Get your daily dose of dark leafy greens any time of day with this delicious green smoothie. Ground flaxseed adds omega-3s. Pour any extra into a freezer-pop mold and have it later as a frozen green smoothie pop.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2011


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place bananas, pear (or apple), kale, orange juice, water, ice cubes and flaxseed in a blender. Pulse a few times, then puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.



Choose organic kale when possible. Nonorganic can have high pesticide residue.

Look for ground flaxseeds (or flaxmeal) in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or in natural-foods stores. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Nutrition Facts

213 calories; protein 3.5g 7% DV; carbohydrates 49.5g 16% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 7.6g 31% DV; sugars 28.7g; fat 2.5g 4% DV; saturated fat 0.3g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 1820.2IU 36% DV; vitamin c 64.3mg 107% DV; folate 74.5mcg 19% DV; calcium 60.7mg 6% DV; iron 1.1mg 6% DV; magnesium 70.2mg 25% DV; potassium 763.1mg 21% DV; sodium 15.6mg 1% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 19% DV.

Reviews (11)

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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
I gave it one star because of the sugar and carb content. It's massive!!! NO THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
I found it tasted disgusting and I would not make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I believe that health comes with healthy food. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the prices for that value. I believe I've found the solution here Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My first green smoothie I love this recipe it's delicious and i'm impressed for my first go at a green smoothie. It makes me want to try others too. The consistency I think will depend on your blender. I used a magic bullet for mine and had to first blend it then switch to the puree blade to finish it off but it came out really smooth and a pretty shade of green that's not off putting at all. It tastes a lot like strawberries and bananas to me and my 3 year old(even though there's no strawberries in it). Drinking it it's not too thick and not chunky (again it probably depends on the blender you use). I believe if my 3 year old loves this then probably any kid would if they could get past the look of it. Really great thank you! Pros: tastes delicious super easy to make not expensive for ingredients Cons: no cons Read More
Rating: 3 stars
VOMIT? Does any one else's look like vomit I don't know what I did wrong?! It tastes good but unless I close my eyes its hard to stomach.. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
One Word - Delicious This was my first green smoothie. My husband and I enjoyed it tremendously. I realized too late that we were out of orange juice - so I squeezes a blood orange and a tangerine (that was all I had) and supplemented a little mire liquid with water to get 1/2 cup. My banannas were very ripe. We loved it! Pros: Wonderful ingredients and no dairy Cons: Gone too soon Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great smoothie! I used unsweetened coconut milk instead of the water and it was very yummy. My teenager son and 4 year old twins loved it. I would probably add more flax seed next time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Fooled my Mom Delicious Pros: She had no idea there was kale in the recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great smoothie! I make it often and my husband even loves it. I love that it uses kale because it is so healthy. Not too sweet. I wouldn't change a thing except to add some coconut oil which would not change the taste only make it healthier. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I LOVE IT!! really yummy!! tastes more fruity than vegetable-y and it's not too sweet. i even pack the kale really tight and then some. the kale and banana go great with a granny smith green and tart. kale is such a fantastic vegetable i am so pleased to have a new way of putting it into my diet. thank you:-) Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Add some nutritional punch! This is a great start but I like to punch up the nutritional value with fresh aloe vera. See for the myriad reasons why you definitely want aloe vera in your smoothies. shows you how to harvest the aloe gel. Here's a few more changes I would make: swap an avocado for one of the bananas to get more beneficial oils; a teaspoon of coconut oil would also be great. Add organic parsley and cilantro for detoxifying properties and organic spinach for additional vitamins minerals and flavor. A few spoons of organic blueberries will add both sweetness and antioxidants (the organic really has twice the flavor and thus nutrition over the non-organic!). Sprinkle in some cinnamon for blood sugar control and flavor add some xylitol for sweetness and to ward off cavity-causing bacteria and a spoon of brewer's yeast (I like non-GMO products from Lewis Labs or Bluebonnet) for more B vitamins. If you have other green superfood powders like Vitamineral Green from or Pure Synergy from add a spoon or two of that as well because those products have such a wide array of high quality greens and enzymes that you are not likely to source individually. Make sure the orange juice is fresh squeezed as the pasteurized stuff is probably more poison than beneficial. The end product may not be quite as green looking but t Read More