The World’s Best Green Smoothie

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Drink, Recipes, Snack28 Comments

world's best Green Smoothie

A creamy blend of pear, almond butter, kale, and vanilla. It’s gluten-free and can be altered to be vegan as well! Truly the world’s best tasting smoothie!

Is this the wrong time of year to post a smoothie recipe?

It’s not summer, so people aren’t hankering for a cold drink.

It’s not January, so people aren’t looking for weight loss recipes.

I might be out of my mind to post this recipe right now, but I just love this smoothie so much I need to talk about it!

I first discovered this smoothie ingredient combo when I saw a post on Pinterest claiming to have The World’s Best Green Smoothie.

I normally balk at these claims because anyone can make them. Heck! I’ve even made those claims too! I have the World’s Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip recipe, the World’s Best Falafel recipe, etc, etc.

But then the post highlighted how popular this smoothie recipe was at a shop in NYC. The social proof won me over to, at least, take a look. And it sounded good, so I tried it!

Of course I modified the ingredients slightly but I had to admit that yes, this is the World’s Best Green Smoothie!

When we went to NYC I figured I needed to pay my respects to the originator of this smoothie and visit the shop, Terri, that sells them. The verdict! Absolutely divine.


My husband thought that it was tastier than my version but they do use a sweetened soy milk though. Of course, it’s going to be tastier! I can’t compete with sugar! But my version is still pretty dang good. I added vanilla and vanilla always makes everything better 🙂 Take that, sugar!


why this green smoothie is a smart choice

I’ve had a little pear obsession recently. They are so dang flavourful! And each pear has about 5-6g of fibre! Eating pears helps make it so easy to meet your fibre goals for the day (25g for women and 35g for men).

Pears also contain potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. They’re a super heart healthy choice!

And let’s not forget the kale! Smoothies are such a great way for eating veggies at breakfast! Did you know that 90% of people are NOT meeting their daily fruit & veggie needs? I created a way to make it super easy for you to start your day off veggie strong! I created this Veggie Smoothie Freezer Pack printable that will give you an average of 2.5 servings of fruits and vegetables in EACH SMOOTHIE! Just enter your e-mail address to get the printable, including a shopping list and full instructions.


If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day brighter.

world's best Green Smoothie

the world’s best green smoothie

  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie


A creamy blend featuring pear, kale, and vanilla.


  • ¾ cup lightly packed kale
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 small pear
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (or ¼ tsp vanilla powder)


  1. Place all ingredients in blender in order listed. Start on low and then turn to high speed.
  2. Blend until smooth.


  • Calories: 368
  • Sugar: 34
  • Fat: 11.5
  • Carbohydrates: 64
  • Fiber: 8.5
  • Protein: 11


p.s. This recipe is also part of my breakfast batch cooking plan! Prep once and you’ll have 21 days of nourishing breakfasts ready to go from your fridge or freezer! Check it out here. 

And what about some summertime smoothies? Check out this post with four refreshing smoothies: Strawberry Lemonade, Really Raspberry, Pina Colada Almond, and Peaches n Cream!




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28 Comments on “The World’s Best Green Smoothie”

  1. This really is my favorite green smoothie!! 5stars!! I actually do use the vanilla protein powder in this to give myself a little extra protein in take. I also add some flaxseed, and use Almond Milk

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