superpowers when it comes to fighting disease and easing inflammation.
Plus all the vitamins and minerals work wonders for keeping your immune system high.
Did you know strawberries also help ease inflammation? They do! They lower the levels of C-Reactive Protein (which is an inflammation-causing protein) in your blood stream.
The level of CRP in your body has more to do with infection and disease and less to do with the occasional bloat, but it&rsquos still good to know that strawberries have their own anti-inflammatory characteristic. I also learned strawberries help burn body fat. #strawberriesfordays.
This is where I give you all the disclaimers:
Is this a dessert-in-a-glass kind of smoothie? Absolutely not. This is a let&rsquos-exoricize-the-bloat-demon smoothie and let&rsquos do so lickety split. Which is my way of saying this smoothie doesn&rsquot taste like butterfly kisses in a glass, but it also doesn&rsquot taste bad. It has a creamy, earthy, zesty flavor.
If you&rsquore accustomed to &ldquogreen&rdquo smoothies, you&rsquoll take to it like white on rice, but it may not be the best Intro to Green Smoothies smoothie.
Normally, I add a frozen banana in all my smoothies for texture and sweetness, but I didn&rsquot for this one, because: inflammation. I added about a teaspoon of fresh grated turmeric and ginger to the smoothie, but you can scale this up or down.
Do note: if you aren&rsquot familiar with turmeric, it has a bitter flavor, so don&rsquot go overboard on it. You can enjoy the smoothie with full-fat coconut milk (or plain yogurt), goji berries, and raw cashews on top for some extra spunk.
And that is all. Let&rsquos drink our anti-inflammatories!
Add ingredients in the order listed and blend until smooth.
Recipe: Best Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Serving in this recipe: 1
|Total Fat: 3.7 g||5.7%|
|Saturated Fat: 0.5 g||2.4%|
|Cholesterol: 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium: 118.7 mg||4.9%|
|Total Carbs: 53.2 g||17.7%|
|Dietary Fiber: 8.5 g||34.1%|
|Sugar: 31.7 g|
|Protein: 5.8 g||11.5%|
|Vitamin A: 2%||Vitamin C: 170.1%|
|Calcium: 18.7%||Iron: 15.3%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Kale Smoothie Recipe Ingredients
We might be shifting our attention to spring produce, but that doesn’t mean recipes have to be difficult or use a million ingredients! Made with five – technically six, but who’s counting – ingredients, this kale smoothie is the definition of easy.
- Non-dairy milk – Milk is an essential ingredient to create a smooth and creamy texture.
- Strawberries – Fresh or frozen berries of any kind can be used. Just make sure the stems have been removed!
- Honey or Maple Syrup – Honey is a great natural alternative to the loads of sugar commonly found in store bought smoothies. You can use maple syrup for vegan option!
- Kale – If you use fresh Kale, be sure to soften it with lemon juice. Or, just toss it in frozen instead.
- Almond butter (or any other nut/seed butter) – Almond butter is full of healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied. If you need a nut free version, try adding cream sunflower seed butter!
- Optional Cinnamon – Similar to salt when baking, cinnamon brings out the natural flavors of the other ingredients.
How to make strawberry kale smoothie (without any bitter taste!)
- Measure. You’ll want to start by measuring out all of the ingredients.
- Prepare ingredients. Make sure the produce has been washed, the berry stems have been removed, and the Kale has been softened.
- Blend. Toss all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend on a medium to high speed until smooth.
- Enjoy! Yes, it’s really that easy!
Health Benefits of Strawberries
I know we mentioned a few of strawberry health benefits above. However, if you’re still not convinced that you should definitely be consuming this superfruit, take a look at what strawberries can do for your health below.
- Increase HDL (good cholesterol)
- Maintain eyesight
- Protect against cancers
- Regulate digestion
- Reduce inflammation
Mix-ins and add-ins! Customize your kale smoothie!
If you’re looking to bulk this strawberry kale smoothie up a notch and increase the protein content, take a look at the following optional add-ins.
- Greek yogurt: Of course, if you’re lactose intolerant, opt for dairy-free yogurt options. Vanilla is my go-to, but experimenting with different flavored yogurts can be fun!
- Protein powder: Consuming adequate protein can help build muscle, maintain strong bones, reduce hunger levels, and more. I recommend adding a collagen or vegan protein, but any you have on hand will do!
- Banana: Nature’s candy, if the veggie flavor is still too strong for you, adding a banana is an easy way to add even more sweetness to your Kale smoothie without piling in tons of added sugar.
- Avocado – This fruit can be used in place of almond butter in order to provide a smooth texture and creamy taste.
- Dates – Pitted dates are also nature’s candy and a great way to add sweetness without refined sugar. Not to mention fiber packed! For the whole30 smoothie option, swap the maple/honey for dates! Easy peazy!
- Fresh Mint – This is a soothing herb that definitely compliments the sweetness of strawberries. It’s also a natural digestive.
- Other super fruit BERRIES! If you have an abundance of blueberries or blackberries, then feel free to add those in. Just more super fruit superfood love!
Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to ensure you’re getting enough vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. And when it’s this tasty, you’ll look forward to sipping one down every morning.
This delicious Kale Banana smoothie is a family favorite around our house. It’s easy to make and is loaded with a ton of healthy nutrients.
Bananas are a great sources of potassium, which is imperative to healthy kidneys and controlling blood pressure (4 ).
One medium sized banana only contains 105 calories (5 ).
They’re also high in fiber. Eating foods that are high in fiber and low in calories like bananas have been shown to help with weight loss (6 ).
Kale Banana Smoothie Ingredients:
- 1 banana, cut into chunks
- 2 cups chopped kale leaves, ribs and thick stems removed
- ½ cup almond milk
- 8 ice cubes (optional)
- 2 teaspoons honey (optional)
How Should I Blend My Smoothie?
A Vitamix is one of the best machines for making smoothies in. It chops vegetables up so thoroughly that the only evidence of greens like kale and spinach is the color.
Regular blenders work as well, they just don’t chop as finely and your end result won’t be quite so smooth, but it is still worth it.
A blender bottle, the type with a whisk-type ball in it will blend some ingredients, but not ice cubes, frozen fruits like bananas, and vegetables.
Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie
Made any rad travel plans?
Crashed a wedding?
Danced into the wee hours of the morning?
If no, why not?
If yes, go you.
My summer has been pretty grand.
So far we’ve gone to wine country, made frequent trips to the farmers market, finished up the content portion of our print cookbook (due out late 2015!), and have just generally been trying to relax. There’s something beautiful about warm afternoons spent on patios, sipping wine, and just taking it easy.
Let’s do more of that. Take it easy, shall we? Yes, we shall.
One of the things I love most about summer mornings is a good, heart pounding workout followed by a seriously nutrient-packed smoothie. Yum.
I’ve been reaching for green things lately, but was in the mood for a switch-up. This recipe did just the trick.
Vitamin- + Nutrient-packed
If you’re into slightly sweet-tart smoothies with a kick from ginger, this is the one for you!
Also, does it get more hippie than making your own carrot juice? I think not! Make your mom proud and do it yourself. If the color and flavor notes of this smoothie aren’t enough, here’s a quick rundown of the health benefits:
Ginger // stomach soother, immune booster, infection fighter, anti-inflammatory badass (source). It’s nicknamed “the herbalist’s best friend” and has been a powerful plant in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine for a very long time (source)!
Banana // Digestion aid, potassium-packed, lowers blood pressure, healthy carbs, tastes like candy (source)
Pineapple // Vitamin C-packed, anti-inflammatory, digestion aid, antioxidant-packed, energy boosting, nature’s candy (source)
Turmeric // Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich, battles cystic fibrosis, free radical-fighting, lowers cholesterol (source). Plus, it’s been used for medicinal purposes in India for nearly 4,000 years (source)!
Lemon // Vitamin C-packed, antioxidant-rich, natural antibiotic, skin brightener, tastes like summer (source 1 + 2)
Carrot // Antioxidant- and Vitamin A-rich, beta carotene-packed, vision booster, free radical fighter (source)
If you give this recipe a try, let us know by leaving a comment, rating it, and tagging a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram – we’d love to see what you come up with. Bottoms up!
The Ultimate Green Smoothie Recipe
1 cup (1 oz/30 g) packed kale leaves, stems removed
1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) unsweetened almond milk
½ cup (3 oz/90 g) frozen peaches
2 tablespoons hemp hearts
1 teaspoon honey, or as needed
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Added sugar 5 g
In a blender, add the kale and almond milk and blend to break down the leaves. Add the banana, avocado, peaches, hemp hearts, honey, lemon juice, and salt and blend until completely smooth. Taste and add a little more honey for sweetness, if needed. Pour into a tall glass and serve.
Especially if you’re making this for breakfast, you might want to bump up the protein! You could add ¼ cup (2 oz/60 g) nonfat Greek yogurt.
Protein 12 g
Fat 19 g
Carbs 44 g
Fiber 12 g
Sugar 23 g
Sodium 507 mg
What’s your favorite way to make a green smoothie? Join the conversation below.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.
Becky Duffett is a contributing nutrition editor for Fitbit and a lifestyle writer with a passion for eating well. A former Williams-Sonoma cookbook editor and graduate of San Francisco Cooking School, she’s edited dozens of cookbooks and countless recipes. City living has turned her into a spin addict—but she’d still rather be riding a horse. She lives in the cutest neighborhood in San Francisco, spending weekends at the farmers’ market, trying to read at the bakery, and roasting big dinners for friends.
Turmeric Smoothie Recipe
Turmeric mango smoothies, here we come! We’ll need just 6 ingredients and a few of these are flexible– use what you have on hand. This recipe is easy to make in a blender, bullet blender, or food processor and you can easily double or triple the recipe to make multiple smoothies at once.
Here’s what goes into our turmeric smoothie:
- 1″ of fresh turmeric OR 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2″-1″ of fresh ginger OR 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 3-4 cuties or one small orange
- 1 cup coconut milk
- optional pinch of black pepper
I try to use fresh turmeric and fresh ginger when possible for the best flavor and nutritional profile but use what you have local access to. Also… fresh mangoes are WAY cheaper where we live so we usually buy fresh mangoes, cut them, and freeze them for later use.
Why Add Turmeric To Your Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie?
Let’s talk the benefits of turmeric and why it could be described as a superfood smoothie add-in! Turmeric is the queen of anti-inflammatory foods about now– plus, ginger and oranges both have a long list of benefits they bring to the table.
What we’re after in turmeric root is curcumin or curcuminoids, which are the compounds possessing anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric is also believed to help with a variety of skin conditions, homeostatic regulations (like blood sugar and cholesterol), and pain management.
Ingesting turmeric with black pepper helps our bodies extract and absorb more of the curcumin from turmeric! Fat also helps us maximize the benefits as curcuminoids are fat-soluble.
Turmeric + Fat + Black Pepper = The perfect trifecta!
Add a dash of black pepper to this smoothie and you’re set! You’ve got the turmeric, the black pepper, and fat from the coconut milk. Off to the races you go!
How To Pack Your Blender Cup
Ever tried to make a smoothie and it was not so easy-going? Blender stuck with huge air pockets and you weren’t able to achieve that smooth, flowy blending action?
There are several things at play when this happens so here are 2 tips to help prevent this. The first is to ensure your recipe has enough liquid to help get things moving and break down the larger pieces of fruit.
The second is how you pack your blender cup– this can make a huge difference! Here’s what we (and most blender manufacturers) recommend for an ‘order of operations’ if you will:
- Add your liquid to the blender first.
- Follow this with any supplements or mix ins: powders, oils, nut butters, sweeteners, nuts or seeds, yogurt, etc.
- Add any leafy greens you are trying to sneak in next.
- Place the heavy, frozen items on top– frozen fruits or veggies, frozen yogurt cubes, ice cubes, acai packs. These heavier items help push everything down toward the blades.
Ensuring your smoothie recipe has adequate liquid and your blender is adequately packed will help you create smooth, creamy smoothies. This anti-inflammatory smoothie should have zero problems blending right up!
Variations Of This Turmeric Smoothie!
This recipe is very customizable and flexible to what you have on hand or your flavor preferences. You can add a handful of frozen spinach or kale without sacrificing the taste, but it will change the color to a muddy brown. We love the bright orange color the turmeric and orange give this beverage.
Don’t have coconut milk? Sub any milk you have on hand you can even use water but your smoothie won’t be as creamy.
Don’t have mango? Pineapple, any kind of berry, or any kind of stonefruit (things like nectarines, peaches, plums, or cherries) work just fine.
Use flavored yogurt to dial up the taste! While this recipe calls for plain yogurt, flavored yogurts like vanilla, lemon, mango, or anything else could all be great!
Check out all the other delicious turmeric recipes we have on the site! There are options for juices, condiments, and sides– all using fresh or ground turmeric!
How to Make a Kale and Avocado Smoothie
- To quickly make this kale and avocado smoothie first wash and push down the kale close to the blades of your blender.
- Next add your banana and yogurt.
- Top it off with the avocado, kiwi fruit and ice and any other optional ingredients you’ve decided to add.
- Blend it all up on high until this green smoothie is whipped smooth and creamy.
Kale, avocado and kiwi smoothies have a generous helping of vitamin C to help prevent oxidation, but it’s still best to enjoy them as soon as you finish blending.
If you find it too much to drink all at once you can freeze the remaining mixture for a delicious and healthy frozen shake for another time.
I’d appreciate hearing what you think of this avocado kale smoothie recipe and any other variations that you’ve tried. They are a simple way and enjoyable way to get a lot of nutrition into your diet.