Ginger Green Smoothie with Apples and Kale Leaves

[This post is part of my Green Smoothie series]

Using kale leaves in a green smoothie may be a bit unpalatable for some people. So to make the flavor more forgiving, I added a few apples and fresh ginger root. Ginger is incredibly healthy, packed with vitamins and minerals and studies show that ginger can even relieve nausea during pregnancy.

Fresh ginger root is popular in Asian cooking and available year round in the produce section of your local market. I like to steep it in hot tea or cook in an Asian stir fry. In this recipe I used about an inch piece of ginger, but feel free to change the quantity. A little goes a long way and will give the smoothie a zesty kick.

Ginger Apple Kale Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 4-5 kale leaves, chopped
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, skin peeled
  • 2 small apples, chopped
  • 2 cups water

    In a blender, combine kale leaves, fresh ginger, apples and water. Blend on the highest speed until smooth and creamy.

    Total Time: 5 minutes
    Yield: 3-4 cups
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    9 Responses to “Ginger Green Smoothie with Apples and Kale Leaves”

    1. Evelyne February 25, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      I just made this and it is delicious. I added a few ice cubes and I believe they enhanced the flavors even more.

      • Barb February 25, 2012 at 9:45 am #

        Thanks, Evelyne. The flavor of ginger and apples go really well together. I’m thinking of making this right now with ice cubes 🙂

    2. Winnie May 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      Oops… I added a bit too much ginger and boy the smoothie got a kick of heat. Also, my Hamilton Beach blender isn’t blending the apples and ginger very well. Bummer…

      • Barb May 15, 2012 at 12:36 am #

        Yeah, adding some fresh ginger can add a bit of heat 😉 As for the blending, try finely mincing up your ingredients prior to adding into your blender, or blend on the highest speed for a little longer. And I would peel the apples next time you use them. Hope this helps!

      • Lorena December 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

        This smoothie did not satisfy me all the Way. It was a great starter. But I had to add a few things.

    3. svg June 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      I just made my first smoothie. I could just taste the health!

      • Barb June 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

        That’s great, congrats! Let me know if you have any requests 🙂

    4. Barb September 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      What kind if apples should I use?

      • Barb September 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

        You can use any kind of sweet apples like fuji, honey crisp or golden delicious.

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