This would have to be my favourite green smoothie of all time.
Which is weird, because kale can taste pretty horrible in smoothies, especially if you have my knack for odd flavour combinations.
I once made a kale smoothie with the wrong mix of fruit (I think I used pineapple and kiwifruit) that tasted like burnt rubber. Seriously.
Oh yeah, that one was nice. And I drank it anyway, because I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away all that fruit and greens.
What amazes me is that not only does the kale taste good in this smoothie, but it tastes so awesome that it’s my favourite green smoothie ever.
And I’ve made a lot of green smoothies.
I’ll let you in on a little secret – mango makes any green smoothie taste good. At least, it does if you like mango as much as I do.
And yet I’ve put mango in other green smoothies, and somehow they just don’t taste quite as nice. There’s something special about the way mango clicks with kale that just really works.
So it’s pretty cool that my favourite green smoothie uses kale, because kale would have to be one of the best greens on the face of this planet.
To quote Dr Michael Greger from one of my favourite videos about the benefits of eating plants, “Is there nothing kale can’t do”?
It’s not so cool that organic mangoes are only available from late November to February around here, because it means I have to hang out for nine months of the year just so I can taste this divine concoction again.
But it’s worth the wait.
Just don’t add pineapple.
Mango Kale Smoothie recipe
Make sure to read the tips below the recipe to get the most out of this more-ish Kale Mango Smoothie recipe.
- 2 leaves (1/2 cup or 30g) black kale (also called cavolo nero, dinosaur kale or tuscan kale)
- 1/4 avocado (optional)
- 1/2 med mango
- 3 med ripe bananas
- 2 cups (500ml) water
- 1 cup (200g) ice
- Remove the stems from the kale and discard.
- Add everything to the blender in the order listed.
- Blend until smooth.
During: 20 mins
- To make a truly smooth and creamy green smoothie, you need to use a high-speed blender (e.g. Vitamix, Thermomix, Blend-Tec etc), otherwise you may end up with little green bits in your smoothie, which is not so nice.
- If you find this smoothie too “green” (in other words, the kale flavour is too strong), just add less. Any amount of greens is good!
- You don’t have to chop the stalks out of your kale, but they can make your smoothie bitter, so start without them, and play with adding them back in once your tastebuds have adjusted to the flavour of green smoothies.
- If you don’t like avocado, you can just leave it out, but it does help to make this green smoothie even creamier, and it also adds calories, so it can be more of a meal on its own.
- Make sure your bananas are very ripe when making smoothies, as it makes a big difference to the flavour.
- Adjust the water if you like your smoothies thicker or thinner than this. I tend to make my smoothies super thick because I keep on adding more and more fruit until my blender is jam-packed.
- The ice helps to keep the smoothie cool as you blend, which preserves the nutrients and makes them taste heaps better as well.
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~ Nikki, Eating Vibrantly