Enjoy this energizing and refreshing gut-healthy Green Vegan Smoothie Recipe as a post-workout snack or healthy breakfast.
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Sometimes on a March morning in a never-ending winter, one needs a bright and light green smoothie bowl to remember to have hope for sunnier and warmer days.
Sometimes, someone -- cough cough -- needs an extra dose of greens and vitamin C to help push her over the line from a lingering cold to finally healthy.
And then, conveniently, said sick person sees that it’s Saint Patrick’s day and decides to share it as an idea for the perfect Saint Patrick’s Day breakfast or snack!
This kale green smoothie recipe is all that and more. A smoothie that checks off all the boxes. It is full of ...
- Gut-healthy probiotics
- Vitamin C
- and flavor!
While also being dairy-free and gluten-free! Does it get any better than that?
Bright flavors from the mango, greens, lime juice are kicked up a notch from the gut-healthy kombucha that pulls the whole smoothie together. Add a little coconut and banana to round out the drink with some sweetness and it’s perfect to take on the go or to linger and enjoy it topped with all your favorite toppings.
Are green smoothies good for you?
Yes! As long as they are full of unprocessed fruits, veggies, nuts, and other natural ingredients they should be healthy for you. This green smoothie recipe definitely fits that profile with the mango, coconut, and kale in it!
Look out, though, for any recipes that have frozen yogurt, sherbet, frozen sweetened fruit, or other processed sugars added to them. That's when they start to contain more "empty" calories.
Is a smoothie enough for breakfast?
It depends on your breakfast appetite but these generally are enough for me (and I tend to have a hearty appetite!). If you're concerned about how filling it will be, make a smoothie bowl with it and top with granola, nuts, dried fruit, bananas, or whatever other toppings you like!
How do you make a sweet smoothie without sugar?
Thankfully, there are a lot of neat ways to do this. Great natural smoothie sweeteners are dates, bananas, honey, frozen fruit, and agave syrup. If a recipe gives a range of sweeteners to add-- say, 2-4 dates, for an example -- start by just blending the 2 dates in and only add in the rest in if it still needs it after taste testing.
Are smoothies good for weight loss?
Though anything can fit into a diet for weight loss in moderation, smoothies do tend to be a good pick for it if they are only sweetened with natural sweeteners and are full of unprocessed fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables will bring fiber and water that will keep you full longer while also providing you with important nutrients your body needs.
Smoothie Cooking Notes
- Don’t like kombucha? You can sub in 2 cups coconut water instead, but I highly recommend you try it out with it as it adds a zippy lightness without the forward kombucha flavor.
- I recommend an original or ginger flavored Kombucha to work with the tropical flavors in this smoothie but feel free to experiment with other flavors. I used Brew Dr’s “Clear Mind” flavor.
- To keep this vegan, use dates instead of the honey!
- In general, the more frozen fruit and ingredients you use in this smoothie, the more frozen and frosty it will taste. If you have fresh fruit, awesome, but otherwise this is a place where good quality frozen fruit shines!
- Serve this in a cup or bowl. It’s a thin enough smoothie enough to do either!
A satisfying and gut-healthy green smoothie bowl recipe to enjoy all year long!
- 1, 14-16 oz. bottle original/plain or ginger kombucha
- 2 Tsp. lime juice
- 2 packed cups kale, preferably lacinato
- 1 T. honey or 2 pitted dates
- 1 c. fresh or frozen mango, preferably frozen; see note below
- ½ c. frozen coconut chunks
- 1 banana
- Place ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Run on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, or until the smoothie is thoroughly pureed and no chunks of coconut remain.
- If serving in a smoothie bowl, top with nuts, seeds, fresh fruit, granola, honey or any of your favorite toppings.
- If you don’t have or like kombucha, you can sub in 2 cups coconut water… though if you’re subbing because you don’t like it I highly recommend giving this a shot. The kombucha accents the flavors here while not giving that straight kombucha flavor.
- Sometimes I make this smoothie while I’m cooking dinner and eat it for breakfast the next two days. That being said, you can make this ahead of time and store the smoothie in the fridge until serving-- up to 48 hours (it will obviously defrost but the flavors are still spot on).
Amount Per Serving Calories 275Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 0mgSodium 511mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 5gSugar 15gProtein 4g
This nutrition breakdown is purely an estimate of the nutritional value of this recipe and cannot be taken as fact. The owners of Mae's Menu are not nutritionists or dieticians and therefore cannot be held accountable for this nutrition estimate. Please contact your nutritionist or medical professional for a nutritional breakdown of this food. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.