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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. Katie

    January 12th, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Hi! Can you make this ahead and freeze it?

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 29th, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Hey Katie,


    You can totally blend and freeze for later. Also if you prefer you can blend and place in your fridge. Our recipes will last up to 2 days in the fridge in an air tight container. Just give it a little shake and you are good to go!

    You can also add some lime juice to help keep that luscious green color as well!

  3. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 29th, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Hey Katie,

    Yes you totally can! Our smoothies will last up to 2 days in the fridge in an air tight container. All you have to do is give it a little shake and you are good to go!!

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  5. Max

    January 23rd, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Hey, do you have a recipe with less sugar? 34g seems really high, especially if you’re trying to shed some pounds. Thanks

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 29th, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Hey Max,

    Yes, we definitely do if you are not feeling this recipe.

    You can checkout the recipe for our Fat Burning Smoothie right here:



  7. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 29th, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Hey Teri,

    We know you are going to love it!


  8. Holly T

    January 30th, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Very first green smoothie I ever made. So good, a great one for beginners. My toddler son has become quite the smoothie drinker and he loves this recipe

  9. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    That is awesome Holly!

    I am so happy that this was your first green smoothie you have tried. It is definitely our favorite one as well.


  10. Cecily

    January 30th, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Love this smoothie! It’s creamy and delish!

  11. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Hey Cecily,

    Thanks for letting us know how much you love this smoothie! The creaminess really is the best!!

  12. Pamela

    January 30th, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Love, love, love this smoothie. simple green smoothies are the best! I have loved the seven and 30 day challenges and very very happy with the books. Jen RAWKS!!

  13. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    You rawk Pamela!!

    We are so happy that you are a part of our rawkstar community!!! Thank you for sharing the love and letting us know that you love our recipes so much!
    Cheers!!! 🙂

  14. Darlene Littlechild

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    My first love for green smoothies!

  15. Kathy Overstreet

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Love this smoothie – very creamy and oh so yummy!!

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks Kathy!

    It really is the creamiest!!

  17. Bonnie

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    The best green smoothie ever! This is my go to when I cant decide what to make.

  18. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    It really is the easiest and most delicious option when you can’t decide 🙂

  19. Kim

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    This is one of my favorites and my teenagers like it to!

  20. Kim

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:43 pm


  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Yay thanks for sharing, Kim!!

  22. Nathardia

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    My favourite smoothie that is the only one my daughter love never get tired from blending it

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    That is so cool Nathardia!

    This is a winner for my little ones too 🙂

  24. Kaylla

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Love it!!

  25. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks Kaylla!

  26. Vanessa

    January 30th, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    This smoothie is absolutely delicious! I love it!

  27. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing your feedback, Vanessa!! I have to agree with you 🙂

  28. Cindy

    January 30th, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Beginners Luck is the smoothie I make for people who say they won’t like it. The flavor is so fresh; it tingles the taste buds!

  29. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    That is awesome, Cindy!!

    I don’t think I have met someone who doesn’t like this smoothie 🙂

  30. Mel

    January 30th, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Amazing, easy to read easy to make and taste fantastic

  31. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Yes, yes, and yes!!! You are right on Mel!!

  32. Dora

    January 30th, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Without a doubt a classic go to. It is the recipe I blend when introducing someone to green smoothies. I actually freeze backyard mango to make this one year round.

  33. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    That is so great, Dora!!!

    I bet your mango is so delicious!!!

  34. Cynthia Phelps

    January 31st, 2019 at 3:47 am

    I have been blending with Simple Green Smoothies for 4 years and this is still one of my favorite recipes! Delicious!!

  35. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for being a rawkstar Cynthia!!!

  36. Brandi Collis

    January 31st, 2019 at 8:11 am

    I was always skeptical of green smoothies because of well, you guessed it, the green part. I was dreading the first day I made the Beginner’s Luck Recipe. Well, one sip and I was hooked. This is my go to recipe on weekends. It’s so creamy and, let’s face it GOOD!!!

  37. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    You are so right Brandi!!

    It really is just simply, good!

  38. Aimee

    January 31st, 2019 at 8:44 am

    This really is a fantastic tasting smoothie. For anyone afraid of the “green” taste, you won’t taste any here. Just sweet tropical deliciousness.

  39. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing Aimee!!

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