Get your morning or afternoon pick-me-up with this delicious energy smoothie! The perfect, nutrient-dense breakfast or on-the-go snack. And you only need five ingredients to whip up this kale and pineapple energy smoothie recipe. Learn how I turn this kale pineapple smoothie into meal prep smoothie packs for mom, and smoothie pops for toddlers.
This post was previously seen on Nourish Move Love. I’ve updated this post because I slightly edited the energy smoothie 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.
et your morning or afternoon pick-me-up with this delicious energy smoothie! The perfect, nutrient-dense breakfast or on-the-go snack. And you only need five ingredients to whip up this kale and pineapple energy smoothie recipe.
Author: Lindsey, Nourish Move Love
Recipe type: Smoothie, Drink, Breakfast
Cuisine: Smoothie Drink
¼ c pineapple, frozen
1 c kale or 2 kale leaves, de-stemmed
1 tbsp coconut oil or coconut butter
1 c water or coconut water (or substitute 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 a thick smoothie or creamy smoothie pops)
Optional: ½ banana or frozen banana to replace avocado
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smoothie reaches desired consistency. Feel free to add ice or adjust liquid based 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 Toddler-Friendly Meal Prep Smoothie Pops
I’ve also make this green smoothie using frozen mango instead of pineapple and it’s equally as delicious!
How to customize your energy smoothie with these green 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, chia seeds or peanut butter.
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 extra pineapple and banana to sweeten things up.
Worried about tasting the kale? You can always start with a more mild-tasting leafy green, like spinach.
How To Make Meal Prep Smoothie Packs:
You guys know I’m a huge fan of meal prep to make life easier, especially when it comes to getting out the door in the morning.
Enter make-ahead, meal prep smoothie packs!
All you have to do is grab your pre-prepped smoothie pack from the freezer, dump it into your blender, add your liquid base and blend!
Here’s how I personally make meal prep smoothie packs for this kale pineapple smoothie recipe:
Reusable Food 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.
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 the liquid 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 smoothie pack pack eliminating one more step when you actually make the smoothie.
Storage + How to Blend. Seal your smoothie pack and add it to your freezer. 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 and add any additional powders or oils you didn’t include in the smoothie pack, and blend!
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 recipe. 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 DIY popsicles for me.
Storage. Pour the green smoothie directly into the popsicle molds, add the popsicle stick and store in the 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.