The Perfect Pre-Workout Green Smoothie Recipe

pre-workout green smoothie

Drinking green smoothies isn’t a diet—it’s a lifestyle. It’s about taking care of your body and staying healthy. In addition to fueling your body with green smoothies, we benefit so much from (you guessed it) exercise! Good old-fashioned increase-your-heart-rate and sweat-it-out exercise. To fuel your body while you get that heart rate up, we suggest a nutrient-rich pre-workout green smoothie.

You can read our whole list of pre-workout ingredients that we love adding to green smoothies here.

Pre-Workout Green Smoothie

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
The best kinds of pre-workout foods are filled with protein, good carbs, healthy fats. These ingredients help you stock up on energy, and keep you full for a long time. The apple, banana, rolled oats, coconut oil, and (of course) leafy greens make the perfect combination for a pre-workout green smoothie you can drink before every workout!
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

Looking for another great pre-workout green smoothie? Try our Energy-Packed Pre-Workout Green Smoothie recipe made with The Natural Citizen Organic Energy Powder.

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220 Responses to “The Perfect Pre-Workout Green Smoothie Recipe”

  1. Maggie 2.13.2017 at 10:48 pm #

    I do a 40 minute Zumba video and 20 minutes of walking following that. Will this smoothie be too heavy and any suggestions on what to have post workout?

    Thanks so much

    • Maggie 2.13.2017 at 11:03 pm #

      I also don’t have coconut oil Anything I can substitute it for?

      • SGS Rawkstar 2.15.2017 at 4:50 am #

        Hi Maggie,

        I love zumba!! I have no rhythm, but I still love it. And this recipe is a great choice pre-workout. Don’t have coconut oil on hand? No worries, swap in another healthy fat that you do. Some great options are flaxseed oil, avocado, or almond butter.

        Learn more about our favorite healthy fats here…

        http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/healthy-fats

  2. Mary 1.11.2017 at 5:43 pm #

    Hi,

    This smoothie seems delisious. But I’m allergic to apple. Can I exchange it with something else? Any suggestion?

  3. Taylor Robinson 12.22.2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Hello, if I’m exercising first thing in the morning. Is it too much to have a pre-workout smoothie and a post- workout smoothie in one day?

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.26.2016 at 7:45 pm #

      Hi Taylor,

      Definitely not! It all depends on your workout level + how much fuel + recovery your body needs.

  4. Sonja 10.13.2016 at 10:39 am #

    What is your allergic to Coconut what else could you use instead?

    • Angela 10.13.2016 at 11:11 am #

      Please. I need to know as well. Thanks

  5. Liz Swan 9.11.2016 at 8:39 am #

    Yummers 😀

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.12.2016 at 8:13 pm #

      🙂

  6. Jackie 8.28.2016 at 6:34 pm #

    When you say serves 2…how many ounces do you mean?
    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.29.2016 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Jackie,

      Each serving is 16oz, so you’ll find that each of our recipes make approximately 32oz.

      Hope this helps!

  7. Linda 8.25.2016 at 11:30 am #

    I am enjoying your book & I have a smoothie almost every day.
    How do I figure out the nutritional value of each smoothie?
    Totally into starting out my smoothie with spinach & kale…is it okay to drink these ingredients every day? One of my favs is
    2 cups spinach & kale, 3 cups fruit (mix up what I use – including adding an avocado) and 2 cups unsweetened almond milk…yummy!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.25.2016 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Linda,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us!

      We personally don’t count calories or focus on the numbers too much, 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 this information. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

      We love kale and spinach! But it is important to rotate your greens. Learn more about our favorite varieties and the importance of rotation here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

      Hope this helps!

  8. Beastess 6.25.2016 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi,
    I loved your article, I like looking up recipes for smoothies, but I have an inhibition about consuming greens on the scale that you have recommended. Leafy vegetables contain calcium oxalate and consuming 2 cups on a daily basis puts one at risk of developing kidney stones. Should people not be advised to consume greens with discretion?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.27.2016 at 11:26 am #

      Hi Beastess!

      Thanks for reaching out! We like to rotate our greens to help prevent any alkaloid build-up :). Here’s a blog post that may be helpful!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

      With that being said, we are not health care professionals, and always recommend speaking with your doctor to determine if green smoothies are a good choice for you at this time. Everybody is so different :).

  9. Darcie Slavin 6.13.2016 at 4:29 am #

    Hi, I run and moderate a WFPB facebook group. I love your site, your communities, have followed your reset programs. I would just like to know what your position and take is on not mixing fruits and veggies together. I have never had an issue with this, however we have had several comments by members saying fruits and veggies should never be mixed, blended or eaten together. I am very interested to have your comments. Thank you so very much for taking the time

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.13.2016 at 1:59 pm #

      Hi Darcie!

      Thanks so much for reaching out! We are not professional nutritionists, but much of the research we have done suggests that blending and eating fruits + veggies together is totally fine :). We’ve seen such great changes in our own lives (and our community members’ lives!) by including green smoothies in our diets, but we always encourage our community members to do what they feel is best for them personally :).

  10. Alvin 6.8.2016 at 8:59 am #

    Should I drink the whole thing after I make it?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.8.2016 at 11:14 am #

      Hi Alvin!

      This recipe serves two, so if you’re blendin’ solo, feel free to halve the recipe or store the second serving in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two days. I personally like to drink the second serving as a post-workout snack!

      Cheers :).

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