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 yaβ€” 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 galoreβ€” 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 timeβ€” 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+. πŸ™‚ 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 β€œgreen.” 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 busyβ€” 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

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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.Β 


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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. Carley Ray says:

    Hey guys!
    So I’m going to start the challenge on my own next week when I get a blender for my new apartment! I was wondering though, how many calories are the smoothies typically? Can I find that information somewhere? πŸ™‚

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Carley Ray!

      We don’t count calories, but we have heard great things about MyFitnessPal and LoseIt apps that can track your intake. Hope that helps!:)

  2. Danielle says:

    I’m on Day 2 of the green smoothie challenge! I have been doing them as 2 meal replacements – breakfast and lunch. I have been using the recipes but still am not feel totally full. Any suggestions of what to put more of in them to be fuller so I’m not feeling hungry? I do have a snack in the afternoon.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Danielle!

      Are you snacking on nuts and seed in between your 16 oz of smoothies?

      Check out our Fresh Start Guide: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/cleanse-faq

      We’ve partnered with a holistic nutritionist who has created nutritionally balanced and tasty recipes. These recipes are so good that most of them will stick with you beyond the cleanse.

  3. Sharon Bunim says:

    how long a green smoothie is good in the fridge , i usually keep one for 24 hours, does it still keep all the nutrition value at that time? wha would me the maximum time?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Sharon, we store green smoothies in the fridge for no more than two days, in a seal container. Give it a little shake before you drink it. πŸ™‚

  4. Kim in AZ says:

    I’m expecting a baby in two months (#8 for us) and have found in the past that the spinach in green smoothies help me to naturally avoid pregnancy-induced anemia. Would you suggest drinking a green smoothie in addition to a regular meal or in place of a meal? One per day for best benefits or several? Also, have you ever used kefir in smoothies and how does that affect taste? (I’ve read a lot of the probiotic benefits of kefir and have my own grains that I’m trying to introduce to my teen daily as he has been plagued with a lot of illnesses the past year due to his student athlete schedule) Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi Kim!

      Here is a link to green smoothies and pregnancy:

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/pregnant

      We personal do not drink kefir, we’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and infections. And if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainlyβ€” broccoli, spinach and kale.

      It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family.

      Hope that helps.

  5. Elene says:

    Hi,

    My mother’s allergic to mango (which is fairly common in the recipes on this site), so what are some fruits I can substitute for mango? Also, my mom doesn’t want to buy anything large that I wouldn’t be able to easily finish (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, etc.), so what could I substitute for those fruits?

    Thanks!
    Elene

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi Elene.

      For the mango substitute try peaches.

      For the other items watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple try buy little frozen bags at the store, or precut items so she doesn’t have to buy the whole pineapple, ect. πŸ™‚

      Hope that helps.

  6. valeria says:

    im new at this & im wondering if this is the only thing you drink? nothing else ?. Also im kinda young soo what do i do ?

  7. Lakisha Scott says:

    I am so sad that I saw this so late, but either way, I will be having a green smoothie for the next 30 days. I am looking forward to trying your smoothie recipes, they sound so yummy. Which one of your smoothies do you think Moringa Powder or Acai Powder will combine well with? Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      I am not sure which powder will mix well with Beginner’s Luck. Try them both and see what you like. πŸ™‚

  8. Itsabelly says:

    OMG, absolutely LOVED this smoothie! So good & sooo healthy. My 3 kiddos said it way yummy too! Definitely adding to our go-to smoothie list!

  9. Kate says:

    Super! Thank you πŸ˜€

  10. Shawnna says:

    Thank you for adding me. I am starting a late but I am looking forward to the challenge.

  11. toni c says:

    my neighbor was telling me about this and I am getting info and making list of things will need to get started… I am 59 yrs old with some health issues from boot camp… not as young as use to be… lol but anxious to start this program… what have I got to loose… oh yea… weight…

    oh and I am going to try the 1 oz of apple cider vinegar b4 bedtime.. hope it helps the sweats cant wait to try tonight… thanks for that tip

  12. Kate says:

    Hello Lovely Ladies,
    I am officially starting the 30 day challenge today. I am inspired by all the comments, and REALLY inspired by the website. I have a quick question: What would you recommend for a banana substitution. I am unable to eat them. I thought I would share this little titbit for anyone challenged with this as well….I take 1 oz. of apple cidar vinegar 30 minutes before bed time has helped me sleep better as well as it has reduced my night sweats (I am over 50) so that I am able to have a more restful sleep.
    Thank you for the inspiration, recipes, and support πŸ˜€
    Kate

  13. Allison says:

    I started to add protein powder to my smoothies. I am using Vanilla Whey Protein, and the flavor completely over powers the taste of the smoothie. I had looked at some plant based protein, but they only had 9 grams of protein vs. the 25 grams in the whey. I need to find a protein powder with a good amount of protein and no real flavor so I can still taste the delicious smoothie. Any suggestions???

  14. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart says:

    Hi! I’m in the midst of the 30 day challenge and I’m loving it! However, I am trying to count calories and none of the recipes indicate how many calories it is. Is there anyway you can help with this? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi Dafina! We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You will find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Two great resources for tracking calories are the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

      • Karyne Bury says:

        I’ve been using My Fitness Pal to estimate the calories for each individual ingredient, divided by the serving amounts. Not exact but it gives a pretty good estimate.

        Day 10 of the challenge and still going!! πŸ™‚

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

        Awesome! Thanks for sharing Karyne! Glad MyFitnessPal is working out for you! πŸ™‚

  15. Vive says:

    Hi,
    I’m so excited to start the 30 day challenge! I just have one question. I’m not a very big fan of spinach or kale (or any green fruits and veggies) and I wanted to know if the fruit in the smoothies will cover up the taste of the Spinach/kale.
    Thanks!

  16. Paige says:

    YAY! Made my first smoothie today (beginners luck) and it’s delicious! I am so excited to try so many new ones! I do have one question…there were a lot of hair-like strands in it. I’m guessing that’s from the spinach, so should I pick the stems off tomorrow?? πŸ™‚ thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi Paige. I actually find that it is the pineapple that does this. Try blending the pineapple and liquid first then add your leafy greens, followed by the rest of your recipes! πŸ™‚

  17. Steve J says:

    I just picked up a NutriBullet Pro today. I am going to try a 10 day cleanse from a book I bought at Amazon. That book is how I found your website. My hope is to jump start a weight loss program. I am a 51 year old male and have lost 80 pounds at least three times since my 20’s. I always followed the Atkins diet which works great as long as you stay on it. I have always gained all the weight back within two years. I now am the biggest I’ve ever been, about 350 pounds. I’m 6’4″ so have always carried weight well, but now my proportions are obviously out of skew. I am always tired and don’t sleep well. My medical doctor just wants to prescribe more meds that have worse side effects than what it’s supposed to treat.

    Bottom line, I really hope this smoothie thing works for me. I need something to turn my health around. I stopped taking all the meds about a month ago and already feel better except the post traumatic arthritis in my feet and legs.

    After the 10 day cleanse, I’ll continue the challenge for the remaining 20 days until I’ve completed the 30 challenge. I am hoping to be down 20lbs by the end of the July.

    P.S. Great website and loads of information. Thanks for this great resource.

  18. Allison says:

    Hey! Yes I saw that and am definitely considering. Since I am doing this challenge and a 21 day work out program, I don’t want to take on to change too much.

    Can I drink the whole recipe in a day? I work weird hours and don’t get home till 8:30/9. Being able to have a smoothie that I can drink at lunch and for a snack/dinner would be great.

  19. Allison says:

    I am starting my Green Smoothie life today. I used the basics of one of your recipes to make todays. As I do this I am also trying to change my regular eating habits, which are terrible. My plan is to have a breakfast (grapefruit and yogurt, cereal, protein shake/bar) then to have the smoothie as a meal replacement at lunch. Hopefully have a snack during the day (although I’m not sure what to use) and then dinner…(and I am pretty lacking in knowledge of health meals).

    If I am doing the smoothies for lunch, what should I do with your recipes. Is drinking a whole one too much? Should I add protein of somem kind? I am in desperate need of changing my life and am really eager to do this correctly.

  20. nisha says:

    Hi
    So I know were supposed to use fresh raw spinach however where I live raw vegetables arent really hygenic as theyre mostly sold by the road. I wanted to know of I could cook the spinach or if there is anyother way to clean it rather than just washing?

  21. Amanda says:

    This is the best thing I have ever tasted, this is the first time in a long that I have had a full serving of fruit and veggies. I didn’t even taste the veggies much. I loved it!!!

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  23. Juliet says:

    Might be obvious but I’m new to this. Do you put spinach stems in? I did this morning and can feel them in the smoothie. A bit thready! Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna says:

      Hi Juliet!
      If you use baby spinach you can toss the whole thing in but if theres woody stems, you’ll want to toss those first and just use the leaf!! πŸ™‚

  24. Sarah says:

    I’m starting the July 30-day challenge next week and getting excited! I just made this and it was great. It’s hard for me to get fresh spinach or kale locally on a regular basis — next opportunity I get I’ll stock up and freeze — so until then I am using packaged frozen. 1)You wrote to see on the package if the spinach was blanched before frozen. Mine doesn’t mention that but says it was picked when ripe and flash frozen to preserve nutrients. Is this good? 2) I noticed my smoothie is a much darker green than the one in your pictures. (Still great, though.) Can it be that because my frozen spinach is so tightly packed/condensed, the quantities should be adjusted, or should I continue to use the same amount as I would fresh? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Hi Sarah!
      It sounds like the frozen spinach is pretty good. Go for it πŸ™‚ It could be pretty condensed causing there to be more spinach than what we normally use. That’s ok, though!

  25. Ali says:

    Just made my first green smoothie and it was awesome! Instead of just plain water I used SO Delicious Original coconut milk and it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try the rest of them πŸ™‚

  26. Kathleen says:

    Quick question on the Beginner’s Luck Smoothie. Two bananas seems to be about two cups, shouldn’t the smoothies be made with only 3 cups of fruit? The bananas plus mango and pineapple makes 4 cups. Thanks!

  27. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the tip! πŸ™‚

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Dafina! Hope you are loving the beginner’s luck green smoothie. It is one of my personal favorites!

  28. Sannimaria says:

    Thanks so much for the 30 day smoothie challenge. I used to drink smoothies all thru the year, and it is a credit to me maintaining my trim figure. I have been de-toxing for years! I had high blood pressure and I ‘ve returned back to green smoothies. I no longer have cravings for sugar or coffee!!!! It was extremely hard to get off the coffee. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Really great to hear this, Sannimaria! Thanks for sharing how green smoothies have helped youβ€”encouraging!

  29. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart says:

    Hi, I’m signed up to start the next 30 day challenge this July and I’m excited! However, I have an allergy to pineapple and I notice several of your smoothie recipes, including this starter one, include pineapple. What fruit can I substitute for pineapple in this or any of the other recipes and still maintain the intent behind the flavor/nutrient combo? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Hi Dafina-Lazarus Stewart!
      You can really use anything else that’s sweet and juicy. With this specific recipe, there was no real nutritional intent other than it being fruit that’s great for your body! Here’s a list of things that might work: kiwi, doubling up on mango, grapes, berries, and more.

  30. lisa says:

    are you meant to do one of these and still eat healthy ,or one one of these and cut out a meal?
    Thanks
    Lisa

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Hi Lisa!
      The goal is to drink one green smoothie a day in place of a meal or snack, and to keep eating normally the rest of the day πŸ™‚

  31. Rebecca says:

    Hi, I’m new to green smoothies. I know it’s best to use fresh or frozen fruits but can I use canned fruits? Will it effect my smoothies?

  32. Carrol says:

    Question..this is my first smoothie..im a newbie. Does the pineapple have to be fresh or can I use canned???

  33. Sheila says:

    I am just starting out on the green smoothie plan. My daughter and son-in-law have been on them for about 2 years now. They bought a Vitamix at our local kitchen store and they used my son-in-law as the “poster child” for Vitamix because he lost so much weight and felt so much healthier and energetic. Before that he was the typical beer swilling, hamburger eating guy. He has converted a number of people over to the smoothies now. We live in an area where there are plenty of huckleberries which I pick and freeze every summer so these are added daily to any smoothie that I make.

  34. Jamoya says:

    Hello, I just wanted to add that I got two of my coworkers doing the challenge, one started several months ago and has been going every since and the other is doing the month of May with me and she got her fiance to do it as well, also tried them out on her 5 year old step-daughter and she hates veggies, but absolutely loved the green smoothies. The first one I had my coworkers try was “beginners luck”. So thank you, I’m continuing to spread the word, I got back on the green smoothie challenge to help kick my candy addiction and I am currently 2.5 weeks candy free, πŸ™‚ LOL! Thank you Jen and Jadah for this awesome website and support to help make my life greener and healthier! You two ROCK…! πŸ™‚

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Way to spread the green smoothie love, Jamoya! Keep it up, and keep blending those green smoothies.

  35. Darlene says:

    Is this a one person-one meal recipe? I’m very new and don’t want to seem dumb. I’m desperate and feel like I found your site for a reason.

    • Abbey says:

      Hiya, this is a 2 person’s recipe. I thought it was a one mans recipe too and ended up making a bit too much! But don’t fret, i just poured the rest into a jar and put it in the fridge for the next day, yum. Just halve this recipe and youve got a single serve πŸ™‚

  36. chris says:

    Im new to the green smoothie craze. I’ve been making a lot of fruit smoothie’s but never a green smoothie. What are the benefits? And what are some great recipe’s

  37. Dana says:

    I’ve been doing the 30 day challenges for a year now and LOVE IT! But… My daughter is pregnant and her iron is low. What smoothies would you suggest for her. (she not particularly fond of fruits and veggies)

  38. sharon bunim says:

    that’s my meal replacement smooth for breakfast 1 banana 1 apple 1 pear 1 carrot 1 stalk of celery 1β€³ ginger 2 table spoons of flax seeds and the greens are 3 cups of spinach or kale or a full head of romaine only the romaine has a earthy taste that’s why i m asking because i like to rotate my greens.
    i wonder if i can mix spinach or kale with romaine, would i get the same nutrition value and there is not a nutrition conflict.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Hi Sharon!
      Feel free to mix leafy greens if you’d like πŸ™‚ We prefer to stick to one leafy green at a time just to make it simpler, but it’s ok to mix.

  39. sharon bunim says:

    that’s my meal replacement smooth for breakfast 1 banana 1 apple 1 pear 1 carrot 1 stalk of celery 1″ ginger 2 table spoons of flax seeds and the greens are 3 cups of spinach or kale or a full head of romaine only the romaine has a earthy taste that’s why i m asking because i like to rotate my greens.
    i wonder if i can mix spinach or kale with romaine, would i get the same nutrition value and there is not a nutrition conflict.

  40. michelle says:

    Hi!

    What can you recommend as a substitute for avocado?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Depends what you’re using avocado in, Michelle πŸ™‚ If you’re using it in a smoothie, then 1/4 cup of coconut oil will do!

  41. sharon bunim says:

    i wonder if anybody tried a green smoothie with a full head of a romaine lettuce, i tried and i got this earthy taste , can anybody tell me how can i get rid of it.

    • Anna says:

      Hi Sharon.

      Maybe add a banana, some carrots and an apple.

    • Jadah Sellner says:

      Romaine lettuce is definitely more bitter. That’s why it’s great to start with spinach for a more mild taste. Or try half and half. And I always add a banana to sweeten things up. πŸ™‚

  42. Anna says:

    I’ve been making veggie/fruit smoothies for about 2 months now but I am really excited about taking part in the 30-day challenge. I do have to admit that I drink my smoothie all in one sitting (32 ozs), usually at breakfast. It’s filling enough to hold me over until lunch time and I don’t feel as overly full (and guilty) as I used to when I was eating bagels,etc. Love reading other participants posts too. It’s more fun in a group. :o)

  43. Bea says:

    Hi, is it okay to drink the green smoothies on an empty stomach at breakfast? I ask because I’m pre-diabetic and I worry the sugar content may play havoc with body. Should I be eating protein first? Anything you would suggest? B

  44. Lissette says:

    Hiya ! Just started with this whole green smoothie challenge & im wondering is it ok to use the Thermomix to blend ?
    I dont own a Vitamix or any other blender unfortunately so im wondering if the big space thermomix offers to blend is alright for these green smoothies
    Or must I tightly pack it with ingredients ?

  45. Corinna says:

    Hello!
    So I am a beginner and have a couple of questions =). I was wondering if it is ok to pre-make the smoothies for breakfast the night before? I ask because I have to wake up very early. Also for the beginner’s luck green smoothie is it alright to substitute mango for cantalope? I ask because at the moment I don’t have mango. Thank you! =)

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      You sure can blend them the night before! Keep them in a fridge in an airtight container. Substituting mango with cantaloupe would be fine, too!

  46. Christye says:

    Newbie here. so I have more of an aversion than an allergy to Avocados, Bananas, Mangoes, Kiwi AND Honey. So I am finding it difficult to locate recipies without at least one of these. LOL!! I am going to try a smoothie with Banana in it today and see if when the fruit is broken down by my ninja will also break down whatever I am allergic/sensitive to will not bother me. I also take medication that will not work if I eat or drink anything with citrus (Vitamin C) Does anyone have suggestions for things to use in place of these things.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Hi Christye!
      Feel free to replace any fruit you allergic to with another fruit that you love!

  47. lynda says:

    I love the smoothies i was skeptically at first about the spinach but you cannot even taste it and it is delicious..thanks

  48. Christine says:

    I started your 30 day challenge today, I really like the Beginners Luck green smoothie, I read a few of the reviews and took the advise of one and let the fruit set out for a few minutes to thaw and it did very well, I love it!! I did my shopping and was able to get all the items needed and was very surprised to even find some frozen sweet dark cherries so I am totally excited. I do have one question though, how do you store the other half of the smoothie if you don’t drink it on the same day, is it safe to freeze it overnight or should it be sit in the fridge as is for the next days serving?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Hi Christine!
      We usually keep it in the fridge for up to two days if we have leftovers πŸ™‚

  49. Jean says:

    Hi…what are your thoughts on frozen spinach and kale. I would buy organic…It is just so much easier as far as storage and I am getting into smoothies because I am so tired of buying veggies to cook in great recipes only to have them go bad before I get a chance too. Thanks for all you do by the way! Just bought the recipe cards as my high school senior does not like when I experiment too much!

  50. Karen says:

    I started your 30-day challenge this morning with this smoothie. It’s very thick, which I like. I made 1/2 of the recipe in my new Nutribullet. Thanks for the recipes.

  51. Diane says:

    Thank you so much for creating such a fabulous website ! I’m based in the UK. I have recently purchased the Nutribullet & cannot wait to
    commence the 30 day green smoothie challenge. I suffer from mild acne & have tried 101 different lotions & potions ! I’m hoping that this will help me..Thanks again !

  52. maggie says:

    Jadah & Jen
    Thank you so much for creating this web site. I’m super excited to start on April 1st.
    I’m a new mom of a 4 month old baby girl who loves to breastfeed 24/7. Are any of the ingredients that you suggest can make her suffer from colics or cramps while she eats? I’m super nervous since all that we eat goes straight to the milk but I really want to drink smoothies.

  53. skeptic turned believer says:

    I wanted to share with you that I made this smoothie, which incidentally is my very first one, and I was pleasantly surprised. My husband gulped his down within a few minutes and later I made one for my two sons. My six year old is extremely finicky, and rarely wants anything except a jelly sandwich. I know-that’s horrible; however, he absolutely LOVED this smoothie! He loved it so much that he requested one everyday when he gets out of school, and he asked if I would make him one on Saturday too. THANK YOU SO MUCH for giving me a way to get vegetables into this little guy!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      This is so encouraging to hear! Thanks for sharing with us, and keep blending those green smoothies!

  54. Jen says:

    Hi there,

    Your website is amazing, always so grateful when I come across a fantastic resource aligned with my health interests. I have been a juicer/smoothie fan for the last 6 months now…however having a tough time with keeping my fruits and veggies from going off…I find I am really wasting a lot of food. Any tips or tricks on longevity of fruits and veggies. I have definitely cut down on the quantity I purchase, but still find celery goes limp or broccoli a bit off before I can even get through everything.

    Thx in advance

  55. Bobby says:

    Silly question, but assuming most of these recipes allow you to make two servings, should I just cut the ingredients list in half for a single serving?

    For example, if I plan to use Almond Milk and Spinach, should I just use 1 cup of almond Milk and 1 cup of spinach, along with a cup of frozen fruit?

  56. Dk762 says:

    I did the 30 day challenge in November it was good. I think this one will be better, veggies & fruits are better this time of year. I’ll use the beginner smoothie til April 1st, changing up the fruits each day for a new twist.

    Welcome aboard to the newbies.

  57. Amber says:

    Signed up and can’t wait to start on April 1st. I am going to start working on the beginner’s luck smoothie in the mean time. Very excited.

  58. Bev says:

    I am so looking forward to my first 30 day smoothie challenge. Bring on the Greens..:)
    My first challenge starts April 1…looking forward to my emails with my smoothie recipes

  59. Maggie says:

    Dear Jadah and Jen,

    I’ve been looking into the whole green smoothies thing or a few weeks now, and trying it a few times a week. When I was searching for new recipes, I stumbled on some sites that talked about the dangers of consuming raw greens because they contain a lot of oxalates. For instance, http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-green-smoothies-can-devastate-your-health/ talks about this.

    You use a lot of spinach in your recipes, so I was wondering how you feel about the oxalate-debate. I would really like to know!

    • Bobby says:

      The Healthy Home Economist should always be taken with a grain…no, make that a shaker full of salt. 99% of what gets posted there is baseless pseudoscience.

      That is the case with her nonsense article on oxalates. While they can pose a problem for certain people (those with kidney problems, arthritis, gout, or vulvodynia), the vast majority of people excrete the oxalates through their urine normally.

      Contrary to what is in the article, they will not deposit “anywhere in the body”, that is just plain silly. the claims od “fungal” distress are equally baseless, so no worries there, either.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Maggie,
      Bobby has a pretty helpful response written for you already, but I just wanted to add a bit, too. It is possible to have too much of a good thing, but having 1-2 cups (one cup per serving in our recipes) of leafy greens on a daily basis is not too much. For every article you find saying to stay away from leafy greens, you’ll find ten more that are supportive and advocate consuming them!

      Lastly… We like to use this old phrase: “The proof is in the pudding.” There have been SO many people that have contacted us letting us know how their lives have improved because they started drinking green smoothies. We hear stories about various body test results coming back with incredible numbers, diabetes lessening or going away, increased energy, weight loss, improved outlook on life, and even how green smoothies have helped jumpstart a better and healthier eating lifestyle.

      Hope this helps!

  60. Tonia says:

    I am looking forward to the 30day challenge !

  61. Bobby says:

    I signed up for the April challenge, but wanted to give the smoothies a try ahead of time. I made one with what I had on hand (Kale, carrots, apples, frozen berries, green tea base) and the results were…OK. I’m sure I’ll get better as time goes on. The taste was good, but the consistency was pretty off. Of course, that’s likely because my blender isn’t up to the challenge.

    Don’t, worry…this hasn’t put me off. It’s just made me want to get better at making them! And possibly buy a new blender.

  62. lourditax says:

    found your website reading this: http://www.lecoindejoelle.com/blog/2014/02/green-smoothie/ and i think it’s just so fine of you to share all this recipes!!

    i’ve tried Tropicolada Fiesta yesterday and it’s a part of my breakfast today!!! so yummy!!!

    can’t wait to april =)))

    thank you!

  63. Sharon says:

    OMG I am so happy that I pick your site to read. I will be part of the April 1st. challenge. Many Blessings to the both of you. πŸ™‚

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      So glad you are joining us, Sharon! We’re really looking forward to the challenge!

  64. TheSnarkyB says:

    Jadah & Jen,
    I’m a new reader – I love your recipe, especially since it isn’t “juicing” and doesn’t require equipment I don’t have. I have a really hard time getting affordable produce where I am, and my budget is really limited. I know frozen isn’t as nutritious as fresh, but given the procurement problem, what do you think of freezing “smoothie cubes” and saving them, especially for the fall/winter. (“Smoothie cubes” = blend up a bunch of kale with water or almond milk, freeze into ice cubes, and use as ingredients later on.)

    Thanks!

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      It’s a great idea, and lots of people already do it! Go for it πŸ™‚ We suggest using water and a tiny bit of coconut oil when doing this.

  65. alicia says:

    Hi, with the beginners green luck smoothie and any other smoothie how much ice do you put for a thicker drink? Thanks

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hi Alicia!
      We rarely add ice… We only add it if none of our fruit is frozen, but prefer to use one frozen fruit to chill the smoothie πŸ™‚

  66. Mahsa says:

    I just got my reconditioned Blendtec yesterday and made our first green smoothie this morning. My husband, son and I just LOVED it! I am so excited to start the 30 day challenge! Thank you!

  67. Tisha says:

    I’ve recently gotten into smoothies. I’ve even gotten a Vita mix… which has been awesome! The only problem is that I can’t figure out the right formula for my smoothies. They’re either watery, not sweet enough (maybe from using too much frozen fruit or fruit not ripe), and I’ve also noticed that whenever I do “green smoothies” I miraculously get sick within a few days. I really want to get healthier and drink a smoothie a day, but I feel like I’m waisting a lot of money and almost to the point of giving up.
    Do you think that adding water makes the smoothly too watery (can I add juice or does that defeat the purpose), or are there ways to chose fruits ( mango’s, pineapples, and strawberries) that are ripe and sweet?

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hey there, Tisha!
      We don’t like hearing that you get sick within a few days of drinking green smoothies πŸ™ Have you been following the formula that’s on this page? Also, keep in mind that most recipes are two servings!

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-101

    • TheSnarkyB says:

      Hi Tisha!
      I don’t mean to mess with their recipe, but before I found this website I was doing a similar smoothie using almond milk, and I was really happy with that. The best kind for you is unsweetened, with no flavor label (like “vanilla”), but they’re all better than milk from what I’ve heard. Maybe that would smooth out the experience for you?

  68. Mike says:

    I have been really enjoying my green smoothies! And all of the other wonderful meals I have made with my Vitamix 750! The 100% wheat bread was incredible. Took the left over half loaf to make some awesome croutons for our salads

  69. Tiffany says:

    My reconditioned Vitamix got here Friday and I made my first smoothie this morning . It was great . Love your site . Now just looking for a pre-workout smoothie

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Woohoo, Tiffany! Don’t you love your Vitamix! I use one, too, and it’s fantastic. πŸ™‚

  70. molly says:

    Hi! Would you suggest the green smoothie challenge for kids in high school? Also, do you have any fast, easy school lunches. It’s almost impossible to not eat junk food for lunch. Thanks!

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Absolutely! Anyone, any age can drink green smoothies! That’s such a great idea, we hope you keep us posted if you have a challenge for high school kids. πŸ™‚

  71. Alexandra says:

    Hello, I am going to get my life back on track I have decide to start working out in the mornings and wanted to have a green smoothie before I work out but I am not sure which one. I am also a beginner in green smoothies so am not sure which one is best for before a workout. Do you have any suggestions that can help me out.
    Thank you so much.

  72. Kelly says:

    Just curious is baby kale and spinach as nutritious as the original versions?

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      It is pretty similar, Kelly πŸ™‚ Any kind of kale works when blending green smoothies!

  73. Bri says:

    Hi if I want to try your beginner smoothie and don’t have a juicer can I use a blender to try? Does a blender take away the nutrients? Will it be smooth? Thanks

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hi Bri! We’re all about blending here! We don’t juice, and none of our recipes are designed specifically for juicing πŸ™‚ There are people who juice that use our recipes, though, which is totally fine.

  74. Linda says:

    Are all your recipes easily halved for a one person serving or do you suggest making the 2 servings and just saving until the next day?

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      You can easily halve them, Linda πŸ™‚ You can save the second for the next day if you’d like, too!

  75. Renee says:

    I want to try the next smoothie challenge but had a quick question
    For the fruit portion can I use canned pineapple or pears that’s packed in its own juice but draining the juice of course

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hi Renee!
      Our preference is to use fresh first, frozen second, and canned only on a NEED basis. Hope this helps!

      • Renee says:

        Thanks for the quick response! I made my FIRST smoothie using the beginners luck formula above. I used blueberries in place for the mango because I didn’t have any. My two year old son was curious so I gave him a drink and he loved it!! His exact words were “mmmm tasty!!” I was so overly excited and almost in tears!! He’s a bit behind in the talking department well other then the usually momma and daddy. So for him to say the word tasty was huge for me! πŸ™‚
        I just had to come back and share this exciting news with y’all. I will defiantly be trying the other recipes.

    • Pagnia says:

      Renee, your story is adorable! Love that even a 2-year-old can enjoy green smoothies too! πŸ˜‰

  76. kimi says:

    Thank you for the 21 day ,and the 30 challenge, you all are awesome.Before I found your website my intake of fruit and veggies was almost nil.
    Now its min once a day at the most twice. I feel better and the color of my skin is better. Now if only there was something for the lines and wrinkles (lol) Seriously, most of my co workers have been sick and I believe that the changes I have made and continue to make have helped me from not catching the flu. Love the receipes

  77. Pedro Martins says:

    I have a question. How many grams is a “cup” of spinach, or pineaple or banana? Do you just do it randomly? if so, how big are the cups you use, or what is their volume?

  78. Stacey says:

    How many servings of fruits/veggies are in a smoothie?

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Each smoothie serves two people, so there are about 1.5 cups of fruit and 1 cup of leafy greens πŸ™‚

  79. Carolina says:

    If you liked the beginner recipe just do the 30 day smoothie. The recipes are so simple and its not anything you have to go out of your way to buy. So glad i found this site. Will be doing the cleanse as soon as i finish my 30 day smoothie challenge

  80. Bailey Potter says:

    When does the next 30 day challenge begin?

  81. Jessica says:

    I notice a lot of your recipes are measured out for large benders. We only have a Nutribullet. Any suggestions on how to properly scale down the recipe or is it not necessary?

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hi Jessica! Just cut everything in half πŸ™‚ Each recipe is meant for two servings, so if you cut everything in half then it will make one serving. If you need another, then just blend it twice!

  82. Kelsey says:

    What are some suggestions you can substitute for pineapple?
    Thanks!

  83. liz says:

    hi,
    i will start on my smoothie today. can i still join the thirty day challenge?

  84. Melissa says:

    Hi, I was wondering, since I don’t have any mangoes could I just substitute it with another fruit?

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      You sure can πŸ™‚ Something juicy that is slightly sweet would do the trick! Peaches maybe? It’s up to you!

  85. Coral Mings says:

    This comment was submitted twice, evidently! Please delete this one. Thanks.

  86. Coral Mings says:

    I’ve been making and drinking the green smoothies for two weeks, plus now, but I was told that ingesting too much fruit isn’t good–that the fructose can cause health problems. Please comment on this. Thanks. This is the first comment I’ve made on this subject!

    • Dylan Marie says:

      Well yes and no. Technically yes too much fruit will give you health problems. But too much fruit is like having 15 servings of fruit. You will be totally fine as long as you also have starches and dairy throughout the day.

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Thanks for the help in answering this, Dylan πŸ™‚ It’s true, that too much of ANYTHING is not good for you, but you have to figure out what too much is. We encourage people to drink one green smoothie a day, which ends up being half of each of our recipes (each recipe makes two servings). This is nowhere close to too much fruit πŸ™‚

  87. Jason says:

    When a recipe calls for coconut milk, do you use canned on carton?

  88. echelon says:

    Hi. How much is 1 cup(in grams) for this recipe? or how much do you use in your smoothies(in grams)?
    Love your site by the way, thanks for all the info!

  89. Jengarcia says:

    I received an email that says Challenge week #3, do I start here? Is there no way to see week 1, & 2. Do I need to go in order? Also, can I substitute apples instead of pineapple? Can I add Carrotts and celery to any?

  90. Jengarcia says:

    Hi! I just found your website and signed up for the 30 day challenge. My question is where do I start? Can I start at week 1, and if so. Where can I find those receipes. I made this am the first ever green smoothie, but mine didn have pineapple so I put apples in it. Is this okay? I’m allergic to pineapples. Also. What week should I continue for tomorrow? So lost!! Wish I had a setup and check of list. I was doing juice recipes.com challenge and it’s a check off list but I wasn’t juicing I was blending, so that’s why I switched to you guys. But I’m confused on where to start and if I’ll be able to see what week 1 was. Help! Also, my husband is doing smoothie with me, he wants to know if it will help him lose weight.

  91. mary says:

    How can I get the back weeks?

  92. frugalexpat says:

    Many thanks for this recipe.

    I made my first ever green smoothie and it is super delish! My 2 year old son loves it too..

  93. Jovann says:

    Hi there! Excited to try this challenge… One small issue I am allergic to pineapples and my daughter may be allergic to almond milk – can you suggest some substitutions for those days so we can keep the challenge going? Thanks a bunch

    • lindsey says:

      Hey Jovann
      I made this smoothie and I just used two cups of mango instead of the pineapple and it was delicious!

  94. Ina Jean says:

    I just bought the recipe cards, and am very interested in the 21 day cleanse. However, I am allergic to bananas. Most of your recipes use bananas. What other fruit could I substitute?

  95. Mary says:

    hi Gals

    Can you blend one serving size of fruit and/or green vegetables to freeze, then add to the liquid to be further blended as needed?

    Mary

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      You probably can πŸ™‚ We haven’t really tried it before, but sounds like it’d work!

  96. Sergio ortiz says:

    I’m excited to be on board, I thank God for the vision you woman have.. I’ve been inspired to join the journey along with a friend of mine, I’m over 300lbs and he’s over 500lbs this is diff a great start to transformation and a healthy lifestyle…

  97. Michelle says:

    I just tried the beginner’s luck green smoothie and find it amazing. I shared it with my teen-age daughter, who was hesitant initially but finished her cup in a jiffy. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  98. susan says:

    Could you use kale in these recipes as well? These recipes look amazing.
    Thanks!

  99. missy says:

    Started my 30 day challenge today 1/5/2014!..Beginners luck smoothy is delicious…looking forward to tomorrow…yum!!!!

  100. Danielle says:

    Just tried the beginners luck smoothie. Perfection! I used my little Hamilton Beech personal blender, which just barely holds 16 oz, but it worked great. Here I go!

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