Best Green Smoothie Recipe

PUBLISHED: 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.

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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.

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


Scale

Ingredients

  • 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.

Keywords: green smoothie, spinach smoothie recipe, green smoothies

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  1. Cindy says:

    This Beginners Luck Smoothie is so delicious! I’ve made many smoothies and this is an all time favorite! Loved the suggestion of blending spinach and liquid first then add fruit and reblend! Smoothie comes out so smooth!

  2. Suzie says:

    I love pineapple and banana combinations. While I’m not a mango fan it is pleasantly not a dominate flavor in this smoothie.

  3. Amanda Fitzsimmons says:

    This one was so delicious! Perfect amount of everything. Will definitely try again!

  4. Sarah Jasinski says:

    I love this smoothie. I made it before the challenge started and didn’t have any pineapple yet, so I subbed frozen cantaloupe and it was awesome. I also make all smoothies that call for water with coconut water, I just find that it adds a nutty flavor that I really like.

  5. Titilola Palmer says:

    I enjoyed this smoothie. I did add a half scoop of plant based vanilla protein powder and it was simply delicious

  6. Anne says:

    Delicious! Making these for my husband and myself, we both felt great after drinking it. Just the right level of sweetness. Would be good with a little fresh ginger added, will try that next time.

  7. René Rich says:

    Loved it! Started a ten day smoothie challenge this morning and am now really looking forward to the next nine!!!
    I made it for two using one fresh and one frozen banana along with fresh spinach and frozen mango and pineapple. Perfect consistency and flavor.

  8. Nicole says:

    Great combo. I added protein powder and used only half the banana to limit the sweetness – will try the avo swap next time! Love the tip to blend spinach and water first – I usually throw everything in at the same time and hope for the best

  9. Aurilia Hill says:

    Day 1 Beginners Luck I added protein powder and Udo’s oil to make a complete meal. Love the pineapple banana flavor of this green smoothie.

  10. Dory says:

    Delicious start for Day 1 of the challenge!

  11. Melanie says:

    Usually not my go to fruit for my smoothies…but, I really enjoyed it.

  12. Colleen says:

    My whole family enjoys this one. It’s creamy and flavorful. So delicious.

  13. Maria Barrios says:

    Love it! Great flavor! Highly recommend it! My kids loved it!

  14. Lisa says:

    Liked this one. I already added spinach to my smoothies/protein shakes but really liked this one as additional choice.

  15. Amy B says:

    Really good and simple. Best of all i usually have all these ingredients in the house!

  16. Mindy says:

    Love pineapple, love mango, love banana. All three together= love x 3!

  17. Alannah says:

    Loved this smoothie and so did my kids and husband! The proportions are perfect. I’ll be prepping and keeping these in the freezer for my family and I. Great way to start off the challenge!

  18. shannon says:

    I really liked this one a lot!! Loved the flavors and the ease of making it!!

  19. paul bowers says:

    This is a great smoothie! Well balanced flavors – I’ll be adding this to my go-to smoothie list!

  20. Debbie says:

    This smoothie rocks. It tastes great and refreshes you from the inside out

  21. Danna says:

    Very tasty!

  22. Khadija says:

    Very tasty!

  23. Eve says:

    This has quickly become one of my “go to” smoothies. I usually use all frozen fruits and it is so smooth and delicious. You’d never guess how healthy it is

  24. Kay Davis says:

    This is very good . Thank you
    I don’t do instant gram, sorry

  25. Anna says:

    Great recipe! Loved this smoothie:)

  26. Brandie Glessner says:

    Challenge Day 1: I loved this one and prepped a bunch for the freezer. I’m so excited to keep drinking this one! 🙂

  27. Shirley says:

    It did taste lovely and tropical !

  28. Courtney says:

    “Old Reliable” – this one is great! I always seem to have the ingredients on hand. It’s a beautiful color and even tastes great with extra greens added.

  29. Tara Pittman says:

    This recipe is how I discovered how delicious green smoothies are. It was at a health conference that someone made a smoothie with the same ingredients. One taste is all it took for me to know the power of green smoothies.

  30. Raquel says:

    Love the Beginner’s Luck smoothie. It tastes great and so easy to make. Have made this one before but had hubby make it this time since he wanted to join me. Love it!!!

  31. Melanie D. says:

    One of the best basic green smoothie recipes! It’s natually sweet, but not overly so. Highly reccomend for anyone who is unsure if green smoothies are for them or is skeptical about using veggies in smoothies.

  32. Ren says:

    Delicious!

    • Jamie E. says:

      Day 1 smoothie – Tasty – easy to drink. but personally bananas tend to take over the smoothie . I would defiantly still drink again!

  33. Krista says:

    Perfect amount of sweet 🙂 will definitely make again & again!

  34. Laura Perkins says:

    Simple & delicious treat! So easy to make. My kids took one drink & asked me to make more for them.

  35. Jessica says:

    Love this recipe. Easy to make, delicious, and I just feel better when I drink it!

  36. Kristi James says:

    We (me, husband, daughter and grandson) are new to green smoothies and drank every last drop of this one! Fresh and bright – perfect for the start of the new year! Can’t wait to try more!

  37. Andrea Enright says:

    First smoothie of the 10 day challenge and it was so good! My husband was surprised because it wasn’t too sweet and it wasn’t too much spinach. Win!

  38. Mary Schilling says:

    Day 1 smoothie challenge – check! It was yummy.

  39. Andrea Lowe Davis says:

    This is by far my favourite smoothie! The ratios are perfect and my smoothie came out the ideal consistency. I didn’t need to blend things separately, it worked all together. Yum!

  40. Elizabeth Reyes says:

    Oh my goodness! This is a smoothie for everyone! So delicious. My kids and husband would drink Beginner’s Luck and love it too!

  41. Angel says:

    Day 1 smoothie completed!
    This smoothie just might be my go-to! The ingredients are easy to find and tasty!

  42. Julie Mack says:

    Beginners Luck; light, tastey and the perfect color! I did half a banana instead of full and added quarter cup of frozen avocado.

  43. Stephanie says:

    This smoothies was very delicious. It had just the right amount of sweetness. My 15 year old loved it so much that I had to make her one.

  44. Susan S. says:

    Tasted great with coconut water. Next time I will have it with almond or coconut milk or use it as a meal replacement as suggested by others. Highly recommended.

  45. D Buxton says:

    It was a little too grassy for me – but I’m just getting used to green smoothies! I added ginger and loved it

  46. Laura Hodges says:

    Best Green Smoothie!!! Yummmm
    I used 1/4 cup coconut water and 3/4 cup almond milk and it was oh so good!!
    Thanks for the tip on blending the spinach making it very smooth!
    ready for Day 2!!

  47. Akasha Villalobos says:

    Taste is great. It’s very refreshing. My only complaint is I was hungry pretty soon after. I prefer some fat and protein in a smoothie to make it more filling and less of a fruit salad.

  48. Amy D says:

    Tasty smoothy to get you started on the green smoothie bandwagon.

  49. Debbie says:

    Refreshing and tastes great

  50. Sloane Grey says:

    Classic Goodie!!

    My love this smoothie! Tropical and sweet and simple! We added chia seeds, oats, flax seed, and extra spinach to make it a meal replacement, and we replaced the water with unsweetened coconut water.

  51. Cristina Ribeiro says:

    Refreshing, tropical, delicious

  52. Rach M says:

    Good and healthy start to the new year!

  53. Lynne Miles says:

    Easy, delicious, basic ingredients. A good one to get started with.

  54. Stephanie says:

    Had my first smoothie of the year! Feels so good to get back into this! Hope to stay on track! Very filling!

  55. Venetria Patton says:

    I enjoyed this smoothie. I added chia seeds and used mango flavored unsweetened coconut water.

  56. Lola says:

    One of my favorites

  57. Sherry says:

    This was my very first SGS & is still my favorite. I add protein, collagen & chia seeds to make it a meal. Always delicious!

  58. Shawn Hughes says:

    This smoothie was easy to make and pretty tasty as well!

  59. Dora Suarez says:

    It is the BEST GREEN SMOOTHIE a great tropical recipe, I added avocado and vanilla protein to mine and made it a meal replacement. So good.

  60. Jess Spitsbergen says:

    Delicious!! My kids love this one!

  61. AnnMarie says:

    Family favorite! Sweet and delicious

  62. Erin says:

    This smoothie was a big winner in my house today! So delicious, and boosted with protein smoothie boost to keep me full all morning.

  63. Cynthia says:

    Beginner’s Luck is my favorite recipe! Love the flavor combinations.

  64. Lori says:

    Absolutely delicious! My 16 yr old daughter loved it too!

  65. Sunny Vickers says:

    THE PERFECT GREEN DRINK TO INTRODUCE YOUR TASTEBUDS TO THE JOY OF SMOOTHIES! This is always my go-to smoothie recipe for me and my twin 4 year old daughters. I keep the ingredients stocked in my freezer and always know they’ll blend together to make the perfect green smoothie. So delicious!

  66. Arthur Flores says:

    When is the best time to drink this

  67. Susan says:

    Beginner’s Luck Smoothie is refreshing and easy to whip up. Very smooth. Added a trio of seeds: hemp, chia and flax, plus MCT oil for a satisfying meal replacement.

  68. Kim says:

    Lived this Beginner’s Luck smoothie! I couldn’t believe how much the sweet taste of the fruit came through. I really expected it to taste somewhat bitter from the spinach. It was very filling and refreshing! Really loved the tip on blending the spinach with the water first. I have made smoothies with leafy greens before, but never had one as smooth as this one. Blending the greens first really made a big difference!

  69. Tamil says:

    Considering it’s my first smoothie with greens, it wasn’t pretty but sure was delicious! I made it with Swiss chard instead of spinach because I have a grow wall full of it

  70. Carolee Crider says:

    I used only 1/2 a banana and power green blend. Delicious!

  71. Loren says:

    Tasty! I doubled the recipe to share with my husband. I only had one frozen banana and the bananas I bought yesterday are too green so I subbed 1 of the bananas with an orange. So good!!!

  72. Kathleen J says:

    First smoothie of the year…. YUM!

  73. Deborah says:

    Bright, creamy and refreshing. I love this one. I can see adding a bit of lemon juice and some protein powder to make it a meal.

  74. Jessica R. says:

    This is one of my favorite green smoothies!!!

  75. Jacie N says:

    Exceeded my expectations! I used frozen mango & pineapple and that made it nice and frosty!!

  76. Melanie says:

    My all time fav recipe, and the green smoothie my daughter always request because she knows the ingredients are always on hand! Easy to make, and delicious!

  77. Kathi says:

    Delish!

  78. Caroline Hileman says:

    Delicious way to start my day & New Year!!!

  79. Kimberly Wade says:

    I was really surprised by how delicious this is! I never made a smoothie with water before. It works!

  80. Sabrina Schroeder says:

    I love the taste!
    I made a double batch for another smoothie tomorrow.

  81. Tina says:

    Our favorite! My kids are doing the 10 Day Challenge with me and this is the perfect start. They slurped it up in minutes.

  82. Amy Wheeler says:

    My daughter and I made the Beginner’s Luck this morning and enjoyed it! We are excited to start a healthier lifestyle incorporating raw fruits and veggies more.

  83. Shari Guymon says:

    I enjoyed this smoothie. Simple in preparation and in flavor. The only change I made was to add 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds which do not change the flavor in any way, just the protein and fiber content.

  84. Raychel says:

    This is a great smoothie to start off with, and I love the name! When I made it this morning, it wasn’t as good as when I have made it in the past, I think perhaps my mango and pineapple weren’t as sweet as they have been (both frozen, different brand). Next time I’ll let them defrost a little before blending and maybe add some microplaned fresh ginger. The color was a nice, bright green and made me feel happy!

  85. Dee-Ann says:

    This is the most delicious smoothie! It is definitely my favorite! I replaced the spinach with kale and it was still refreshing to drink.

  86. Laura says:

    Super tasty! Love it!

  87. Melinda says:

    So delicious my 2 year old grandson almost drank it all. Tomorrow I’ll do 1.5 of all ingredients.

  88. Gloria says:

    Tastes great…went with ll frozen fruits . Really refreshing and filling. Great start to 10 day challenge and a New Year.

  89. Kathy Overstreet says:

    Love this smoothie – made this one with extra spinach and added meal replacements to it too!!!

  90. Shelby says:

    Totally recommend this green smoothie recipe! I used a whole bag (8 oz) of spinach instead of just one cup, and it still has great flavor!

  91. Lauren Hensley says:

    This was delicious! The banana makes it a little sweeter which I love and the flavors worked together perfectly. If I wanted to, could I do 2 cups spinach instead next time?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      For sure! You can also use less fruit if you want. This is just our baseline to get people started, yet you can tweak the heck out of this recipe!

  92. Evelyn Deros says:

    Tastes great…went with ll frozen fruits and used half a banana. Really refreshing and filling. Great start to 10 day challenge.

  93. Denise G says:

    Use fresh fruit not frozen with coconut water…

  94. Marie says:

    Can i just use frozen mangoes without adding the other fruits? And soymilk instead of water? Thanks!

  95. Donna M. Rodriguez says:

    Since I’m on the keto diet, 34 grams of sugar is totally unacceptable for me.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      Donna— you can double up on the spinach and cut down on the fruit here. I hope you try it so you can give your body tons of vitamins and minerals that it needs to thrive. Also, eating a plant-based diet can immensely help with long term weight loss, energy and longevity— and allow you to enjoy a fruit smoothie. Check out my plant-based meal planner if you’re at all interested: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/meal-planner

  96. Yvonne stange says:

    Thank you for suggestion replacing. Banana with avacado. I don’t like bananas so wasn’t able to make many smoothies they all have the ingredient. Will try it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      Avocado to the rescue! Hope you enjoy it— and you can also swap with frozen peaches. They seem to help make the smoothie creamy and not alter the taste too much. 🙂

  97. Molly says:

    So good! You can’t taste the spinach at all.

  98. Erin Nesbitt says:

    Can I use frozen spinach instead?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Erin! You can def use frozen spinach, just check the label to make sure it contains just spinach and no salt, preservatives, or other yucky additives. 🙂

  99. Holly Scoates says:

    Delicious! (Did it with 1/2 avocado instead of the banana) So good that my 13-year old son made one for himself and now my picky eater has had all kinds of good greenage today!

  100. Elle says:

    Is it healthy to use OJ instead of water to add some Vitamin D and up the Vitamin C?

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