St. Patrick’s Day “Green” Smoothies

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 15, 2011

When it comes to making smoothies at our house, I like to make them as “raw” as possible.  I find great comfort in knowing that I can get a glassful of nutrients that is filled with deliciousness!

This particular “green smoothie,” has 2 green ingredients…kale and kiwi.

The kale cannot be tasted at all. The kiwi gives it a nice little zing. And the kids are sure to slurp it all down.

(Mine did, at least!)

They thought the “green juice” was cool!

And before you let anyone pinch you on the 17th, just tell them that you had a “green smoothie” for breakfast…that has to count for something right?!

Bring on the vitamins and nutrients!!!

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St. Patrick’s Day “Green” Smoothies


  • 2 medium bananas ($.60)
  • 1 kiwi ($.50)
  • About 1 cup kale, stem removed ($.50)
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into slices ($.25)
  • 2 cups milk (I used almond) ($.20-$.50)
  • 2 Tbsp sweetener – honey, agave, sugar ($.10)
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed


  • Place all the ingredients into a blender.  Add water up to the 4  cup marker on the blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Makes 4 8-oz. servings.

Cost $2.15

And if you feel the need to indulge after having your uber-healthy smoothie for breakfast, lunch or a snack…

Double Chocolate Mint Brownies…the lazy way!  A perfect way to cap off St. Paddy’s Day!


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

jessica March 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Can we sub spinach for the kale? Any suggestion to up the protein?


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom March 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Absolutely, spinach will totally work. Substitute part of the milk with some Greek yogurt to up the protein.



Jason March 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to make it tonight!


Jeff Bates March 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Awesome! I loved it!


Stephanie March 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm

This recipe was great! My picky 2 yr old gobbled down two glasses. Tougher sell on the older one but she’s a great eater in general and isn’t a big smoothie fan. I loved it and had whatever was left! Do you think you could substitute anything for the bananas? My husband isn’t a banana fan but would probably love a smoothie that had greens.


lance June 9, 2011 at 3:13 am

Hey erin,

I am curious where you can get milk for 40 cents- $1 per litre? or almond milk for less than $5 per litre?
and 2 bananas cost upwards of $5, which is a bit more than 60 cents.
Is the kale home grown ? is that why it only costs 50 cents for a whole cup?
Which shop do you buy your groceries? they seem very cheap. thanks for the recipie


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