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Piggies, I am so excited about September. We are celebrating "all things Vitamix" this month with an exciting Vitamix 750 giveaway and a month of official Vitamix recipes. There is a lot to be proud of with this amazing company! Vitamix has recently launched their GORGEOUS new website, and I am thrilled to be a part of their "new generation of blending" partnering with them as the face of their new online technique and recipe videos.

I decided to start this month's delicious recipes featuring smoothies, drinks, and milks. I use my Blender every single day to make smoothies and vegan milks. I always starte my day with a green smoothie. As I say in the Vitamix green smoothies video, a green smoothie is my favourite healthy breakfast or snack because it's quick, it's easy, and you can pack so many different kinds of whole fruits and vegetables into one nutritious glass. I start every day of my life by making a different kind of green smoothie in my Blender.

Now, making green smoothies in a Vitamix is a whole different experience, because unlike some other blenders that are unable to really pulverize the fibrous parts of the green leafy veggies like kale, silver beet, and wild edibles, the Vitamix gives you a gorgeous creamy texture, which makes drinking green smoothies so much more enjoyable. 

This Raw Vegan Sweet Kale and Pear Green Smoothie is a fantastic example, not only of the power of this machine to make silky green smoothies, but also of the quality of the smoothie recipes you will find in the Vitamix recipe center. I love this sweet green kale smoothie because of the delicious blend of fruits. It is a fantastic introductory kale green smoothie the whole family can enjoy. Think you can't enjoy kale in a smoothie? This blend will change your mind. It is sweet and delicious, and except for the green colour, you would never know there was greens in it! 

Also check out their Going Green Smoothie, Mango Delight Smoothie, Banana Blueberry Orange Smoothie, and many other delectable smoothie creations from the Vitamix kitchen. Check out the video I did for their delicious Vegan Tropical Cooler Smoothie. YUMMO! 

One important thing to mention when making Vitamix recipes; always add the ingredients to the container in the order listed in the Vitamix recipe. This will help give you the smoothest, most efficient blend. If you are creating your own recipe, add the liquid ingredients first, then the green leafy vegetables and other veggies, and then place the ice on top. With the tamper in place, the ice will help pull all of the other ingredients down into the blades so everything gets blended quickly and evenly without heating the ingredients too much. 

For green smoothie newbies, Vitamix has a fantastic Create Your Own Custom Green Smoothie page with quick easy instructions for all kind of flavourful inspiration. A Vitamix green smoothie: It just doesn't get any better! 

*Note: I did not receive payment or product to write this post. However, I did receive giveaway product.

Photo taken by Clarissa Westmeyer of Kalman & Pabst Photo Group
This recipe is an official Vitamix Recipe.
Published here with permission from the Vitamix Corporation.

Find more delicious Vitamix recipes in their recipe center.

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*Please note: this recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container.
If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.

Vitamix Sweet Kale and Pear Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup (160 g) green grapes
  • 1 (140 g) orange, peeled
  • 1/2 (89 g) Bartlett pear, seeded
  • 1 (118 g) fresh banana, peeled
  • 1 cup (70 g) kale
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 2 cups (480 ml) ice cubes
  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn the machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

Photo: Clarissa Westmeyer of Kalman & Pabst Photo Group
This recipe is an official Vitamix Recipe.
Published here with permission from the Vitamix Corporation.

Find more delicious Vitamix recipes in their recipe center.

Follow Vitamix on FacebookTwitter & You Tube.

*Please note: this recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container.
If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.

Tip: how to select and store kale

To select the best tasting kale with the highest nutritional density look for varieties that have bright rich coloured leaves that are firm and energetic. The stems should be moist and crisp. Buy organic wherever possible and avoid leaves that are wilted, discoloured, bruised or have holes. Kale is very delicate and will become yellow, bitter, and lose much of its nutritional properties very quickly if not stored correctly. Do not wash the kale, but rather, enclose it in a plastic bag taking out as much of the air as possible. Then store in a cold fridge for up to five days. The Tupperware vegetable storers with the “breathers” are phenomenal for storing kale! For all of you fellow “tupper-tarts” out there – you know what I am talking about!

This is amazing! Can’t wait to try it at home!


Yes! This smoothie is really simple and delicious. A great way to get kale into kids too :)

Hey, I’ve read somewhere about which ‘greens’ are suitable to use in green smoothies but cannot remember where I read it. What about using spinach, watercress, carrot tops etc?
Thanks, Julia


Hey Julia
I recommend using as many different leafy greens as you possible can. Rotate them in order to get a balanced nutritional profile in your diet.
Kale, spinach, silverbeet, bok choy, collard greens, carrot greens, beet greens, turnip greens, radish greens, watercress, romaine lettuce, other lettuce, cilantro, parsley, wild edibles like dandelion greens. Hope into them ALL I say. Go through my green smoothie recipe category for tons of ideas. Great to be connected :)

I put 3 big handfuls of organic baby spinach in our fruit smoothies every morning. It doesn’t change the taste at all! There’s no texture difference either, but I’m sure that’s due to my amazing Vitamix;)

LOVE your blend! Isn’t Vitamix the best?!

This was delicious. Thanks for sharing.


Pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it. There are some wonderful recipes in the Vitamix recipe center. SO easy and SO good :)

This is a great recipe, great way to get greens for kids, my 7,4 year old loved it even 10 month old enjoyed eating it from the spoon =)


Oh I LOVE that! Thanks for sharing :)

Very nice smoothie. If you didn’t tell me what it was made of, I would say green apples. :)


Yes, I agree! Glad you enjoyed it :)
Thanks for taking the time to leave some lovely comments. I really appreciate it, and it is great to have you here.

Hi there, I have been drinking these green smoothies everyday for dinner for the last week or so and using spinach as my green.  Is it ok to eat cups of spinach everyday?  I have been making large smoothies and chugging down two cups worth.  I was wanting to have a green smoothie for breakfast as well but it suddenly occurred to me that maybe I am eating too much spinach?!  Should I use another green instead, I find kale not as mild as spinach.  What else would you suggest?  thank you!


Yes, you are right. It is very important to rotate your greens and eat different leafy greens every day. It is OK to have spinach a few days a week. But not every day. Spinach contains oxalic acid which can inhibit the absorption of calcium and iron in large quantities. This is not a problem if you are only eating it a few days a week. But tons of it will cause problems. Rotate spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, radish greens, parsley, cilantro, silver beet, bok choy, dandelion greens, beet greens, carrot greens etc

First official smoothie I tried making at home. Love that I can’t taste the kale because of the the other yummy ingredients!  And I love that it seems to make me feel quite full! Bravo on including this. Can’t wait to try more healthy blender recipes!


GREAT! SO glad you enjoyed this! Yes, this smoothie is a winner. Green smoothies can be SO tasty, and they are SO good for us, Please try some more :)

Here is my green smoothie recipe that i’ve been using every morning for the last 5 years. I guess I should switch it up, but it tastes so good!

2 large chard leaves
handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 apple
1/4 cup frozen or fresh berries of choice
1/2 cup orange juice or water
3 tablespoons Raw Organic Whey protein (

Bend it all in a blender and it’s an amazing way to start the day.


Thanks for sharing your blend. I don’t do whey. But I know others love it.

Hi there Blender Girl! We’re interested in what people who don’t use whey tend to use instead. Are you big into soy protein, sprouted proteins, or something else? We’d like to add something for vegans and want to make sure we hit our mark.  Your input would be greatly appreciated.

If you have a chance, you can also check out our website:


I am a huge fan of hemp protein. I also love rice protein, pea protein, sprouted protein powders, and other blends such as Vega, Sun Warrior, etc.

I drink this one. I am trying to find something other than the mango chunks as it is high in sugar. any ideas would be greatly appreciated

This is what i drink everymorning.  The only problem is the mango chunks are high in sugar.  do you have any recommendations on other foods that could be used

3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
3/4 cup (one 6-ounce container) plain nonfat Greek yogurt / substitute with protein powder 2xper week
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
Dash of vanilla extract
Pinch of cardamom
1 teaspoon chopped pistachios

Combine all ingredients together in a blend and mix until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with pistachios.


I like your blend. Although, I don’t recommend drinking the same blend every day. For nutrient diversity, it’s important to vary your diet. To lower the lower sugar in this blend you could sub the mango for coconut meat.

Please tell me….can you add flax oil to the smoothie?  And what about the sugar content for children?  Is there a way to add more protein besides milk or yogurt or protein powder?  Thanks!


Yes. Absolutely. I add 1 tablespoon of flax oil to smoothies all the time. In fact, it’s my go-to oil to add to smoothies because it’s so mild in flavor. To counteract the natural sugar content of fruit, add 1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder to every smoothie. That’s what I do. For protein, adding 1 tablespoon hemp seeds, chia seeds, superfood powders, green powders. nut butters, and coconut meat. Avocado and leafy greens are also good sources of protein.

I am looking for a basic re ripe to make book choy juice. I am in pain and the only foods I have is book choy banana spinach and two bananas. How and do I mix together to get a bik choy juice.


You could juice the bok choy and spinach and then blend together with the banana and some water for a delicious green smoothie.

Or, you could throw the bok choy, spinach, water, and bananas into the blender for a great smoothie that takes less time.

We just got a Vitamix 6300 and we’re just starting to try it out. Since it has a “Smoothie” setting, is it safe to assume that we should use that on these smoothie recipes?


Absolutely! Use the smoothie setting for any of the smoothies. Enjoy.

So now its okay too mix orange (acid) with banana (sweet)??? I’m sooooo confused!


I know…it can be so confusing. If you’re not following traditional food combining rules, you can mix anything you want for great flavorv in a green smoothie.

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