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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.
CEO 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.

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
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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

Description

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. 


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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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1

Keywords: green smoothie, spinach smoothie recipe, healthy smoothie

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  1. 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?

  2. 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).

  3. Jennifer S

    March 13th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

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

  4. 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.

  5. Lisa

    March 13th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Alison

    March 14th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. Louie

    March 16th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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. 🙂

  19. Imogene

    March 24th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Hi there, are fresh baby spinach leaves ok or does it have to be the large on the stalk English spinach?

  20. Jen H

    March 26th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Baby spinach is great! And organic is even better.

  21. Roxanne

    March 25th, 2013 at 6:32 am

    It was so good I can drink that everyday

  22. John

    March 25th, 2013 at 6:59 am

    I started making green smoothies two weeks ago, and have been making the full recipe, drinking one that day and putting the rest in a mason jar in the fridge for the next day. In one of your emails it said not to use frozen bananas if you arent drinking the smoothie that day because the banana will go bad. So far I haven’t noticed any changes the next day in taste, color or consistency. If I Don’t notice any change can I continue to do this or can it make me sick?

  23. Linda DeFeo

    March 25th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I am so thrilled that I have found your site. I am ready to start and on my way to shop. Have you ever tried Cactus Pear, I understand it’s very good for your health as well as muscle pain relief. Bless you both for the site.
    Linda D.

  24. Jen H

    March 26th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I just heard about that yesterday actually?! Guess it is time to hunt some down. Thanks Linda.

  25. Emily

    March 25th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I just tried the beginner’s luck smoothie! I think I might be able to take and survive the challenge 🙂 Freezing the bananas was great advice. Much thanks!

  26. juanita

    March 25th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I am allergic to Pineapple, is there something else I can substitute? Thanks

  27. Alison

    March 25th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Where would i get frozen mango?

  28. juanita

    March 25th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Check the freezer case in your local grocery store.

  29. doris

    March 25th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Trader joe’s has them and the pineapple.

  30. Lauren

    March 31st, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I just bought some at Target the other day. Not sure if it’s still going, but a bunch of their frozen fruit was marked down, so I stocked up for the challenge! 🙂 Walmart also usually has a variety of frozen fruit, not sure about mango though..

  31. Alison

    March 26th, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I wish i had a Trader Joes..and my local grocery store dont have them frozen.

  32. joey

    March 26th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I don’t eat mangoes what fruit can I use as a replacement in the smoothies that list mangoes?

  33. Jen H

    March 26th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Feel free to add any other fruit you wish, Joey. You can even add more pineapple or banana if that makes it easier for you…or try adding a peach or some frozen grapes. Those would be really tasty in this one.

  34. MaryJoan

    March 26th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I have at least 6 friends/family joining me in the smoothie challenge. Going to start this weekend with the beginner’s luck smoothie. Thanks so much!

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