Monster Smoothie

Add spinach or kale to your smoothie and it looks like something that oozed out of a swamp — but it tastes great, and has monster nutrition.

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Hands-on time: 15   |    Total time: 15   |    Makes: 4 3/4-Cup Servings


Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Blender (adult needed)


2 cup chopped kale
1 unit overripe banana, sliced; if you can plan ahead, freeze the peeled banana before making the smoothie
1 unit apple, cored* and chopped
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoon toasted almonds or walnuts (if you like)


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Put all the ingredients in the blender.
  2. Put the top on tightly. Turn on the blender to medium speed and blend until the mixture is smooth, 30-60 seconds.
  3. Divide the smoothie equally between 4 glasses and serve right away, or store in a thermos or covered in the fridge up to 4 hours.

Strip the ruffly leaves off the kale’s stems by grasping the bottom of each stem and pulling your hand up along it forcefully. The leaves will come off and leave behind the tough stems, which you can throw away. 

*”Cored” means with the core and seeds taken out.