Green Smoothie 101: How to make a green smoothie

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Hello soon-to-be leafy lover!  You may have seen your co-worker downing a glass of green liquid pulp and wondering why would any one drink that. Well, these green smoothies are a quick and easy way to get large amounts of fruits and leafy greens into your daily diet— and give your body the plant-based nutrients it craves. And we promise you they are tasty!


What the heck is in there?!

That’s always one of the first questions we get— and its a good one! Well, it’s a pretty simple (and tasty) combo: leafy greens + fruit +  liquid-base … and maybe some fancy superfood toppings. It may seem like a crazy diet fad, but honestly once you try a green smoothie, you’ll most likely become insanely addicted (like us)! And there is nothing better than downing 2 cups of spinach a day in a delightful fashion.

And if you want to get all scientific, dark leafy greens contain: high-quality amino acids, important minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and beneficial phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are plant-based chemicals that support your immune system, improve health and longevity, and may reduce life- threatening diseases. I know that’s a mouthful, so that’s why when you hang out with us, we try to keep the green smoothie lifestyle simple and fun. I think we can both agree fruits and vegetables are good for you.


5 Reasons we love green smoothies

FAQ1. Natural energy booster to keep a little pep in your step in the morning (and during those afternoon slumps).

2. Natural weight loss can be a happy side effect of gulping these in place of a typical breakfast (just make sure to include healthy fats and protein to make it a more complete meal).

3. Stay healthy all-year-long. Simple way to boost your immune system when you’re feeling under the weather.

4. Packed with disease-fighting antioxidants. The phytonutrients in leafy greens boost your body’s immune system and keep it functioning properly.

5. Hands down— The best fast food. It takes less than 5 minutes to make a green smoothie (and clean up!) and they’re super easy to take on the go– especially when you prep ahead.


Want to get adventurous?!
Make your own green smoothie!

The beginner-friendly formula below is how we make most of our delicious green smoothie recipes. Now all you need is a blender, an open mind, and a willingness to drink your veggies! Make sure to check out our Beginner’s Luck and other recipes for inspiration.

Create your own yummy green smoothie with this awesome chart that breaks it all down.    —


Green smoothie blending tips:

1. Tightly pack 2 cups of leafy greens in a measuring cup and then toss into blender.
2. Add 2 cups of water and blend together until all leafy chunks are gone.
3. Add 3 cups of fruit and blend again until smooth.
4. Pour into a mason jar (or cute cup of your choice).
5. Gulp or sip like a rawkstar!

PSSST! Got an allergy to mango or pineapple, or not a big fan of bananas? You can substitute any fruit with another fruit with a one to one ratio.



Jump on the green smoothie bandwagon!

Join us for our always free 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. Get access to new green smoothie recipes, weekly shopping lists, and a rawkin’ community of over 500,000 people cheering you on for 30 days –> sign-up here.

Are you a green smoothie fan, yet? If you have a favorite recipe of your own, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below (we’ll read everyone).

1,293 Responses to “Green Smoothie 101: How to make a green smoothie”

  1. Ilham 5.27.2016 at 7:44 pm #

    Hy.. i love green smoothies, and you know what everytime i feel my body in not good situation, in that time i will going to cinema and buy super green smoothies but after looking this web i know i can made it by myself. But my question is… how to make smoothies that makes me weight gain… i am 23 YO with 48kg ..please help me…because i was try many supplements to make my weight gain but there is no result.. :(

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.30.2016 at 6:29 pm #

      HI Ilham,

      Thanks for reaching out! Looking to use your green smoothie for weight gain? Adding healthy fats like coconut oil is a great option. Learn more about our favorite healthy fats here…

  2. Alexis 5.25.2016 at 11:35 am #

    Love, love, loved the last 21 day cleanse and group ;).Thinking about cleansing again. Woohoo. Will the recipes differ? Will there be a new online group? I am just trying to decide which package to purchase. Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.25.2016 at 5:32 pm #

      Hi Alexis,

      Did you purchase FS21 at our Groupie or All-Access level during our last community cleanse in January? If so, no need to make any additional purchases…you’re all set to join us for our June 6th start date!

      All of the recipes will remain the same. Why mess with a good thing? If it’s your second (or third, or fourth) time cleansing switching up the cleanse with some of our Fresh Forward recipes is a great option!


  3. Alice 5.24.2016 at 5:22 am #

    Hi there,
    Thanks for the smoothie information, it’s great! My question is; how big is the cup that measures the fruits, veggies?! Or what is the real amount of the veggies and fruits that make 16oz?!

  4. Nana 5.21.2016 at 2:20 pm #

    Hello, I’m a newbie and I have some questions to clear my thought. I have intollerance with banana so what fruits should I use to substain it?
    And if in case I can’t find all the ingredients which are need such as almond butter, what can I use instead of it?
    And the last question is can I use soy milk for my smoothie o it has to be almond milk?
    Thank you a lot for your intention.
    Best wishes,

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.23.2016 at 7:26 am #

      Hi Nana,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Banana’s not your fan? No worries! Swap in mango, papaya, pears, unsweetened applesauce, nut butters, chia seeds, fresh dates, or avocado (won’t add sweetness, but the creaminess we love). Learn more about our favorite banana substitutes + banana free recipes here…

      Can’t find a specific ingredient? No worries! Our recipes are here to inspire you, so please don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T. Check out our Rawkstar Substitution Guide for inspiration…

      Curious about blending with soy milk? Small amounts of organic, non-GMO soy are fine (like tamari and tempeh) but we recommend staying away from highly-processed unfermented soy products which can interfere with nutrient absorption and leach nutrients from your body. Soy milk, soy burgers, and soy ice cream are all in this category. Two great alternative to soy milk are unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk. We love them both!

      Hope this helps!

  5. Zina 5.19.2016 at 1:21 pm #

    Hello, i want to loose weight fast and detox my body. I’m thinking about your 7-day reset program. How much weight can i loose?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.20.2016 at 6:44 am #

      Hi Zina,

      Thank you so much for reaching out. We’re definitely not about the quick-fix here, we prefer to focus on making life-long changes that will improve our health + wellness for years to come! While weight loss can be a happy accident when completing Thrive: A 7-Day Reset, everyone’s body is different, and therefore will experience different results. Our goal in Thrive is to provide your body with a quick reset to help you refocus on how you fuel your body.

  6. Kira 5.18.2016 at 7:19 am #

    Recently bought a liquidizer for making really smooth drinks. Having a haitus hernia op. So how different is the blender?

  7. Barbara 5.17.2016 at 3:32 pm #

    What size masson jar do you use for the smooties?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.17.2016 at 5:28 pm #

      Hi Barbara,

      One serving is equal to 16oz, so reaching for a 16oz or pint size mason jar is the perfect choice! Hope this helps!

  8. Katy 5.17.2016 at 5:49 am #

    I blog about food in regards to faith, particularly christianity. I have two questions:

    Do you think incorporating more plant-based foods can be supported by any faiths?

    Would your 30-day free plan help people who are already blending regularly to lose weight?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.17.2016 at 11:38 am #

      Hi Katy,

      Thank you so much for reaching out. Our goal for you during our 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge is to fuel your body by adding one (16oz) green smoothie to your day in addition to your regular diet. While everyone’s body is different, weight loss can be a happy accident. Our co-founder Jadah found weight loss success by replacing one meal with a green smoothie. When using your green smoothie as a meal replacement we suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal…

      Hope this helps!

  9. Cat 5.14.2016 at 1:17 am #

    Hello. I’m new here, I was looking at your 21 days program, and I’m interested. I just have a couple of questions. I’m from the UK, can I pay in pounds? And do you have any advice on the days I exercise, I do crossfit 3 times a week. Thanks in advance. Cat

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.16.2016 at 11:30 am #

      Hi Cat,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! All of our products, including Fresh Start 21 are available for purchase WORLDWIDE! Wohoo!

      You can definitely continue rawkin’ crossfit throughout the cleanse. Week 2 is the most restrictive, so you may find yourself wanting to back off slightly during that week. You can also always add additional protein to meet your fitness needs.

      Hope this helps!

  10. Pauline 5.13.2016 at 3:24 pm #

    I thought that fruits and vegetables should not be consumed together.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.16.2016 at 11:27 am #

      Hi Pauline,

      We are not professional nutritionists, but all the research we have done suggests that blending fruits and veggies together is no different than eating fruits and veggies together–like a salad! Hope this helps!

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