Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie


Hey there! Are ya wondering why anyone would be excited to drink something as green as this? We hear ya— we’ve been right where you are.

Well, now that we have become green smoothie addicts— we feel responsible for helping you see the good in all this green. Green smoothies can be very simple and very yummy…yes, green can be yummy!

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


Cheers to your health!
Jen + Jadah



Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie

Makes 32 oz | Serves 2

2 cups spinach, fresh (tightly packed)
2 cups water
1 cup mango
1 cup pineapple
2 bananas 


Tightly pack your leafy greens into a measuring cup and toss into blender. Add water and blend together until all leafy chunks are gone. Next add in mango, pineapple and bananas and blend again.


1. Use at least one frozen fruit to chill your smoothie.
2. If you aren’t a big fan of bananas, feel free to substitute with another fruit, like extra mangos. You can even freeze the bananas first to reduce the flavor and also add some extra chill to your smoothie.


Want to come up with your own recipe combo? Check out how to make your own recipe with our beginner-friendly green smoothie formula.




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908 Responses to “Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie”

  1. Bev 5.25.2015 at 7:11 pm #

    Hi, I have a nutribullet how would you distribute this recipie on a smaller scale?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.26.2015 at 8:50 am #

      Hi Bev,

      We love the Nutribullet! When blendin’…we suggest halving the recipe, and adding a little bit of additional liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly!

  2. Connie MacNeil 5.25.2015 at 4:45 pm #

    hello there. I was just wondering can you freeze the smoothies, it would be only me drinking them and I don’t like to waste. Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.26.2015 at 8:49 am #

      Hi Connie,

      Of course you can! We suggest thawing already blended smoothies in the refrigerator overnight. Also, separation is natural, so give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying!

      Cheers :)

  3. Megan 5.22.2015 at 12:20 pm #

    I am loving your recipes, including this one, but I would like to up the protein content by adding greek yogurt! Do you have a suggestion for how to add it and how much, should I do it by leaving out some of the water? I am also interested in increasing the greens and fruit ratio to 40:60 if that might make a difference, as I don’t mind a slight taste of spinach if I can get more healthy greens into my breakfast. I was amazed that I could not detect any spinach taste in the original recipe! Any help would be much appreciated by this green smoothie newbie! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.22.2015 at 2:07 pm #

      Hi Megan,

      Thanks so much for reaching out! Personally, we try to avoid dairy. We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. For that reason, we lean towards using plant-based proteins. Here are some of our favorites…

      It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you.

      And of course, ADD MORE GREENS! If you love leafy greens and don’t mind the taste, we love switching up the ratio to include more delicious greens! Experiment and find what works + tastes best for you!

      Rawk on!

  4. Kristin 5.21.2015 at 7:52 am #

    I’m very allergic to Mango, Pineapple and Kiwi. Any replacements for these fruits? Veggies are always encouraged.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.22.2015 at 2:03 pm #

      Hi Kristin,

      Our recipes are here to inspire you, so don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T. It’s all about finding what works for you, especially if you have allergies. Here are some substitution suggestions, or you can always double up on an ingredient in any recipe that doesn’t conflict with your allergies. Orange, tangerine, + lime all make great replacements for kiwi, while orange + grapefruit are great in place of pineapple! We also love to use papaya in place of mango!

      Hope this helps!

  5. Gwendolyn Ford 5.20.2015 at 11:13 am #

    I would like to share a green smoothie that I make using:
    swiss chard
    It is delicious to me, try it
    Measure to your taste
    Cinnamon and coriander are medicinal and add sweetness
    if you desire a little sweet to the greens. The apples help with
    the greens, also.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.20.2015 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Gwendolyn,

      Thank you so much for sharing! We love blendin’ with apples + cinnamon. :)

      • stephanie 5.20.2015 at 8:00 pm #

        So I have yet to figure out how to blend a smoothie without the little bits of greens (not sure if it’s suppose to be there or not, but when I think smoothie I think no chewing, lol). So I instead juice my greens every couple of days and use that as my liquid base. Is this okay? I mean I know I’m losing some nutrients, but will the benefits be, for the most part, the same? And how much green juice, typically kale juice, would you recommend in the smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.21.2015 at 6:14 am #

      Hi Stephanie,

      Great question! To help blend leafy greens, we suggest blendin’ your leafy greens + liquid base first until it resembles a juice consistency, then add your remaining ingredients. It also helps to include at least one frozen fruit!

      When you juice your leafy greens you’re getting plenty of nutrients, but you’re missing out on the delicious fiber that will help keep you full longer! If your juicing instead of blendin’ your leafy greens, we suggest experimenting + finding what amount works best for you!

  6. Manish 5.20.2015 at 8:38 am #

    Hi I hope you can answer my question. I am looking forward to start a 30 days smoothie challenge but because I am diabetic (diabetic 2) I am not sure if adding fruits is healthy or not. With fruit I am talking of banana and pears.
    Could you please design a smoothie for diabetic people?

    Many thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.20.2015 at 2:40 pm #

      Hi Manish,

      Thank for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan. Here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits.

      Hope that helps.

  7. Lisa 5.19.2015 at 2:34 am #

    I’m trying to lose some weight and want to try out the green smoothie method like Jadah did. Can you please tell me how she did it? Ie.when is the best time to drink the smoothie as replacement meal ( before or after breakfast/ lunch/ dinner)?and how many time a day? And is there a specific green smoothie recipe she used or just any green smoothie recipe from your website will do? Thank you so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.19.2015 at 8:02 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      Jadah lost 25 pounds in 3 months by replacing one meal with a green smoothie! Jadah usually enjoys her smoothie as a breakfast replacement, but you can replace any meal! If you’re planning on using your smoothie as a meal replacement, we suggest adding a protein + healthy fat to ensure you’re getting a complete meal. Here are our favorite meal replacement boosters…

      While you can use any green smoothie recipe, our favorite smoothie for weight loss is the Kiwi Berry Punch!

      To learn more about Jadah’s story, check out our Facebook post today! :)

  8. Pamela 5.18.2015 at 9:02 am #

    I have type 2 diabetes and control it with diet and exercise. I did well at first but have slipped back into old eating habits and exercising sometimes. Since I’m not on med I need to count my carbs. Do you know what the carb count would be in a 16 oz smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.19.2015 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Pam,

      Our main focus is adding healthy options to our diet, so we don’t post carbs or calories, but we understand it’s necessary to know when you have certain health restrictions. We love using sites like to determine calories + nutritional information!

  9. Lorie 5.15.2015 at 8:32 am #

    I am thrilled to start and try all of these drinks. My big problem is I have never eaten breakfast. And I have truly never eaten way healthy. I have started drinking a lot of water, but my question is where I normally don’t eat breakfast and my only real meal is dinner and munchies thru the day. If cutting out all bad munchies and drinking my green smoothie for breakfast am I going to gain weight due to all of the fruits and sugars??? Should I drink a smoothie for lunch because I never truly eat lunch either.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.15.2015 at 6:12 pm #

      Hi Lorie,

      While everyone’s body is different, weight gain is not common when adding green smoothies to your diet, just the opposite! 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.

      The best part about a green smoothie–you can use a smoothie as a low-calorie meal replacement because they are full of fiber which keeps your body feeling fuller longer. Green smoothies make a great option for both breakfast + lunch, and will help cut your cravings for unhealthy snacks throughout the day.

      Find our meal replacement tips here…

  10. Samantha J 5.13.2015 at 10:25 am #

    Could you use Aloe vera juice as one of the liquids? I don’t see it as one of the options, but im really interested in using it.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.13.2015 at 12:35 pm #

      Hi Samantha,

      If it’s a liquid base that you enjoy, go for it! :)

  11. Deborah 5.13.2015 at 9:03 am #

    Hi , I just joined today Wednesday 13 May 2015. I am so excited.
    I really need to loose 75 pounds. I just had surgery have been on antibiotics and steroid inhalers for several months now, and have gained an extra 22 pounds to the previous weight, I attempted to loose prior to meds, for allergic asthma and sinus surgery.

    I had some raw collard greens and , apples, cucumber on hand, so I made my first green smoothie this morning after visiting your website, and I feel so good and I feel full. The smoothie taste awesome. so happy I found this simple green community. My health is too important to me so I’ m for good. Thank You So Much !!

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.13.2015 at 12:32 pm #

      Hi Deborah,

      We are so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Jadah started one simple habit in the summer of 2011: drinking green smoothies everyday. And in three months, she lost over 25 pounds by replacing one meal with a green smoothie. Simple Green Smoothies are a great kickstart to making healthy eating a lifestyle – not a diet. Our community has seen great results – increased energy, weight loss and craving healthier foods.

      Keep us updated on your progress, and let us know how we can help along the way!

      Cheers :)

  12. Mpoita 5.13.2015 at 1:50 am #

    I want to do the challenge to lose some weight but i worry that the sugars in the fruits wont let the weight loss happen…. what do you think?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.13.2015 at 6:49 am #

      Hi Mpoita,

      Thanks for the message. Each smoothie recipe makes 2 servings (32 oz) and has 3 cups of fruit in it. It is recommended that an adult has 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit a day. When you drink 16oz of our green smoothie recipe you will be meeting, or just under your daily intake for fruit. If you feel like that is too much fruit, feel free to do 2 cups of fruit in each smoothie with 3 cups of leafy greens. Hope that helps. :)

      If your goal is to lose weight during the challenge, our co-founder Jadah lost 20lbs in 3 months by replacing one meal with a simple green smoothie. This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals during this challenge. If you decide to drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.

  13. celine 5.11.2015 at 8:57 am #


    I just want to know what is a cup for you in gram please

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.11.2015 at 1:09 pm #

      Hi Celine,

      Here is our suggested conversions for our recipes, hope this helps!

      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 | Leafy Greens

      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


      1 cup of leafy greens = 30g
      2 cups of leafy greens = 60g

  14. Diane 5.3.2015 at 11:28 am #

    I’m diabetic and cannot handle all that fruit in a smoothie. Any suggestions. Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.4.2015 at 7:25 am #

      Hi Diane,

      Thank for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan. Here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits.

      Hope that helps.

  15. Ashley 5.2.2015 at 10:32 am #

    I’m not a mango or pineapple fan what could I substitute these fruits with ?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.2.2015 at 7:38 pm #

      Hi Ashley,

      Not a fan of mango + pineapple, no worries! Papaya + kiwi are great replacements for mango. And grapefruit + orange are great replacements for pineapple!

      Cheers :)

  16. Aria 5.2.2015 at 12:59 am #

    is this smoothie okay to drink before a workout?


  17. Raphaëlle 4.26.2015 at 6:12 am #

    Hi !
    I really love smoothie but i hate banana , is there any substitute so i can get rid of this taste ?

    Also , your website has been really helpfull for me, as a smoothie begginer, all the recipe looks so yummy ! :)


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