Best Green Smoothie Recipe

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.

Best green smoothie recipe

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.
  6. Looking to turn your smoothie into a meal replacement? Adding clean protein + healthy fat does the trick. I realized that none of the protein powders on the market were what I wanted when it came to pure protein with no weird gums or fillers. So I made my own! The result is my Protein Smoothie Boost -with only organic hemp + chia + flax seeds, in a perfectly smooth, smoothie worthy powder. Give it a blend and see what you think!
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

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  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 banana
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost (optional)

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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Recipe rating

  1. Cindy A says:

    Day 4 – Very Berry. I expected this one to be one of my favorites but it is the first one that I have not given a grade A. It is a bit bland, especially considering how much fruit it has in it. Also VERY thick so even my Vitamix wouldn’t blend without adding extra water!

  2. Sue says:

    This is awesome. Froze the remains of our New Years Brunch fruit platter and blended the Kale and Spinach in advance with water. All I have to do is pull out the already blended greens and add some frozen fruit – Delish! Thanks so much for the ideas, looking forward to a very healthy 2020 for everyone!

  3. Millie M says:

    Day two Pink Flamingo I am a day behind but loved this smoothie. I’m really digging this challenge.

  4. Milllie M says:

    Day 3 Pineapple dream was good I had to sub frozen blueberries for the cherries and not sure it was my favorite. I defiantly want to try it with cherries when I can get my hands on some. I am enjoying this journey though.

  5. Lucy says:

    I have a question is this 21 day challenge different from the original? As I’ve been a member since like 2014

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Lucy, we have a 21-day cleanse for autumn and one for spring. They have been tweaked a little from their original versions but are pretty much the same as they’ve been.

  6. Kathy Cuevas says:

    Day 3 Pineapple dream was a dream for me. I always use almond milk and love the pineapple. 🙂

  7. Carol Jel says:

    I enjoyed Pink Flamingo, Day 2. A little sweeter than Beginner’s luck. I added a half banana to increase creaminess. But, forgot to put it in, so I added and reblended. Um, no, weird little chunks. Don’t be like Carol.

  8. Carol Jelich says:

    Day 1 Beginner’s luck was great, easy and tasty.

  9. Jeannine Klemm says:

    Day 3. The Pineapple Dream was really good. I love the addition of the Banana for sweetness. I took the shake with me while I was grocery shopping to curb away the hunger. It worked!

  10. Beth says:

    Beginners Luck was the first green smoothie recipe I ever tried, and it didn’t disappoint. I can’t imagine drinking a smoothie that doesn’t include a leafy green now.

  11. Amelia says:

    Beginners luck is always my favorite I taste the flavor as its blending away then actually tasting its even better. I prepared my smoothies ahead of time because I didn’t want to miss a day because I have to then get it all out and measure; instead its just add liquid dumb in my baggie for the day and there its done and I’m off to a good start,

  12. Louise says:

    So good! And so much energy! Happier too. Blending in stages helps so much!

  13. M.I. Kenison says:

    Pineapple Dream is incredible!
    The substitution chart is perfect for me. I have all kinds of food sensitivities and it helps me pick fruits that work perfectly in place of the ingredients in the recipe.

  14. Kathy Cuevas says:

    Day 2 pink flamango was also great. Love the new variety in my meals. I used spinach/kale blend from Costco

  15. Kathy Cuevas says:

    Beginners Luck was tasty. 🙂 I drink smoothies every morning as a meal. It’s great to have some variety. I love bananas, but not in my smoothies. I used avocado instead.

  16. Maxine Thomas says:

    Day 3, Pineapple Dream, Are the green Smoothies getting better or are they growing on me? I modified this recipe with 1/2 cup of frozen grapes instead of cherries and used 1/2 cup frozen pineapple/mango mixture instead of just pineapple
    .

  17. KayLyn Fox says:

    Had the Beginners Luck smoothie instead of lunch today. So good!!

  18. LM Torres says:

    I’m a day behind and enjoyed Pink Flamingo after a two mile walk at the beach. Yum!
    All by fruit was frozen so it was a little thick.
    Hit the spot!!

  19. LM Torres says:

    Beginners Luck is awesome
    Love it!

  20. Cindy Andress says:

    Day 3 of 10 day challenge is Pineapple Dream. Loved the taste but not so much the color!!

  21. Linda says:

    Day 1 was delish, I added chia seeds and oats

  22. Tammy says:

    Day 1 smoothie – Simple and delicious. Definitely having this one again

  23. Kristin says:

    Very yummy! One of my favorites.

  24. Nayna says:

    Yummmmy creamy smooth tasty healthy!

  25. Natalia says:

    I was making this smoothie even before I joined SGS. It’s delicious!!!

  26. France says:

    Had to use Kale, but still tasted amazing! Can’t wait for second one.

  27. Sara G says:

    So good. Took this one to chemo and helped me stayed fueled and feeling strong all day! Thanks, all!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad the smoothies are helping you through a tough time, Sara! My mom went through chemo so I (kinda) know how much it can ravage your body. Stay strong and keep fighting the good fight! We’re all cheering for you!!

  28. Justina Turner says:

    I loved it. One of the best ones I have had. Love the way it makes me feel.

  29. Cathy L says:

    I have been making your smoothie recipes for several years and this is definitely my go to favorite. I also like to add a little cilantro from time to time – just for fun

  30. Windy Divelbiss says:

    Pink flamingo day two not the best looking smoothie but it taste good.

  31. Linda says:

    I can remember the first time I tried a green smoothie at home after a workshop. Somehow, it was a little to green. Trying to get all the green at once can be very off putting to try to stay with drinking smoothies daily.

  32. Mary Middleton says:

    Day 1 smoothie was great! Definitely a keeper.

  33. Sally says:

    Simple to make and delightful to drink. It’s a winner!

  34. Barb Dreger says:

    Day 2 green smoothie was great also. Took mine with me to work (yeah, it was back to work today). Added cucumber this time, which worked great!

  35. cat says:

    all i could taste was banana frankly. almost too much. might have been because my mango wasnt really ripened – next time i’ll just use frozen instead. My husband thought it was fabulous. I’d never used spinach in my smoothies but always used powdered plant protein so this is great to know i can use fresh and it imparts no spinach taste at all.

  36. Linda C says:

    Day 1 smoothie tastes good. I added oats, chia seeds and yogurt.

  37. Tammy Bell says:

    Pretty Good….just need to blend the spinach more…

  38. Michelle says:

    My family enjoyed it to the last drop. Refreshing light and spot on

  39. Kim says:

    Love this one!

  40. Terri Nelson says:

    Just getting started on this- not bad!!

  41. Jill says:

    I love the day 1 smoothie. I add more liquid to help the mixer, but that didn’t affect the smoothie consistency.
    The day 2 smoothie is also good, but I like day 1 better.

    It is a treat for me to have fruit since I don’t add much fruit to my smoothies – they are basically liquid salad and taste
    like dirt, so these are really good.

  42. Gloria says:

    Day 1 and Day 2
    Amazing taste. Easy to make.

  43. Deb says:

    So easy to make with ingredients prepped and in the freezer. Love the flavor. Definitely a winner.

  44. Rachel Gebauer says:

    Delicious. This smoothie tastes so fresh! I added some ginger to mine.

  45. Luda says:

    I love this smoothie

  46. Bev Hildebrand says:

    Taste was great – I love the simplicity when you plan in advance. These smoothies take no time at all

  47. Heather says:

    My kids loved this recipe and said I was the best smoothie maker ever!

  48. Cheryl P says:

    The whole family loved this smoothie!! Great flavors and a beautiful green color!! The perfect smoothie to start!!

  49. Denise says:

    So simple and sweet! I love adding mango to smoothies but tend to make things complicated so following this simple recipe was such a help. I ended up adding my own protein powder and almond milk to thin it down.

  50. Margaret says:

    The pink flamingo smoothie is a real surprise. Refreshing and a little tart. I liked this one a lot!

  51. Kelsey says:

    Was a little too watery. It was still delicious. Will definitely try it again but with less water.

  52. Hilde R. Johansen says:

    Im a big fan of this! I make it regularly, but i almost always trade avocado’s for bananas and add some lemons if i remember right.. Didnt make it yesterday (day one) but making it soon❤️ but recommend it alot!

  53. Marguerite C says:

    Delicious! I usually make my smoothies with more greens but, in this 10 day challenge, I’m experimenting with more fruit, making the smoothies according to the recipes. 🙂

  54. Pei says:

    My first greenish smoothie! Like the taste!

  55. Eric says:

    Fast, Easy and tastes great!! It got a few co-workers here at the firehouse interested in trying the smoothie of the day each shift we work! Need to go shopping again!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s awesome, Eric! Way to share the green smoothie goodness!

  56. Annette says:

    Loved the tropical flavor. Thanks for tip in mixing greens first!

  57. Barbara Martello says:

    What a great way to start this challenge. Always did mix my greens first before adding the fruit fruit, some of which are harder to blend. Great taste.

  58. Fiona Gough says:

    Great smoothie to start challenge with.

  59. Nayna says:

    So yummy and creamy and healthy! Tasty and full of fiber and great nutrients, vitamins, minerals… And sunshine from plants!

  60. Laura Holencik says:

    Great tip to mix the spinach and water 1st. The only thing I didn’t like was the banana overpowered the other fruits. Will definitely make again with a little less banana!

  61. Heidi says:

    This smoothie was so refreshing a great smoothie. Even my little kids drank it up. The pineapple just really makes it great!

  62. Monica says:

    I loved this smothie, great flavor combination.

  63. Nidia Gago says:

    Love the pineapple in the Smoothie

  64. Prax says:

    I loved it.

  65. Elizabeth says:

    I LOVE the combination of pineapple and mango together, this smoothie is an A+ from me. It’s simple yet so easy to drink.

  66. Laura Allison says:

    Our favorite!

  67. MIissy says:

    Enjoyed day one smoothie

  68. Gloria says:

    Loved it‼️

  69. Patricia Owens says:

    I like this recipe for two reasons: it’s simple & delicious, and it doesn’t break the bank. The texture is smooth and sometimes I like to change out the water for coconut water and I feel like I should be sipping it beachside. Maybe one day I will!!! 🙂

  70. Dawna says:

    This by far my go-to smoothie. I adore mango and bananas and well…. all of it! When people ask me for a smoothie recipe- I send them to this link 🙂

  71. Jeannine Klemm says:

    Pink Flamango was really good! It was very light and refreshing!

  72. Jeannine Klemm says:

    Beginners Luck Smoothie was delicious! I loved the sweetness the Banana gave to the drink and it was so smooth! I loved sipping on that on the first day of the year. What a great start to 2020!

  73. Jeana says:

    Most of my smoothies include almond milk, this was my excellent with water and I included ice! What a refreshing drink and a great way to start the day!

    Thank you This is a new favorite!

  74. Clare S says:

    This is great, used coconut water, it taste tropical and was a lovely colour. Definitely a winner

  75. Denise N says:

    Part of 1st day challenge for the New Year and it was awesome! Even my husband liked it which is saying A LOT! j Looking forward to the 2nd day challenge. I’ve never started a challenge before and this experience has been an eye opener!

  76. Melinda N says:

    Perfect recipe to try green smoothies. My children also love it and request it often.

  77. Ezara says:

    I love this one it was fresh and I love the mango and banana combination will definitely be making this again

  78. Jess says:

    Loved this simple recipe! Just the right amount of sweetness and a bright green color.

  79. Elizabeth says:

    10 S T A R S ! 🙂 *and so far, my 7 year old NutriBullet is holding up for the challenge (fingers crossed) 🙂 🙂 🙂 <3

  80. Jane Simpson says:

    Still missing a bit of raw honey

  81. Susan Charboneau says:

    I enjoyed this first smoothie. I added collagen, protein powder and chia seeds and a little flax. Great!!!

  82. Amy Robinson says:

    Loved it, just the right amount of sweetness for me, had it for breakfast but I’m thinking maybe I will have a smoothie for breakfast and dinner for the rest of the challenge.

  83. Karen Rodgers says:

    Day 2
    Pink Flamengo Smoothie
    Really enjoyed this smoothie with almond milk.

  84. Chelsea says:

    I love this recipe! Perfect combo!

  85. Precious says:

    I have been drinking green smoothies for several years due to anemia, but they usually consist of spinach, almond milk, , avocado & a banana. All these years later I wanted something different & w/o almond milk all the time. Usually the fruit smoothies are too sweet w, the spinach, but this one is perfect, using water & I really enjoyed the tropical taste of mango & pineapples. As a busy single mom, it’s nice to have the pre-planned & already proven yummy recipes.

    Thanks making this easy for us.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad these are working out great for you, Precious! 🙂

  86. Beverly Doucette says:

    I love this smoothie! I always come back to this one when I have a day where I don’t know what I want to blend.

  87. Mary D says:

    Had this one yesterday and it was great! Nice balance of sweetness.

  88. Linette G says:

    This a great one to start out with.

  89. Carrie O says:

    Day 1: made the Beginner’s Luck for the whole family. I doubled the recipe and used coconut water. Super yummy! No leftovers!

  90. Charles Loos says:

    great

  91. Nelleke Beats says:

    Love this tropical drink. The green color is deceiving. Nothing tastes green

  92. Rhonda Potts says:

    Very good. Had one for breakfast AND dinner.

  93. Susan says:

    This one is always a winner

  94. Tendai B says:

    The best way to start the way. Very good recipe.

  95. Linda says:

    So good!!! What a great way to start the new year off

  96. Sandy says:

    I love the Beginner’s Luck smoothie. My 17 year old son didn’t like it (he doesn’t like coconut, and I used coconut water). I also made some for my mom and dad, but haven’t heard back from them yet.

  97. Cherie says:

    I added Chia Seeds and shared with a friend. Love this recipe!

  98. Roxanne Villaluz says:

    My bananas weren’t quite ripe enough for the day 1 smoothie. So instead I made the Day 2 smoothie “Pink Flamango”. It was quick, easy, & I opted to use frozen fruit to keep it nice & cool. I usually pull my frozen fruit out at least 10 minutes before I blend to give them time to soften just a little, but I forgot. The smoothie was a little thick because the fruit was pretty frozen, but that was totally mia culpa.

    The best thing is that this smoothie took less than the five minutes to blend! So great. I also decided to have it as a “late night snack”.

  99. Vicky says:

    Loved it, I could have drank it all day!

  100. Connie M says:

    Easy to make and tasty

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