Beginner’s Luck

The Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie is a great starter smoothie for beginners. It’s full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore— and tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit. So head to the grocery store now and give this smoothie a try. We have a feeling you will be pleasantly surprised.

Beginner’s Luck

Serves 2


  • 2 cups spinach, fresh
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 cup mango
  • 2 bananas


Blend spinach and water until smooth. Next, add the remaining fruits and blend again.

449 Responses to “Beginner’s Luck”

  1. Shayla 1.15.2015 at 8:37 pm #

    Can I add protein powder to this beginners smoothie or will it keep me full for breakfast with the ingredients listed?

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.17.2015 at 11:19 am #

      Absolutely Shayla! If you’re using this one as a meal replacement, I’d recommend adding in a source of healthy fat and protein such as coconut oil, almond milk, nut butter, avocado, etc.


  2. Jem 1.8.2015 at 7:55 pm #

    Thanks Jessie :) will do the brocolli, banana and mango tomorrow. Cheers

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.9.2015 at 8:12 pm #


      • Jem 1.10.2015 at 12:03 am #

        Hi :) tried the broccoli, mango and banana smoothie this morning… It was ok

  3. Jem 1.8.2015 at 6:51 am #

    Oh and I forgot to ask… I only use 2 kinds of fruit (1 cup each) Is that ok?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.8.2015 at 5:56 pm #

      Totally. You can make the recipes work for you!

  4. Jem 1.8.2015 at 6:48 am #

    Hi again… Been following this recipe and super enjoying it. Tried papaya instead of mango the other day and it was great. Then next day I used cabbage for my veggie and I think I’m gonna stick with spinach for awhile. I have brocolli in my fridge… Does it taste good too with banana and mango??? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.8.2015 at 5:57 pm #

      I haven’t tried broccoli, mango, banana. Have it a blend and let us know how it goes. :)

  5. joeline 1.7.2015 at 4:25 pm #

    This is my fav!! For my fitbit, how many calories would you say is in this? Thanks and happy new year!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.8.2015 at 6:06 pm #

      Hey Joeline.

      Glad you liked it. We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data and the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  6. michelle 1.6.2015 at 1:29 pm #

    Hi, i am from the uk i am just wondering whats an equivalent measure to a cup?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.6.2015 at 2:29 pm #

      Hey Michelle.

      Does this help:

      Spices | Proteins | Superfoods:

      ½ tsp = 2mL
      1 tsp = 5mL
      2 tsp = 10mL
      1 TBSP = 15mL
      2 TBSP = 30mL


      Mango | Pineapple | Strawberries | Beets | Carrots | Blueberries | Raspberries

      1 cup = 250mL
      1 ½ cups = 375mL
      2 cups = 500mL


      Water | Coconut Water | Coconut Milk | Almond Milk | Fresh Squeezed Juice | Rice Milk

      ½ cup = 125mL
      1 cup = 250mL
      1 ½ cups = 375mL
      2 cups = 500mL

  7. Kelly 1.6.2015 at 6:02 am #

    Hi! I just made the Beginners Luck green smoothie this morning with my Ninja Mega Kitchen System blender and it turned out ALMOST perfect. I followed your recipe exactly as listed and all of my fruit was frozen. When it was finished blending it was to thick to even pour so I added one extra cup of water and blended it again. It was then very smooth and perfect for drinking but it was very frothy, did I over blend? Or was it the added water?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.6.2015 at 2:28 pm #

      Hey Kelly.

      Next time use only frozen bananas in the recipe. One ingredient frozen usually adds enough chill. Hope that tip helps. :)

      • Kelly 1.7.2015 at 6:14 am #

        Ok thank you for the tip! I usually buy all frozen fruit because the bags are super cheap at the store I shop at, I guess I can thaw them out the night before in the fridge!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.7.2015 at 7:34 am #

        Have you tried Costco frozen section. They have an amazing frozen fruit section. :)

  8. Nichole 1.5.2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Hi! I used my blender for the first time today and my smoothie tastes good…however the spinach wasn’t smooth enough. How long would you suggest to mix the greens before adding the fruit?

  9. Terri 1.5.2015 at 7:56 am #

    My husband and I want to give this a chance. However, my husband has hemachromatosis. In other words his body stores every drop of iron he eats in his kidney, hearts and lungs…as a result we have to limit his intake of dark green leafy veggies. Can you give me a suggestion of what veggie I can substitute in the smoothie for him? I was wondering if zucchini or cucumber would work. Thanks…Terri

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.5.2015 at 11:09 pm #

      Ooh, I’m not sure about that one, Terri. Did you guys check out our page ? It lists all the yummy greens you can sub in. :)

  10. Jayne 1.4.2015 at 2:04 pm #

    When you say “cup” is there a certain measurement?
    Or as long as we use the same cup it will keep it in the right quantity/ration

  11. Jem 1.3.2015 at 9:16 pm #

    Hello.. Tried this for my morning smoothie. It was my first time and it was amazing and tasted so so so wonderful. Cheers to good health. Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.5.2015 at 10:56 pm #

      Woohoo, Jem!! Keep up the great work!:)

  12. Jerri-Lee 1.3.2015 at 7:57 am #

    All I can say is WOW! I made this for breakfast and it was so, so good. I like everything sweet as was sure that I would need to add a few dates or some agave nectar, but nothing is required. This recipie was delicious. Thank you.

  13. Geraldine W 1.2.2015 at 4:42 am #

    if I use ice, what is the equivalent to water?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.2.2015 at 9:23 am #

      Depends on the size of your ice cubes. If you freeze water in 1 cup cubes it would be equal parts.

  14. Sarah 1.1.2015 at 1:47 am #

    I suffer from fructose malabsorption and follow a Low FODMAP diet, and I am unable to eat mango (it makes me very ill!) so I was just wondering what would be a good substitute?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.1.2015 at 8:31 am #

      Extra pineapple would work, or sub in cherries, oranges, grapes. :)

  15. Groovy 12.31.2014 at 7:50 pm #

    I christened my new blender with this smoothie and I’m impressed! Tastes good and it makes two very very good serving sizes full, I put the other in the fridge for tomorrow =) Cheers to the New Year!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.1.2015 at 8:30 am #

      Cheers! Give you smoothie a good shake before consume the one in the fridge. The ingredients try to separate.

      Happy New Year!

  16. Ileana 12.30.2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Hi! This is my first time making a green smoothie and I had query. I know fresh spinach is best, but I steamed and pureed some that’s currently in my freezer and was hoping I could use that for this recipe. Since spinach reduces so much, how would I adjust the spinach and water levels if I’m using steamed and pureed spinach from the freezer? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.31.2014 at 8:10 am #


      Thanks for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, I have not use steamed, pureed leafy greens in my smoothie. Your guess would be as good as mine. For you first smoothie I would suggest buying fresh, then you will know what if taste like. After that you can experiment with pureed. :)

  17. tara 12.21.2014 at 2:17 pm #

    How many servings does this make

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.22.2014 at 7:52 am #

      It serves two, Tara. :) Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16 oz) everyday in the morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen drinks hers for lunch or sometimes as a mid morning snack Since green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage.

  18. Becky 12.18.2014 at 6:32 am #

    I tried this…promising flavor, but I think my mango wasn’t ripe nearly enough to get the flavor ripe. Will try again in a day or two!

    Also: I never know how firmly to pack and measure the spinach. Any tips?

    Thanks! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.18.2014 at 7:26 am #

      Hey Becky.

      Thanks for the comment. We like to firmly pack our leafy greens. (The more the merrier.)

      Here is a video to better explain.

  19. Norman 12.15.2014 at 7:21 pm #

    Tasty wonderful! never expected it to taste that way! Was wondering of the leafy Spinach will add a strange taste to it.
    But outcome, I had a great big 2 cups full.

    Added Japanese Cucumber to it and some ice too!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.16.2014 at 7:37 am #

      Cheers! Glad you enjoyed it!

  20. Lucia 12.9.2014 at 2:07 am #

    Also, when you say leafy greens, does that include everything green and leafy? Like, all sorts of lettuce-y greens?
    And are there any good replacements for pineapple? I’m mildly allergic to raw pineapple, and I’m not sure if I should put it in my smoothies…

  21. Lucia 12.6.2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Hi :) I’ve got a question regarding the spinach, or leafy greens in general. Since it’s currently a bit hard to get fresh spinach or kale, I’d like to use the frozen kind. Now, is one cup of frozen spinach equal to one cup of fresh spinach, or should I use more/less?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.8.2014 at 9:33 am #

      Hey Lucia.

      Thanks for the comment. Feel free to sub in any type of fresh leafy green or use frozen. 1 cup for 1 cup will work great, fresh or frozen. :)

  22. raisa 12.5.2014 at 6:34 pm #

    is it okay to use almond milk instead of water?

  23. Dee Dee 12.2.2014 at 5:49 pm #

    I try to stay clear of bananas – I’ve read they are NOT good for the waistline. Any substitutions for the two bananas?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.3.2014 at 5:31 am #

      Good morning DeeDee.

      If you are looking for some great banana substitutes:

      Chia seeds
      Fresh dates
      Nut Butters
      Unsweetened applesauce
      Avocado (won’t add the sweetness, but will definitely add the thick and creamy texture)

  24. Abi 12.1.2014 at 7:03 am #

    Hi:) what substitute is there for the pineapple? I’m sadly allergic:(

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.1.2014 at 6:27 pm #

      Extra mango would work, Abi. or try subbing in peaches or oranges. :)

  25. hilda 11.26.2014 at 5:52 pm #

    I’ve been making green smothies for a week and i drink it for my breakfast. I live in Indonesia which has a lot of fruit and leaf. I always follow the recipe and i love it….thank’s

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.28.2014 at 8:52 am #

      Cheers + Blendin’ Hilda! Thanks so much for joining us! :)

  26. Khrys 11.15.2014 at 7:30 am #

    I’ve been making green smoothies on my own for a week now without any “guidance” so imagine how happy I was to discover that I was actually following this recipe all along! It really is a fantastic recipe, I drink it everyday for breakfast and it really hits the spot!

    My question is, what would be a good smoothie to move on from here? I have to admit that most of the recipes here have ingredients that are… “western” you could say. Strawberries, peaches, blueberries, those fruits are a little expensive for me since we import them from the states. I live in the Philippines, could you please recommend some ‘asian’ or tropical themed smoothies? :) Cheers!

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