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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 through our free smoothie challenges and recipe books.

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 kids and over 1 million others who were scared to drink spinach.

I was even able to go on The Doctors with my friend Jadah 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 green smoothies

Leafy greens to use in a smoothie

The essence of a green smoothie is fruit and leafy greens. Leafy greens can range from spinach, kale, chard, bok choy, etc. The health benefits of adding leafy greens to your smoothie is that it adds extra phytonutrients and fiber, slowing down the absorption of sugars into your body.

My favorite greens are baby spinach because it’s mild in taste and still allows all the fruit to shine. It’s also easy to find all year round and affordable.

How to make a green smoothie

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 liquid 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.

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Are smoothies really good for you?

Smoothies are typically made with fruit and water (or a dairy base), which is high in sugar and can cause inflammation. A green smoothie, on the other hand, is made with fruit, water (or a plant-based liquid) and leafy greens. A green smoothie can taste just as good as a regular smoothie, yet the health results are MUCH better for you.

Heck, drinking this daily 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.

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 don’t need to take vitamins.

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Why drink a Spinach Smoothie

What we eat can truly transform our bodies and our lives in powerful ways. Especially with this smoothie recipe as I’ve seen in the lives of so many of my friends, family and community online. Blending spinach into a fruit smoothie is a great way to boost your immune system, AND naturally energize you.

This recipe is 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.

Ingredients you’ll need:

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

Can you taste spinach in the smoothie?

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 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 Blending Tips to get Started

  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).

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Best 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

Description

This beginner-friendly green smoothie recipe is full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore AND tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit. 


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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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

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  1. Sandi R. says:

    I’ve been having a green smoothie for about a month now, but last weekend I hadn’t gone to the store and let me tell ya, my body felt the difference! i quickly went out monday and got everything I need and got back on them Tuesday. I’m just a beginner, but am noticing the difference in how my body feels! Thank you for your website!

    • Jen H says:

      I know exactly how you feel! When I am on vacation and can’t get a blender or find a place to get a green smoothie, I feel it and crave it so much. It really does become a part of your life, and i think you realize that once you skip it. It’s wonderful to have you here Sandi!

  2. Sami says:

    Today is the fifth day in a row that I’ve had this smoothie! Boy oh boy, do I feel good! I’m pretty content with this recipe, but what would y’all recommend as the next step? I’ve loaded up on spinach, mango and pineapple so I want to be able to finish those ingredients while still mixing it up and keeping it fresh.

    Keep calm and smoothie on!

    • Jen H says:

      Woohoo! Looks like you are probably on day 9 now— sorry for the delay. You can always freeze your spinach and try out a different leafy green for a few days. You could also try substituting one of the fruits for something else— like instead of mango do peaches or strawberries. Or what about blueberries and mango— that sounds yummy to me! The options are endless— but to keep them tasting good stick with the measurements. Have fun experimenting and I am loving your slogan: keep calm and smoothie on. So cute— I might have to make a graphic with it.

  3. Monica says:

    Hello,

    I was just wondering with these smoothies, if it is ok to have the bananas in them everyday? I have heard that bananas put on weight so I am unsure. Help!!!

    Thanks in advance =)
    Monica

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Monica. It’s important to rotate your smoothies to have a variety of fruits and vegetables. Bananas are high in potassium and add a nice flavor and creamy textures to green smoothies— which I love. If you are concerned about a daily banana— talk with your doctor. Yet I can personally say that I drink green smoothies with bananas almost every day and it hasn’t caused me to gain any weight- yet I have lost some. 🙂 Just watch what you eat all around (avoid processed foods and stick with fresh ingredients).

  4. Ann says:

    I tried the Beginner’s Luck today, except I didn’t have mango (forgot to buy it at the store), so I used frozen wild blueberries. I think it tastes very good with blueberries, and you get a dark purple smoothie! I also added the juice of half a lemon, and I think it gave the smoothie a bit more tang and depth. Do you guys ever add citrus juice for flavor or to preserve the color?

  5. Virginia says:

    Hi, it is difficult to find frozen mango and pineaple in the Dutch foodstores. would it be an idea to replace them with fresh mango? Do I than need to increase or decrease the water volume?

    • Jen H says:

      Hey Virginia. Fresh mango would be great! We recommend frozen fruits because they are usually cheaper and easier to buy, but for you I say go with fresh ingredients. Fresh is always best. To give your smoothies a chill, you can freeze the mangos or even add some ice. I would personally decrease the water to 1 1/2 cups if you are using fresh mangos. This will make the flavor more intense and sweeter, which is always a nice perk too.

  6. Tracy says:

    Had my first green smoothie today and it was fantastic !

  7. Gloria says:

    Today i tried my first smoothie! I am excited to make this one tomorrow morning!

    • Jen H says:

      That’s great Gloria. Hope to see you around here more trying them all out. We have such a variety of flavors on our Top Recipes section now— lots to explore.

  8. Diana says:

    love it !!

  9. Yadi says:

    Can’t wait to try! Sounds yummy. I am a little confused on the serving size though, is 4-5 oz a single serving? or half of that which is 2oz?

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Yadi. The recipe makes 4-5 cups… which is about 2 servings. (We drink 2 cups as a serving.) If it’s just for you, feel free to half the recipe. Or you can make the whole thing and keep the leftovers in the fridge for later in the day or tomorrow. Just have a lid for it and it should be good for 24-48 hrs in the fridge.

  10. Sg says:

    I’m also curious about what can be substituted for the banana. I guess I can just add some milk and make a thinner smoothie?

    • Jen H says:

      The banana sweetens the smoothie and makes it creamier. So you can add another fruit (like more mango or pineapple) to sweeten it equally and even add half an avocado to make it creamier if you want.

  11. Mariaposita says:

    Hello 😉
    thanks a lot for the recipes- Im gonna try this as soon as I buy the ingredients. Just one question: from Mon to Fri I have lunch at work. Is it ok if I do the smoothie at home and take it in a glass jar and drink it after 4-5 hours? Or will it lose its nutritional value?
    Thanks a lot!
    Mariaposita

    • Jen H says:

      That’s a great solution Mariaposita. If you have a fridge at work, store it in there. If not, bring a mini cooler to keep it chilled. As long as you keep them chilled, it will be good for 48 hours. Just give it a good shake before you drink because it will have change consistency over the past few hours.

  12. Rickeya says:

    what can I substitute for the banana in the beginners recipe. Thanks 🙂

  13. Victoria Newton says:

    Hi – thanks for the recipes!

    While I didn’t make the Beginners Luck to start me off, I used your recipes to help guide me.

    Was really sceptical – especially given I did 50-50 Kale and Spinach for my greens – but the banana and frozen berries I added made the world of difference!

    Tried the Berry Protein Boost with the almonds and almond milk today with frozen blueberries and YUM!

    Thanks for these ideas – and adding some pea protein powder keeps me going til lunch.

    Very surprised. Loving it.

    • Victoria Newton says:

      And I’ve learned you don’t need milk to make tasty creamy smoothies!

    • Jen H says:

      So glad you are enjoying the recipes Victoria. And it’s amazing how good they can be without milk— and probably make you feel better because of that too! Cheers to starting the year off with green smoothies!

  14. Carmen says:

    Hi, I am starting this tomorrow. The Beginner’s Luck is the first step you take before doing challenge #1?

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Carmen. We recommend starting with the Beginner’s Luck to ease in your transition. It’s a yummy smoothie and simple to make. Feel free to change it up and try other recipes as well. The whole point of the 30 Day Challenge is to introduce you to a variety of green smoothies and to educate you on the benefits. Welcome and good luck!

  15. Shantoya says:

    I just made this and it is great!! I’m so glad I ran into your site. You’re the reason why I am taking steps to living a healthier lifestyle. Thank you so much!!!

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