Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners

The BEST Green Smoothie Recipe Ever

1.1.2020

This beginner friendly green smoothie recipe was love at first sip for me, my kids and the 1 million people who’ve blended it so far!

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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.

Jen Hansard and her family Clare, Ryan and Jackson

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.

Green Smoothie in a mason jar with paper straw

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+. 🙂 In fact, check out this special deal that Vitamix and I have where you can get my favorite blender for less than $300 (including FREE shipping). Just add this blender to your cart and head to checkout to see the secret pricing!

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).
Tropical Smoothie in a mason jar

More green smoothie recipes

If you have any questions about the green smoothie world, feel free to join the Smoothie Challenge Support Group.

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Best Green Smoothie Recipe

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

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 fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 banana

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.

Keywords: green smoothie, spinach smoothie recipe, healthy smoothie

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  1. Letty says:

    Easy and delicious!

  2. Jewel says:

    Love this simple recipe. So delicious!

  3. Christine says:

    Super easy and delicious

  4. Karen says:

    A very tasty start to the 10 day challenge!

  5. Tina M says:

    My fifteen year old daughter both enjoyed the day 1 smoothie, very tasty!

  6. Leslie says:

    I also added a chunk of fresh ginger

  7. Ivette says:

    Love this smoothie!!
    You can’t even taste the spinach!!

  8. Vivian Ramirez says:

    Great start to the 10 day challenge!

  9. Mary Jane Johnson says:

    Delicious! This was my supper tonight. I didn’t taste the spinach at all in this smoothie!

  10. Lisa Lenard says:

    Loved it! Simple to make and tastes great! Can’t wait for Day 2!

  11. Val says:

    I think a couple of my fruits weren’t quite ripe yet so I tasted more “green” than usual but still a great drink!
    I had mine for dinner and its light, fresh taste didn’t feel like it was weighing me down before bed!

  12. Sandra S says:

    The Beginner’s Luck smoothie is delicious. It is so easy to prepare because I prepped the smoothie ahead of time.

  13. Deb says:

    Great smoothy. I would rate it A++ or 5 stars.

  14. Rebecca Boeckman says:

    I enjoy making smoothies. and today’s no exception

  15. Linda G says:

    Delicious and way more filling than I expected.

  16. Crystal says:

    I liked it, even my three year old drank some!
    Looking forward to the next one

  17. Nickie says:

    Beginners Luck was a hit!! All four of my kids have it a thumbs up rating!! Yay! What a great way to start our new year. My kids and I are all doing smoothies for 10 days with our breakfast. So glad this is easy and delicious!!

  18. Michelle says:

    I thought I could do it but I could not. Made my own smoothy as I do not like bananas and I can’t yet get into the green color or thickness of this smoothy. Mine for day 1 was coconut frozen pieces, mango, papaya, pineapple, carrot, orange, and pineapple juice.

  19. Alonzo Marsh says:

    Great consistency, and it’s everything you expect from a basic green smoothie.

  20. Stef says:

    Absolutely love how super easy and simple this is to make! I make enough for my littles and myself and it’s a hit in my home. Bonus, my kids are getting their greens in, especially the super picky child! I only added half a large banana instead of a whole one to cut back on sugar.

  21. Windy Divelbiss says:

    Oops I was so excited talking about the smoothie I forgot to rate it.

  22. Windy Divelbiss says:

    I love this smoothie it really was the first one I made last year and now for this challenge. What I like most about it is non dairy no added sweetener it’s easy and it taste so good!

  23. Millie says:

    So simple yet so delicious no sweetener need the fruit makes this smoothie sweet enough.

  24. Chris Miller says:

    Loved it!! Very fresh!

  25. Holly says:

    This is my go to smoothie. It’s like having dessert. Yum!

  26. Lisa says:

    This is just the best!

  27. Patti says:

    This recipe was very tasty! I’ve prepped all 10 days x2 for the challenge. Everything is in the freezer labeled and ready to go. Really liked the tip to include what liquid and how much when labeling. My hubby and I are both doing the challenge.

  28. Leasa says:

    It was ok. I could taste the spinach quite a bit.

  29. Rebecca Starkey says:

    Beginners Luck smoothie not only looked amazing, drinking it down was delightful. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the challenge. Looking forward to tomorrow’s smoothie.

  30. Camille Maxfield says:

    So great to feel loved through a creamy and bright smoothie! This is just the RIGHT start!

  31. Meagan says:

    This was a delicious smoothie! I used half the water (I actually used fresh coconut water from a coconut I let my littles crack open) and blended half an English cucumber to make up for the liquid. Plus I subbed papaya for the mango. Im only leaving 4 stars because I feel like a handful of ice should be part of the recipe

  32. Liana Hicks says:

    We as a family liked the smoothie. I usually make this smoothie for the family but I never used exact measurements. Usually just put together what ever is in the frig. Today, I used exact measurements, I found the smoothie creamer. One thing I loved is their is finally a smoothie my son drank without a fuss. Thank you for the challenge and recipe.

  33. Tanisha Long says:

    What a delicious smoothie! My 11 year old enjoyed it as much as I did!

  34. Jo Anne Deshon says:

    Spinach, banana and pineapple used to be my favorite green smoothie (so easy), but mango takes it up a level!

  35. Kathy says:

    I liked this smoothie a lot but I didn’t have mango at the time , I bought some today , I added blackberries and raspberry, so it wasn’t green ,but it was good . For sure I have everything now and day2 I will be all set . It was easy to make but I can see why you add spinach and water first and blend .

  36. Nicole says:

    So good! Shared it with my kids who also loved it!

  37. Rebekah Lara says:

    One of my favorites!

  38. Kim W says:

    Day 1 was good. Had it for lunch. Always enjoy pineapple and mango.

  39. Jill H says:

    Easy delicious smoothie. I love it with banana or avocado., I swap the water for coconut water on hot days. Great start to the challenge!

  40. Lisa says:

    Amazing!!

  41. Lucrece says:

    One word: DELIGHTFUL. This drink makes you happy!

  42. Steve Dreger says:

    I added mint. Tasted Great!

  43. Laura White says:

    This is one of my favorites. On more of the sweet side instead of a heavy spinach flavor. Did fresh mango instead of frozen for more flavor.

  44. Cindy says:

    Great tasting smoothie and was real creamy.

  45. Barb Dreger says:

    It’s excellent. Nutritious and tastes great! I added 5-6 leaves of fresh mint. Also subbed red grapes for the mango, since I forgot to get mango. Yummy1

  46. Laura says:

    It is good without the pineapple. Whoops did not have that ingredient on hand. Will go shopping for tomorrow smoothie!

  47. Jaimie Peeler says:

    Seriously so good my kids even loved it!! I added some protein powder and it was the perfect meal replacement.

  48. Sally says:

    A great refreshing smoothie to start out your day. Not too sweet and it’s all natural sugar. A great way to teach yourself to cut back on the bad sugar and to boost your morale towards a healthy way of eating.

  49. Karen Benson says:

    Awesome! Love this recipe. Been a fan of Simple Green Smoothies for a couple of years now…Thanks!!

  50. Sue G. says:

    I loved this smoothie for Day one. It’s a great one to start with. I didn’t notice the spinach. I first notice the pineapple then the mango and last the banana. It was sweet, cool, and refreshing. I drank it as my breakfast as I headed to work and it filled me up. I felt satisfied. It was what my body needed and it wasn’t craving anything else to snack on. I really enjoyed it. I looked forward to tomorrows smoothie.

  51. Katie says:

    My 9 year old and I are doing this challenge together. We both loved the smoothie today!

  52. Susan says:

    Beginner’s Luck has always been a fave
    Easy go to
    I always have the makings for it
    Whenever I’m stuck for what Smoothie to make in a pinch
    This one gets pulled out

  53. Molly says:

    Easy, affordable and delicious. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of water. I joined the 10 day challenge. Looking forward to next recipe.

  54. Marie-Claude Lafleur says:

    Always as delicious and refreshing as the first time I blended it!!

  55. Leticia Johnson says:

    I love this one. So easy and YUMMY!! My favorite.

  56. Jan Hickey says:

    I love the taster of this smoothie but I need to find a substitute to cut y the carbs. I am diabetic, so lower carbs would be better.

  57. Rita Maloy says:

    Delicious! Easy to make and went down very easily!

  58. GreenGal says:

    Maybe I did something wrong, but this recipe was not as great for me as the ratings reflect. Yes, it was easy, tasted just OK, and only required a few affordable ingredients. But it just tasted weak and watered down to me. I would not have used this as my first recipe to entice others to try green smoothies. I’ve had much better. Maybe blending the fruit first with much less water and then adding the spinach so it didn’t taste so watered down. And it needed ice.

  59. Julie Rott Bingham says:

    I’m leaving 3 stars because I didn’t love the taste or texture. Neither did my husband. The fruit was so acidic it made my stomach very upset. I’ll stick it out and see what the next couple days are like.

  60. Raquel says:

    Day 1 smoothie – love it! Very simple and great tasting!

  61. Kimberly says:

    We loved this recipe. It was well balanced and we made it a meal replacement by adding chia seeds and coconut oil.

  62. M. I. Kenison says:

    This smoothie tastes great even with some basic modifications necessary for my food allergies. It sweet, bright and a delicious way to start the day.
    It was easy to pre make several batches and freeze. I highly recommend it!

  63. Grace says:

    Very tasty, but also very sweet. I’ve been making green smoothies for a couple of years now and try to cut down a little on the sugar by switching some of these super sweet fruits out for some less sugary fruit alternatives. However, today’s Beginners Luck recipe was perfect for getting my husband to drink his first green smoothie, so thank you! For my portion I added some chia seeds, pea protein powder and celery. Looking forward to the next smoothie. 🙂

  64. Rameca says:

    Pretty good. 6yr old drank it I did add irish sea moss and bladderwrack powder then a few dates to cut the flavor of the moss and such. Pretty good. I made enough to share.. lol..

  65. Diana Felgenhauer says:

    Had day one smoothie and it was very tasty….looking forward to day two now. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us.

  66. Joan says:

    This was delicious and super easy. Love this idea of getting in all these fruits and veggies. Looking forward to tomorrow’s recipe!!

  67. Letha says:

    I love pineapples and mangoes in my smoothie.
    I give it a 10.
    The sweetness great.
    I got enough for two days

  68. Wendi says:

    Loved this simply delicious green smoothie

  69. Angela says:

    Love Beginners Luck! It is a great starting point of those just beginning to enjoy smoothies.

  70. Nicole says:

    Here for Rawkstar Bingo to rate Day 1 smoothie on the blog! 5/5! Great way to start the 10-Day Green Smoothie Challenge 🙂

  71. Janette Thorpe says:

    This was so easy that I thought it might not taste very good. I was worried that banana and spinach would be too dominant of a taste but to my surprise I thoroughly enjoyed the smoothie. Just the right mix. This one’s a keeper!

  72. Heather says:

    I use to make this smoothie without the spinach, but this tastes great with it and amps up the nutrition!

  73. It was such an easy and tasty recipe

  74. Joy says:

    Day 1–Excellent flavor! I’ll do that again!

  75. Cori Dennhardt says:

    Such a yummy smoothie!! Definitely one of my favorites!! Might help my hangover too! Lol

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Cori, I definitely find green smoothies are a huge help the next day if I had a little too much fun the night before. And on New Year’s Day, I think many people were in the same boat you were! 🙂

  76. Sierra says:

    Delicious and creamy! Great start to the challenge.

  77. Kathy says:

    Day one smoothie finished! So yummy and not too ‘green’ tasting.

  78. Amy Darsey says:

    Just enough sweetness with the pineapple! Perfect treat for after a day working in the yard!

  79. Christie says:

    Day 1 complete. It was delicious.

  80. Cynthia Phelps says:

    This is my FAVORITE green smoothie recipe!! ✅

  81. Jamie L says:

    I love the Beginners Luck smoothie! I love the fact I can’t taste any of the spinach! I also really like the taste of both the mango and the pineapple. I do like banana but a whole banana was a little too much, but…I still like it! Excited to taste tomorrow’s Pink Flamingo!

  82. Estella Johnson says:

    Drinking my day 1 smoothie. Very good.

  83. Norine Forsyth says:

    Quick and easy to make. Very tasty… even my husband liked it!

  84. Kathy says:

    This was a great taste, even my husband liked it. I was really shocked at that.

  85. Anna says:

    Quick and easy to make and turns out a lovely bright green colour. I have a Vitamix so it all blends perfectly together. I might use a bit less banana next time, mine were pretty ripe (a bit overpowering) or try one of the substitution options like avocado! Nice easy smoothie for any smoothie beginners out there!

  86. Jill says:

    I had to add more water than specified because it was too thick. It was delicious. I don’t usually add fruit to my green smoothies so this was a real treat.

  87. Susan Garcia says:

    This is the perfect smoothie for newbies and rightly named “Beginner’s Luck.” It’s a bit sweet for me. If I make it again, I will only use half a banana. I started this challenge off in a “fun glass!” Cheers to the next 10 days!

  88. Melissa Chiappone says:

    I prefer more veggies and less fruit to my smoothies. But not bad

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Melissa, many people do. Try flipping the ratio of greens to fruit for a less sweet and more “green” tasting smoothie. I also like to add spirulina powder to smoothies I know will be on the sweeter side as it brings that sweet factor down a little.

  89. Charlene says:

    Love this added 2T of super seed blend and orange juice

  90. Karen Rodgers says:

    Day 1 – 5 Star
    Yummy Smoothie!

  91. Love it, Simple and tasty.

  92. Robert Bowen says:

    Tasted great. Followed the directions as described. Right amount of flavors. Not too sweet. Very easy to make. Day 1 complete.

  93. Tracy says:

    Delicious with coconut water and sweet enough to add spirulina!

  94. Laura says:

    Super easy to make and clean up. I enjoyed it very much.

  95. lauta says:

    Super easy to make and clean up. I enjoyed it very much.

  96. Rachel says:

    Yummy start to 2020 10 day challenge

  97. Linda says:

    Really enjoyed Day 1 smoothie. Looking forward to the next 9.

  98. Kelly says:

    This has been my kids fav, and mine too! For years 🙂

  99. Leah says:

    Oops! Forgot to rate it!

  100. Leah Daigle says:

    I prefer more vege vs. fruit but a good tasting smoothie to start the new year just the same. Took it on the go and had for a post work snack.

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