Ginger Kale Smoothie
A tangy Ginger Kale Smoothie based off Jamba Juice’s Ginger ‘N Greens smoothie. With spicy ginger, bright lemon, nurturing kale, and frozen mango and peach, this nutrient-packed smoothie makes for a great snack or accompaniment to breakfast.
Ginger Kale Smoothie
This flavorful Ginger Kale Smoothie is based off of the tasty Ginger ‘N Greens smoothie from Jamba Juice – a favorite I haven’t enjoyed since we moved from the Bay Area to Kansas City (5 years ago!)! With a strong ginger flavor, the nutrient-dense kale goes undetected in this bright smoothie . You’ll mix frozen peach and mango with a squeeze of lemon, fresh ginger, and fresh or frozen kale. I like to add agave for a bit of sweetness, plus my favorite oat milk to get things moving in the blender. Once everything is blended up, you’ve got a smooth and creamy smoothie to enjoy as a snack, post-workout drink, or however else you like to enjoy your smoothies 🙂
Why You’ll Love This Smoothie
- Packed with nutrients
- Thick smoothie texture
- Ultra flavorful with fresh ginger and lemon
- Undetectable kale taste
What You’ll Need
Fresh ginger brings that spicy ginger flavor. I like to use a small piece of peeled, fresh ginger roughly equivalent to 1 teaspoon. Feel free to add less or more depending on your taste. I don’t recommend using ground ginger.
Frozen mango chunks make up the bulk of the smoothie. You won’t get any mango flavor but the frozen fruit lends to a thick, creamy texture in this smoothie.
Frozen peach slices also make up this smoothie. Using frozen peach/mango leads to a creamy smoothie texture (without needing banana, which tends to take over other flavors).
Fresh or frozen kale turns this into a “kale” smoothie – duh! It also brings a beautiful green color…and no, you won’t taste it! Feel free to use whole or shredded kale, fresh or frozen.
Lemon juice adds a bright citrus flavor and replaces the lemonade from the original Jamba Juice smoothie. If you like a more sour taste, feel free to add the juice of one whole lemon.
Agave is added to bring sweetness to the smoothie. In leu of lemonade, I add the agave and lemon juice, along with plant-based milk.
Plant-based milk helps get the smoothie blended – without it, the frozen fruit gets “stuck”. Feel free to use your favorite milk (I used oat milk).
Do I have to use frozen mango and/or frozen peach? For a thick smoothie texture, you do have to use frozen fruit. If you like more of a liquid smoothie, then fresh fruit should work. You just won’t need as much milk.
Can I use lemonade like the original Jamba Juice smoothie? Absolutely! If you plan to go this route, I recommend leaving out the lemon juice, agave, and milk. Then add lemonade by the 1/4 cup until the smoothie comes together in the blender.
Can I use frozen ginger? I don’t see why not! Just make sure you don’t add too much as the smoothie could end up with an overwhelming ginger flavor.
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup frozen peach slices
- 1 1/2 cups kale, fresh or frozen
- ~1 tsp of fresh ginger, peeled (add more or less to taste)
- Juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 2 Tbsp agave
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup plant-based milk (or regular milk)
- Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend on medium-high until smooth. Add more lemon or more ginger, if desired.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!