Though you can enjoy this simple orange kale smoothie year round, it’s a perfect recipe for winter. It uses citrus and cruciferous kale near the peak of season. I’m not usually a fan of kale smoothies, but the addition of frozen pineapple helps to balance out those green notes. And it’s hard to argue with the nutrition packed into each glass.
Dairy-Free Orange Kale Smoothie for Bone and Heart Health
More than a decade of research shows 100% orange juice and its vitamins and minerals may play a beneficial role in battling risk factors for heart disease. This includes a recent high blood pressure study in Spain that found 2 cups of orange juice per day resulted in “significant reductions in systolic blood pressure and other markers of heart health and inflammation.”
Research has also correlated orange juice to bone density in both children and adults. This recipe pairs it with kale, which is high in calcium and vitamin K. Together, they make what some might call a dairy-free superfood smoothie for bone health.
This orange kale smoothie recipe with photo was shared with us by FloridaJuice.com.
Special Diet Notes: Orange Kale Smoothie
By ingreidents, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, added sugar-free, vegan, plant-based vegetarian, and paleo-friendly.
- For more protein, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of almond butter or seed butter.
- For a keto-friendly shake, add a scoop of coconut cream.
- 2 cups orange juice (fresh squeezed or calcium fortified), divided
- 1 cup kale leaves, tough stems removed
- ¼ cup frozen pineapple
- 4 mint leaves
- Pour about half of the orange juice into your blender. Add the kale, frozen pineapple, and mint leaves, and blend until smooth.
- Add the remaining orange juice, and blend until smooth.
- Divide the smoothie between two glasses and serve.