Blueberry Orange Kale Smoothie: {Hate It?} or Love It!

It’s probably not very smart of me to insert the works “Kale” and “Hate” in the title of my blog post…

I mean, really, who’s gonna want to drink a smoothie with a title like that???

But here’s the thing…

Big Tex and I really loved this smoothie {OK, maybe Big Tex really LIKED it}, and my husband and SiSi really didn’t care for it at all.

No way.

No how.

No thanks.

At all!

But, as Sam I Am might say,

You do not like a kale smoothie?

Try it! Try it! And you may see.

You’ll really like my kale smoothie!

OK, OK…Enough of my rhyming, and more of the reasoning behind my smoothie…

Inspired by my friend Regan’s fabulous post on getting her picky eater son to try {and like!} Brussels Sprouts over at her  blog, The Professional Palate, I decided to try offering something to my kids that I was afraid they wouldn’t like.

Now, overall, SiSi and Tex are both pretty good eaters when it comes to trying new things and eating lots of fruit.  Veggies, on the other hand can be hit or miss.  Both like carrots, raw sugar snap peas, artichokes, and sweet potatoes  SiSi also likes cucumbers, bell peppers, and the occasional bit of salad {when there is plenty of feta on top}, and Big Tex will eat asparagus when it’s wrapped in prosciutto. {Yum!}

But, so far, at 8 and 10, neither one is keen on broccoli, spinach {unless inside ravioli}, and all those gosh darn SUPER HEALTHY leafy greens I’m always raving about here, here, and here on this blog.

Oh, and in case you were wondering {You WERE wondering, right???} the husband is pretty adventurous with his tastes and likes MOST everything I make, with the exception of cold soups, my parsnip and apple soup {really yum!} and, as I have just learned, kale smoothies.

I could have taken the cowards way out, and sneaked the kale in without telling anyone.

I mean, it’s not like it’s a green {colored} smoothie or anything, right?

Yes, I’ll be honest…

There is a faint hint of kale that you taste in this smoothie, but mostly it’s a icy sweet orangey blueberryish delight that goes down super smooth and makes you fell uber healthy for drinking it.


But, if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that s.n.e.a.k.y. is NOT how I role in the kitchen, so I had to tell my kids and hubbie what was in the smoothie.

And, in the end, with 50 percent of our household liking it, I’m batting 500.

Not too shabby, I’d say!

If the thought of drinking a Blueberry Orange Kale smoothie scares you, I hope you {and any kiddos you may have} face up to your fears and give it a try!

I know this guy thinks you should try it…

This dinosaur loves dino kale!

Blueberry Orange Kale Smoothie

  • 1 whole orange 
  • 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy/almond/or other milk.  Add more if needed depending upon desired smoothie consistency.
  • 2 cups chopped and loosely packed kale 
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder, optional
  • 1 cup ice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend away until smooth. Makes ~ 3 8-ounce servings or 2 12-ounce servings.


Have you ever tried a kale smoothie?  If you have kids, do you think yours would like like this?  What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book???

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  1. This looks delicious! When I was was working with elementary students we taught them to make a similar smoothie with kale, yogurt, pineapple juice, and pineapple chucks – and they loved it! I make mine with frozen banana and almond milk.

  2. This is great! And I’m so honored to be included 😉

    Greens Smoothies are high on my list to try next w/the kiddos… this is great inspiration.

  3. that’s a very interesting combination of flavors !

  4. Sounds VERY interesting. OJ has a lot of sugar and I may have to substitute something for that, but I’m very intrigued by the kale idea!

  5. I never thought to put kale in a smoothie! Always thought it would be too bitter! Glad it is tasty! happy weekend!

  6. ahhh i hope my future hubby is just as adventerous as yours! 🙂 hahahah kale seems to be a common miss item for all the guys i know. hahhaha. 🙂 love the blueberry here, deliciousness in a cup!!!

  7. I love this idea! I am gonna have to give it a whirl. Smoothies are such a great way to get in extra veggies. 🙂

  8. Loved Regan’s post as well. As for smoothies, I love kale in them. My kids will drink them. My husband, who likes almost everything (except goat cheese which I realize is unforgivable) doesn’t like greens in drinks: juices, smoothies, cocktails none of it. Maybe, for your fam, cut the kale content? One cup? Kale chips? My kids love those, worth a try.

  9. This looks delish and refreshing!! I love smoothies w/ OJ!
    My fav green smoothie thus far is to blend almond milk, frozen banana, peanut butter, a date and a handful of spinach or kale…
    My husband LOVES this combo… in fact he drinks one everyday!!

  10. such a fun post this is the way I may eat kale he he 🙂

  11. We all love kale and I do shove it into smoothies, usually with something a bit more punchy like pineapple and lime. But this looks so pretty that you don’t even have to convince me that it will taste good too. Will try this when I get back from holliday! And kale has never looked so beautiful – great images.

  12. It’s funny but I love kale, love smoothies, but have never been moved to make a kale smoothie. But you’ve give me a recipe now that I really want to try. And I just happened to have picked up some kale and blueberries yesterday!!

  13. what a great way to enjoy kale. I am going to have to try this on some kale-haters hopefully it will change their mind 🙂

  14. I had a slight variation on this smoothie for breakfast this morning. I orange, frozen blueberries, frozen cherries, kale, and almond milk. So yummy!

  15. This is one of my favorite green smoothie recipes! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  16. Jacqualine says:

    Yea OJ has a lot of sugar in it so I decided to just peel an orange and throw it in the blender. I love the pulp so I don’t mind it much. But I am all about Kale smoothies.


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