But… My smoothie isn’t green!


So, you just blended your first green smoothie. 

You threw in a couple handfuls of spinach, a banana, and a cup or two of mixed berries. Then you turned your blender on, waited a minute, shut it off, poured it into a glass, and… wait a minute.

“Why isn’t my green smoothie…. green?!”

Don’t be alarmed! Not every green smoothie recipe will leave your glass a glowing green color. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t technically drinking a green smoothie. We call the drinks that we make “green smoothies” because each recipe includes at least a couple cups of leafy greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard, etc.).

We love leafy greens, and think that they are one of the most nutritious foods that exist. That’s why we recommend having at least one green smoothie a day! You may be thinking, “That’s nice, but why do mine never turn out green?”


Here’s a few reasons why green smoothies turn brown

  • Any type of berry was used in the recipe
  • The fruit used was dark colored, or red
  • It’s a recipe with beets
  • You forgot to add the leafy greens…oops!


Are brown smoothies as nutritious as green smoothies?

They sure are! No matter what color your smoothie turns out it will nourish your body as long as you’re using leafy greens and raw fruits/veggies. Want to know one of our favorite “brown” smoothie recipes?


Strawberry, Banana, Blueberry Green Smoothie

Serves 2


2 cups spinach, fresh
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed (or 1 whole orange)
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
2 bananas


Blend spinach, water and orange juice together first. Next add remaining fruits and blend again.

10 Responses to “But… My smoothie isn’t green!”

  1. Linda Schwanz 1.6.2017 at 1:56 pm #

    Being a diabetic my nutritionist told me stop drinking smoothies because they have to many carbs in them. With all the fruit that they have in them. How can I make green smoothie with less carbs and still taste good?

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.11.2017 at 8:03 am #

      Hi Linda,

      Thank for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to work with their doctor to ensure the right choice for them + their body. A great resource to share with your physician may be our post on low sugar fruits.


      Hope that helps.

  2. brian pearl 4.23.2014 at 1:40 pm #

    I often add natural fortifiers–Chia, Flax & Cacao–which give my Green Leaf Smoothie a Brownish hue !! 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.12.2014 at 7:25 am #

      Thanks for sharing Brian! Yes, chia, flax and cacao can change the color as well. 🙂

  3. Christine Linklater 1.15.2014 at 2:02 am #

    As dark berries do u mean blueberries,blackberries?? In order for the smoothie not to b green?

  4. Christine Linklater 1.10.2014 at 11:08 am #

    Hi i was wondering how would i go about making smoothies for my kids without it being green????

    • Jadah and Jen 1.13.2014 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi Christine! Are you asking how to purposely make them not green? If so, just add some dark berries!

  5. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me 12.17.2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Had to laugh out loud at the “forgot to put leafy greens in the blender” line!

    • Ugly God 9.12.2016 at 9:47 am #

      Don’t u think that was a lame joke? I mean i know that what I might find funny might not be funny to others… but still…

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