Better than a Shake – Green Smoothie

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If you’re a green smoothie holdout, this will be the one to win you over. This green smoothie recipe is ultra creamy, thick and rich with flavor. The fruit overpowers the kale taste, the avocado gives it the creamy texture and the ginger root makes for a surprising twist. And, by making your own smoothie, you know exactly what ingredients are used, and it’s all good! We call this Better than a Shake – Green Smoothie because it truly is. You be the judge.

Better than a Shake - Green Smoothie

Better than a Shake - Green Smoothie

Yields: 2 | Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups | Calories: 118 | Total Fat:4 g | Saturated Fat:1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Sodium: 22 mg | Carbohydrates: 16 g | Fiber: 2 | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 3 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4


  • 1 frozen banana, pre-sliced
  • 12 red grapes
  • 2 large kale leaves, stem removed
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled
  • 1/2 knuckle ginger root
  • 1/1/2 - 2 cups chilled water, depending on thickness preferred
  • 6 ice cubes


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth and creamy.

9 Comments on "Better than a Shake – Green Smoothie"

  1. Jennifer  January 27, 2016

    What size banana?

    • SkinnyMs.  January 27, 2016

      Jennifer, A medium size banana is good. 🙂

  2. Janelle Vergara  January 8, 2019

    What could I replace kale and avocado with? Thanks 🙂

    • Nichole Furlong  January 9, 2019

      Hi Janelle, you can replace the kale with spinach and add another small banana for the avocado. Please keep in mind these substitutions will change the nutritional information.

  3. Tesha  May 24, 2019

    If you make these ahead of time, how long would they keep in refrigeration?

    • Nichole Furlong  May 24, 2019

      Hi Tesha, smoothies are not something we would recommend to make ahead of time.

  4. Tesha L. Wheeler  May 27, 2019

    Bummer! Was hoping to make them for breakfast replacement, have a long commute and can’t make them in the morning. Thanks for responding!

  5. Sandy W.  June 29, 2019

    I make all sorts of smoothies one day and have enough to put into two large traveling cups with lids. I drink one right away for breakfast and drink the other the next morning for breakfast or as a mid-morning snack. The 2nd day smoothie thickens a little bit so I add filtered water or a little almond milk. It works beautifully for me, a Type 2 diabetic!

    • Nichole Furlong  June 29, 2019

      Glad you enjoy the recipes and great tips!


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