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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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543 Responses to “Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie”

  1. Elene 7.24.2014 at 10:23 pm #


    My mother’s allergic to mango (which is fairly common in the recipes on this site), so what are some fruits I can substitute for mango? Also, my mom doesn’t want to buy anything large that I wouldn’t be able to easily finish (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, etc.), so what could I substitute for those fruits?


    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.24.2014 at 10:41 pm #

      Hi Elene.

      For the mango substitute try peaches.

      For the other items watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple try buy little frozen bags at the store, or precut items so she doesn’t have to buy the whole pineapple, ect. :)

      Hope that helps.

  2. valeria 7.24.2014 at 5:03 pm #

    im new at this & im wondering if this is the only thing you drink? nothing else ?. Also im kinda young soo what do i do ?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.24.2014 at 10:42 pm #

      Hey Valeria! You can drink green smoothies with your regular meals. :)

  3. Lakisha Scott 7.20.2014 at 1:48 pm #

    I am so sad that I saw this so late, but either way, I will be having a green smoothie for the next 30 days. I am looking forward to trying your smoothie recipes, they sound so yummy. Which one of your smoothies do you think Moringa Powder or Acai Powder will combine well with? Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.21.2014 at 1:31 pm #

      I am not sure which powder will mix well with Beginner’s Luck. Try them both and see what you like. :)

  4. Itsabelly 7.17.2014 at 3:32 pm #

    OMG, absolutely LOVED this smoothie! So good & sooo healthy. My 3 kiddos said it way yummy too! Definitely adding to our go-to smoothie list!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.18.2014 at 8:20 am #

      I am glad you liked it and happy your kiddos did too! :)

  5. Kate 7.14.2014 at 9:29 am #

    Super! Thank you :D

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 7.14.2014 at 4:07 pm #

      You’re welcome, Kate! :)

  6. Shawnna 7.14.2014 at 6:03 am #

    Thank you for adding me. I am starting a late but I am looking forward to the challenge.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.14.2014 at 6:58 am #

      Hey Shawnna! It is never too late to join! :) Glad you have joined us!

  7. toni c 7.14.2014 at 4:51 am #

    my neighbor was telling me about this and I am getting info and making list of things will need to get started… I am 59 yrs old with some health issues from boot camp… not as young as use to be… lol but anxious to start this program… what have I got to loose… oh yea… weight…

    oh and I am going to try the 1 oz of apple cider vinegar b4 bedtime.. hope it helps the sweats cant wait to try tonight… thanks for that tip

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.14.2014 at 6:57 am #

      Glad you are here, Toni! :)

  8. Kate 7.13.2014 at 9:46 am #

    Hello Lovely Ladies,
    I am officially starting the 30 day challenge today. I am inspired by all the comments, and REALLY inspired by the website. I have a quick question: What would you recommend for a banana substitution. I am unable to eat them. I thought I would share this little titbit for anyone challenged with this as well….I take 1 oz. of apple cidar vinegar 30 minutes before bed time has helped me sleep better as well as it has reduced my night sweats (I am over 50) so that I am able to have a more restful sleep.
    Thank you for the inspiration, recipes, and support :D

  9. Allison 7.10.2014 at 10:13 am #

    I started to add protein powder to my smoothies. I am using Vanilla Whey Protein, and the flavor completely over powers the taste of the smoothie. I had looked at some plant based protein, but they only had 9 grams of protein vs. the 25 grams in the whey. I need to find a protein powder with a good amount of protein and no real flavor so I can still taste the delicious smoothie. Any suggestions???

  10. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart 7.8.2014 at 8:09 am #

    Hi! I’m in the midst of the 30 day challenge and I’m loving it! However, I am trying to count calories and none of the recipes indicate how many calories it is. Is there anyway you can help with this? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.9.2014 at 5:03 am #

      Hi Dafina! We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You will 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. Two great resources for tracking calories are the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

      • Karyne Bury 7.10.2014 at 9:57 am #

        I’ve been using My Fitness Pal to estimate the calories for each individual ingredient, divided by the serving amounts. Not exact but it gives a pretty good estimate.

        Day 10 of the challenge and still going!! :)

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.10.2014 at 12:00 pm #

        Awesome! Thanks for sharing Karyne! Glad MyFitnessPal is working out for you! :)

  11. Vive 7.4.2014 at 10:33 am #

    I’m so excited to start the 30 day challenge! I just have one question. I’m not a very big fan of spinach or kale (or any green fruits and veggies) and I wanted to know if the fruit in the smoothies will cover up the taste of the Spinach/kale.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.4.2014 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Vive, have to tried baby spinach or baby kale? It is much more mild.

  12. Paige 7.2.2014 at 7:13 am #

    YAY! Made my first smoothie today (beginners luck) and it’s delicious! I am so excited to try so many new ones! I do have one question…there were a lot of hair-like strands in it. I’m guessing that’s from the spinach, so should I pick the stems off tomorrow?? :) thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.9.2014 at 5:05 am #

      Hi Paige. I actually find that it is the pineapple that does this. Try blending the pineapple and liquid first then add your leafy greens, followed by the rest of your recipes! :)

  13. Steve J 6.30.2014 at 10:51 pm #

    I just picked up a NutriBullet Pro today. I am going to try a 10 day cleanse from a book I bought at Amazon. That book is how I found your website. My hope is to jump start a weight loss program. I am a 51 year old male and have lost 80 pounds at least three times since my 20′s. I always followed the Atkins diet which works great as long as you stay on it. I have always gained all the weight back within two years. I now am the biggest I’ve ever been, about 350 pounds. I’m 6’4″ so have always carried weight well, but now my proportions are obviously out of skew. I am always tired and don’t sleep well. My medical doctor just wants to prescribe more meds that have worse side effects than what it’s supposed to treat.

    Bottom line, I really hope this smoothie thing works for me. I need something to turn my health around. I stopped taking all the meds about a month ago and already feel better except the post traumatic arthritis in my feet and legs.

    After the 10 day cleanse, I’ll continue the challenge for the remaining 20 days until I’ve completed the 30 challenge. I am hoping to be down 20lbs by the end of the July.

    P.S. Great website and loads of information. Thanks for this great resource.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.1.2014 at 6:05 pm #

      Best wishes to you, Steve! Let us know if you need anything from us!

      All the best!

    • Kate 7.13.2014 at 9:39 am #

      Steve I just wanted to cheer you on! Good for you!

  14. Allison 6.30.2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Hey! Yes I saw that and am definitely considering. Since I am doing this challenge and a 21 day work out program, I don’t want to take on to change too much.

    Can I drink the whole recipe in a day? I work weird hours and don’t get home till 8:30/9. Being able to have a smoothie that I can drink at lunch and for a snack/dinner would be great.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.1.2014 at 6:06 pm #

      Yes, we recommend 16oz servings. Most recipes make 32-40oz.


  15. Allison 6.30.2014 at 9:24 am #

    I am starting my Green Smoothie life today. I used the basics of one of your recipes to make todays. As I do this I am also trying to change my regular eating habits, which are terrible. My plan is to have a breakfast (grapefruit and yogurt, cereal, protein shake/bar) then to have the smoothie as a meal replacement at lunch. Hopefully have a snack during the day (although I’m not sure what to use) and then dinner…(and I am pretty lacking in knowledge of health meals).

    If I am doing the smoothies for lunch, what should I do with your recipes. Is drinking a whole one too much? Should I add protein of somem kind? I am in desperate need of changing my life and am really eager to do this correctly.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 6.30.2014 at 12:40 pm #

      Hey Allison! You seem to be heading in the right direction! The desire for a change and putting it into action is a great start! If you are looking for a whole new eating plan, have you checked out our 21-Day Cleanse?

  16. nisha 6.30.2014 at 5:02 am #

    So I know were supposed to use fresh raw spinach however where I live raw vegetables arent really hygenic as theyre mostly sold by the road. I wanted to know of I could cook the spinach or if there is anyother way to clean it rather than just washing?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 6.30.2014 at 12:44 pm #

      Hey Nisha! Do you have access to frozen spinach?

  17. Amanda 6.29.2014 at 2:54 pm #

    This is the best thing I have ever tasted, this is the first time in a long that I have had a full serving of fruit and veggies. I didn’t even taste the veggies much. I loved it!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 6.30.2014 at 12:42 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Amanda!

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    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 6.30.2014 at 12:41 pm #

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  19. Juliet 6.27.2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Might be obvious but I’m new to this. Do you put spinach stems in? I did this morning and can feel them in the smoothie. A bit thready! Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 6.27.2014 at 4:49 pm #

      Hi Juliet!
      If you use baby spinach you can toss the whole thing in but if theres woody stems, you’ll want to toss those first and just use the leaf!! :)

  20. Sarah 6.27.2014 at 2:54 am #

    I’m starting the July 30-day challenge next week and getting excited! I just made this and it was great. It’s hard for me to get fresh spinach or kale locally on a regular basis — next opportunity I get I’ll stock up and freeze — so until then I am using packaged frozen. 1)You wrote to see on the package if the spinach was blanched before frozen. Mine doesn’t mention that but says it was picked when ripe and flash frozen to preserve nutrients. Is this good? 2) I noticed my smoothie is a much darker green than the one in your pictures. (Still great, though.) Can it be that because my frozen spinach is so tightly packed/condensed, the quantities should be adjusted, or should I continue to use the same amount as I would fresh? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.27.2014 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Sarah!
      It sounds like the frozen spinach is pretty good. Go for it :-) It could be pretty condensed causing there to be more spinach than what we normally use. That’s ok, though!

  21. Ali 6.25.2014 at 2:08 pm #

    Just made my first green smoothie and it was awesome! Instead of just plain water I used SO Delicious Original coconut milk and it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try the rest of them :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 6.26.2014 at 5:27 pm #

      Woohoo! Congrats on your first green smoothie!! :)

  22. Kathleen 6.25.2014 at 6:39 am #

    Quick question on the Beginner’s Luck Smoothie. Two bananas seems to be about two cups, shouldn’t the smoothies be made with only 3 cups of fruit? The bananas plus mango and pineapple makes 4 cups. Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 6.25.2014 at 1:03 pm #

      Hey Kathleen. Thanks for the post. Depending on how big the bananas are, it might give you a little bit more. Here is a link we like to try to keep to when we are making smoothies.

  23. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart 6.13.2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Awesome! Thanks for the tip! :-)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 6.25.2014 at 12:29 pm #

      Hey Dafina! Hope you are loving the beginner’s luck green smoothie. It is one of my personal favorites!

  24. Sannimaria 6.13.2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Thanks so much for the 30 day smoothie challenge. I used to drink smoothies all thru the year, and it is a credit to me maintaining my trim figure. I have been de-toxing for years! I had high blood pressure and I ‘ve returned back to green smoothies. I no longer have cravings for sugar or coffee!!!! It was extremely hard to get off the coffee. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.13.2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Really great to hear this, Sannimaria! Thanks for sharing how green smoothies have helped you—encouraging!

  25. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart 6.13.2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Hi, I’m signed up to start the next 30 day challenge this July and I’m excited! However, I have an allergy to pineapple and I notice several of your smoothie recipes, including this starter one, include pineapple. What fruit can I substitute for pineapple in this or any of the other recipes and still maintain the intent behind the flavor/nutrient combo? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.13.2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Hi Dafina-Lazarus Stewart!
      You can really use anything else that’s sweet and juicy. With this specific recipe, there was no real nutritional intent other than it being fruit that’s great for your body! Here’s a list of things that might work: kiwi, doubling up on mango, grapes, berries, and more.

      • Dafina-Lazarus Stewart 6.13.2014 at 2:07 pm #

        Awesome, thanks for the tip! :-)

  26. lisa 6.12.2014 at 10:51 am #

    are you meant to do one of these and still eat healthy ,or one one of these and cut out a meal?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.12.2014 at 11:34 am #

      Hi Lisa!
      The goal is to drink one green smoothie a day in place of a meal or snack, and to keep eating normally the rest of the day :-)

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