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I’m Jen Hansard, mom of two, ultra runner and lover of green smoothies, coffee & tacos. I took my family's health into my own hands while broke and without health insurance...and have helped 1 million+ other families along the way.

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The BEST Green Smoothie Recipe Ever

The BEST green smoothie recipe is right here… I promise! 

Are you wondering why anyone would be excited to drink something as green as this? I hear ya— I’ve been right where you are. And so have 1 million+ others who’ve given this smoothie a chance.

We host a 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge that’s free.

Before we get to far, I need to make sure you know this…

When I created this beginner friendly green smoothie recipe…it changed my life in more ways than I ever imagine. It was love at first sip for me, my two green smoothie lovin’ kids and over 1 million others who were scared to drink spinach.

I was even able to go on The Doctors with my friend in 2015 to blend green smoothies live on stage! I was nervous, but knew I had to share this incredible wellness drink with the world!

Jen Hansard on The Doctors making spinach smoothies

First, we make habits. Then, our habits make us.

This is the daily healthy habit that has helped me lose post-baby weight, gain tons of energy and live the life I always dreamed of. For some reason, I feel responsible for helping you create an amazing list of passions like I have. I want you to see the good in all this green. So stick with me, okay?

How do I make a green smoothie recipe?

All you need to make a tasty green smoothie is a blender, fruit and leafy greens. The right ratio of leafy greens to fruit makes it sweet as you reap all the health benefits of a green smoothie. The key is to use recipes that actually taste good and follow my simple tips below.

  1. Blend 1 cup of spinach, or another leafy greens of your choice, in a blender.
  2. Add 1 cup of water and blend well (until all leafy chunks are gone).
  3. Toss in fruit, such as frozen mango, pineapple and bananas in the blender.
  4. Next, blend again until smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve smoothie immediately for maximum nourishment.

Jen Hansard and family of Simple Green Smoothies

How I fueled my passions (and you can too!)

It may sound too good to be true, but I promise you it’s not. This simple green smoothie is the best thing I’ve ever tried and the only healthy habit that’s ever stuck. It’s been 8 years of drinking green smoothies as a family, and we’re still blending and feeling amazing!

Heck, drinking this daily green smoothie is what helped me get the body and energy to do some incredible things like ran 47 miles of the Grand Canyon, rode motorcycles through Morocco, published two best-selling recipe books and created a backyard garden for my kids. It’s the recipe that has kept my kids healthy when we didn’t have health insurance, energized in between school and sports and nourished most days.

Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners

The Beginner Friendly Green Smoothie Recipe

What we eat can truly transform our bodies and our lives in powerful ways. Especially with a green smoothie recipe as I’ve seen in the lives of over 1 million people. The Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie is a great tasting recipe that will boost your immune system, AND naturally energize you. It’s full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore— and tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit. Yet the best part is how simple and quick it is to make! You only need 4 ingredient and all of them can be found at your local grocery store (and don’t cost a fortune either!). As I say all the time— I’m all for making healthy eating affordable so it’s sustainable.

Smoothie shopping list to make this recipe:

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

I’ve included the full recipe and a video demo for you to watch where I will take you step-by-step through the blending process.

Smoothie Shop with Mason Jars, straws and lids

Don’t judge a smoothie by it’s color

You wouldn’t be the first to look at this recipe and say “no way!” Green! Spinach! Yuck! Yet don’t walk away! This bright green gem will actually delight your taste buds.  You’ll even have an extra pep in your step when you realize how great you feel!

Even kids LOVE this green smoothie recipe! I started blending this smoothie in my daughter Clare’s kindergarten class four years ago. Now every year, I visit her school and the kids look forward to me making this again. That’s how delicious this green smoothie recipe is!

To reiterate, I really encourage you to dive into the world of green smoothies and see just how delicious healthy tastes.

Not sure if your blender can handle the greens? I’ve created The Ultimate Blender Guide and 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+. 🙂

5 Green Smoothie Tips that Rawk!

  1. Follow the 60/40 formula. When you’re making your first few green smoothies, don’t just throw things in the blender. Chances are, it’ll taste nasty if you wing it right out of the gate. To save you a few smoothie-fails, bust out those cute lil’ measuring cups learn how to make your own green smoothie.
  2. Blend in stages to avoid leafy chunks. Chewing your green smoothie is no fun! To get a “smooth” green smoothie experience, blend up your leafy greens and liquid-base first. Add your remaining fruits and blend again.
  3. Ditch the ice and freeze some fruits. Want your green smoothie to be extra chilly? Freeze your favorite fruits like ripe bananas, grapes, pineapple or berries. You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just make sure to add your frozen greens straight to the blender.
  4. Use raw natural sweeteners. Add naturally sweet fruits to any smoothie that tastes bitter or a bit too “green.” My favorite naturally sweet fruits are bananas, mango, apples, pears or pitted dates.
  5. Make smoothies ahead for the perfect fast food. Life is crazy busy— especially in the morning. That’s why we think green smoothies are the healthiest fast food for people who are constantly on the go. You can prep your green smoothies and blend the night before and store it in your fridge (up to 2 days).

Spinach Smoothie in a mason jar

Best Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie Recipe

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 16 ounces 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy


This beginner-friendly Green Smoothie recipe has gotten the best reviews out there! It’s full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore— AND tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit. 



  • 1 cup spinach (fresh)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pineapple*
  • 1/2 cup mango*
  • 1 banana (peeled)


  1. Tightly pack spinach in a measuring cup.
  2. Add spinach to blender with water. Blend together until all chunks are gone. (Should resemble green water when blended well).
  3. Add 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!
  4. Blend all together until smooth and creamy. Depending on your blender, this could take as little as 30 seconds or as long as 2 minutes.
  5. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
  6. You can also store the smoothie in the fridge with a lid until ready to drink.


*Not a fan of bananas? Swap it for 1/4 avocado or add another 1/2 cup mango to the recipe.

Keywords: green smoothie, spinach smoothie recipe, healthy smoothie

Loved this green smoothie recipe?

Leave a comment + review below sharing what you enjoyed most about Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothies. If you have any questions about the green smoothie world, feel free to comment as well. We will get back with you asap.

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  1. Linda Markarian

    June 3rd, 2019 at 8:11 am

    This was the easiest and best tasting smoothie I have ever made. I just started the 7 Day Smoothie Challenge so I am sure I will be saying this a lot. Jen’s simple directions helped me achieve fully blended greens, not over-watering by adding ice and gave me back precious time in the morning by prepping ahead. It is easy being green!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 3rd, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Hey Linda,

    Yay!!! We are so excited that you are a new rawkstar with us. Welcome!!! You will love this challenge and all the delicious recipes that you will get to try. So happy we are helping you live a happy, healthy, green lifestyle 🙂


  3. Kim

    June 6th, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks! Very helpful recipe! 🙂

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 7th, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Hey Kim,

    So happy you loved this recipe! Have a great day and reach out if you need anything!!!

  5. Mitch Brower

    July 5th, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Delish need some more recipes

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 8th, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    SO glad you enjoyed this recipe, Mitch!

  7. Caryl

    July 10th, 2019 at 6:57 am

    what fruit would you use if you are allergic to pineapple?

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 11th, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Hey Caryl,

    You can also use peaches or mangoes if you are allergic to pineapple!

  9. Jennifer D

    July 28th, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Wow! A smoothie that is creamy and tasty without any dairy or fruit juice. My tummy thanks you!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    July 30th, 2019 at 11:27 am

    So glad that you love our recipes!!

  11. SoYu

    August 5th, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I have tried “best” smoothies before and they did not deliver. After checking over the ingredients list and directions, I thought “why not… I have to use up the spinach and this last poor banana isnt getting any less ripe”. (I had some chunked peaches and mango in the freezer for baking muffins later too!) I am glad I did. THIS IS ACTUALLY GOOD! Thank you for the simple recipe and more for the guidelines! I can drink this – even if it is with my eyes shut to block out the green!

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    August 6th, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    You are welcome! I am so happy that you loved this smoothie. Although I am not surprised because it is that delicious!!

  13. Rani

    August 5th, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing the simple and very healthy smoothie recipe. Can this be kept in refrigerator to drink later

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    August 6th, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Hey Rani,

    Yes our recipes hold up in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just make sure to have it in an air tight container, give it a little shake and you are good to go!

  15. Claire

    October 3rd, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I loved the smoothie. Used Mandarin oranges instead of pineapple. Should have used ice cubes for water since I like it cold.

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 4th, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Also if you use frozen fruit that helps make it colder as well. Depending on your blender the ice cubes might dull the blades.

  17. Nakia Thomas-Ward

    November 21st, 2019 at 11:40 am

    I can rate nor comment on taste until I try it which will be tomorrow morning. Myself and husband will try it together we’re actually going food shopping tonight just so we can prep a head start smoothie and perfect tomorrow morning. We’ll then snap a pic and leave a comment. So here’s to health, healthy eating and healthy living.

  18. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 21st, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    We really hope you love this recipe!! It is my families favorite smoothie to drink on a daily basis.

    We cannot wait to hear how much you love this recipe!!

  19. Nakia Thomas-Ward

    November 29th, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Very delicious I thought the color would freak me out, but instead it’s kinda cool well in my baby’s words oooh Mommy it’s pretty lol. Thanks again btw 7 day challenge…. DONE!

  20. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 2nd, 2019 at 8:51 am

    It really is pretty cool isn’t it!! Love that your Baby thinks it’s pretty 🙂 Great job on the 7 day challenge!!!!

  21. Amanda

    December 2nd, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Love this recipe!! It’s so delicious!!

  22. Sheila manders

    December 6th, 2019 at 11:22 am

    I am a Type two diabetic I love to make smoothie I am going to try your green smoothie can you kindly send me a recipe the seven day I will buy your book

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 6th, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Hey Sheila,

    Of course! Here is where you can sign up for our 7 day smoothie challenge: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/challenge

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