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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662 Responses to “Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie”

  1. Regenia 12.17.2014 at 3:27 pm #

    I just joined the 30 day smoothie challenge and I am so excited. This will be my first challenge and second smoothie ever in life (about to increase) I am going to start off with the beginner one and work my way up. I also purchased some coconut water from Costco last month and now I know how to get rid of it because I did not like it by itself. Kudo’s to you ladies for changing my “get healthy lifestyle” #teamsmoothie

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.17.2014 at 7:04 pm #

      Hey Regenia!

      Thank so much for reaching out to us! We are so happy you will be blendin’ with us come January! Beginner’s Luck is always a winner is our house hold! Hope you love it as much as we do.

      Cheers to you!

  2. Keith 12.17.2014 at 5:03 am #

    I am starting football in the new year,are there any smoothies you would recommend before and after a match/training? Should I drink one 30mins before or an hour etc?

  3. Erin 12.15.2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Hi Kathy– There’s a vegan juice bar around the corner from my work and I have been picking their brains and checking their recipes. One of my favorite green smoothies from them is actually made with green apples, kale and spinach. I think you are on the right track, personally. The greens are your priority, and you use the fruit you can eat. I honestly don’t like bananas in my smoothies, so I always skip them and replace with things like peaches and apples. Still mighty tasty. A word, though, if you use a red fruit or blueberries, etc., your smoothie will look like dirt. It will still taste fine, but will look pretty darn gross. =)

  4. Erin 12.15.2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Love your site! And THANKS for sharing.
    My favorite way to add an extra boost is to use coconut water instead of plain. I don’t like coconut water by itself, but it’s really good in smoothies. My baby sister calls this one the Hulk smoothie:
    Coconut water
    Pineapple (or mango)
    I don’t measure so it goes a bit like this: 2/3 of the blender with spinach (you can add Kale, too). A handful of frozen pineapple or mango. Coconut water to cover (squished down). Blend and drink.
    I think I will try this with Granny Smith Apples next. YUM!

    P.S. The juice bar by my work suggested adding celery if you like salty flavors mixed with your sweets (I do) and a dash of cayenne or some ginger if you want that sweet and spicy kick with your greens and fruit.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.15.2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Hey Erin.

      Thanks for your comment + I am loving your salty tip! :) Will you be joining us for the January Challenge?

  5. Amanda 12.14.2014 at 3:40 am #

    Just joined today and ive joined the 30 day challenge, really keen to stay healthy over Christmas and keep my energy levels up.
    Thought i’d try the beginner smoothie 1st, any tips re getting as much as poss’ from a mango? Never had much success with them. What fruit could I replace with if it all goes to mush?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.15.2014 at 7:08 am #

      Hey Amanda.

      Have you seen BuzzFeed how to cut a mango? It change my life:

      Mango can interchange with peaches, pears, apples, pineapple. :)

  6. whitney 12.3.2014 at 12:39 pm #

    is this safe to do while breastfeeding?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.4.2014 at 10:33 am #

      Hi Whitney.

      Every mom and baby nursing experience is different, some babies are sensitive to certain food items, we have had numerous moms continue to drink their green smoothies while nursing. Just be mindful that leafy greens have lot of fiber and can be sent into your milk stream.

      If you have more questions consult your healthcare provider or lactation consultant. :)

      As a mom of a two year old who just finished nursing, I love hearing about other moms passionate at breast-feeding and nutrition! You RAWK for giving your baby such an awesome super food! Way to go! :) -Rawkstar Jessie

  7. Samantha 11.30.2014 at 5:48 pm #

    can I substitute the pineapple and banana for berries and cantaloupe melon??

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.30.2014 at 8:25 pm #

      Totally. :) Our recipes are here to inspire you — you don’t have to follow them to a T. Yet we do think they are mighty tasty! Feel free to use other green smoothie recipes and even make some up yourself. The key to making green smoothies your lifestyle is making it easy and part of your daily routine. So we recommend using fruits and veggies that are easy for you to find and are affordable.

      • samantha 12.1.2014 at 4:39 am #

        I did 1cup spinach ,1cup Kale and 1 cup mango ,1cup melon with 1tbs of Almond butter. It taste great and it made enough for breakfast and lunch…Now I just have to focus on keeping dinner healthy ..

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.1.2014 at 6:26 pm #

        Rawesome, Samantha! Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Emily M 11.25.2014 at 4:36 pm #

    You often mention not eating until 30-60 minutes after having a green smoothie. Why is this? Can I have a smoothie with an egg for breakfast? Or do I need to wait to have the egg? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.26.2014 at 8:27 am #

      Hey Emily!

      Fantastic question. I am not completely sure. Jen + Jadah have spoken to a lot of nutritionist and this might be something they suggested for our community.


  9. Nicole 11.23.2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Hello !!
    Im 20 years old and Im having trouble eating healthy. I want to start this smoothies plans but I dont know what kind of smoothie should I drink for weight loss.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.23.2014 at 6:52 pm #

      Hi Nicole,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. 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.

  10. Angela 11.17.2014 at 7:39 am #

    Hi, I was wondering if these smoothies can be used as meal replacement smoothies and if they can be used instead of dinner.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.17.2014 at 10:03 am #

      Hey Angela.

      This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals during this challenge. We are making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! Our goal for you is to drink at least one 2-cup serving green smoothie a day in addition to your regular diet. If you would like, you can replace 1 or 2 meals with green smoothies. If you 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.

      • Jennifer 12.16.2014 at 2:28 pm #

        Hi, I just joined simple green smoothies. I have been eating a raw, whole food plant based diet for a while. I have read 30-35 books on nutrition & chronic disease thus far. Right now I am reading The China Study. One thing I have learned so far from the book is that the RDA of protein is 9-10%. “Almost all Americans exceed this 9-10% recommdation , we consume between 11-21%, with an average of about 15-16%.”. Meat based protein is not good for us humans, but plant based proteins are. Animal proteins tend to promote cancer, plant proteins do not. Here is one quote from the book: “heart disease, diabetes, and obesity can be reversed by a healthy diet. Other research shows that various cancers, autoimmune diseases, bone health, kidney health, vision and brain disorders in old age(like cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer’s) are convincingly influenced by diet. Most importantly, the diet that has time and again been shown to reverse and/or prevent these diseases is the same whole food, plant based diet that I had found to promote optimal health in my laboratory research and in the China Study. The findings are consistent……… we have shown in experimental animals that cancer growth can be turned on and off by nutrition, despite very strong genetic predisposition……. Relative to total calorie intake, only 5-6% dietary protein is required to replace the protein regularly excreted by the body (as animo acids).”

  11. gaby 11.15.2014 at 5:07 pm #

    hi, I noticed a some of the smothies have pineapple im allergic and wanted to know what can I use as a substitute.

  12. Evelyn 11.10.2014 at 5:50 am #

    So excited! Day 1 of my 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge and I feel better already! I made a delicious smoothie! Here’s the recipe:

    2 cups kale
    11/2 cups almond milk
    1/2 banana
    1 cup tropical frozen fruit
    1 Tbsp. maca

    It was sooooo good! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.10.2014 at 12:50 pm #

      Cheers to you and you health journey! :) We are cheering you on!

      • aujanae 11.14.2014 at 9:44 pm #

        if I’m doing a meal replace smoothie how many ounces should I be drinking. and what meal replacement smoothie for weight loss do you recommend?

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.15.2014 at 6:01 pm #

        Hey Aujanae.

        A meal replacement should be 16oz + a protein. :)

  13. Sema 11.6.2014 at 8:13 am #

    Hi. I really like your recipe. But ı don’t know when to drink it. Cause it’s like to have a lot calorie. Need your help. Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.6.2014 at 11:09 am #

      Hey Sema! :)

      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.

      If you 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.

      • Sema 11.7.2014 at 11:30 am #

        thanks sooo much :) you are perfect :) that helped a lot

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.7.2014 at 5:03 pm #

        Happy to help, Sema. :)

  14. Cecilia 10.18.2014 at 12:13 pm #

    I just wanted to say that I am absolutely loving the recipes. I’ve had no trouble at all getting acclimated to all the Smoothies. This is my new lifestyle! Kudos to all of you that were involved in putting this site & program together. <3

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.20.2014 at 11:53 am #

      Thanks for joining us, Cecilia, as well blend our way to health. :)

      • Cecilia 11.15.2014 at 4:03 pm #

        I’ve lost 15 lbs total since the start of Oct’s Challenge to date, plus some inches. Felling better as well. I already referred family, & now I’m going to refer my Fibromyalgia Support Group here. I hope they take advantage of the opportunity you all have given to us. ;) Oh, I referred my Dr as well! lmao

  15. Caroline 10.18.2014 at 10:27 am #

    Hey, I think your smoothies are fantastic and I’m on the Smoothie Challenge for October. I’m off-roading it with my own recipes after relying on yours for the first two weeks – though still smoothie-ing every day. I feel way better! Just wanted to suggest that maybe for us Europeans, you could include the measurements you give in metrics as well as in Imperial? It would really help as when I was following your recipes I kept having to convert. We don’t work in Imperial measurements anywhere in Europe these days, and fruit and veg are only sold by metric weight, so it means having to do all the conversions at home before hitting the supermarket. Just an idea! Thanks in the meantime for giving me the impetus to do this – it’s brilliant!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.20.2014 at 11:53 am #

      Hey Caroline!

      Thanks for the suggestion! :) We totally hear ya, and we are working on giving our recipes in Metric as well. :) Be on the look out for it to be coming your way soon. :)

    • Deb 10.29.2014 at 9:29 am #

      I’m with you Caroline, wish the US would just convert already, would make things a whole lot easier on all of us. I have a tendency to get hold of European recipes and have to convert it back for my use in the states, enough already. Enjoying my first homemade smoothie as I write, I could get used to this!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.29.2014 at 10:51 am #

        Thanks Deb for your input. :) It would be nice if we were be on the Metric System. :) Maybe one day…until then we will get those conversation out asap! :)

  16. Elizabeth Stevens 10.10.2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Do you have the calories fo the smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.10.2014 at 7:17 pm #

      Hey Elizabeth. :)

      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.

      • Elizabeth Stevens 10.11.2014 at 9:57 pm #

        Awesome thank you

  17. Monell 10.6.2014 at 6:37 am #

    I am starting my Smoothie challenge but I am not being able to save the pdf on my tablet, desktop or my cell.

    Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie, is the beginning of the challenge right?


    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.6.2014 at 8:06 pm #

      Which tablet are using, Monell?

  18. Jacqui 10.4.2014 at 11:51 am #

    How long does a smootie last ?I find using pineapple it foments quickly

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.6.2014 at 6:13 am #

      Hey! :) 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.

  19. Liane 10.4.2014 at 7:44 am #

    My 3 and 5 year old boys loved this smoothie. We added superhero seeds (what they call chia seeds) to make it that much better. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Funny because apart from the banana, they would never eat the other ingredients but love them blended together.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.6.2014 at 6:11 am #


  20. Dawn 10.2.2014 at 3:14 pm #

    I’m allergic to coconut, what would be a better sub . for coconut milk.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.3.2014 at 9:01 am #

      Hey Dawn,

      Rice, hemp or almond milks are great choices. :)


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