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I’m Jen Hansard, mom of two and lover of green smoothies, coffee & tacos. 
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Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners

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.

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 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).

Tropical Smoothie in a mason jar

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


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. 



  • 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.

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  1. Grace says:

    Thank you for tip #1 – how to get the greens smooth in a regular blender!! I actually found your website because of your vitamix giveaway because I was tired of chunky greens in my smoothies. But I just tried the technique of blending the greens with the liquid first–worked like a charm! Now I don’t need a vitamix 😉 Thanks!

  2. amanda says:

    and…where do i get a canning jar lid and straw like that?! the smoothies must taste better out of them. 🙂

  3. Kimberly says:

    This is my first ever green smoothie. I added 1/2 cup strawberries instead of 1/2 cup of mango. It was very good. The fruits masked the flavor of the spinach. Loved it!

  4. Lori says:

    Hi Jadah and Jen,
    Is there a fruit that I can substitute for the mango?

  5. Chris says:

    Just made this smoothie today! Great recipe for a simple and delicious green smoothie!

  6. Szymon says:

    I’m about to start drinking green smoothies 🙂
    I got a cheap blender, but hey – it’s better than nothing, right?

    My question is : Can I use less fruit (and maybe even more vegetables) so that it’s not so packed with sugar? I’m doing Insanity and trying to stay fit, and I don’t want to eat that many fruit.

    Will it still be edible, or will it taste like cr*p ? 🙂

    • Hi Szymon! This is a great question. You can absolutely use more veggies than fruits! It all depends on which veggies you use as to whether it tastes good or not, but there are lots of people that do veggie smoothies. If you find some good recipes then send ’em our way!

  7. Nellie says:

    DO I drink this all day once a day or what please explain trying to lose some ponds and eat healthier

    • Hi Nellie! Thanks for your question 🙂 We recommend drinking one smoothie a day. You can drink it for breakfast or as a snack. Some people are a little ambitious and replace their lunch or dinner with their smoothie, and some people even drink two green smoothies a day. It is up to you and what your body/lifestyle can handle. Hope this helps!

  8. Alicia says:

    Do you have to use fresh spinach? I love the whole leaf frozen kind by Trader Joe’s.

    • Hi Alicia! We like to say that fresh is best, but many times we take our fresh leafy greens and freeze them to store them for longer. So, the whole leaf frozen spinach bags should work 🙂

  9. Tobi says:

    Hello, I have a 5 months old baby going on 6 and I am still breast feeding and really want to loose weight, do you think i could do this and would cause no harm?

    • Hi Tobi! We think that drinking these smoothies shouldn’t cause harm–breastfeeding or not. They are all filled with normal, natural fruits/veggies, and healthy liquids. If you use them as breakfast and have an active lifestyle, while eating healthy for other meals then you have a good chance of losing some weight. Some people drink green smoothies as a full meal replacement, and they also talk about weight loss. Hope this helps!

  10. Jenny says:

    just tried this. it was so delicious!!!

  11. soon to be 2 months says:

    I am with child right now, and i was wondering will this be okay to drink becaue my co worker told me she is losing weight from drinking it and I want to drink it for the energy booster

    • Hi! Is your co-worker doing this as a meal replacement? We suggest NOT drinking this as a meal replacement if you are expecting. You could drink it with your breakfast in the morning, as a mid-day snack… or anything else! Hope this helps

  12. Lorna says:

    Better late than never… I’m starting the 30 day challenge tomorrow!

  13. Bex says:

    Having one of these right now. First green smoothie ever so it’s abit odd for me, at least the texture anyway. Need a much better blender to get it nice and smooth I think. Certainly enjoying the taste.

  14. Dana says:

    Started on April 2nd…even though I was doing smoothies on my own, joining simplegreensmoothies has helped a whole lot more. I feel more energized, I’m not as tired & sluggish as before, the drinks are tasty & I lost a few lbs in one week. I’m very pleased & introduced family & friends to the site! Can’t thank u enough 🙂

  15. Shadiyah says:

    Loved this husband & I are doing this together…just getting started this week. Because I start work very early, and I retire early, it is better for me to have my smoothie in the evening. That way there is no heavy eating before bedtime. Can’t wait to try the other recipes!

    • Jen H says:

      What a great idea to have it for dinner to work with your routine— love the way you are thinking it through Shadiyah!

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