Cold buster smoothie

I know what you’re thinking.

Another green smoothie…boring. But, before you click away let me say this.

I’m not a huge green smoothie person either. Swear. And I loved this one.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you I drink them all the time because “you totally don’t taste the spinach or kale.” That’s a lie. Anyone that says such things should not be trusted.

Yes, there’s kale in this smoothie. But you better believe I blended the shiznit out of it so I wasn’t chewing on kale pieces with every sip. AND, the strawberries and orange in this really steal the flavor show. I promise.

I used a blood orange because I still had 3/4 of one sitting in my fridge, but this would be fine (just a little sweeter) with a regular orange.

Waking up yesterday morning, I really felt no better than the previous day. I hate when colds just linger. I always expect to be on the upswing by the third day but apparently this one wanted to hang around a little longer. Not cool.

This was my attempt to really kick it in ass and shove it out the door. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend since 9am on Monday morning so I refuse to let this cold keep me down. Not sure if any of this is actually working but I‘m not going down without a fight!

Kale seemed like the perfect nutrient dense smoothie ingredient and strawberries and oranges just give it a tartness and tang that at least taste like they’re doing something to help my body fight off these germs.

And if I’m wrong, at least I drank something pretty tasty (and healthy!) in the meantime.

4.7 from 3 reviews

Cold Buster Smoothie
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A green smoothie to bust through that winter cold.
Recipe type: smoothie, drink
Serves: 1
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 orange
  • 2-3 large kale leaves, stem removed
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • handful of ice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well until smooth, at least 2 minutes.


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  1. 1

    That sounds delicious! I’m one of those crazy people who really do love green smoothies. Don’t trust me… ever.

  2. 2

    welp, IMO this is certainly more tempting than a giant kale salad! :) hope you’re feeling better!

  3. 3

    Eat a spoonful of garlic! Not sure if you’re thattt desperate to get rid of the cold but I’ve heard it helps hah.
    Hope your feeling better enough to enjoy the weekend!

  4. 4

    +1 for being another crazy person who likes kale smoothies :) But try it this way and I promise you won’t be able to taste it:
    Handful of kale, stems removed + 1 banana + 1/2 cup almond milk, then blend till the kale is totally smooth. Then I just add enough frozen mango, pineapple and strawberries to fill my magic bullet cup and blend again till there are no more frozen fruit chunks. It’s delicious, I promise!

  5. 5

    Mmm, I love strawberries in green smoothies. I actually prefer some greens in smoothies rather than in a salad, even if I can still taste it, although not usually kale because my little magic bullet still leaves leafy pieces and that grosses me out, haha. When I get a better blender I will blending that stuff up like crazy though! Hope you have a great weekend despite being sick :(

  6. 6

    I’m still going with, “gross, another green smoothie” ;)

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  7. 7

    That looks good and nice way to get a bunch of vitamins in. Do you have it cold though? Because when I’m sick, the last thing I want is an icy beverage.

  8. 8

    what a great idea. i love this. and strawberries would make this smoothie taste so great.

  9. 9

    Looks wonderful!!!

  10. 10

    I hope you feel better. Spinach does nothing to me in a smoothie but whenever I branch out with another green ingredient I just cannot drink it.

  11. 11

    Believe it or not, it took this raw foodie a long, long time to warm up to green smoothies! I’m a lot more comfortable with them nowadays, and I do especially crave them in winter; whether that’s an instinctive urge to harness their cold-fighting properties, I’m not sure. Great recipe!!

  12. 12

    I still haven’t seen blood oranges in the store. I guess I need to look harder!

  13. 13

    Thanks for your honest opinion. I totally agree with you that I can always taste the greens in green smoothies and I don’t really enjoy it. When I was on a raw food diet I forced down the green smoothies but now I make my own variation called a Green Thickie. I make these into a filling meal by adding in oats, seeds or nuts and dried fruit to sweeten it such as dates. I really love Green Thickies as I really can’t taste the greens in them at all.

    I really hope the green smoothies helped with your cold and if you fancy giving Green Thickies a try, you can find some great recipes at:

    Many thanks

  14. 14


    I used frozen cherries instead of ice. Yummy!

  15. 15

    Thanks for sharing the recipe…made it for myself and a friend who is sick and we loved it. I don’t mind green smoothies at all, I’m one of those people who enjoys them!

  16. 16

    I forgot to mention I shared the recipe on my blog!

  17. 17

    Thanks for the recipe. I’ve been looking for a cold busting smoothie. My 2-yo and I enjoyed it although I did have to alter it to what I had at home. To forgo the ice, I added frozen strawberries and used mango juice instead of almond milk as we’re allergic to nuts (no honey necessary). And for some added punch, a scoop of Rainbow Light protein enhancer with Spirulina.

  18. 18

    Just found this recipe and it looks great. Your photography is awesome. Load up those ingredients and blend the shiznit out of them. LOL!


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