The Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Smoothie I Can't Stop Making


This mango green smoothie gets bright tart flavor from frozen passion fruit, and inflammation-fighting benefits from fresh kale. Dates add natural sweetness without added sugar. While cilantro may not be a typical smoothie ingredient, we love the herbal notes it adds to this smoothie. Feel free to leave it out if that's not your thing—it's just as delicious without.

a recipe photo of the Best Mango Passion Fruit Green Smoothie
Photo: Jordan Provost
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins

I was never much of a breakfast person until I started making this mango-passion fruit smoothie. But one day, I was trying to think of some ways to use up a bag of frozen passion fruit I had bought on a whim—and I came up with this easy five-ingredient breakfast smoothie. It was love at first sip, and now I can't stop making it. I've been whirring up this recipe every morning for my husband and me ever since. This recipe makes enough to fill two 16-ounce mason jars, so it's a perfect grab-and-go breakfast to bring to work.

Nutrition Notes

Passion fruit on its own is pretty tart, which I love. I wanted to find a way to sweeten it without added sugar, so I paired it with frozen mango and Medjool dates. I added plain yogurt for some protein. The fresh kale complements the tart passion fruit flavor, while mellowing it out a bit. I love that my husband and I are sneaking in some of our veggie servings at breakfast. And kale is packed with nutrients like lutein, folate and vitamin K that help fight inflammation and slow cognitive decline.

Tips from the Test Kitchen

Can You Use Spinach Instead of Kale?

Yes! While we find that kale is a better pairing with passion fruit, you can substitute the leafy green. If you do use spinach, I would use baby spinach, as the flavor of mature spinach will overpower the other ingredients and taste "spinach-y."

Can I Use Passion Fruit Puree Instead?

Yes, you can use passion fruit puree—however, it might change the texture of the smoothie. Many purees include seeds, whereas frozen passion fruit cubes don't. Another thing to be aware of is the nutrition in passion fruit puree. Some purees have added sugar, so if you're looking to keep an eye on sneaky added sugars in your diet, that's one place to be mindful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can You Find Frozen Passion Fruit?

I love frozen passion fruit because it comes in convenient little cubes without the seeds and without any added sugar. Look for brands like Pitaya Foods with other frozen fruit at your local grocery store.


  • 4 cups kale, stemmed and roughly chopped

  • 2 cups frozen mango chunks, thawed slightly (see Tip)

  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened seedless passion fruit cubes

  • 1 cup whole-milk plain yogurt

  • ½ cup water

  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted

  • 1 sprig fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. Add kale, mango, passion fruit, yogurt, water, dates and cilantro (if using) to a blender. Blend on medium-low speed, adjusting speed as necessary, until well combined and creamy.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in a covered container for up to 1 day.


Run cold water over the frozen mango to take the chill off. It makes it much easier to run the blender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

465 Calories
6g Fat
95g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size 1 3/4 cups
Calories 465
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 95g 35%
Dietary Fiber 19g 68%
Total Sugars 68g
Protein 17g 34%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Vitamin A 4584IU 92%
Vitamin C 122mg 136%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 67mcg 17%
Vitamin K 227mcg 189%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Calcium 239mg 18%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 69mg 16%
Potassium 819mg 17%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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