50 Healthy Kale Recipes for Losing Weight

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Kale is one of our favorite superfoods. It’s rich in vitamins A, C, and K. Vitamin A is essential for healthy eyesight, vitamin C strengthens your immune system, and vitamin K keeps your skin healthy. Kale is also low in calories and high in fiber and protein. A single cup contains 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, and only 30 calories.

Healthy Kale Recipes for Losing Weight

healthy kale recipes for losing weight

If you want to eat healthily, having healthy kale recipes on hand is essential. Kale, the original superfood, is high in antioxidants and vitamins. This lush green is also delicious and simple to grow in your fall food garden. Kale has earned its reputation as a weight loss superfood. Its low-calorie, high-fiber, and nutrient-rich composition makes it an excellent addition to any weight management regimen.

 In addition to filling half your plate with these greens at mealtimes so you eat less of the heavier items if you want to really speed up your fat loss efforts, snack on these veggies before your meal–while you’re cooking or waiting for your food to arrive—or even immediately before eating the meal but we prefer it to be included in the main course! Kale is a weight loss superfood, and we’ve got 50 healthy kale recipes for losing weight, so in conjunction with some exercise, you should be able to blast the fat with these meals!

Kale is also a versatile cooking ingredient. You can do almost everything with it! Check out these 50 kale recipes, including everything from kale breakfasts to kale desserts.



1. Pad Thai Kale Salad
We’ve put a healthy twist on pad thai! Skinny Ms. has transformed this take-out favorite into a nutrient-packed salad with 13 grams of protein, tons of heart-healthy fats, and only 21 grams of carbs.

2. Kale Berry Salad
With antioxidant-rich berries, this superfood salad delivers tons of nutrition for only 135 calories per cup.

3. Kale Caesar Salad
This salad is made with baby kale, which is more tender than regular kale. We’ve also used a homemade dressing, a healthy version of Caesar made with Greek yogurt, which adds protein to your meal without any sugar or unnecessary ingredients.

4. Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
Vegan, gluten-free, and packed with essential nutrients, this kale and chickpea salad is a must-have recipe. The ingredients are simple: kale, chickpeas, avocado, and spices. The homemade dressing is creamy and made with clean ingredients.

5. Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
This superfood salad is a quick and healthy option with a lemony kick.

6. Raw Kale Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Enjoy all the benefits of kale in this sweet and filling salad. With 10 grams of protein and tons of healthy fats from almonds, this is a satisfying dish that delivers everything you need.

7. Creamy Kale Potato Salad
Traditional potato salad is made with mayonnaise or other unhealthy creamy ingredients that pack in calories without any nutrients. This recipe substitutes mayonnaise with protein-rich Greek yogurt and adds vitamins and minerals through a variety of superfoods.


8. Slow Cooker Meatball Soup with Potatoes And Kale
Another hearty option is this creamy meatball soup. With 19 grams of protein, this low-carb soup will leave you full for hours.

9. Low-Calorie White Bean Kale Soup
This low-fat recipe contains 13 grams of protein, making it ideal to serve as a side dish or the main course.

10. Lentil And Kale Soup
This lentil soup uses coconut milk, which makes it more filling than most soups. Try it as a main course during cold winter months. It will warm you up as it delivers tons of essential nutrients.

11. Slow Cooker Kale and Quinoa Soup
This soup contains 11 grams of protein and is packed with vitamins and minerals from beans, quinoa, and kale.

12. Slow Cooker Kale And Sausage Soup
If you’re looking for something with more substance, try this slow cooker soup. The Italian sausage will leave you feeling full, and you’ll still get all the nutritional benefits of kale. This soup is incredibly easy to make. It has only seven ingredients and is made in the slow cooker.

13. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato And Kale Soup
This low-calorie soup is made with two superfoods: sweet potato and kale. Sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to regular white potatoes. They’re rich in vitamin A and C.

14. Mung Bean And Kale Soup
This light recipe has a measly 148 calories in a 1 cup serving. With under 2 grams of sugar, it’s a low sugar recipe that delivers plenty of protein and healthy fats. It’s rich with herbal flavors like turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper.


Egg Muffin with Peppers, Kale, and Cheddar

15. Egg Muffin with Peppers, Kale, and Cheddar
These egg muffins are a healthy and fun breakfast option that you can have on-the-go. To make this a low-fat breakfast, try using egg whites and low-fat cheese.

16. Kale And Eggs
Keep it simple by adding kale to an egg scramble. This recipe is low carb and high protein. Use egg whites if you want to make this low-fat and low-cholesterol.

17. Butternut Squash, Kale, and Garlic Scape Frittata
If you’re craving a fancy breakfast, make this kale frittata. This recipe combines kale with butternut squash, another low-calorie, nutrient-packed superfood. If you want to make this recipe light, use skim milk or unsweetened almond milk and reduce the amount of cheese.
18. Kale Breakfast Bowl
Have kale for breakfast! This breakfast bowl contains eggs and vegetables to keep you going all morning long.

Main Dishes


19. Skinny Kale Burgers
This vegetarian burger is low in fats and contains a hearty 11 grams of protein.

20. Baked Kale and Quinoa Patties
Have these vegetarian patties made with kale, quinoa, and low-fat feta cheese.

21. Kale And Salmon Cakes
If you’re looking for more protein in your burger, try these kale and salmon cakes. This paleo recipe is high in protein and contains a good dose of healthy fats from the salmon.

22. Orange Glazed Salmon with Wilted Kale
For a protein-rich dinner, make this easy salmon over wilted kale. It has 25 grams of protein and only 11 grams of carbs. The fats in this recipe are all essential heart-healthy fats from salmon, necessary to keep your mind and body functioning at their full potential.

23. Kale Palak Paneer
If you’re feeling more adventurous, try this healthy version of the classic Indian dish. This palak paneer replaces the cheese blocks with cubes of tofu and hides tons of vegetables in the flavorful sauce.

24. Baked Sweet Potato with Crispy Kale and Feta
Sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to regular white potatoes. Try them stuffed with kale, feta cheese, and walnuts.

25. Pita Pizza with Kale Pesto
This pita bread pizza is made with kale pesto. If you want to make it extra light, skip the bacon and use low-fat cheese.

26. Penne Pasta with Lentils and Kale
Pasta is a long time favorite in many households. Why not add kale for an extra nutrition boost? You’ll benefit from the vitamins and minerals in kale and get fiber, iron, and protein from the lentils.

27. Whole Grain Spaghetti with Kale and Tomato
This pasta keeps it healthy by using whole-grain spaghetti and skipping the jarred sauce. The flavor comes from fresh vegetables and spices that add tons of nutrients to this delicious recipe.

28. Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushroom, and Kale
If you’d rather avoid the carbs in pasta, use this spaghetti squash instead. Spaghetti squash is a low-calorie pasta alternative that is packed with nutrients and fiber. Toss in mushrooms, kale, and chicken for protein and you have a tasty, satisfying, and nutritious meal.

29. Sweet Potato, Kale, and Leek Gratin
This sweet potato gratin can be served as a side dish or a main course. It’s easy to make and incredibly healthy, with all the nutritional benefits of kale, leeks, and sweet potatoes. To make it lighter, use low fat milk or unsweetened almond milk, and slightly reduce the amount of shredded cheese.


Southwestern Kale Chips

30. Southwestern Kale Chips
Baked kale chips are a healthy, crispy alternative to potato chips. There are a variety of ways to season them. Make these easy kale chips with a southwestern spice mix.

31. Coconut Sesame Kale Chips
You can also make sweet kale chips. These work as a snack or a tasty, veggie-filled dessert.

32. Crispy Kale and Pumpkin Croquettes
These croquettes combine two nutrient-loaded ingredients: kale and pumpkin. Pumpkin is packed with vitamins and minerals and is a great seasonal option. You can serve these as appetizers or as an easy snack at your next family gathering.

33. Cheesy Kale Hand Pies
These hand pies are another great appetizer sure to please. You can make them with your favorite low-fat cheese.

34. Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus
Hummus is made with healthy chickpeas, which are rich in fiber and a good source of vegan protein. If you’re looking for a healthy snack, try this kale and roasted garlic hummus with fresh veggies like baby carrots or celery sticks.

35. Creamy Avocado, Artichoke, and Kale Dip
If you’re looking for a Paleo option, make this creamy avocado dip. It’s full of good fats believed to help you maintain a healthy weight.

36. Kale Crackers
You can also make kale crackers! This gluten-free Paleo recipe is made by baking kale, flaxseed, and eggs.

Smoothies & Juices

healthy kale recipes for losing weight

37. Green Tea Kiwi Berry Smoothie
This creamy, fruity smoothie is filled with nutrients. It has potassium from banana, antioxidants from the strawberries, vitamins from the kiwi, and the metabolism-boosting benefits of green tea.

38. SkinnyLicious Protein Smoothie
This smoothie is incredibly light with only 162 calories in 1 1/2 cup serving. It has healthy fats from avocado and tons of nutrients from apples, banana, spinach, and kale.

39. Mango Orange Kale Smoothie
This protein smoothie hides greens using the sweetness of fruit. You can easily make this recipe vegan by using hemp or pea protein.

40. Lean, Green Protein Smoothie Bowl
This hearty protein smoothie makes a perfect breakfast or light dinner. It’s packed with all kinds of nutrients and is so thick and creamy you can eat it with a spoon.

41. Cleanse & Detox SmoothieThis nutrient-packed smoothie weighs in at just under 200 calories. The mix of superfoods delivers all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body in top shape. It contains apple, lemon, kale, celery, flaxseed, and cinnamon.

42. Mean Green Juice
This ultra healthy detox juice is made with celery, cucumber, kale, apples, lemon, and ginger.

43. Kale-Aid Juice
This has been called the best kale juice recipe. If you’re into juicing, kale is a must-try ingredient. This recipe contains vegetables, ginger, lemons, and apples.

44. Morning Coffee Juice
This “coffee” juice doesn’t contain real coffee. Instead, it delivers energy from nutrient rich vegetables and natural fruit sugars.


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45. Chewy Kale Cookies
The clean-eating kale cookies are sweetened with stevia to keep the sugar content low.

46. Kale Brownies
If you don’t like the taste of kale, try hiding it in your dessert! You won’t be able taste your vegetables. These brownies are egg-free and gluten-free. You can easily make them vegan with vegan chocolate chips.

47. Kale and Butternut Squash Brownies
These brownie kale bites are made with butternut squash. Squash is a great superfood that’s packed with vitamins and minerals and is low in calories and sugar. Made with coconut flour, these brownie bites are gluten-free and Paleo friendly.

48. Fudgy Chocolate Kale Cookies
These vegan cookies contain tons of superfoods including kale, flaxseed, applesauce, and coconut oil. Though they’re a dessert, they pack tons of vitamins and minerals.

49. Chocolate Almond Kale Crunchers
If you’re feeling up to a baking challenge, try your hand at these chocolate, almond, and kale treats. This recipe combines kale and a variety of nuts for a dessert that’s delicious and packed with nutrients.

50. Kale and Apple Cake
This kale and apple cake is made with applesauce instead of eggs and butter for a moist texture that’s lower in calories.

For more superfood recipes, check out our these 7 Superfood Smoothies, or get ideas from our Superfood Shopping List.

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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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