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A blender with kale smoothie in it

Kale Berry Smoothie

This Kale Berry Smoothie with steamed greens is a sweet and healthy recipe that includes a serving of vegetables! This dairy-free and vegan green smoothie recipe is an energizing way to start the day.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


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  • 1 large bunch of kale (you can use curly kale or lacinato kale)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 cups jarred or fresh carrot juice
  • 1 frozen ripe banana, broken in half
  • 2 cups frozen berries (I used a mixture of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 2 scoops unsweetened protein powder (optional, for added nutrition)


  1. Prep your kale for the smoothie by removing the leaves from the stems. Place the leaves in a salad spinner or in a large bowl of water to rinse the leaves thoroughly. Spin the kale dry or shake the leaves to get rid of excess water.
  2. Place the kale leaves in a steamer basket or in a microwave-safe bowl. Steam the kale for 3-4 minutes on the stovetop in a steamer basket or for about 2 minutes in the microwave.
  3. Set the steamed kale aside while you prepare the smoothie. You don’t have to steam the kale, but I find that it make the flavor milder and also makes the smoothie easier to digest. Feel free to leave the kale raw if you prefer.
  4. In the pitcher of a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec, combine the hemp seeds, carrot juice, frozen banana, frozen berries, cocoa powder, and protein powder.
  5. Then, use tongs to transfer the steamed kale to the top of the smoothie mixture inside the blender pitcher.
  6. Lock on the lid and then blend the smoothie for about 60 seconds, or until it is smooth and creamy.
  7. Serve immediately, or refrigerate any leftovers for up to 48 hours in a covered container.


  1. One bunch of kale will yield about 3 cups of kale leaves when the stems are removed.
  2. You can also use baby kale in this recipe, but you won’t need to steam baby kale as long as regular kale.
  3. You can also substitute any other type of leafy green in this recipe for the kale including collard greens, bok choy, chard, or spinach.
  4. Feel free to use your favorite frozen berries in this smoothie. Frozen sweet cherries are also great.
  5. Feel free to use chia seeds instead of hemp seeds, if you prefer. You can also use almond milk or orange juice instead of carrot juice.

Keywords: kale smoothie, steamed kale in smoothie, steamed greens in smoothie