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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

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. Linda DeFeo

    March 27th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I was told by a physical therapist.

  2. Marsha

    March 27th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I am allergic to pineapples is there anything else that I can use to substitute that?

  3. Jen H

    March 27th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Feel free to swap the pinapple out with oranges, more mango, bananas, papaya etc.

  4. Nicole

    March 27th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Is there a way to get a nutritional breakdown for the smoothies including calorie content. I am doing another diet while starting this one and it calls for smoothies several times a day but they can only be 200 calories or less.

  5. Miranda

    March 27th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I made Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie this afternoon as a snack. It is very refreshing. I will make this recipe over and over again.

  6. Zuly

    March 28th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I loved it 🙂

  7. Lenia

    March 28th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    hello, I’ve never tried this type of smoothies, but I’m very interested, because I want to have a better health, I wonder if these drinks are only used in the morning or also I can take at night for dinner and if I can use any type of fruit or just the indicated on recipe.

  8. Renae

    March 29th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    This has been a God sent!! The whole family enjoys! My 9 yr old who refuse to touch any fruit or vegi loves them. I’m looking forward to the challenge! Though since I’ve found this have been doing them almost 21days already now I crave them!! The weight is also going! Thank you for the information an your willingness to share. Through God you’ve changed my life an my families to the healthier!! God Bless!

  9. claudia

    March 29th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Can I use fresh mangos and pinneapple, so happy I can wait until april 1 (;

  10. Cherie

    March 29th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Kristen, I just purchase the NurtiBullet, now you telling you return your. I do have a blender too.

  11. Melissa-Lea

    March 29th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Hi. I have a juicer that I don’t use very often and was hoping to use with this. So will it work just as well if I juice the Vegies/fruit and add water/milk instead of using a blender? If not I will dig out my blender (that I also never use).
    Thanks Mel

  12. Lynn

    March 31st, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I absolutely love the Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie. I’ve been drinking one every morning for the past couple of weeks and I’m hyped about the April challenge. Thank you for this seamless transition into healthier eating.

  13. Veronica

    April 1st, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve recently started having smoothies for breakfast and love green smoothies! I’ve experimented with a few and find that using coconut milk for part of the liquid adds a nice subtle sweetness, creaminess, and tropical flavor. Plus, it’s a way of getting some good fats without dairy.

  14. Linda

    April 1st, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Do you add hemp protein to any shake?

  15. Jen H

    April 1st, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Yes we do. Hemp is one of our favorite boosters, yet for some people the texture change is a hard pill to swallow (me included). I typically add hemp protein to my smoothies that have almond milk in them— it seems to help with the texture.

  16. Melba

    April 2nd, 2013 at 5:10 am

    I tried the beginner’s luck smoothie yesterday and absolutely loved it. Even my little ones wanted seconds.

  17. Jen H

    April 2nd, 2013 at 7:56 am

    We love hearing this! Thanks for sharing Melba.

  18. Lauren

    April 2nd, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I made mine with Carrots in it and the leave tops. Thats what it called for on the other list. Is that okay?

  19. Adrian

    April 3rd, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I’m allergic to bananas what kind I sub it for>

  20. espie

    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Will you be posting one every day for the next 30 days?

  21. Jadah and Jen

    April 3rd, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    We post pictures of the smoothies that WE are making each day on our facebook/instagram, but these are not meant to be the smoothies that YOU make each day. You can make any smoothie you want, and you can even make up your own!

  22. Brenda

    April 3rd, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I am allergic to coconut is there anything else I could sub for it?

  23. Jessica

    April 9th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    It don’t call for coconut.

  24. Renae

    April 4th, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Beginners luck smoothie take an sub 1 banana for 1 peach. I was on the beach in Mexico! Yummy!

  25. april

    April 6th, 2013 at 7:31 am

    what is the potein, carbs, fat, and fiber content per cup on these smoothies could someone
    plz smail me with that info

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