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Get your morning or afternoon pick-me-up with this delicious energy smoothie! You only need 5 wholesome ingredients to whip up this kale pineapple smoothie; making it perfect for a nutrient-dense breakfast or on-the-go snack. I’m sharing how turn this kale pineapple smoothie into meal prep smoothie packs for mom, and smoothie pops for toddlers.

Energy Smoothie | Kale Pineapple Smoothie

This post was previously seen on Nourish Move Love. I’ve updated this post because I slightly edited the recipe to make it even more delicious. I also wanted to include how I turn this kale pineapple smoothie recipe into meal prep smoothie packs for me and how to make this a toddler-friendly recipe in the form of smoothie pops.

When people ask for nutrition advice one of my go-to points is, ‘strive for veggies at every meal. The push back is always, even breakfast? How do you eat veggies for breakfast?

So I did an entire segment on Twin Cities Live on eating healthy breakfasts with a serving of vegetables.

Get all my healthy breakfast tips in the Twin Cities Live segment above, or head straight to my 5-minute breakfast recipes post and 25 healthy breakfast meal prep recipes post here.

While I personally prefer savory, veggie-packed egg muffins and egg bakes, green smoothies are an easy way to eat veggies for breakfast for both you and your kids.

Did you know only 9% of Americans eat enough vegetables during the day {US News}.

Yes, eating a cup of raw kale for breakfast isn’t something I’ll jump out of bed for. But this slightly sweet, refreshing and energizing kale pineapple smoothie, that will get me out of bed!

Kale Pineapple Smoothie Recipe | Energy Smoothie

Why is this called an Energy Smoothie?

It’s tempting to reach for a cup of coffee first thing in the morning as your energy source. Or grab a second, or third, cup of coffee when that 3PM afternoon slump hits. But a cup of coffee can take more than 6 hours to wear off, which means that afternoon cup of coffee could impacting your sleep patterns {Medium}.

As a mom of a two year old I’ve been looking for ways to naturally boost, and sustain my energy levels since he was born. Enter healthy fats and fiber.

Leafy greens, such as kale, are an excellent source of iron — which helps fight fatigue {Healthline}. This kale smoothie also includes healthy fats in the form of avocado and coconut oil {or coconut butter} which help maintain energy levels as well.

You can whip up this energy boosting, kale pineapple smoothie with 5 simple ingredients — kale, pineapple, coconut oil or coconut butter, avocado, and water, coconut water or a liquid base of choice.

Energy Smoothie Recipe: 5-Ingredient Kale Pineapple Smoothie

 

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Recipe type: Smoothie, Drink, Breakfast

Cuisine: Drink

  • ¼ c pineapple, frozen
  • 1 c kale or 2 kale leaves, de-stemmed
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or coconut butter
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 c water or coconut water {or sub milk or nut milk of choice}
  • Optional: 1 tsp matcha green tea for extra energy boost
  • Optional: ½ c full fat plain Greek yogurt {great for making smoothie pops}
  • Optional: ½ banana to replace avocado
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smoothie reaches desired consistency. Feel free to add ice or adjust liquid baed on personal preference.

*I personally prefer to use coconut butter versus coconut oil and coconut water as my liquid base.
**See below for more details on how to use this recipe for:
Meal Prep Smoothie Packs
Toddle-Friendly Meal prep Smoothie Pops

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*Per the recipe card above, this is the coconut butter I love adding to this smoothie. 

How To Make Meal Prep Smoothie Packs:

How To Make Meal Prep Smoothie Packs

You guys know I’m a huge fan of meal prep and any ‘hacks, tips, and tricks’ to make life easier, especially when it comes to getting out the door in the morning.

Enter make-ahead, meal prep smoothie packs so all you have to do is grab your pre-prepped smoothie pack from the freezer, dump it into your blender, add your liquid base, add any additional powders or oils you didn’t include in the smoothie pack, and blend!

Here’s how I personally make meal prep smoothie packs for this kale pineapple smoothie recipe: 

  1. Storage bags. I personally love using these stasher reusable silicon food bags that are freezer-friendly {as well as microwave and dishwasher friendly too}. But you can always use whatever sandwich-sized or quart-sized, ziplock freezer bags you have on hand too.
  2. Ingredients. Add the pineapple {I use already frozen pineapple but you could use fresh too}, kale, and avocado to your smoothie pack. DO NOT add coconut oil or water/coconut water liquid base, you’ll add those when you’re actually making the smoothie. This is why I personally love using coconut butter instead of coconut oil for this kale pineapple smoothie because you can add the coconut butter to the meal smoothie pack pack eliminating one more step when you actually make the smoothie.
  3. Storage + How to Blend. Seal your smoothie pack and add it to your freezer. Then when you’re ready to actually make the smoothie all you have to do is — grab your pre-prepped smoothie pack from the freezer, dump it into your blender, add your liquid base in this case coconut water, add any additional powders or oils you didn’t include in the smoothie pack, and blend!

How To Make Toddler-Friendly Meal Prep Smoothie Pops:

Toddler-Friendly Meal Prep Smoothie Pops

My two year old son is on a major smoothie pop kick and it makes me so happy because not only are they so easy to meal prep in bulk, but it’s an easy way to sneak veggies into his snack-times.

These toddler-friendly and kid-friendly meal prep smoothie pops are super simple to make. Here’s how I personally make smoothie pops using this kale pineapple smoothie recipe: 

  1. Popsicle Molds. I personally have this super affordable popsicle mold set {under $7 on Amazon} and it does the trick just fine. But if I’ve been debating also getting these mini ring pop molds {under $8 on Amazon} too since sometimes my son won’t eat an entire smoothie pop at snack-time and I hate food waste.
  2. Ingredients. I make the smoothie per the ingredient list above {frozen pineapple, kale, coconut butter, avocado, and coconut water}, but I also add 1/2-1 cup plain, full fat Greek yogurt to thicken up the smoothie. You can also sweeten things up by adding more pineapple or 1/2-1 banana. One serving of this smoothie plus the Greek yogurt usually makes 4-6 popsicles for me.
  3. Storage. I think poor the smoothie directly into the popsicle molds, add the popsicle sticks and store in my freezer. The nice thing about this popsicle mold set is that you can remove one popsicle at a time, run it under a little warm water and wiggle the popsicle out to serve. Our smoothie pops never last more than 2 weeks in the freezer, but I’d imagine they are good for up to 30 days in the freezer.

How To Customize Your Energy Smoothie With These Smoothie Add-In’s:

  • Need an extra energy boost? Add a teaspoon of matcha green tea. Matcha is packed with powerful antioxidants — and contains around the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee without some of the jittery side-effects {Women’s Health}.
  • How about extra protein? If you’re looking for this green smoothie to sustain you for longer, or if you’re strength training and need an extra protein boost, you can:
    • Add 1/2 cup plain, full-fat Greek yogurt.
    • Use almond milk or milk of choice as your liquid base instead of water or coconut water.
    • Add protein powder. I personally love NOW Food’s Creamy Vanilla Plant Protein!
  • Need to sweeten things up for your pallet or kids? I personally love this smoothie as is, but if you’re new to green smoothies or worried it might be ‘too green’ for your toddler or kids; you can always add 1/2 a banana or some extra pineapple to sweeten things up!

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