Orange Pear Kale Smoothie

Orange Pear Kale Smoothie

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Almost four years ago, I came home with my first Vitamix blender.  At the time, I did not know anything about kale, and certainly never thought I would eat it several times a week.  For months, I made green smoothies using spinach, until one day I decided to give kale a try.  This was the first smoothie I made using kale, and years later it is still one of the most popular smoothies in my house — even my girls love this one!

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse.  It has TEN times the vitamin C, FOUR times the vitamin A, almost twice as much vitamin K, and more calcium and B6, when compared to spinach.  Make sure you try this super nutritious, leafy green next time you make a smoothie!

Orange Pear Green Smoothie
5.0 from 4 reviews
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Recipe: Smoothie
Author: Victoria – Green Plate Rule
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 1 min
Total time: 6 mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1 pear
  • 1 orange, peel removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup kale
  • handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender
  2. Start on a low speed, slowly increasing to high
  3. Blend until smooth, about one minute

 

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Minnie(@thelady8home) September 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm

This is really healthy. And the colour, it makes the smoothie look so refreshing!

BTW I am hosting a gala dinner extravaganza, a fabulous linky party for all. It’s going to go on for the entire weekend. You can post anything – appetizers, drinks, soups, stews, desserts, finger foods – anything that takes your fancy. You can also post party decor or other party related ideas.
Please come and join the party and help me make it a success.
http://www.thelady8home.com/2012/09/06/weekend-dinner-extravaganza/

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greenplaterule September 9, 2012 at 5:57 am

Thanks for the invite, Minnie! I will check it out! Hope it’s a huge success.

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Heather @ InHerChucks September 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Oh man this looks delicious! Can’t wait to make this with my next round of kale :) Thanks for sharing!

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greenplaterule September 9, 2012 at 5:56 am

Thanks, Heather! Enjoy! :)

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Mechell September 13, 2012 at 9:17 am

Hi Victoria!
I made this smoothie this morning DELISH!!!!! Even my 13 year old finished hers, first smoothie I tried from you, and I cannot wait to try all the others. What I love about this one is that I am get my green vegetable, just not all fruit.
One question I have can you post the nutrition facts to this smoothie, I am recording everything I eat in “Fat Secret”.

Thanks Again! Cannot wait to have this smoothie again tomorrow.

Mechell in Chicago

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greenplaterule September 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Hi Mechell ~
per serving. . .
90 calories
24 g carbs
3.5 g fiber
14.5 g sugar
54% vitamin A
132% vitamin C
~130% vitamin K

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Becky January 18, 2013 at 12:50 am

Thanks for the nutritional info…I’m a type 1 diabetic…it’s hard to eat vegan so I do it when I can, but having the carb content is helpful so I can adjust my insulin properly…many thanks! i’m going to try this on my kids this weekend!

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Anne October 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

Question, I would be making this recipe for myself. How long would the remaining 3 servings last in the fridge? Am I better off just cutting the recipe back or even drinking 2 servings?

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greenplaterule October 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Smoothies will last up to 24 hours, but the flavors and consistency will change. This makes 2 large servings, or 4 small servings, as written, so it depends how much you want at one time. I like to freeze leftover smoothies in popsicle molds for my girls, but if you would rather not have any leftover, I would cut it in half. Enjoy!

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Christy December 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Freezing leftover smoothies in popsicle molds = BRILLIANT. I have been so frustrated by throwing away leftover smoothies, but sometimes they’re so filling I can’t finish them, and I’m never happy with the change in consistency. Thanks for that tip!

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Donna November 16, 2012 at 7:31 am

Our new favorite green smoothie! Thanks for sharing!

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renee January 29, 2013 at 8:16 am

I also use kale when making apple juice useing the vitamix. My 3 year old calls it “green” apple juice. :) What is nice is kale doesn’t leave that gritty feeling on your teeth when you add it to smoothies. and BTW I LOVE my vitamix!

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Stacy February 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

My mother-in-law noticed me admiring her Vitamix while we were visiting over Christmas. When we returned home I had nice big box from QVC with my very own shiny Vitamix! I’ve been experimenting with smoothie recipes. This is the first one (with kale) that the entire family enjoyed. I spent the morning reading your entire site and I’m so excited to get started eating clean! Thank you!

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Erin February 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Please don’t judge!! I am wondering how you feel about using canned pineapple? Or canned food in genereal when fresh is not available. I understand why frozen in the next best but new to your blog (which I <3 !!) and was curious. Thanks!!

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greenplaterule February 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Hi Erin,
Glad you’re enjoying the blog! Canned pineapple (or anything canned) should be limited. Most cans contain the controversial chemical BPA, often they have preservatives or sugar added, and the nutrition is lost over time. Fresh or frozen are definitely the best options.

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Kayla February 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Would you suggest using a juicer for this? I don’t know if my blender can handle it all! Wish I had a vitamix!!!

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greenplaterule March 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

I use my Vitamix, but you could juice it if you have a juicer.

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Gail April 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

Very yummy….

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Jeanne July 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Just wanted to tell you that my kids love this smoothie! When I try other flavors they say, “We want the kale one!”

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Bern August 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I love this green smoothie recipe! It’s so good. Best green smoothie recipe I’ve tried so far. Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to try some of your others.

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