Quick Green Detox Smoothie for a Healthier Breakfast

February 17, 2013

Few months ago I would have ever thought of blending a kale and then drinking it. Entering the world of Pinterest enlarged my food horizons. Hundreds of pins and several visits to “stratospherically” beautiful food blogs after, I know that smoothies combining fruit with green vegetables are popular among girls with weight loss ambition (90% of us). Surprise, surprise, they can even taste good.

So this weekend I tried my first Kale smoothie. Before letting my patient blender do all the work and my private food cutter (i.e. boyfriend) chopping  pineapple, I read something about this legendary veggie. Kale was considered sacred in ancient Greece and in the Middle Ages was known as a vegetable with healing properties. With its high content of vitamin C and only 50 calories per 100 grams, this is not surprising.

Kale provides support for the body’s detoxification system. In its  leaves – that should appear swollen and deep green, to be considered fresh – are contained over 45 different flavonoids with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Some people even recognize kale as helpful food to fight chronic inflammation.

My favorite kale recipe is with no doubt kale chips (I’ll post about it soon) but I’m pretty fond of this smoothie too, because it is fulfilling, not too sweet and not too greenveggie-taste like. This smoothie invites you to embark into a healthier routine. After drinking it, I was about to wear my running shoes (covered in the dust of time, by now) and leave home for a quick run. It didn’t happen but I trust it may come true next “smoothie-time”.

Green Detox Smoothie for a Healthier Breakfast

Serving Size: 2 cups


  • 3 kale leaves
  • 1 cup coconut milk (or coconut water for a skinnier version)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple (cut in pieces) or 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2-3 ice cubes (optional)


  1. Select the best leaves and remove the stem. Cut the leaves in a few pieces with your hands.
  2. Cut the pineapple in to cubes and blend all the ingredients until you get a smooth consistency.


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  • Reply sybille March 10, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I will give this a shot , hope it tastes good ….. it is about the flavor or it’s a one time thing.

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ March 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      I guess so. I enjoyed the kale taste very much indeed, while my boyfriend didn’t so much. I personally found it refreshing and energizing :) thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Josh March 17, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Sounds delicious! My only concern is the coconut milk. It can run about 500 calories per cup, making this about a 600 calorie smoothie. :( Do you think the almond/coconut milk blend in the refrigerated section would have the same effect?

  • Reply Nicole McClendon March 25, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I am not a fan of the taste of coconut milk. However, im ok with trying this specific recipe. I use Kale a lot already. Thank you for this.

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ May 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Nicole! You can replace coconut milk with any other milk!

  • Reply Carolyn Brown March 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    How many times do I have to drink this???

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  • Reply Sonya June 11, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Tried the Smoothie today and actually liked it! I did mine in the middle of the not for Breakfast! I wasn’t sure how soon the Detox symptoms would kick in! Ha

    How often and for how long???

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ August 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Sonya! Coconut water is a great alternative to get a skinnier smoothie. You can have it a couple of times a week.

  • Reply Seidy Soto August 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I was wondering how often and how long? thanks :)

  • Reply Aggie August 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Hi, so since the coconut milk has such a high calories, would it be ok to replace that with coconut water? what do you think? and what about the honey? I find this too sweet, but I don’t know the benefit of honey in this shake so I don’t want to remove it. Taste is great, although my 16 year old would not even try :)

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ August 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

      I agree, this is not a drink for kids! I actually make mine with coconut water. You can also skip the honey, sure. Nice to hear your thoughts here, thanks Aggie!

  • Reply Rosario February 21, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Hi daniela .! I will like to know if i can drink it every day and for how long .!!

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