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.    — SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

 

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.

 

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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).

1,337 Responses to “Green Smoothie 101: How to make a green smoothie”

  1. Danielle Aleshea 7.25.2016 at 4:04 am #

    Thanks for the great hints and tips- finding them really useful! x

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.25.2016 at 7:39 am #

      Rawesome! Thanks for blendin’ with us, Danielle!

  2. Ashley 7.18.2016 at 8:05 pm #

    Hi,
    Love your website and recipes. I have one question? Can you recommend a blender for me that does not make alot of noise. I hate blending in the morning cause it wakes everyone up and scares my poor rabbits. Is there an affordable blender out there? Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.19.2016 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi Ashley!

      Thanks for reaching out! All the blenders I’ve tried tend to be loud, as well (especially when blendin’ frozen ingredients), but I’ve heard great things about blender enclosures to help with noise!

      http://www.whisperblend.com/

      Cheers!

      -Rawkstar Tessa

  3. Megan 7.13.2016 at 2:10 am #

    How many calories does the drink have in?

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.13.2016 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Megan!

      Jadah and Jen personally don’t track their nutrient intake, so at this time, we do not include the calorie count with our recipes :). Instead, we like to empower our community members to focus on creating healthy habits to last a lifetime (like drinking green smoothies!), listening to their bodies, and fueling themselves with whole, nutrient-rich foods. If you’d like the calorie count for your own personal needs, however, that is totally understandable. My Fitness Pal is a great resource that some of our community members use to track their nutrient intake!

      Cheers :).

  4. Sherry Grant 7.12.2016 at 6:54 pm #

    Is the above recipe for 1 serving?

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.13.2016 at 11:15 am #

      Hi Sherry!

      Thanks for reaching out! The Simple Green Smoothie formula above makes two servings :). We consider one serving to be 2 cups or 16 oz. The majority of our recipes make between 4-5 cups.

      Hope that helps! Cheers!

  5. Esraa 7.9.2016 at 8:06 pm #

    Hi , can i use a milk or yogurt as a protein sorce instead of the liquid base ?

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.11.2016 at 5:43 pm #

      Hi Esraa!

      Thanks so much for reaching out! We personally prefer to add plant-based sources of protein to our green smoothies instead of dairy. This is absolutely a personal choice, however, and we always encourage our community members to do what they feel is best for them, personally :). If you’re interested in making a green smoothie to use as a meal replacement, check out some of our favorite healthy fat + protein combos!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

  6. Jessica 7.8.2016 at 5:35 pm #

    I was wondering how much of the flax seed or chia seed would you recommend putting in this smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.9.2016 at 7:43 am #

      Hi Jessica!

      Thanks for reaching out! We usually add 4 tablespoons of chia, flax, or hemp seeds to our smoothie recipes (which make 2 servings!).

      Hope that helps :). Cheers!

  7. Ali 7.4.2016 at 6:58 pm #

    Hi!

    When you use coconut milk in your recipes, do you use the kind in the can or the refrigerated kind in the bottle? The consistencies and are totally different, and I want to be sure to try these recipes the way you intend before deviating!

    Thanks!

  8. angelina 6.30.2016 at 7:32 am #

    GOOD MORNING!!! HOW ARE YOU? I ORDER THE BOOKS AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEM YET? I AM WORRIED FOR A PAID 30 DOLLARS . I SUMMITTED MY ORDER ON 6/16/2016. AND HAVE NOT RECIVED YET? CAN YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON? I JUST HOPE NOBODY GRAB THEM FROM MY FRONT PORCH :-((

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.1.2016 at 12:38 am #

      Hi Angelina!

      Thanks for reaching out! The Healthy Bundle Kit should have been delivered straight to your email, so not to worry! Feel free to send our team a message at simplegreensmoothies.com/contact and we will send you your products ASAP!

  9. Elise 6.29.2016 at 3:46 pm #

    I wanted to ask what you meant by two cups measuring for the smoothies ?

  10. yemisi 6.27.2016 at 4:42 am #

    can i use fat free yogurt for my liquid base

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.27.2016 at 11:38 am #

      Hi Yemisi!

      Thanks for reaching out! We personally do not use dairy in our recipes and prefer to use more plant-based sources of protein, but we are all about making green smoothies work for you :). If yogurt works best for you, then by all means go for it! Here are some of our favorite healthy fat + protein combos if you’d like to take a peek!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

      Cheers!

  11. connie kirchenbauer 6.23.2016 at 9:15 pm #

    My husband wants to try this to make us more healthy. When do I do this? I am up at 5 AM, out the door at 5:45 AM to the bus stop. just don’t have time . What do you suggest. I work 10.5 hrs a day and am 69 yrs. old. I don’t think you prepare when you come home or I would not get out of the kitchen till 8 PM. Thi is for people who have more time. Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.24.2016 at 7:51 am #

      Hi Connie!

      Thanks so much for reaching out! Green smoothies are actually one of our favorite fast foods :). If you find you’re strapped for time during the week, we recommend prepping your green smoothies in advance! I personally like to prep my smoothies for the week on Sundays :). You can prep + freeze your ingredients for easy blending in the morning, or even blend the night before and have your smoothie ready to go in your fridge the next day! Here are some of our favorite prep tips:

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/make-ahead-smoothie-prep

      Hope that helps! Cheers :).

  12. ginger jenkins 6.19.2016 at 7:27 pm #

    PS Thanks to a super soil mix, they’re growing like crazy and I want to both use and freeze some for winter. Is this possible?

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