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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.

We host a 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge that’s free.

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.

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 spinach 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.

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.

Smoothie shopping list 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).

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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

This beginner-friendly Green Smoothie recipe has gotten the best reviews out there! 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.

Keywords: green smoothie, spinach smoothie recipe, healthy smoothie

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Leave a comment + review below sharing what you enjoyed most about Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothies. If you have any questions about the green smoothie world, feel free to comment as well. We will get back with you asap.

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  1. Gary

    August 13th, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I’ve been thinking about doing green smoothies for a while. I signed up for the next 30 day challenge. The Beginners Luck looks good. Going to go get a blender and get my feet wet before the challenge starts.

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    August 15th, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Hi Gary,

    YAY! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us. Reach out with any questions!

  3. Brenda

    August 15th, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I stumbled upon green smoothies last week and signed up for your emails. Saturday morning I went shopping for ingredients — my parents had bought me a Black&Decker blender 4 or 5 years ago the last time I wanted to make smoothies. I made the ‘Beginner’s Luck’ smoothie Saturday night to share with a friend, and now here we are today and I find myself craving the same smoothie at lunch time! Sometime soon, I need to learn how to freeze my own mangoes and pineapples.

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    August 15th, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Hi Brenda,

    Wohoo!! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us!! Looking to freeze your own fruit? Rawk on! We suggest laying your cut fruit in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once frozen store your fruit in a ziploc or freezer safe container. Freezing your produce this way will prevent everything from freezing together.

    Have you ever thought about freezing your leafy greens? Learn more here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/freeze-leafy-greens

  5. nor

    August 29th, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Hi there..just found ur pages while waiting d rain to stop. M from malaysia…currently struggling to reduce weight..to eat all d green stuff as m not vege lover.. will try ur recipe this coming weekend..hope it will ‘suit’ my appetite..hehe..

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    August 30th, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Nor,

    Thanks for joining us! How did you find out about our page? We hope you love Beginner’s Luck as much as we do.

    Please reach out with any questions!

  7. lauren

    September 5th, 2016 at 11:00 am

    hi, I was wondering if water is the preferred liquid base? I like unsweetened almond or soy milk but does that take away from the nutrients or add too much fat to the smoothie?

  8. Carol

    September 6th, 2016 at 9:11 am

    We are on day 2 of our green smoothie journey…I made this one on the first day and husband loved it. I was a little iffy on consistency which got better as I drank it and could be due to sub-par blending skills, but I loved the taste and it kept husband full until lunch. I do my best to eat healthy and I do not have weight issues, but I frequently crave Cokes and bad carbs in my mid-afternoon slump. I was super happy and surprised to find myself craving another one of these that afternoon instead of the usual junk. Hooray!

  9. SGS Rawkstar

    September 6th, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Carol,

    Wahoo!! We love hearing you’ve got that green smoothie crave! Looking to blend a creamy smoothie without any leafy chunks? Check out our blending tips here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/blend-without-chunks

  10. Ann

    September 15th, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    So happy you guys are out there in proofing healthy eating habits!

  11. SGS Rawkstar

    September 16th, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Thanks for blendin’ with us, Ann!

  12. Melinda

    September 19th, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    how many calories are in the beginner’s luck green smoothie?

  13. SGS Rawkstar

    September 20th, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Melinda,

    We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll 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. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  14. Noor

    September 22nd, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Can u plz tell me how much weight will I lose in the 30 day challenge if I do it right?

  15. SGS Rawkstar

    September 22nd, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Hi Noor,

    Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately everyone’s body is different, and therefore will react differently to adding green smoothies to their diet. While weight loss is not the #1 goal of our 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge it can be a happy accident. Our #1 goal is for you to fuel your body with fresh fruits + leafy greens. You’ll be amazed how adding this one simple habit can change the way you fuel your body, leading to life long changes in your health and wellness, and possibly your waist line.

    Check out Jadah’s story about green smoothies and reaching her weight loss goals here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/meet-jadah

  16. Naju

    September 25th, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    What will happen if I add yoghurt to the drink?

  17. SGS Rawkstar

    September 26th, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Hi Naju,

    You can definitely add yogurt to your green smoothie! Non-fat Greek yogurt is a great option when looking to add protein to your favorite recipes.

    Cheers!

  18. Monique

    September 26th, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Hi, I have a Thermomix, which means the quantities normally need to be adjusted. With the recipes you provide, do I still have to adjust quantities, or are they set for a blender (rather than a juicer)?
    Thanks!

  19. SGS Rawkstar

    September 27th, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Hi Monique,

    We’re all about blending here at Simple Green Smoothies! You reap the benefits of the entire fruit, no fiber loss! So you should be all set + ready to blend!

    If you’re blending outside of the US, you may want to check out our Rawkstar Conversion Guide…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/conversion-guide

    Cheers 🙂

  20. Treana

    September 29th, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Are the smoothies a meal replacement?

  21. SGS Rawkstar

    September 29th, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    HI Treana,

    Our goal for you is to add one 16 oz green smoothie to your day in addition to your regular diet. You can definitely enjoy your green smoothie as a meal replacement too. When using your green smoothie as a meal replacement we suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Learn more about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

  22. Bailey

    October 1st, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    In addition to yogurt, can I add chai seeds to my smoothies

  23. SGS Rawkstar

    October 3rd, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Hi Bailey,

    Of course! We love the protein boost yogurt + chia seeds can add to our favorite recipes. Learn more about our favorite protein boosts here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

  24. Cindy

    October 3rd, 2016 at 1:51 am

    I am a cancer survivor. My body has been ravaged with all the nasty chemo. My motivation is to drink a green smoothie every day to try and get healthy again. Is there any recorded data showing how a green smoothie might fix a chemo ravaged body?

  25. SGS Rawkstar

    October 3rd, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Hi Cindy,

    Cheers to kicking cancer to the curb!! While we don’t have any specific data on the benefits of green smoothies on chemo recovery, we believe your body always benefits from from fueling it correctly with fresh fruits, veggies, + leafy greens. As always, it’s important to check with your physician and ensure the ingredients in our recipes are the right choice for you + your body!

  26. Sonya Rolle

    October 10th, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Best smoothie ever! I can’t believe it tastes this good. If all the smoothies tastes this good, I can definitely drink a smoothie every day for life. Looking for more to come on the 10 day challenge and beyond.

  27. SGS Rawkstar

    October 17th, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Hi Sonya,

    YAY! Thank you so much for reaching out + sharing the green smoothie love!

    PS. We’d love to share your post in our marketing. Comment
    #SGSok below to accept terms.

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/sgsok

  28. Nfite Ben Prince

    October 15th, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Thanks for absorbing me in the green community I have been craving for. Am asking what I can do if more than one ingredients are not on our local markets. Things like pomegranates, berries,protein powders, coconut food products,nuts, seeds rarely appear and others can never be seen while those seen are never fresh except locally grown.

  29. SGS Rawkstar

    October 17th, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Hi Nfite,

    Thanks for blendin’ with us! Having trouble finding ingredients near you? No worries! Swap in ingredients that are available and that you love! Our recipes are here to inspire you, so please don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T.

    Need inspiration? Check out our Rawkstar Substitution Guide here…

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/substitution-guide

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