Lean Green Smoothie

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Lean Green Smoothie

I was a latecomer to the green smoothie world. Every time I would see a recipe I couldn’t help but think: how could that be good? I finally took the plunge and put some fruit and greens in the blender. In full disclosure, there have been a few combinations that were not to be repeated. However, perseverance pays off because this one is really good.

Lean Green Smoothie

Tyler was really skeptical as well, but now he drinks drinks a green smoothie almost everyday. We often have this as a light breakfast, it’s quick, easy, and portable.

Lean Green Smoothie

At the beginning of the week I like to cut up a pineapple to have ready for the weekdays, it really cuts down on the prep time.

Lean Green Smoothie

Peel and quarter the oranges. Place them in the blender then add the pineapple and finally the kale.  It is important to put the juiciest ingredients at the bottom because it blends better that way.

I just started using Kombucha in my green smoothies because I really like the flavour, the grocery stores here in Montana carry the Synergy brand.

Kombucha is a slightly carbonated, fermented tea, it contains probiotics, antioxidents, amino acids, and electrolytes which is always good. So far, the mango and guava kombucha are my favorites.

Lean Green Smoothie

Add the liquids and blend until smooth.

Lean Green Smoothie

I have used both Vita-Mix and Blend Tech extensively and both work really well. Bottom line is that you are going to want a high powered blender for green smoothies, any smoothies in fact. They are so much more delicious with a smoother texture.

Lean Green Smoothie

Tyler bought me a Vita-Mix as a gift a couple of years ago. Normally a blender might not be considered proper birthday gift material but it was all I wanted.  I think you might be addicted to cooking when you want a blender for your birthday.

Anyway, I hope this inspires you to try a green smoothie. Let me know what you think.

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Lean Green Smoothie

Lean Green Smoothie


Loaded with fresh sweet fruit and plenty of greens, this green smoothie packs a delicious punch!



2 oranges, peeled

2 cups pineapple, chopped

6 kale leaves, stalks removed

2 cups mango kombucha

2 cups water


Break up the oranges into quarters and place in the blender. Add remaining ingredients. Start the blender on low and gradually increase speed. It will take 30-45 seconds on high to become smooth.


I used Cara Cara oranges this time but navel oranges are good also. You can substitute juice or water for the kombucha if desired.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Best Green Smoothie, Green Smoothie Recipe, Green Smoothie No Banana, Simple Green Smoothie

5 thoughts on “Lean Green Smoothie”

  1. Hi Kari,
    Just came across your website and this smoothie looks delicious. Is it really sweet with the orange and pineapple? I want a green smoothie but most of them have lots of fruit. Any thoughts?! Thank you for sharing. : )

    • I think it’s the perfect amount of sweet, but that’s really different for each person’s taste. If you’re concerned about too much fruit, you could sub in cucumber for the orange to add more veggies. I have a version that I do with pineapple, cucumber, and a small sprig of mint. I don’t have the proportions written down yet but hopefully there will be a recipe sometime this year. Hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it goes or if you have anymore questions! 🙂

  2. I make similar green smoothies. I add nuts and seeds and use brewed and chilled green tea in place of the water to try to get some of those benefits as well.


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