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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. Colette Eirich

    January 31st, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Beginners luck. My all time favourite smoothie. This one started my road to smoothie land. Have not stopped.


  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Yay Colette!

    That is so amazing to think that this smoothie is where it all began for you 🙂

  3. Anya

    January 31st, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Great Tasting

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Glad you love it, Anya!

  5. Jill

    January 31st, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Fantastic recipe to start the smoothie journey with! Later on switch the water with coconut milk, one of my go-tos!

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Oh yum that sounds really good, Jill!

    Thanks for the tip 🙂

  7. Tiffany

    January 31st, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Love the tropical taste!

  8. Terry

    January 31st, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    This is the best smoothie to start your journey
    It is sweet enough to keep you drinking. I actually had this one all week because I knew I loved it and then I started doing the different daily ones
    I was hooked. There will be ones that might tickle your fancy but there is always something you can change to make it to taste. Just remember it can’t be all fruit you need to add a green or at least a vegetable.

  9. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Hey Terry!

    That is so great that you were hooked on this recipe. It really is so delicious!

  10. Sheila

    January 31st, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    My #1 go-to! but I always double the spinach and water so I have a more smoothie and less sugar from the fruit.

  11. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Hey Sheila,

    Thanks for sharing that awesome tip!!

  12. Marla

    January 31st, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Quite Delicious. Make it at least once a week

  13. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    That is so great you drink it every week, Marla!!

  14. Schoolmama

    January 31st, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Such as great first recipe with everyday ingredients. Once you get comfortable you can use add ons but perfect as is. This is in my regular rotation now.

  15. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Hey Schoolmama,

    It really is a great base for your smoothie journey.


  16. Clare Jones

    January 31st, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Delicious and creamy smooth

  17. Shawnee

    January 31st, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Love! My go to green smoothie!

  18. Shari C

    January 31st, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    This is my favorite green smoothie and my “go to” as often as I can. The ingredients are basic yet well rounded for optimum flavor and a bright green color that’ll make your head spin. #teambeginnersluck

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Love that Shari!

    Forever #teambeginnersluck 🙂

  20. Pamela Spencer

    January 31st, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    This smoothie is easy to make and tastes great. This is my go to recipe when i’m in a hurry.

  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    That is so great that this is your go to smoothie.


  22. Bonnie

    January 31st, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    This is good one to start with your kids!! We actually made it again today!!

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    It really is, Bonnie!! My kids are obsessed with this recipe too.

  24. Gisele

    February 1st, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Delicious tropical goodness! If you’re new to green smoothies, try this first. You won’t be disappointed! In fact, I can almost guarantee this is your gateway to the green smoothie lifestyle.

  25. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Hey Gisele,

    You are so right! It is the gateway to your green smoothie journey. Love how you said that 🙂

  26. Shery

    February 1st, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Great smoothly to start with…great tasting.

  27. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks Shery!!

    It really is super delicious =P

  28. Windy

    February 1st, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    This smoothie ease your fear of blended raw spinach and fruits it’s easy and delicious.

  29. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 1st, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Hey Windy,

    It really is so easy and delicious!! SO happy you agree 🙂


  30. Mary Ann

    February 1st, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Luv this recipe so tasty and fresh. Easy to make and prep too.

  31. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 5th, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Hey Mary,

    You are so right!! Super tasty, fresh, and easy! Sounds like paradise to me 🙂

  32. Sally

    February 2nd, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Love this recipe. It’s so easy to make for someone like me who can hardly walk because of arthritis in my knees & tastes so delicious.
    This is one of my favourites & my go to recipe.

  33. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 5th, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Hey Sally,

    Thank you for sharing with us how much you love this recipe!!

  34. Angela Edjang

    February 2nd, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    I never knew I can love drinking green smoothies, thiis has became my morning routine making these yummy smoothies. Thank you so much for these delicious recipes.

  35. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 5th, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Hey Angela,

    It really is surprising that a drink this healthy can taste this good. Yum!!!!

  36. Angelic Neal

    February 2nd, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Omg this is soooo delicious! the whole family loves it. Definitely my favorite.

  37. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 5th, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Hey Angelic! Thank you for letting us know how much you love our Beginners Luck Recipe!!


  38. Mason

    February 3rd, 2019 at 6:03 am

    This is very tasty and I can even add more spinach without it affecting the taste much.
    One question, what would you recommend to add a bit of protein (15-20g) to this shake without ruining the flavour? Thanks 🙂

  39. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 5th, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Hey Mason,

    I love that you can add on the spinach without even noticing. Sometimes I do that with my kids 🙂

    A great source of extra protein would be adding 4 tbs of chia seeds.

    If you want to see other options check out our meal replacement suggestions here:


  40. Mason

    February 12th, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Thanks 🙂
    The chia seeds change the texture but it’s still delicious

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