For the love of traditional mojitos, we decided to combine a few delectable ingredients into a refreshing green mojito smoothie. The drink is packed with fruits and vegetables, bringing a wealth of minty and citrusy freshness.
It is a healthy, reviving drink with all of the delicious flavors of a mojito cocktail, minus the sugar and alcohol.
Is This Smoothie Healthy?
Incorporating pineapple, coconut water, lime, and kale into a mojito gives it not just a zesty, refreshing flavor but also health benefits.
This low-calorie smoothie (98 calories per serving) is packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals including magnesium, potassium, zinc, and many more. All are essential for correct bodily function.
Pineapple and kale, the two main ingredients in the drink, are packed with nutrients. One cup of pineapple contains up to one-third of your daily value of vitamin C (79 mg of vitamin C) while kale adds an abundance of antioxidants and fiber to this smoothie (4.1 g of fiber in 100-gram raw kale).
You can also find these nutrient-dense fruit and veggie in a few of our other delicious smoothie recipes:
Our non-alcoholic mojito smoothie will permanently change your perception of green smoothies. Its base, just like any delicious smoothie, is made of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The main ingredient, pineapple, produces an incredibly sweet and fruity juice that pairs well with numerous fruits, including strawberries, bananas, mangos, and watermelons.
For this green smoothie, we used a blend of pineapple and kale. Though it comes with a little sharp and earthy taste, kale is not overbearing but rather complementary to the pineapple. We also added coconut water to smooth out the texture while highlighting the tropical flavors of the drink.
The recipe calls for two tablespoons of honey, but if your pineapple is sweet enough, omit it. Alternatively, add ginger if you desire a hotter flavor, or wheatgrass powder if you prefer a more earthy taste.
In addition to frozen fruits and ice cubes, the fresh lime juice, lime zest, and mint leaves impart that essential mojito feature — the cooling sensation.
The resulting smoothie is bright and crisp, slightly sour, and a little sweet. Beyond its claims of healthfulness, this smoothie is the ideal summertime refreshment.
The green mojito smoothie can be refrigerated for 1 – 2 days after blending. The best way to preserve its freshness is by storing it in an airtight jar as soon as possible.
To prepare in advance, mix all the ingredients (except for the coconut water and ice) in a container or Ziplock bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. Then, combine it with coconut water and blend until smooth.
How to Zest a Lime
From our experience, using a zester or the fine holes of a box grater often produces the best results while using a microplane is faster and more consistent (as it is for all food).
If you don’t have any of these specialized tools, use a standard peeler to peel the lime like you would a potato. First, peel long, broad strips of lime skin, then slice them into very thin strips with a knife or chop into small zest-like pieces.
The other easy way is to use a sharp knife. Simply remove thin layers of the lime peel, slice into thin strips, and finely cut into small pieces.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
The green mojito smoothie is a refreshing and healthy drink that's perfect for a hot summer day.