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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 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge.

Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners

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.

Beginner's Luck Green Smoothie Recipe | Simple Green Smoothies

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 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.
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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.

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.

Here’s a shopping list of what you’ll need 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.

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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).
The BEST green smoothie recipe - Beginner's Luck Green Smoothie

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


The Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie is a great beginner friendly green smoothie recipe. 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.


  • Serving Size: 1

Keywords: green smoothie, spinach smoothie recipe, healthy smoothie

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  1. Shantoya

    January 8th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    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!!!

  2. Jen H

    January 9th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    So awesome Shantoya! Welcome aboard the green smoothie train. Cheers to our health!

  3. Carmen

    January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

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

  4. Jen H

    January 11th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    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!

  5. Victoria Newton

    January 14th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    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.

  6. Victoria Newton

    January 14th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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

  7. Jen H

    January 29th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    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!

  8. Rickeya

    January 26th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

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

  9. Mariaposita

    February 10th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    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!

  10. Jen H

    February 11th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    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.

  11. Sg

    February 13th, 2013 at 6:49 am

    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?

  12. Jen H

    February 14th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    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.

  13. Yadi

    February 13th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    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?

  14. Jen H

    February 14th, 2013 at 7:50 am

    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.

  15. Diana

    February 18th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    love it !!

  16. Gloria

    February 19th, 2013 at 9:27 am

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

  17. Jen H

    February 20th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    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.

  18. Tracy

    February 20th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Had my first green smoothie today and it was fantastic !

  19. Virginia

    February 23rd, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    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?

  20. Jen H

    February 24th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    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.

  21. Ann

    February 24th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    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?

  22. Monica

    February 28th, 2013 at 9:40 am


    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 =)

  23. Jen H

    March 4th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    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).

  24. Sami

    March 1st, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    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!

  25. Jen H

    March 4th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    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.

  26. Jessica

    March 11th, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Yes, I vote for a graphci with ‘keep calm and smoothie on!’

    That’s genius! 😉

  27. Sandi R.

    March 9th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    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!

  28. Jen H

    March 9th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    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!

  29. Antoinette

    March 9th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    When will i receive an email on what to buy for the april challenge?

  30. Jen H

    March 10th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Antoinette— You will get the first email the friday before the challenge begins, which gives you all weekend to shop and prep for the week.

  31. Jackie

    March 11th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Can I use milk instead of water for this beginner’s smoothie? And if I don’t have mangos, can I use peaches?

    I’m going to try making my first green smoothie tomorrow.

  32. Jen H

    March 11th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Hey Jackie— you can replace liquids with what you prefer, but milk is not one of the ones we recommend due to dairy sensitivity and all the hormones in the milk that can affect us in many adverse ways. The water is actually really good in this smoothie, yet if you prefer milk I am sure it will still taste very good. If you want it thicker, you can always add another banana or even an avocado. We are all about swapping out ingredients with what you got. Peaches sound yummy!

  33. Camila

    March 11th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Hey, I’m having trouble. What time exactly are we suppose to drink the

  34. HAZEL

    March 11th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    If i drink 2 smoothies a day that means i am only eating one meal a day? wont my body store fat bc i am not eating enough calories? someone help me what to do here I am confuse.

  35. Jen H

    March 11th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Hazel— you don’t have to replace your meals with green smoothies. The point of teh challenge is to just drink a green smoothie daily. If you want to use it as a meal substitute you can, but you can also have it as a snack or dessert. We want you to pack in the fruits and veggies that your body needs to function properly and green smoothies are such an easy and yummy way to do that.

  36. Rebecca

    March 12th, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I just made this smoothie with my unidentified leafy green and it’s delicious. Thanks so much for the push I needed to get my daily allowance of fruit and veg. It’s a goal I set for myself this year and with your recipes, I’m going to meet it. Yay for green smoothies!

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