1.1.2021

Best Green Smoothie Recipe

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.
mason jars with smoothies and paper straw

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Best Green Smoothie Recipe

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.
4.8 from 648 votes
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Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Measure: Tightly pack spinach in a measuring cup.
  • Add: Put spinach to blender with water. Blend together until all chunks are gone. (Should resemble green water when blended well).
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Pour: Into a glass and serve immediately.
  • Store: In the fridge with a lid until ready to drink.

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Notes

  • Not a fan of bananas? Swap it for 1/4 avocado, additional 1/2 cup mango or 1/2 cup peaches.
  • You can use 1 cup pineapple if you're out of mango.
  • Frozen fruit is recommended because it's easy and chills the smoothie.

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 818mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 3829IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Caryl says:

    what fruit would you use if you are allergic to pineapple?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Caryl,

      You can also use peaches or mangoes if you are allergic to pineapple!

  2. Mitch Brower says:

    Delish need some more recipes

  3. Kim says:

    Thanks! Very helpful recipe! 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Kim,

      So happy you loved this recipe! Have a great day and reach out if you need anything!!!

  4. Linda Markarian says:

    5 stars
    This was the easiest and best tasting smoothie I have ever made. I just started the 7 Day Smoothie Challenge so I am sure I will be saying this a lot. Jen’s simple directions helped me achieve fully blended greens, not over-watering by adding ice and gave me back precious time in the morning by prepping ahead. It is easy being green!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Linda,

      Yay!!! We are so excited that you are a new rawkstar with us. Welcome!!! You will love this challenge and all the delicious recipes that you will get to try. So happy we are helping you live a happy, healthy, green lifestyle 🙂

      Cheers!!

  5. aurelio salinas says:

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

  6. Marilyn says:

    5 stars
    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.

  7. Sandy says:

    5 stars
    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:)

  8. Eric Fitzsimmons says:

    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?

  9. Grisel says:

    5 stars
    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Grisel,

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

  10. Imogen says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thank you Imogen!

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

  11. Alana Talley says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Alana,

      Of course!

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

      Enjoy!

  12. mare says:

    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.
    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      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!

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/plant-based-diet/how-to/low-sugar-fruits-smoothies

    • Yvonne says:

      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 😉

    • EJ says:

      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. 🙂

  13. Taliyah says:

    5 stars
    Love it

  14. Mason says:

    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 🙂

  15. Angelic Neal says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Angelic! Thank you for letting us know how much you love our Beginners Luck Recipe!!

      Cheers!!

  16. Angela Edjang says:

    5 stars
    I never knew I can love drinking green smoothies, this has became my morning routine making these yummy smoothies. Thank you so much for these delicious recipes.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Angela,

      It really is surprising that a drink this healthy can taste this good. Yum!!!!

  17. Sally says:

    5 stars
    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Sally,

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

  18. Mary Ann says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Mary,

      You are so right!! Super tasty, fresh, and easy! Sounds like paradise to me 🙂

  19. Windy says:

    5 stars
    This smoothie ease your fear of blended raw spinach and fruits it’s easy and delicious.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Windy,

      It really is so easy and delicious!! SO happy you agree 🙂

      Cheers!

  20. Shery says:

    5 stars
    Great smoothly to start with…great tasting.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks Shery!!

      It really is super delicious =P

  21. Gisele says:

    5 stars
    Delicious tropical goodness! If you’re new to green smoothies, try this first. You won’t be disappointed! In fact, I can almost guarantee this is your gateway to the green smoothie lifestyle.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Gisele,

      You are so right! It is the gateway to your green smoothie journey. Love how you said that 🙂

  22. Bonnie says:

    5 stars
    This is good one to start with your kids!! We actually made it again today!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      It really is, Bonnie!! My kids are obsessed with this recipe too.

  23. Pamela Spencer says:

    5 stars
    This smoothie is easy to make and tastes great. This is my go to recipe when i’m in a hurry.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That is so great that this is your go to smoothie.

      Cheers!

  24. Shari C says:

    5 stars
    This is my favorite green smoothie and my “go to” as often as I can. The ingredients are basic yet well rounded for optimum flavor and a bright green color that’ll make your head spin. #teambeginnersluck

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Love that Shari!

      Forever #teambeginnersluck 🙂

  25. Clare Jones says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and creamy smooth

  26. Schoolmama says:

    5 stars
    Such as great first recipe with everyday ingredients. Once you get comfortable you can use add ons but perfect as is. This is in my regular rotation now.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Schoolmama,

      It really is a great base for your smoothie journey.

      Cheers!

  27. Marla says:

    5 stars
    Quite Delicious. Make it at least once a week

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That is so great you drink it every week, Marla!!

  28. Sheila says:

    5 stars
    My #1 go-to! but I always double the spinach and water so I have a more smoothie and less sugar from the fruit.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Sheila,

      Thanks for sharing that awesome tip!!

  29. Terry says:

    5 stars
    This is the best smoothie to start your journey
    It is sweet enough to keep you drinking. I actually had this one all week because I knew I loved it and then I started doing the different daily ones
    I was hooked. There will be ones that might tickle your fancy but there is always something you can change to make it to taste. Just remember it can’t be all fruit you need to add a green or at least a vegetable.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Terry!

      That is so great that you were hooked on this recipe. It really is so delicious!

  30. Tiffany says:

    5 stars
    Love the tropical taste!

  31. Jill says:

    5 stars
    Fantastic recipe to start the smoothie journey with! Later on switch the water with coconut milk, one of my go-tos!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Oh yum that sounds really good, Jill!

      Thanks for the tip 🙂

  32. Anya says:

    5 stars
    Great Tasting

  33. Colette Eirich says:

    Beginners luck. My all time favourite smoothie. This one started my road to smoothie land. Have not stopped.

    Thanks
    Jen

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yay Colette!

      That is so amazing to think that this smoothie is where it all began for you 🙂

  34. Aimee says:

    5 stars
    This really is a fantastic tasting smoothie. For anyone afraid of the “green” taste, you won’t taste any here. Just sweet tropical deliciousness.

  35. Brandi Collis says:

    5 stars
    I was always skeptical of green smoothies because of well, you guessed it, the green part. I was dreading the first day I made the Beginner’s Luck Recipe. Well, one sip and I was hooked. This is my go to recipe on weekends. It’s so creamy and, let’s face it GOOD!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      You are so right Brandi!!

      It really is just simply, good!

  36. Cynthia Phelps says:

    5 stars
    I have been blending with Simple Green Smoothies for 4 years and this is still one of my favorite recipes! Delicious!!

  37. Dora says:

    5 stars
    Without a doubt a classic go to. It is the recipe I blend when introducing someone to green smoothies. I actually freeze backyard mango to make this one year round.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That is so great, Dora!!!

      I bet your mango is so delicious!!!

  38. Mel says:

    5 stars
    Amazing, easy to read easy to make and taste fantastic

  39. Cindy says:

    5 stars
    Beginners Luck is the smoothie I make for people who say they won’t like it. The flavor is so fresh; it tingles the taste buds!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That is awesome, Cindy!!

      I don’t think I have met someone who doesn’t like this smoothie 🙂

  40. Vanessa says:

    This smoothie is absolutely delicious! I love it!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks for sharing your feedback, Vanessa!! I have to agree with you 🙂

  41. Kaylla says:

    5 stars
    Love it!!

  42. Nathardia says:

    My favourite smoothie that is the only one my daughter love never get tired from blending it

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That is so cool Nathardia!

      This is a winner for my little ones too 🙂

  43. Kim says:

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorites and my teenagers like it to!

  44. Bonnie says:

    5 stars
    The best green smoothie ever! This is my go to when I cant decide what to make.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      It really is the easiest and most delicious option when you can’t decide 🙂

  45. Kathy Overstreet says:

    5 stars
    Love this smoothie – very creamy and oh so yummy!!

  46. 5 stars
    My first love for green smoothies!

  47. Pamela says:

    5 stars
    Love, love, love this smoothie. simple green smoothies are the best! I have loved the seven and 30 day challenges and very very happy with the books. Jen RAWKS!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      You rawk Pamela!!

      We are so happy that you are a part of our rawkstar community!!! Thank you for sharing the love and letting us know that you love our recipes so much!
      Cheers!!! 🙂

  48. Cecily says:

    Love this smoothie! It’s creamy and delish!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Cecily,

      Thanks for letting us know how much you love this smoothie! The creaminess really is the best!!

  49. Holly T says:

    5 stars
    Very first green smoothie I ever made. So good, a great one for beginners. My toddler son has become quite the smoothie drinker and he loves this recipe

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That is awesome Holly!

      I am so happy that this was your first green smoothie you have tried. It is definitely our favorite one as well.

      Cheers!

  50. SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

    Hey Teri,

    We know you are going to love it!

    Cheers!!

  51. Max says:

    Hey, do you have a recipe with less sugar? 34g seems really high, especially if you’re trying to shed some pounds. Thanks

  52. Katie says:

    Hi! Can you make this ahead and freeze it?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Katie,

      Absolutely!

      You can totally blend and freeze for later. Also if you prefer you can blend and place in your fridge. Our recipes will last up to 2 days in the fridge in an air tight container. Just give it a little shake and you are good to go!

      You can also add some lime juice to help keep that luscious green color as well!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Katie,

      Yes you totally can! Our smoothies will last up to 2 days in the fridge in an air tight container. All you have to do is give it a little shake and you are good to go!!

  53. Gladys D Johnson says:

    I have diabetes can I still drink the smoothies

  54. Dee says:

    Also, which blender do you recommend? Is Vitamix the best (in your opinion)? If so, which one do you have and use?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Dee,

      Yes, in our opinion Vitamix is our go to. Yes, we know that everyone has a different preference. We really love the Vitamix 300 Series!

      Hope that helps!

  55. Dee says:

    Can I sub in strawberries instead of pineapple, as I’m mildly allergic?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Dee,

      A great substitute for pineapple is oranges, mangoes, or peaches. However if you prefer strawberries that is totally fine too

  56. Elaine says:

    1 star
    There is FAR too much fruit in this Beginners Luck recipe… 34g of sugar per serving?? That’s ridiculous… it’s almost as much as a can of coke. Yes fruit is healthy in moderation but you do not need that much of it to make a tasty, healthy green smoothie. The vegetable to fruit ratio should be 3:1. There’s a recipe I use that consists of spinach, cucumber, celery, avocado, ginger, juice of half a lemon and pure apple juice (and you only need a very small amount of the juice to make the smoothie taste nice and fruity). Don’t get me wrong, not trying to rain on any parades here but the fact is this smoothie is not as healthy as people want to believe it is.

    • Dee says:

      Can you give the ratios of each, so I can try yours and make my own informed decision? Thanks!

    • Elaine says:

      Sure- 2 big handfuls of spinach (don’t be shy), juice of half a lemon, 4 thumb-sized sticks of cucumber, 1 large celery stalk, half a large avocado (or a whole one if it’s small), half a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger (this is up to preference too, some people like more/less ginger) a half cup of water and about a 3/4 cup of pure apple juice. Blend it all up and taste before pouring. If it’s not quite sweet enough it’s ok to add a bit more juice but do it in very small increments (apple juice has an overpowering flavour so it shouldn’t take much). Hope this helps, good luck!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Dee,

      If you’re new to green smoothies, we don’t recommend starting off with this “flipped ratio” (more leafy greens than fruit). The high amount of fiber may bother your digestive system, and the taste might be TOO green to enjoy. Yet for those that have been drinking green smoothies for weeks, this might be a fun little challenge worth going for!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Elaine,

      Thank you for your feedback. Each smoothie recipe has 3 cups of fruit in it (makes two smoothies), and it is recommended that an adult has 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit a day. When you drink one serving of our green smoothie recipe you will be meeting, or just under your daily intake for fruit. However, it sounds like you did exactly what we like to suggest if the smoothie is too sweet for you!

  57. Maxine says:

    I been drinking smoothies for years. I came across your challenge on Facebook, decided to sign up l’m excited to start the challenge today and try different fruit and veggies. Today smoothie with the oranges was awesome I never put oranges in my smoothies before but it tasted delicious.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks Maxine!!

      I am so happy to hear that you found our smoothie challenge and decided to go for it! That is why we love this challenge because you try so many new ingredients that you never would before and really find what you like and don’t like.

  58. Anita says:

    5 stars
    Hello, I love the smoothies and your book is amazing! 🙂
    One thing that I don’t understand why the sugar percentage is not available on the nutrition list?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks Maxine!!

      I am so happy to hear that you found our smoothie challenge and decided to go for it! That is why we love this challenge because you try so many new ingredients that you never would before and really find what you like and don’t like.

  59. Kristin says:

    5 stars
    Such a yummy smoothie! I love it even more with half an orange tossed in. This was the first green smoothie I tried and one I continue to come back to.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yay Kristin!

      I am so excited that you fell in love with this recipe!! It is one of my favorites and my kids always beg me for more

  60. Teri hudak says:

    I’m excited to try these delicious smoothie recipes!

  61. Terri Schenck says:

    5 stars
    super easy and tastes great!

  62. Diane says:

    5 stars
    This is the easiest (honestly though, they are ALL easy!) And the yummiest. Who doesn’t love mango pineapple and banana? You’ll be hooked immediately and so will the kids! They’ll be yelling for more so make a double batch! Or be adventurous and simlly add whatever fruit you have in your kitchen, just use the same ratio Jen uses. Its ALL delicous and healthy.. Wish I thought of this,when my kids were young!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Diane,

      Yay!! We absolutely love hearing that! My kids always drink their smoothie plus trying to sneak some sips from mine as well. It’s so great to know that I am giving them nursing fruits and veggies at such a young age.

      Being adventurous with your smoothie puts a smile on our face!! Keep rawkin’!!!

  63. Jennifer Smoot says:

    5 stars
    Best smoothie i have ever had.

  64. Erin Mottayaw says:

    5 stars
    The PERFECT first smoothie to try. I had tried a few before this but always with a milk or juice base because I swore I could never drink one with water… Then Jen made this for a group of friends and I was shocked that it actually tasted good! I recommend this first to anyone trying smoothies for the first time.

  65. Holly Couch says:

    5 stars
    This is seriously one of the easiest and tastiest smoothie recipes there is! Enough sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth but still refreshing enough to feel like and KNOW you are treating your body well! This is even one of my go-to smoothies when I feel like I need a mini one-meal cleanse. In fact, I just made one a few days ago – delicious!

  66. Jen Hansard says:

    5 stars
    Always love this recipe!!! We’ve made it for the kids the last 7 year and they still ask for it!

  67. Fiona says:

    Absolutely love the recipes and easy to make!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Fiona,

      I have to agree this one is delicious and so simple! It’s a win win!!!

  68. cheryl says:

    Can I make my smoothie and then have it a few hours later or does it have to be drank right away. I want to make it, go to the gym, go to work and have it for breakfast.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Cheryl,

      You can totally drink it later. What we like to do is seal it in a glass air-tight container and stick it in your fridge. You can keep it in your fridge for up to 3 days.

      Enjoy!! 🙂

  69. Sarah V says:

    I would like to try smoothies for awhile for cancer provention. On meds that allow me to eat ..but can cause cancer infortunatley. Although i have been on the meds for 10mths i am still too scared to try citrus fruits. Are there any fruits that offer the same punch as citrus fruits that i can use in a smoothy.

  70. Philipp says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this smoothie. I tried several of your smoothie recipes the last few days and love every single one of them. Thank you very much for sharing 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yay Philipp!!!

      So happy to hear that you love our recipes so much 🙂

  71. Sherry says:

    I just wanted to say I am a 49 year old woman who suffers from chronic pain and am on meds. I suffer from certain side effects as constipation and low energy. I decided to try your green shake and am so pleased. I now don’t have to take anymore additional otc medicine to help with side effects. I take your green smoothie but I put kale and spinach (both because where I live is small town & doesn’t carry just plain kale), pineapple, banana. I don’t like mangos so sometimes I substitute other frozen fruits or add extra pineapple. I can’t explain enough how your smoothie has changed my life. I know, silly for saying a drink will do this but it did. I have more energy and have found myself losing weight, which I could do to lose 45 lbs. God bless you, your family and business. I hope others will see this and believe your green shake does work. And, No, to the disbelievers, I do not work for them or got paid for my comment.

  72. Ames Cashin says:

    Hello, could I substitute frozen spinach for raw? Seasonally tough to get hands on raw. If so, any quantity suggestions? First time mom newly post-partum and needing some immune system and health boosts! Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Ames,

      Absolutely! Frozen spinach will also make your smoothie cooler which is an added bonus.

      Cheers!

  73. cece says:

    Hi, Do you know of the effects of these smoothies on someone with IBS/Crohn’s? Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      He Cece,

      I would suggest asking your doctor about the affects this may have on the body when you have IBS or Crohn’s disease. Make sure to keep in mind that these smoothies have a lot of fiber in them and do help move things along in the digestive area.

  74. Lerato says:

    Hi everyone, whatMs a good substitute to banana?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Lerato,

      A great substitute for banana is avocado!

      It makes your smoothie super creamy too.

  75. Amy J says:

    This is probably a dumb question….but what else goes well in substitution for mangoes? I can’t stand them! Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Amy,

      You could substitute mango for pineapple or papaya if you like those instead 🙂

      Cheers!

  76. Cat says:

    The 3rd world problems BZWIfe wrote about have to do with clean water to grow those greens. It isn’t safe to eat uncooked and unpeeled vegetables in a lot of countries.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      5 stars
      Thank you for sharing that Cat!

      That is so great that BZWife has an article to help with using raw uncooked veggies. We definitely want everyone to have clean veggies and avoid bad bacteria at all cost. I will have to check her article out!

  77. Sandy says:

    5 stars
    Best and simple green smoothie my family keep asking for!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Sandy,

      Thank you so much for your feedback!
      I am so happy to hear that you along with your family love this smoothie as much as we do.

      Cheers!

  78. bzwife says:

    I live in Honduras so I have some 3rd world problems when it comes to green smoothies. I’m happy that we are starting to have more spinach and kale greens here, but the green smoothies have made me sick a number of times now and I’ve had to mega dose probiotics to get the bacteria back in balance. I assume green smoothies made with cooked greens are better than no green smoothies, but I wonder how the nutrition compares?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      5 stars
      Hi BZWIFE,

      I am so sorry that you have experienced stomach issues after drinking green smoothies. This can be a common symptom if your body is not used to drinking or eating lots of fiber. Green smoothies are high in fiber which is great for digestion, but for newbies, the high fiber can shock your body. Make sure you drink lots of water to help flush things out. And if you’re new to green smoothies one serving a day is enough, which is 2 cups (16 ounces).

      We have never done a smoothie with cooked greens before and a lot of the nutrients would be lost after cooking compared to eating it raw. However, if that is something that works for you then I would say go for it! 🙂

    • bzwife says:

      The first few times it happened I wrote it off as too much fiber (even though I eat a lot of veggies – like a Whole30 diet) and I thought I was using too much greens, but then recently it didn’t get better and went on for days with monsters in my belly. I had to take a probiotic every four hours for a few days to keep the monsters at bay. Today I cooked my kale and spinach in 160 degree water for 1 minute hoping that will kill any bad bacteria, but still retain as much nutrients as possible. The greens are still bright green. I’ll give raw another try when I go visit family in the states over the holidays, but for now will give the quick cook method a try and hope the belly monsters stay away. I won’t give up yet! Thanks! 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      5 stars
      That sounds so terrible I am so sorry you went through that! I really hope the cooked greens help and you can still enjoy a delicious green smoothie with all the terrible cramps… 🙁

  79. Bob Darnell says:

    I followed your recipe for the beginning simple green smoothie and found it delicious! My concern is with me being a diabetic, would the sugar hin the mango, pineapple & banana be considered
    excessive & therefore unhealthy for me?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Bob,

      YAY! Love that you loved our recipe. When it comes to diabetes, it can be tough to give an answer. Everyone’s body and diagnosis is so different, so it’s hard to give advice. And that’s why I usually suggest reaching out to your personal physician to ensure our recipes are the right choice for you and your body.

      If you’re concerned about the amount of natural sugar in our recipes, you can take a peek at our “low sugar, leafy greens” blog post here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/plant-based-diet/how-to/low-sugar-fruits-smoothies

      Also, you can always swap out banana for avocado! They’re lower in sugar + make your green smoothie sugar creamy!

  80. Bob Darnell says:

    I followed your recipe for the beginning simple green smoothie and found it delicious! My concern is with me being a diabetic, would the sugar in the mango, pineapple & banana be considered excessive & therefore unhealthy for me?

    • Wendy says:

      The sugar from the fruits won’t be a bother to you if you are keeping your fats low.

  81. Dana says:

    I apologize if already asked, but how long can you leave the green smoothie in the fridge for?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Dana,

      You can store your green smoothie in the fridge for up to two days! Just know that our recipes are free of any yucky additives or stabilizers, so separation is completely natural. Simply give your smoothie a quick shake and you’re ready to go!

  82. Hey Jen, This is the cool recipe for a new beginner like my me, your recipe’s looks very delicious, my sister suggests me to follow your blog & youtube, Thanks for sharing your Recipe about green Smoothie.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Amanda,

      YAY! I’m so happy you’re here. And your sister sounds pretty cool to me! 🙂

  83. Jordan Chad Mario Robinson says:

    5 stars
    Excellent! Absolutely delicious

  84. Susan says:

    5 stars
    You have a nice video presence. I’m new to plant based and this smoothie looks delicious! Hadn’t found one I think my son would like before and I think this one is it! Would love to win a Vitamix!!!

  85. Bonnie says:

    Hi Jen, I loved your video of you making the Beginners Luck Green Smoothie! Spinach smoothies are my favorite and I love your cookbook. I use it several times a week. I am a shift worker and smoothies are a quick way to have a healthy breakfast!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Bonnie,

      Yay! We are so happy that you love this recipe and enjoyed our video as well.

      Cheers!

  86. Lisa says:

    Hi Simple Green Smoothies, I signed up for the 7-day challenge. I cannot wait to start a healthy life choice!

  87. Darlene says:

    Love those green mustaches! This is an amazingly refreshing tropical smoothie. Certainly helps to use a high-powered blender to get a creamy texture. The Vita Mix is a rawkstar to be sure and you, Jen, are the queen of Rawkstars! Keep on coming at us with more juicy blends!!

  88. Sandy says:

    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes! Love it & also your YouTube video

  89. Karen says:

    5 stars
    I like to think of this smoothie recipe (which I’ve made a few times now) as a basic recipe adding or substituting other items that I might might have on hand, such as fresh ginger or cinnamon, other fruits or berries and, of course, collagen or protein powder. It’s always good and healthy. Thanks!

  90. libby says:

    1 star
    it tastes like banana ew

  91. Brenda says:

    This is the smoothie that made me a convert! Such a simple way to start on the healthy track.

  92. Faith says:

    This is really good but I’m going to try it with avocado next time.
    See how different it is.

  93. Abbie Schefter says:

    I enjoy this recipe, it’s just really hard to make. My blender has a hard time with frozen fruits and leafy greens. My workaround is to blend everything one step at a time, it comes out lumpy, but yummy.

    • Christine says:

      I love this recipe. It’s so simple to make. and it tastes delicious.I had a friend visiting who had never had a green smoothie before. She said she couldn’t believe that something so healthy could taste so good. I will certainly make this smoothie again. Thank you!

  94. Peterann says:

    Love this recipe. Refreshing and filling.
    Is this where I comment to be in the Vitamix drawing?

    • Jamie Craddock says:

      5 stars
      GREAT way to start the green smoothie habit! The tips to blend the greens & liquid (I usually use coconut water for a nutritional boost) before adding the fruit makes getting that s-m-o-o-t-h texture much simpler! Adding frozen fruit makes my green smoothies a cold, thicker consistency that pleases my palate. YUM!

  95. Maura Howerton says:

    So simple – so GOOD!!!

  96. julie says:

    This recipe is so easy j- i have everything i need in the fridge! that is the best part – make it simple. thanks!!!!

  97. Pam Brockett says:

    Just watched the video. You did great. I love your recipe book. I have bought several as gifts. Thank you for the chance to win the give a way!! Pam Brockett

  98. Linda says:

    Love this recipe and the cute smoothie mustaches on the kiddos

  99. Belinda barnes says:

    Jen!! You did an amazing job on the video! You are so funny and relatable! It’s because of you that I started drinking green smoothies and the beginners luck is still my all time favorite! Keep up the great work!!
    Belinda B.

    • JH Kim says:

      Loved your video! Good to see you have a channel! Your 7-day challenge on was great! Looking forward for more!

  100. Kate B. says:

    5 stars
    LOL Jen! You do great on the videos! I have never noticed the little quirks you mentioned (hands, lip, words). I just see a friendly gal showing everyone how Simple (ahem) Green Smoothies are to whip up. Beginner’s Luck is truly one of my favorites – fragrant and delicious! You’ll find them in my freezer all summer long! xx

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

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