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.

395 Responses to “Beginner’s Luck”

  1. Heidi 10.25.2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Hi how long can the smoothies be stored for in the fridge?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.26.2014 at 7:07 pm #

      Hey Heidi.

      Great question. Some people say you have to drink it “right away” to get the optimal nutrients from each blend. But if left in the fridge over-night for one to three days, the taste and satisfaction is still there. You also may add a small amount of lemon juice to preserve and keep the smoothie blend as fresh as possible. Your body is still reaping the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables even if it is not consumed right away.

  2. Terri 10.24.2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Hi all!
    Just had my first green smoothie, made with spinach, frozen pineapple and strawberries. I use almond milk and plain Greek yogurt as my protein sources. It was very yummy, and I am excited about experimenting with various combos. I am going to try the next one with coconut oil. I am doing this as part of a low carb/high fat diet. I will be replacing two meals with the smoothies. Thanks for all the great recipes.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.24.2014 at 6:38 pm #

      Thanks for joining us, Terri!

      Just by drinking green smoothies daily without even changing your regular diet, you are moving in the right direction towards healthy eating. We suggest you eat real food that’s free of processed sugar and avoid ingredients that you can’t pronounce. My personal meal plan during the green smoothie diet will be paleo-inspired with lots of veggies and some seafood (we’re both pescatarians).

      If you want to take your health to the next level, we recommend checking out our Fresh Start 21 Cleanse. This is a step-by-step meal plan, with daily green smoothie recipes and whole food meal recipes created by a holistic nutritionist.

  3. Geanna 10.23.2014 at 8:57 pm #

    Can you substitute another green if you can’t tolerate the spinach?

  4. Corey 10.23.2014 at 12:33 pm #

    I m allergic to pineapple. Can I leave it out ? And can I use almond milk as a base ? Any suggestions ?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.24.2014 at 7:58 am #

      Hey Corey.

      Yes, you can leave pineapple out, but add another item in place of it, like extra mango or a peach. :)

      Yes, we love almond milk, here is a link to our favorite liquids:

  5. Kevin 10.20.2014 at 7:22 am #

    Looks immense.

    Something I always wonder. How come everyone else slices their mango really neatly. Mine are normally a mess…:)
    Nutribullet ordered, freezer stocked with spinach & fruit. Chia & coconut oil on hand. Where is that postman??

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.20.2014 at 12:30 pm #

      Hey Kevin!

      Thanks for joining us. Happy to hear the postman will have some goodies for you! :) (I love getting packages in the mail too.) :) Here is a youtube video that helped me slice my mangos easier.

  6. AJ 10.11.2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi! I’m not a big fan of bananas or avocados, but a lot of smoothies call for them. Are there any other substitutes you can recommend? Or could I just forgo them because I don’t really mind having smoothies that aren’t creamy in texture?

    • Gina 10.12.2014 at 12:37 pm #

      I actually don’t like bananas or avocados either but I can’t even taste the avocado when I put it in the smoothie my fav is blueberries spinach avocado and almond milk it’s delicious

    • nana 10.12.2014 at 5:29 pm #

      Yes. You can use apples or pears as well. Avocados and bananas act as thickners

  7. Katie 10.5.2014 at 8:09 am #

    My whole family is doing the smoothie challenge this month. This is my three year old sons favorite “spooky” which is what he calls smoothies.

    Thanks for all the grest recipes!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.6.2014 at 6:07 am #

      Cheers to family health! :)

  8. Nicole 10.1.2014 at 7:30 am #

    I’ve been making smoothies for the past few years, but not on a consistent basis. I’ve decided to challenge myself with the 30 day challenge this month and I’m excited to try some new recipes! I use fresh and frozen fruit and veggies, depending on what is available and the cost – I often find that I can get more for my buck with the frozen.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.1.2014 at 8:10 am #

      :) Thanks for sharing you tips! :)

  9. Hester 9.30.2014 at 8:18 pm #

    It’s difficult to find educated peopke for this topic, however, you sound
    like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  10. dania 9.29.2014 at 9:23 am #

    ive been trying different smoothies to prepare for the october challenge my husband likes this one.
    instead of two cups of water i put one cup of water and one cup of almond milk, it turnef out really creamy n delicious. is the substitution ok?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.29.2014 at 6:32 pm #

      You RAWk Dania! That is a great substitution! :)

  11. Emma 9.28.2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Also canned mangos ? As its hard to get nice, fresh mangos here in New Zealand, this time of year.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.29.2014 at 8:59 am #

      Hey Emma.

      Thanks for the question. When companies put fruit in can, many times they also put liquid and sugar for it to be canned in. We like fresh or frozen. When you can’t find a certain ingredient, we would suggest switch in a different fresh or frozen item.

      For mango, try a peach, pear or pineapple. :)

  12. Emma 9.28.2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Hello, could I use coconut water and ice instead of water. If so, how much would you recommend I use ? Thank you… from a very excited Green Smoothie beginner.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.29.2014 at 8:57 am #

      Hey Emma, we love switching up our liquid bases: Coconut water is a great choice. We don’t like to use ice, it can be hard on your blender, but frozen fruit is easier on your blender and will give it a nice chilled green smoothies. :)

  13. Rosalie 9.28.2014 at 4:42 am #

    Hi…..just started making smoothies, so glad I found your site. I make my smoothies from mostly frozen fruit, it’s much more convenient for me. I find it’s way to thick and keep adding more liquid, then find I have 48oz. of shake. Should I still drink 2 cups or more. I also want to substitute shakes for two meals, how much should I drink for each meal, what is a good source of protein to add to this and lastly do I still drink shakes in between meals. Thanks so much.

    • Jen Hansard 9.28.2014 at 7:29 am #

      Frozen fruit is a great option (I use it a lot)— and yeah it def requires more liquid that fresh fruits. I would still aim for 2 cups— and just store the leftovers in the fridge as your second meal. I have to let ya know Rosalie… we are not health experts or nutritionists… and every body is different. So you really just gotta listen to your body and consult a doctor if you have concerns over how much you should be drinking and what you should have in it. Saying that, I would still like to share with you how I do green smoothies as meal substitutions. It might help ya out ;) I like to add healthy fats and protein when I’m substituting it for a meal— and I do that by throwing in 2 tbs coconut oil (or 1/2 avocado) and 2 tbs chia seeds (or 2 tbs almond butter). You can also add in hemp or pea protein powders to get that extra protein boost. Combining a healthy fat and a protein creates a more balanced meal— which will give you more energy and keep you full longer. Glad to have you here!

  14. Lenore Hobbins 9.26.2014 at 3:17 pm #

    I have been making Smoothies for only 10 days. Used spinach first, now using Kale. Is too much Kale bad for your health if used daily?

  15. Kristen 9.26.2014 at 2:56 pm #

    What do I do about the diarrhea? The uncooked greens seem to really whisk thru me!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.29.2014 at 8:45 am #

      Hey Kristen.

      What’s great about green smoothies is they are packed with leafy greens and fruits, which means they’re high in fiber and will help move things a long in your body. You have to also watch what you’re putting in your body too. Drink lots of water, avoid processed and fried foods, and always check with your doctor if you need medical advice. Everybody is so different.

  16. Sharon 9.23.2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Hi there!

    Just had my first ever session with a personal trainer and they gave me this exact smoothie when we finished out session! Hoping to transition myself from my morning coffee to one of these over the next couple of weeks. I was wondering if it’s okay to use frozen mango/pineapple instead of the fresh? And as a newbie to this, should I be having one every day or every couple of days?
    Looking forward to trying some of the other recipes soon!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.23.2014 at 1:03 pm #

      Hey Sharon,

      Thanks for the comment, and welcome to the Simple Green Smoothie site. :) I hope you find some recipes you enjoy. We like fresh, but frozen is a close second. We try to add one frozen item to each green smoothie, to add a nice chill factor. :)Hope that helps. :)

  17. Steffi 9.21.2014 at 2:29 am #

    Can I substitute pineapple with something else?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.22.2014 at 11:22 am #

      Hey Steffi!

      Thanks for the question. If you don’t care for pineapple or are allergic try doubling the mango in the recipe or try an orange, pear, peach in the place of the pineapple. Hope that helps. :)

  18. Steffi 9.21.2014 at 2:29 am #

    Can I substitute pineapple for something else?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.22.2014 at 11:22 am #

      Hey Steffi!

      Thanks for the question. If you don’t care for pineapple or are allergic try doubling the mango in the recipe or try an orange, pear, peach in the place of the pineapple. Hope that helps. :)

  19. Dina 9.18.2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Day #1 – This one was yummy! Even my husband like it!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.18.2014 at 2:51 pm #

      Wonderful! :) Glad you both enjoyed it!

  20. Alicia 9.15.2014 at 6:16 pm #

    This is the third recipe my husband and I have tried from your site and by far our favorite! Yum!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.16.2014 at 7:06 am #

      Hey Alicia.

      So great to hear you enjoyed Beginner’s Luck! It is a great balance between fruity, tropical, and leafy greens! :)

  21. stephanie 9.9.2014 at 10:35 am #

    Thank you for this recipe! It was really good!!! As one of the commenters suggested, im going to try a peach next time! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.10.2014 at 6:40 am #

      :) Peaches or Mango will be amazing! :) ENJOY!

  22. Ann 9.9.2014 at 10:13 am #

    This looks great! I’m new to green smoothies, but I am eager to try this recipe. Do you have the nutritional information?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.10.2014 at 6:47 am #

      Hey Ann.

      Thanks for the comment. Are you wanting the calorie count? We don’t count calories, but suggest MyFitnessPal to input your daily intake is that is what you are looking for.

  23. Shannon 9.3.2014 at 2:20 pm #

    This so far has got to be my go to smoothie! The first time I made it my grocery store didn’t have any ripe enough mangos, so I used a white peach instead, I absolutely love it this way! Thank u for such healthy great tasting smoothie’s!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.10.2014 at 6:43 am #

      Hey Shannon!

      We love subbing in peaches too. Either way it will be ‘oh so yummy’!

  24. Krista 8.31.2014 at 1:18 pm #

    I just made my first green smoothie, The Beginner’s Luck. It was fabulous!! Mine turned out a little weird colored because I added some blueberries but it was delicious! Even my doubtful parents said it was “not half bad” and “really good”! They will be converts eventually haha. Thanks for the recipe! :D

  25. Audra 8.29.2014 at 10:34 pm #

    This is my favorite smoothie! It is the one if was first introduced to by a friend years ago and I loved it from the first sip. It is the smoothie I recommend to anyone that wants to give green smoothies a try. Perfect name for this great combination! And usually give beginners the courage to try other combos as well.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.1.2014 at 6:37 am #

      :) Great tips Audra! Glad you enjoyed beginner’s luck! :)

  26. V 8.27.2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Simply perfection!!!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.28.2014 at 10:07 am #

      :) We think so too! :)

  27. Miriam 8.26.2014 at 5:35 pm #

    The recipes are excellent.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.27.2014 at 5:34 am #

      WONDERFUL! Happy to hear you are enjoying them Miriam!

  28. Laura 8.21.2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Just made my first Beginner’s Luck Smoothie. It tasted fabulous!! The kids wanted more – which is crazy. It was so easy to prepare, I plan to make it every morning for breakfast before the kids head out the door to school. Much better than a slice of toast!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.21.2014 at 6:05 pm #

      RAWsome Laura! So glad you enjoyed Beginner’s Luck! :)

  29. Emma 8.20.2014 at 2:05 am #

    Hi – am keen to start a green-smoothie journey! Just had a couple of questions… does the fruit have to be fresh? Would tinned pineapple/ peach be acceptable? Also I notice that generally a lot of green smoothies include avocado, which my husband is really allergic to so I don’t have in the house – can you suggest a good alternative? Thank you! :)

    • Reply 9.14.2014 at 5:45 am #

      You certainly could use canned – but I think you’ll be missing out. I personally go fresh (organic) and if I can’t get organic I get frozen.

      Avocados are in many recipes to add a creamy tecture. You can also use bananas to do the same.

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