Best green smoothie recipe

Best Green Smoothie Recipe

POSTED ON 1.1.2021

Enjoy my favorite spinach smoothie recipe (that’s really a tropical treat in disguise). It’s the best green smoothie recipe to boost your energy.

Sure, I know a spinach smoothie doesn’t sound that appealing, but when made right it can be beyond delicious. With hundreds of 5-star reviews, it’s time for you to see why this is the best green smoothie recipe.

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 blended this smoothie in our free 7-day smoothie challenge.

Drinking this daily smoothie is what helped me get the body and energy to do some incredible things, such as run 47 miles of the Grand Canyon, ride motorcycles through Morocco, publish two best-selling recipe books and create 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.

The best green smoothie recipe uses spinach, mango, pineapple and banana

When I created this 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 of spinach smoothies.

I’ve published an entire recipe book on Simple Green Smoothies, and then went on The Doctors to blend a few green smoothie recipes live on stage! I was nervous with all the cameras and lights, but I knew I had to share green smoothies with the world! They truly are magical for your health.

Green smoothies recipes in a mason jar

Are green smoothie recipes healthy?

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, as well as naturally energize you.

Most smoothies are made with just fruit and liquid, which is high in sugar and can cause inflammation. A green smoothie, on the other hand, is made with fruit, plant-based liquid and leafy greens.

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 as well as quick it is to make! You only need 4 ingredients and all of them can be found at your local grocery store (they don’t cost a fortune either!). As I say all the time— I’m all for making healthy eating affordable so it’s sustainable.

A green smoothie can taste just as good as a regular smoothie, and also have incredible health benefits.

5 ingredients to make a spinach smoothie

How to make a spinach smoothie

All you need to make a tasty green smoothie is a blender, fruit and leafy greens. The right ratio of spinach to fruit makes it sweet, as well as helps 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.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • fresh spinach
  • frozen pineapple
  • frozen mango
  • fresh banana
  1. Blend 1 cup of spinach (or another leafy greens of your choice) in a blender. Adding leafy greens to your smoothie boosts the phytonutrients and fiber, which then slows down the absorption of sugars into your body.
  2. Next, 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.
Fresh spinach is used in a smoothie to make it healthy

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! These bright green smoothie recipes 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 to blend this recipe with each new class. That’s how delicious this recipe is!

Not sure if your blender can handle the greens? I’ve created The Ultimate Blender Guide, where I 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+. 🙂

Best green smoothie recipe being prepped to store in freezer

Top 5 Smoothie Blending Tips

  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 to 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. Then 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 smoothie prep, or even blend the night before and store it in your fridge.

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If you have any questions about the green smoothie world, feel free to join the Smoothie Challenge Support Group.

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Best Green Smoothie Recipe


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The best green smoothie recipes are full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore AND tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit. There’s no need to be scared of a spinach smoothie when it tastes like this— just read the reviews to see what I mean.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 banana

Instructions

  1. Measure: Tightly pack spinach in a measuring cup.
  2. Add: Put spinach to blender with water. Blend together until all chunks are gone. (Should resemble green water when blended well).
  3. Toss: 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: It 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. Store: In the fridge with a lid until ready to drink.

Notes

*Not a fan of bananas? Swap it for 1/4 avocado, additional 1/2 cup mango or 1/2 cup peaches.

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: green smoothie, spinach smoothie recipe, green smoothies

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. 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

  2. Cherie says:

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

  3. claudia says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. Zuly says:

    I loved it 🙂

  7. Miranda says:

    I made Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie this afternoon as a snack. It is very refreshing. I will make this recipe over and over again.

  8. Nicole says:

    Is there a way to get a nutritional breakdown for the smoothies including calorie content. I am doing another diet while starting this one and it calls for smoothies several times a day but they can only be 200 calories or less.

  9. Marsha says:

    I am allergic to pineapples is there anything else that I can use to substitute that?

    • Jen H says:

      Feel free to swap the pinapple out with oranges, more mango, bananas, papaya etc.

  10. Linda DeFeo says:

    I was told by a physical therapist.

  11. MaryJoan says:

    I have at least 6 friends/family joining me in the smoothie challenge. Going to start this weekend with the beginner’s luck smoothie. Thanks so much!

  12. joey says:

    I don’t eat mangoes what fruit can I use as a replacement in the smoothies that list mangoes?

    • Jen H says:

      Feel free to add any other fruit you wish, Joey. You can even add more pineapple or banana if that makes it easier for you…or try adding a peach or some frozen grapes. Those would be really tasty in this one.

  13. Alison says:

    I wish i had a Trader Joes..and my local grocery store dont have them frozen.

  14. juanita says:

    I am allergic to Pineapple, is there something else I can substitute? Thanks

  15. Alison says:

    Where would i get frozen mango?

    • juanita says:

      Check the freezer case in your local grocery store.

    • doris says:

      Trader joe’s has them and the pineapple.

    • Lauren says:

      I just bought some at Target the other day. Not sure if it’s still going, but a bunch of their frozen fruit was marked down, so I stocked up for the challenge! 🙂 Walmart also usually has a variety of frozen fruit, not sure about mango though..

  16. Emily says:

    I just tried the beginner’s luck smoothie! I think I might be able to take and survive the challenge 🙂 Freezing the bananas was great advice. Much thanks!

  17. Linda DeFeo says:

    I am so thrilled that I have found your site. I am ready to start and on my way to shop. Have you ever tried Cactus Pear, I understand it’s very good for your health as well as muscle pain relief. Bless you both for the site.
    Linda D.

    • Jen H says:

      I just heard about that yesterday actually?! Guess it is time to hunt some down. Thanks Linda.

  18. John says:

    I started making green smoothies two weeks ago, and have been making the full recipe, drinking one that day and putting the rest in a mason jar in the fridge for the next day. In one of your emails it said not to use frozen bananas if you arent drinking the smoothie that day because the banana will go bad. So far I haven’t noticed any changes the next day in taste, color or consistency. If I Don’t notice any change can I continue to do this or can it make me sick?

  19. Roxanne says:

    It was so good I can drink that everyday

  20. Imogene says:

    Hi there, are fresh baby spinach leaves ok or does it have to be the large on the stalk English spinach?

  21. Sg says:

    Billy, I think they mean it the opposite way. That amount makes 2 servings. One serving is 1 cup of everything. 🙂

  22. Billy says:

    So I’m a little confused on your serving size. You give the amount to buy each week to make 5 days worth of smoothies. But your serving size says that the recipe makes 4-5 cups, half a serving. Naturally one would think you’d want a full serving of something like this a day. That being said we would need to double the amount needed to buy a week and the recipe each day to get a full serving. Can you further explain just what exactly we should be taking in a day, full or half serving. Thanks!

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Billy. Our recipes typically make 2 servings (or 4-5 cups). We make 2-serving smoothies to always have enough to share, drink later in the day or save for the next day. If you only want to commit to drinking one green smoothie a day, then you only need to drink 2 cups worth (so we recommend halfing the recipe). I hope that helps Billy!

  23. Kristina says:

    Wow, I’m super excited about the 30 day challenge! I bought a nuti bullet and experimented with different recipes for a few days, then, the machine stopped working. I returned it, disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to do the challenge. Then I put the ingredients in my blender, *tada!* it worked! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation. I have hypertension, am overweight and looking forward to getting healthy!

  24. Louie says:

    Hi, we seldom have spinach here in the Philippines. What can you suggest for replacement?

    • Jen H says:

      Use whatever fresh dark leafy greens you can get your hands on. The taste will vary, so you might have to experiment a little, Louie.

    • Anna says:

      Some of the veg in the Philippines can be toxic if consumed raw. The safest thing I can think you can use in a green smoothie is pechay or lettuce if you can get it.

  25. Kelly says:

    This is great! I have been drinking a green smoothie a day, sometimes two, for 5 days now and I feel so energized that I have been going for walks around the local high school’s track after work instead of plopping down on the couch!

    • Jen H says:

      This is music to my ears— love hearing the quick results from just adding a green smoothie into your daily lifestyle. Woohoo Kelly!

  26. Linda Fleming says:

    Why are bananas a food to avoid? I see a lot of the smoothies will contain bananas

    • Brent Rosinski says:

      I don’t think you should avoid bananas, but you should limit the amount as they are high in sugar.

  27. Alison says:

    If Im trying to loose weight with this how would i benefit the most.

  28. Lisa says:

    I have hypothyroid. What substitutions if any should I do?

    • Courtney says:

      I think you should take the recipe to your dr and ask, since these ladies aren’t health care professionals.

  29. Jennifer S says:

    How many servings is recommended for weight loss?
    Smoothie for breakfast and lunch?

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Jennifer. This would be something to talk to a nutritionist about because is really depends on your BMI and what other sort of foods you eat for the rest of the day. Just by introducing a green smoothie as your breakfast and following clean eating lifestyle, you should lose some unnecessary weight.

  30. Melissa says:

    What would you suggest for someone who despises bananas whole-heartily? You say to swap it out with other fruit. Any other fruit in particular or just something I have on hand?

    • Jen H says:

      I hear ya Melissa. We swap it a lot with mango, pineapple or even avocado (if you are wanting that same creamy texture).

  31. Rebecca says:

    I just made this smoothie with my unidentified leafy green and it’s delicious. Thanks so much for the push I needed to get my daily allowance of fruit and veg. It’s a goal I set for myself this year and with your recipes, I’m going to meet it. Yay for green smoothies!

  32. HAZEL says:

    If i drink 2 smoothies a day that means i am only eating one meal a day? wont my body store fat bc i am not eating enough calories? someone help me what to do here I am confuse.

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Hazel— you don’t have to replace your meals with green smoothies. The point of teh challenge is to just drink a green smoothie daily. If you want to use it as a meal substitute you can, but you can also have it as a snack or dessert. We want you to pack in the fruits and veggies that your body needs to function properly and green smoothies are such an easy and yummy way to do that.

  33. Camila says:

    Hey, I’m having trouble. What time exactly are we suppose to drink the
    smoothies

  34. Jackie says:

    Can I use milk instead of water for this beginner’s smoothie? And if I don’t have mangos, can I use peaches?

    I’m going to try making my first green smoothie tomorrow.

    • Jen H says:

      Hey Jackie— you can replace liquids with what you prefer, but milk is not one of the ones we recommend due to dairy sensitivity and all the hormones in the milk that can affect us in many adverse ways. The water is actually really good in this smoothie, yet if you prefer milk I am sure it will still taste very good. If you want it thicker, you can always add another banana or even an avocado. We are all about swapping out ingredients with what you got. Peaches sound yummy!

  35. Antoinette says:

    When will i receive an email on what to buy for the april challenge?

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Antoinette— You will get the first email the friday before the challenge begins, which gives you all weekend to shop and prep for the week.

  36. Sandi R. says:

    I’ve been having a green smoothie for about a month now, but last weekend I hadn’t gone to the store and let me tell ya, my body felt the difference! i quickly went out monday and got everything I need and got back on them Tuesday. I’m just a beginner, but am noticing the difference in how my body feels! Thank you for your website!

    • Jen H says:

      I know exactly how you feel! When I am on vacation and can’t get a blender or find a place to get a green smoothie, I feel it and crave it so much. It really does become a part of your life, and i think you realize that once you skip it. It’s wonderful to have you here Sandi!

  37. Sami says:

    Today is the fifth day in a row that I’ve had this smoothie! Boy oh boy, do I feel good! I’m pretty content with this recipe, but what would y’all recommend as the next step? I’ve loaded up on spinach, mango and pineapple so I want to be able to finish those ingredients while still mixing it up and keeping it fresh.

    Keep calm and smoothie on!

    • Jen H says:

      Woohoo! Looks like you are probably on day 9 now— sorry for the delay. You can always freeze your spinach and try out a different leafy green for a few days. You could also try substituting one of the fruits for something else— like instead of mango do peaches or strawberries. Or what about blueberries and mango— that sounds yummy to me! The options are endless— but to keep them tasting good stick with the measurements. Have fun experimenting and I am loving your slogan: keep calm and smoothie on. So cute— I might have to make a graphic with it.

    • Jessica says:

      Yes, I vote for a graphci with ‘keep calm and smoothie on!’

      That’s genius! 😉

  38. Monica says:

    Hello,

    I was just wondering with these smoothies, if it is ok to have the bananas in them everyday? I have heard that bananas put on weight so I am unsure. Help!!!

    Thanks in advance =)
    Monica

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Monica. It’s important to rotate your smoothies to have a variety of fruits and vegetables. Bananas are high in potassium and add a nice flavor and creamy textures to green smoothies— which I love. If you are concerned about a daily banana— talk with your doctor. Yet I can personally say that I drink green smoothies with bananas almost every day and it hasn’t caused me to gain any weight- yet I have lost some. 🙂 Just watch what you eat all around (avoid processed foods and stick with fresh ingredients).

  39. Ann says:

    I tried the Beginner’s Luck today, except I didn’t have mango (forgot to buy it at the store), so I used frozen wild blueberries. I think it tastes very good with blueberries, and you get a dark purple smoothie! I also added the juice of half a lemon, and I think it gave the smoothie a bit more tang and depth. Do you guys ever add citrus juice for flavor or to preserve the color?

  40. Virginia says:

    Hi, it is difficult to find frozen mango and pineaple in the Dutch foodstores. would it be an idea to replace them with fresh mango? Do I than need to increase or decrease the water volume?

    • Jen H says:

      Hey Virginia. Fresh mango would be great! We recommend frozen fruits because they are usually cheaper and easier to buy, but for you I say go with fresh ingredients. Fresh is always best. To give your smoothies a chill, you can freeze the mangos or even add some ice. I would personally decrease the water to 1 1/2 cups if you are using fresh mangos. This will make the flavor more intense and sweeter, which is always a nice perk too.

  41. Tracy says:

    Had my first green smoothie today and it was fantastic !

  42. Gloria says:

    Today i tried my first smoothie! I am excited to make this one tomorrow morning!

    • Jen H says:

      That’s great Gloria. Hope to see you around here more trying them all out. We have such a variety of flavors on our Top Recipes section now— lots to explore.

  43. Diana says:

    love it !!

  44. Yadi says:

    Can’t wait to try! Sounds yummy. I am a little confused on the serving size though, is 4-5 oz a single serving? or half of that which is 2oz?

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Yadi. The recipe makes 4-5 cups… which is about 2 servings. (We drink 2 cups as a serving.) If it’s just for you, feel free to half the recipe. Or you can make the whole thing and keep the leftovers in the fridge for later in the day or tomorrow. Just have a lid for it and it should be good for 24-48 hrs in the fridge.

  45. Sg says:

    I’m also curious about what can be substituted for the banana. I guess I can just add some milk and make a thinner smoothie?

    • Jen H says:

      The banana sweetens the smoothie and makes it creamier. So you can add another fruit (like more mango or pineapple) to sweeten it equally and even add half an avocado to make it creamier if you want.

  46. Mariaposita says:

    Hello 😉
    thanks a lot for the recipes- Im gonna try this as soon as I buy the ingredients. Just one question: from Mon to Fri I have lunch at work. Is it ok if I do the smoothie at home and take it in a glass jar and drink it after 4-5 hours? Or will it lose its nutritional value?
    Thanks a lot!
    Mariaposita

    • Jen H says:

      That’s a great solution Mariaposita. If you have a fridge at work, store it in there. If not, bring a mini cooler to keep it chilled. As long as you keep them chilled, it will be good for 48 hours. Just give it a good shake before you drink because it will have change consistency over the past few hours.

  47. Rickeya says:

    what can I substitute for the banana in the beginners recipe. Thanks 🙂

  48. Victoria Newton says:

    Hi – thanks for the recipes!

    While I didn’t make the Beginners Luck to start me off, I used your recipes to help guide me.

    Was really sceptical – especially given I did 50-50 Kale and Spinach for my greens – but the banana and frozen berries I added made the world of difference!

    Tried the Berry Protein Boost with the almonds and almond milk today with frozen blueberries and YUM!

    Thanks for these ideas – and adding some pea protein powder keeps me going til lunch.

    Very surprised. Loving it.

    • Victoria Newton says:

      And I’ve learned you don’t need milk to make tasty creamy smoothies!

    • Jen H says:

      So glad you are enjoying the recipes Victoria. And it’s amazing how good they can be without milk— and probably make you feel better because of that too! Cheers to starting the year off with green smoothies!

  49. Carmen says:

    Hi, I am starting this tomorrow. The Beginner’s Luck is the first step you take before doing challenge #1?

    • Jen H says:

      Hi Carmen. We recommend starting with the Beginner’s Luck to ease in your transition. It’s a yummy smoothie and simple to make. Feel free to change it up and try other recipes as well. The whole point of the 30 Day Challenge is to introduce you to a variety of green smoothies and to educate you on the benefits. Welcome and good luck!

  50. Shantoya says:

    I just made this and it is great!! I’m so glad I ran into your site. You’re the reason why I am taking steps to living a healthier lifestyle. Thank you so much!!!

    • Jen H says:

      So awesome Shantoya! Welcome aboard the green smoothie train. Cheers to our health!

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