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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 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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+. 🙂

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 “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 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 is 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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  1. april says:

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

  2. Renae says:

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

  3. Brenda says:

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

  4. espie says:

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

    • 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!

  5. Adrian says:

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

  6. Lauren says:

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

  7. Melba says:

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

  8. Linda says:

    Do you add hemp protein to any shake?

    • Jen H says:

      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.

  9. Veronica says:

    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.

  10. Lynn says:

    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.

  11. Melissa-Lea says:

    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. Cherie says:

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

  13. claudia says:

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

  14. Renae says:

    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!

  15. Lenia says:

    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.

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