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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.

Jen Hansard and her family

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.

Keywords: green smoothie, spinach smoothie recipe, healthy smoothie

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  1. Antoinette

    March 9th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Camila

    March 11th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Melissa

    March 12th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    What would you suggest for someone who despises bananas whole-heartily? You say to swap it out with other fruit. Any other fruit in particular or just something I have on hand?

  10. Jen H

    March 15th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I hear ya Melissa. We swap it a lot with mango, pineapple or even avocado (if you are wanting that same creamy texture).

  11. Jennifer S

    March 13th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    How many servings is recommended for weight loss?
    Smoothie for breakfast and lunch?

  12. Jen H

    March 15th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Hi Jennifer. This would be something to talk to a nutritionist about because is really depends on your BMI and what other sort of foods you eat for the rest of the day. Just by introducing a green smoothie as your breakfast and following clean eating lifestyle, you should lose some unnecessary weight.

  13. Lisa

    March 13th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I have hypothyroid. What substitutions if any should I do?

  14. Courtney

    March 25th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I think you should take the recipe to your dr and ask, since these ladies aren’t health care professionals.

  15. Linda Fleming

    March 14th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Why are bananas a food to avoid? I see a lot of the smoothies will contain bananas

  16. Brent Rosinski

    March 16th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I don’t think you should avoid bananas, but you should limit the amount as they are high in sugar.

  17. Alison

    March 14th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    If Im trying to loose weight with this how would i benefit the most.

  18. Kelly

    March 14th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    This is great! I have been drinking a green smoothie a day, sometimes two, for 5 days now and I feel so energized that I have been going for walks around the local high school’s track after work instead of plopping down on the couch!

  19. Jen H

    March 15th, 2013 at 6:32 am

    This is music to my ears— love hearing the quick results from just adding a green smoothie into your daily lifestyle. Woohoo Kelly!

  20. Louie

    March 16th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Hi, we seldom have spinach here in the Philippines. What can you suggest for replacement?

  21. Jen H

    March 19th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Use whatever fresh dark leafy greens you can get your hands on. The taste will vary, so you might have to experiment a little, Louie.

  22. Anna

    March 21st, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Some of the veg in the Philippines can be toxic if consumed raw. The safest thing I can think you can use in a green smoothie is pechay or lettuce if you can get it.

  23. Kristina

    March 17th, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Wow, I’m super excited about the 30 day challenge! I bought a nuti bullet and experimented with different recipes for a few days, then, the machine stopped working. I returned it, disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to do the challenge. Then I put the ingredients in my blender, *tada!* it worked! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation. I have hypertension, am overweight and looking forward to getting healthy!

  24. Billy

    March 20th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    So I’m a little confused on your serving size. You give the amount to buy each week to make 5 days worth of smoothies. But your serving size says that the recipe makes 4-5 cups, half a serving. Naturally one would think you’d want a full serving of something like this a day. That being said we would need to double the amount needed to buy a week and the recipe each day to get a full serving. Can you further explain just what exactly we should be taking in a day, full or half serving. Thanks!

  25. Jen H

    March 21st, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Billy. Our recipes typically make 2 servings (or 4-5 cups). We make 2-serving smoothies to always have enough to share, drink later in the day or save for the next day. If you only want to commit to drinking one green smoothie a day, then you only need to drink 2 cups worth (so we recommend halfing the recipe). I hope that helps Billy!

  26. Sg

    March 20th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Billy, I think they mean it the opposite way. That amount makes 2 servings. One serving is 1 cup of everything. 🙂

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