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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Lemony Kale Mango Smoothie Cooking View

If you think pairing words “kale” and “refreshing” is a bit dubious, don’t worry. That’s right where I was a couple of months ago when I first came across this recipe. I’m a long time fan of green smoothies and I drink one almost daily. And I really do like kale, despite all of Jim Gaffigan’s trash talking. But in my experience, kale needs a bit of TLC to be at the very least palatable and certainly to be actually enjoyable. Every time I have come across a smoothie that included kale, I immediately wrote it off because “throw into a blender and puree” didn’t seem like it would cut it in the TLC department. And to be perfectly honest, I was worried the smoothie might taste like dirt.

I initially decided to try this because my garden was producing mad kale (before the caterpillars destroyed it – boo) and I was looking for new ways to use it. I figured, worst case scenario, I dump it out and only waste a few ingredients. Much to my surprise I not only enjoyed it, but actually prefer it to my old standby green smoothie. I don’t notice the taste of the kale, but the overall flavor is just really bright and refreshing. I think it’s the lemon that makes it so good. I also appreciate the simplicity of the recipe, as even my pre-coffee self is able to make it early in the morning.

Lemony Kale Mango Smoothie
Yield: 1 serving


  • Handful of coarsely chopped, ribbed kale leaves (about ½-¾ cup)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 small banana
  • Half a mango, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • ½ cup cold water
Cooking View


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Puree 2-3 minutes, until completely blended and smooth. Serve immediately.


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