Green Lemonade Smoothie

Happy Monday friends. I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was nice with tasty Indian food on Friday night (at the new spot in Carytown, Curry Craft) lots of wedding planning stuff, a trip to the farmer’s market, a visit from my mom and a little baking/cooking. Not too shabby.

Some green goodness was involved as well…

Green Lemonade smoothie

Sunday morning I woke up craving something green for breakfast but I didn’t feel like breaking out my juicer. I decided to try making a green juice smoothie in my Vitamix. I usually use frozen bananas and almond milk as a base for all my smoothies but I wanted this one to be more like juice so I stuck with a pear and water.

Green Lemonade smoothie

The Vitamix did a great job of pulverizing everything which resulted in a smooth textured drink that’s not only detoxifying, but alkalizing and energizing as well.

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Green Lemonade Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1


If you don’t have a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix or Blendtec), you can still make this smoothie, the texture just won’t be as smooth. Feel free to use an apple in place of the pear if you’d like — both pears and apple are sweet and will give the drink a nice flavor. If you’re about the drink tasting too “green” you can add a splash of coconut water to sweeten it up.


  • 2 cups raw kale
  • 1 large pear, cored and sliced into large pieces
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup ice
  • 3/4 cup cold water


  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth, adding additional water until the smoothie is the texture and consistency you enjoy.

I know there are benefits to both juicing and blending, but this type of green smoothie is great for a few reasons:

  • You don’t have to clean a myriad of juicer pieces (Score!)
  • You get all the fiber from the fruit and veggies so your blood sugar won’t spike
  • The smoothie is thicker and a bit more filling than a juice (IMO)

Green Lemonade smoothie

I paired the smoothie with a few mini protein muffins for breakfast and it was the perfect boost of energy to start my day, but I could also see this being a great mid-afternoon snack. And for all of you that may have indulged in one too many margaritas yesterday in celebration of Cinco De Mayo, this would be a great recovery drink this morning. Just throwing that out there. 😉

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    1. renie
      August 15, 2014 AT 6:59 pm

      I love spinach, cucumber, grape, apple, carrot and lime smoothes. I did it with a lemon by mistake but it was great. Has anyone tried it with frozen spinach? Since I use frozen grapes and pineapple I thought it might be cheaper and have more vitamins. Have to say, I don’t love kale as much unless it’s in soup.

    2. Mic
      May 25, 2013 AT 4:36 pm

      Where can I find the recipe for the mini protein muffins.

    3. Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets
      May 15, 2013 AT 4:17 pm

      I’ll definitely be trying this one out! Thanks!

    4. Jen @ SavedbytheKale
      May 9, 2013 AT 7:45 am

      Love, Love, Love Kale! This smoothie sounds great!

    5. Lucia
      May 9, 2013 AT 12:11 am

      I live in China and, although there are a lot of veggies, there is no kale. Yes, amazing, but true. Can I make the smoothie with regular lettuce? Or do you suggest another green like spinach?


    6. Patti
      May 8, 2013 AT 8:06 pm

      That smoothie looks so refreshing! I wish I had a Vita-Mix… My Ninja blender is fine with spinach, but leaves kale somewhat chunky.

    7. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
      May 8, 2013 AT 7:41 pm

      I love putting kale in my smoothies! This one sounds awesome!

    8. Ashley
      May 8, 2013 AT 5:40 pm

      This looks so, so good!

    9. Jenny
      May 8, 2013 AT 1:08 pm

      I have been advised not to eat raw kale or spinach for issues with my thyroid. What about steaming them then blending them and putting them into ice cube trays. Is that a bad idea or any thoughts. I love kale and spinach and green smoothies so trying to find a good solution. Also in the summer such an abundance of kale no possible way to eat it all so this might help with that too. thanks

    10. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers
      May 8, 2013 AT 8:27 am

      I am making this today! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ve always been a little weary about incorporating kale into smoothies, but I need to give it a try!

    11. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
      May 8, 2013 AT 5:30 am

      Mmmm this sounds so good, but the ingredients are so surprising! I would not have guessed pear and cucumber to be on the list. I will definitely have to try it 🙂

    12. Lindsay
      May 7, 2013 AT 10:30 pm

      I am anxiously waiting the recipe for the Protein Muffins!!!! They look Delish!

    13. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
      May 7, 2013 AT 7:31 pm

      That smoothie looks deliciuos. Such a vibrant color of green! I can’t wait to give it a try!

    14. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion
      May 7, 2013 AT 7:45 am

      looking for new drinks to enjoy this summer on the patio. This is on my list

    15. Sean
      May 7, 2013 AT 4:59 am

      Just looking at this makes me feel good. Great twist on the traditional lemonade and low maintenance too. I hate cleaning those juicer pieces!

      I will definitely try this at the weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    16. Kay W
      May 7, 2013 AT 3:42 am

      Wow! I can’t wait to give this a go, look so delicious. Do you have the recipe for the protein muffins too?

    17. Frajes
      May 7, 2013 AT 3:13 am

      Smoothie, smoothie, smoothie…if too much of anything was not bad for the body I would drink smoothie all the time. This is a great looking smoothie!!!

    18. Beth @ Tasty Yummies
      May 6, 2013 AT 10:54 am

      This look sooo amazing!! I love smoothies like this. Such a beautiful color!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 6, 2013 AT 6:15 pm

        Thanks Beth!

    19. Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
      May 6, 2013 AT 9:35 am

      I would love to give this a try! I too, typically use almond milk and banana as the base of my green smoothies.

    20. Emma @ a mom runs this town
      May 6, 2013 AT 8:51 am

      In going to use this to convince the hubs to get me a vitamix!

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