Enjoy my favorite green smoothie recipe, which is really a tropical energy drink in disguise. I’ve blended it in kindergarten classrooms and the kids ask for seconds, no joke! I try and drink at least one kale or spinach smoothie each day to boost my energy levels and fuel my passions.

I know a green smoothie doesn’t sound (or look) very appealing at first sight, but when made right it can be beyond delicious. With over a thousand 5-star reviews, it’s time for you to see why blending spinach into a smoothie is a great morning routine.

Best green smoothie recipe
Table of Contents
  1. Why You’ll Love It
  2. How to Make a Green Smoothie
  3. Spinach Smoothie Blending Advice
  4. Smoothie Tips & Frequently Asked Questions
  5. More Green Smoothie Recipes
  6. Best Green Smoothie Recipe Recipe

Why You’ll Love It

Drinking a daily green smoothie is what helped me get the body and energy to do some incredible things, such as run 47 miles of the Grand Canyon, ride motorcycles through Morocco, publish two best-selling recipe books and create a backyard garden for my kids.

Jen adding spinach to Vitamix blender in a white kitchen with a window to make a smoothie

This daily habit has kept my kids healthy when we didn’t have health insurance, energized us in between school and sports and nourished us so we rarely get sick. And when we do, we can usually bounce back with some of my own natural remedies. My kids started drinking green smoothies when they were 2 years old. Now, they’re teenagers and still drink them.

children drinking green smoothies in mason jars with metal straws

When I created this recipe…it changed my life in more ways than I ever imagine. It was love at first sip for me, my two kids and over 1 million others who were scared of spinach smoothies. I’ve published an entire green smoothie cookbook and went on The Doctors TV Show to blend live on stage!

freshly cut bananas and pineapple to make a spinach smoothie

How to Make a Green Smoothie

The only equipment you need to make a green smoothie is a blender. A juicer or food processor won’t work to get you a creamy drink you’ll want to make over and over. You’ll also need to get some fruit and leafy greens. The right ratio of spinach to fruit makes it sweet, as well as helps you reap all the health benefits.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • fresh spinach
  • frozen pineapple
  • frozen mango
  • fresh banana
  • water

It’s important to use frozen fruit in a smoothie to chill it down. I know a lot of people use ice, but that will dull your blender blade and not get as creamy of a result. I like to buy my frozen fruit at Costco and create Frozen Smoothie Packs. This saves me time and money, while making a healthy smoothie an easy morning routine.

best green smoothie recipe uses spinach, mango, pineapple and banana

Spinach Smoothie Blending Advice

1. Blend spinach with liquid base.

Blend 1 cup of spinach (or another leafy greens of your choice) in a blender with 1 cup of liquid. Adding spinach to your smoothie boosts the phytonutrients and fiber, which then slows down the absorption of sugars into your body. Blend well (until all leafy chunks are gone).

Tip: When you’re making your first few green smoothies, follow my Green Smoothie Formula to get the perfect blend. Don’t just throw spinach and kale in the blender. Chances are, it’ll taste nasty if you wing it right out of the gate.

2. Add fruit to blender

Toss in fruit, such as frozen mango, pineapple and bananas in the blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. If you want your smoothie to be extra chilly or possibly even be a smoothie bowl, use more frozen fruit. You can freeze your favorite fruits like ripe bananas, grapes, pineapple or berries.

If the smoothie isn’t as sweet as you would like, add in some natural sweeteners. My go-to are bananas, mango, oranges, honey or pitted dates.

3. Toss in superfoods, if using

Once the smoothie is nice and creamy, you can add in superfoods. Chia seeds, hemp hearts and plant-based protein powder are all great choices. You can turn any smoothie recipe into a meal replacement by adding clean protein and healthy fats. You can also add a serving of homemade protein powder to any of my smoothie recipes to instantly transform into a meal replacement.

Blend on high and serve immediately for maximum nourishment.

Storing spinach smoothies in mason jars for freezer prep.

Smoothie Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

Can you taste the spinach in a green smoothie?

You won’t be able to taste the spinach if you use the proper ratio of fruit to spinach. This green smoothie tastes like a mango pineapple smoothie with a hint of banana flavor.

Are green smoothies healthy?

Blending spinach into a smoothie is a great way to boost your immune system and increase fiber intake, as well as naturally energize you. A kale or spinach smoothie has incredible health benefits with additional phytonutrients. What we eat can truly transform our bodies and our lives in powerful ways.

Most smoothies you buy or find online are made with just fruit and fruit juice. This makes them crazy high in sugar, which can cause inflammation and consuming excess calories. A green smoothie, on the other hand, is made with fruit, plant-based liquids and leafy greens, typically spinach or kale. They’re loaded with iron, potassium, fiber and vitamins galore. If you’re not sure which leafy greens to use in your smoothie, check out my Ultimate Leafy Greens Guide for Smoothies.

What blender do I need to make a spinach smoothie?

Any blender will work, yet to get the creamiest green smoothie you’ll need a high speed blender. Check out The Ultimate Blender Guide, where I reviewed countless blenders to find the best ones for green smoothies. The key is to get rid of leafy chunks, blend quickly and provide tons of value for the price. Hint: not all of them cost $400.

Can I make a green smoothie ahead of time

For busy weeks, you can create Frozen Smoothie Packs that you prep on the weekend and enjoy all week, or month. It’ll only take you 5 minutes every morning to have a green smoothie ready to go. You can also blend your smoothie the night before and store it in your fridge until ready to drink.

two mason jars filled with vibrant green smoothie and a paper and blue and white paper straw

More Green Smoothie Recipes

If you’d like to make more green smoothie recipes, check out these popular ones below:

Don’t forget to rate + review this recipe once you’ve made it. I love getting your feedback!

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Best Green Smoothie Recipe

The best green smoothie recipe is a tasty tropical treat packed with iron, potassium and vitamins galore. There's no need to be scared of a spinach smoothie when it tastes like this.
Prep: 3 mins
Total: 5 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup pineapple frozen
  • ½ cup mango frozen
  • 1 banana
  • 1 serving homemade protein powder optional

Instructions 

  • Measure: Tightly pack spinach in a measuring cup.
  • Add: Put spinach to blender with water. Blend together until all chunks are gone. (Should resemble green water when blended well).
  • Toss: Pineapple, mango and banana to blender. I like to use frozen pineapple and mangos to chill the smoothie down and save time cutting and prepping. It’s a win-win!
  • Blend: It all together until smooth and creamy. Depending on your blender, this could take as little as 30 seconds or as long as 2 minutes.
  • Pour: Into a glass and serve immediately.
  • Store: In the fridge with a lid until ready to drink.

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Notes

  • Not a fan of bananas? Swap it for 1/4 avocado, additional 1/2 cup mango or 1/2 cup peaches.
  • You can use 1 cup pineapple if you’re out of mango.
  • Frozen fruit is recommended to chill the smoothie (and save time cutting and washing).

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 38mg, Potassium: 818mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 3829IU, Vitamin C: 88mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 1mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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    1. Hey Dawn,

      Rice, hemp or almond milks are great choices. 🙂

  1. If you have a Vitamix, do you still recommend blending the liquid and leafy greens together first, or should you put it all in and blend at once? How long do you recommend blending?

    Thank you!

  2. I’m very excited to start this challenge, just got my new Vitamix today! Can these smoothies be made the night before for the following day? Also, can you drink more than the recommended pint?

    1. Hey Jessi.

      Great question! We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and infections. And if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

      It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family.

    1. Hey Barbara.

      Almond butter is a food paste made from almonds. Almond butter may be crunchy or smooth, and is generally “stir” or “no-stir”. Almond butter may be either raw or roasted, describing the almonds themselves prior to grinding. You can buy it at most grocery stores, it is near the peanut butter.:)

  3. Good morning, I am new to this challenge and I just want to double check that I should start with the Beginners Luck on the first day and then move on to the other smoothies.

    Thank you,
    Adrienne

    1. Hey Adrienne.

      Thanks for the question. Have you signed up and received Week 1 Recipes and Shopping list? You can sign up here: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/30-day-challenge and we will send you what is on our menu for this week. If you would like to have Beginner’s Luck, go for it! It is FABULOUS!

    2. So, yep looks like I missed your response….. Yes, I was signed up when I made my inquiry. I have been receiving all of my information and I must admit the smoothies have been delicious so far.

      Thanks.

    3. Wonderful to hear! 🙂 Let us know if we can help with anything else. 🙂 Keep blending those leafy greens!

  4. Hi
    Thank you for theses amazing recipes. I would like to know if we susbstitue the super by one of these smoothies?
    Could you please add the number of calories and suger for each smoothie?
    Thank you so much again

  5. I just registered for your 30 day challenge. I am a newbie as well. I am also anemic and had to have a blood transfusion a few months ago. I also have a week immune system so I am looking forward to doing this challenge to rebuild my system. My husband is doing it for the health benefits.

    How do you purchase your recipe cards?

  6. Excited to start the 30 day challenge. Just bought a Ninja blender yesterday and made the beginners luck smoothie today with kale, it was yummy! My 5 year old (who is quite a picky eater) helped me make it and really liked it too. Thanks for all you are doing to help the rest of us get healthy and eat more fruits and veggies!

  7. Hi I’m a newbie to this site and just joined the challenge. I have borderline diabetes, high blood pressure and bipolar disorder. The medications I take have caused me to gain a great deal of weight over the past several years. My goal for this challenge is to lose weight and feel better physically and mentally. Good luck to everyone, I’m excited to be on this journey with you all!

  8. Thanks for this wonderful challenge. I have Sjogren’s Syndrome (autoimmune disorder) and have just been through a scary time with a horrible virus and SS flare. During one ER trip discovered that my potassium level was almost not there. Sodium low, too. I’m still too weak to walk far and wheezing like crazy, but determined to claw my way back out of it. I want to get as many of the nutrients I need as possible from food, so this is perfect. It’s also something I used to do and then gradually stopped. No clue why. So again, thanks. This can do nothing but good for me.

    1. Hey Kristin! I’m so glad you found us!!! Super low potassium and sodium is scary stuff! So glad you are recovering and motivated to bounce back. You are an inspiration. I wanted to suggest adding coconut water to your green smoothies (swap it for water or any other liquid base in a recipe)– it’s considered nature’s gatorade and will give your smoothies an extra boost of potassium. And feel free to add in some Himalayan sea salt to your smoothies too for the sodium boost. You can do this and we are here cheering you on! Cheers to your health!

  9. So I am very excited to start this challenge. 🙂 I also just purchased a Blendtec, and can’t wait for it to arrive. I purchased your recipe cards and info sheets. I want to loose about 25 lbs, get mentally and physically fit and better memory and more energy. I am so tired of being tired all the time.

    1. Hey Tayna.

      So glad you are joining us, hope you enjoy your Blendtec. 🙂 Wishing you all the best success, we are cheering you on!! 🙂

  10. I’ve been having a lot of health issues and when I cut out eggs, gluten, dairy and gmo’s as well as other foods I found out I’m alergic to and went organic for about 6 months my heath got better. I”m still not 100 % as I cheat from time to time and more since I did get better. I went to a natropath, my doctor did not have a clue what was wrong and kept perscribing me creams and ointments for the excema I kept getting. The natropath had a food alergy test ran and found out I”m alergic to a lot of things and he said some could be temporary due to geting auto imune disorder somehow. My guess is from all the GMO’s and chemicals they use to fight the bugs etc.As well as stress helping out too.

    1. Hey Tanya.

      Thanks so much for joining us on the 30-Day Challenge. Glad to hear the natropath is helping you figure things out, hope you feel better soon. 🙂

  11. Question.. am I able to add ice to it to chill it along with the water or will that mess it up?

    1. Hey Marge,

      Thanks for the question. We like to add frozen fruit, rather than ice. It is easier on your blender. 🙂