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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.

Jen Hansard and her family

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. Mary Ann

    February 1st, 2019 at 7:30 pm

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

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 5th, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Hey Sally,

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!!

  7. Angelic Neal

    February 2nd, 2019 at 8:04 pm

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

  8. 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!!


  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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:


  11. Mason

    February 12th, 2019 at 5:47 am

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

  12. Taliyah

    February 17th, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Love it

  13. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 18th, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    So happy to hear that, Taliyah!!

    Cheers 🙂

  14. mare

    February 27th, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I love these smoothies, but I AM always being scolded at, by my naturopath and nutritionist, for the “insane” amount of sugar & carbs.
    The sugar being from fruit is “still sugar!” ugh….
    I’m not diabetic or YET on the verge, but it seems as if sugar is the evil of all things edible. I’ve had it be blamed, in part, for my vicious battle with depression.
    I’m frustrated!
    I use 1.5 cups greens and half the amount of fruit. Not as tasty but still doable.
    I am very interested in knowing your thoughts on sugar and carbs intake/numbers for the day.

  15. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 27th, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Hey Mare,

    We personally believe that good healthy sugars and carbs are totally fine and a MUCH better source then consuming empty calories and junk foods like so many prefer. However, we do know that some have specific diets they need to follow for their health. So we like to suggest switching the measurements of your greens and fruits or adding in some “low sugar” fruits instead of the ones in this recipe. Here is a great article on lower sugar fruits that I think you will really enjoy!


  16. Yvonne

    February 27th, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I’m sure that your naturopath and nutritionist know that the fiber in fruit slows down the absorption rate of their Natural sugars. They simply cannot be compared to processed sugars (white table sugar, brown sugar, etc) that are highly processed with no fiber and no nutrients. All sugars are NOT the same. Fruits come with a ton of critical vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, etc that are not just beneficial, but needed! According to this Harvard Medical School Professor, “Fruits are not harmful and are even beneficial in almost any amount,” says Dr. Bruce Bistrian. See it here https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/rethinking-fructose-in-your-diet
    Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water 😉

  17. EJ

    April 1st, 2019 at 9:53 am

    I’m new to the site and I already love it! I can’t wait to go shopping!
    Suggestion: in the nutritional information change the folic acid to folate. Folic acid is the synthetic form, folate is the natural. 🙂

  18. Alana Talley

    February 27th, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Can I use one cup of almond milk instead of water?

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 1st, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Alana,

    Of course!

    You can totally make changes to this recipe to make it your own!


  20. Imogen

    March 11th, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Wow this was delicious, so nice and sweet. I was so shocked at how something green would taste this amazing.

  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 11th, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you Imogen!

    I am so glad you were pleasantly surprised by this recipe!

  22. Grisel

    March 21st, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I’ve made this recipe several times. I usually use Kale instead of spinach or both and instead of water, I use cold coconut water. I also, add a little of fresh ginger and I like all my fruit frozen before I blend it all in my Vitamix. It’s one of my favorite green smoothies. .

    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 22nd, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Hey Grisel,

    Thank you for sharing how you make this smoothie your own!!
    So happy that you love this recipe 🙂

  24. Eric Fitzsimmons

    April 25th, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I’m kinda lazy – can I do a week’s supply at the weekend, freeze it in small containers then defrost in the microwave as needed?

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  26. Sandy

    May 4th, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    I thought it was a 5 star recipe when I used baby kale in it. However, I made the second batch with baby spinach

    but it tasted bitter and left a horrible aftertaste that I couldn’t seem to get rid of for hours. Did I do something wrong? Is there something I can do to reduce the bitterness of the spinach?

    P.S. I bought your book thru Amazon and can’t wait to try some of the other recipes:)

  27. Marilyn

    May 16th, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Thank you for all that you make available to your followers. I love your smoothie recipes. I have a question please. My nine year old granddaughter is going through a stage of not eating anything but cereal and pancakes and waffles. Cannot get her to touch veggies or even chicken anymore. We are worried about her. Do you recommend adding a protein powder for her? Thank you.

  28. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 16th, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Hey Marilyn,

    I would suggest adding in some plant based protein choices to her smoothies before you try powders. Here are some of our recommendations: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

    Hope that helps!

  29. aurelio salinas

    June 2nd, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    this smoothie is very rich I loved and is easy to make and make me happy and strong.

  30. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 3rd, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    So happy that you loved this recipe!

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