Citrus Vegan Smoothie

5.26.2020

Jump to Recipe Plant-Based Recipes • Citrus Vegan Smoothie This simple Citrus Vegan Smoothie is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients to help boost your energy levels in minutes. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the health benefits of this tasty smoothie. Green smoothies and plant-based eating are becoming more and […]

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This simple Citrus Vegan Smoothie is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients to help boost your energy levels in minutes. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy the health benefits of this tasty smoothie.

Green smoothies and plant-based eating are becoming more and more popular (hello Beyonce!). People are looking to add more plants to their diet because the results don’t lie. And well, that’s our goal here at SGS. We want to inspire everyone to eat more plants and blend green smoothies with us.

What’s in this vegan smoothie

This citrus vegan smoothie contains some of my favorite fruits: pineapple, oranges, banana, and mango. What makes it green is the fresh spinach (that you won’t even be able to taste, but your body will thank you!).

What you won’t find in here is anything using animals— cow’s milk, yogurt, honey, etc. Some of this foods can cause digestive and skin issues, so we stay away from it all when making smoothies. And you know what? They taste even better and I feel even better!

You can blend this smoothie any time of year because the ingredients are available year-round fresh and frozen. If you’re on a budget, I recommend sticking with frozen fruit (and look to Costco to save the most).

Vegan Smoothie Ingredients

Add Plants, Crave More, Live Better

When I was 28 years old with two babies…. I realized hadn’t been giving my body the right kind of fuel. Instead of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, I was living off of coffee, Lucky Charms, and mac n’ cheese. I called myself the world’s unhealthiest vegetarian and I felt like crap.

Well, that all changed after that first taste of a green smoothie.

Thanks to childhood pickiness, portrayal in the media, and the color green, a lot of people think they don’t like veggies, especially leafy greens. By leaving those out of the diet, the body misses out on so many nutrients that it can’t get from other places. Vitamins and supplements still aren’t as good as eating your fruits and veggies.

Vegan Smoothie with spinanch and mango

How This Vegan Smoothie Can Change Your Life

Eating and living healthy starts with the desire to do so. It can be a scary thing to do. And I’m not suggesting everyone needs to adopt a vegan diet and lifestyle. I live by a “you do you” mantra. But it almost goes without saying that most people could benefit from eating more plants.

During the day the majority of us are accustomed to three meals and a few snacks. Swap one of those with a green smoothie and see what happens. If you’re like me, you’ll find your energy start to soar. Your tastebuds will change. You’ll start craving more plants. And who knows? Maybe it will inspire you to make other healthy changes like going for a daily walk, practicing good sleep hygiene (we even have a vegan smoothie that helps promote good sleep!)

Healthy starts with a green smoothie

My point is you don’t have to go crazy. Start with one thing: a vegan smoothie, and see where it takes you. Green smoothies have taken me on a journey to other nations, they’ve fueled my body to run marathons, they’ve given me energy to be a girl boss, a wife, a mother, and all of the other roles I fulfill.

The more plants you add to your diet, the more you’ll start to crave them. That’s exactly what happened to me when I first started drinking green smoothies. (I didn’t dive fully into vegan smoothies in the beginning, yet I quickly realized the results get even better when you do!)

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Citrus Vegan Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This delicious citrus vegan smoothie is bright, citrusy and refreshing when you’ve been sweating and hot on a hot summer day. It’s also called Citrus Breeze in my best-selling book, Simple Green Smoothies.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup mango
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 banana

Instructions

  1. Blend the spinach, water, and oranges together until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again.

For more vegan recipes, check out Top 7 Green Smoothies of all time.


Notes

Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.

Keywords: spinach smoothie, citrus smoothie

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  1. Dee-Ann says:

    I loved this smoothie! I admit that I was a little skeptical making it the night before, thinking I would wake up to find the ingredients had separated into a yucky mess. Instead I discovered the most smooth and creamy smoothie as if I had just made it! This is definitely going on my Regularly Drink Smoothies list.

  2. Jessica says:

    I flipped the ratio of greens to fruit and it still tasted super delicious.

  3. Tim says:

    This one is so similar to Beginner’s Luck (which is one of my favorites) so I knew I was going to love it. I’m always a fan of oranges in green smoothies.

  4. JP says:

    This is a pleasantly flavored smoothie, nothing spectacular. I found it to be a little underwhelming, although, the ingredients did blend together well.

  5. Jennetta says:

    Deliciously sweet, but the banana was overpowering. I’d halve the amount of banana and add more orange. Good beginning!

  6. Erica says:

    This smoothie was absolutely satisfying. Loved it,a nd it’s going on my regular rotation.

  7. Clara says:

    I really liked this one! I’m not a fan of bananas so I swapped it for avocado instead. It was very delicious and creamy!!!

  8. Elle Wood says:

    Absolutely delicious! A good balance between greens and fruit. I had to double the recipe for everyone in the family to share. A new favourite.

  9. Eri says:

    I love the combination flavor of banana, orange, mango and pineapple! I think this recipe is great for green smoothie beginners!!

  10. Cherlyn says:

    Great! Me and my 7 year old loved it!

  11. Deanna Brandau says:

    This is pretty much like my normal smoothies I make throughout the week. I have a autoimmune so I’m limited in what I can eat for breakfast. I have made this recipe on my own before this just by wining flavors. I usually add vegan protein powder, ground flax or chia seed for iron. This one tastes great and it helps it tastes great with fresh oranges.

  12. Stephenie says:

    I made this as part of the 10 day challenge. It was so good. My family is doing the challenge with me and they loved it as well. We looked forward to the next one.

  13. Lindsey Chandler says:

    Good flavor! A bit too much citrus for me. Would definitely make it again!

  14. Becky Felsted says:

    Really enjoyed the citrus with the sweetness of the banana! Made extra and my 3yr old loved it!!

  15. Dawn says:

    Delicious! It was the right combination of spinach and fruit that I haven’t been able to duplicate before. The Green Smoothie Challenge is a great way to try different smoothie recipes.

  16. Julie Quinn says:

    This was delicious and I don’t usually like citrus taste or smell! Made it as is with frozen mango and frozen pineapple. Wouldn’t change a thing!

  17. Cori says:

    So cool and refreshing! I love it!!

  18. Wendi says:

    I love the citrus in it. I added protein powder.

  19. Sophia Allison says:

    This was a great start, as I love anything citrus. Made it for breakfast and would definitely try it again.

  20. Ellen Edelman says:

    Too sweet for my tastes. I didn’t use pineapple and only half a banana, and still a little sweet. But it’s probably great for others! Thanks for the recipe.

  21. Edna Medina says:

    Easy and delicious!

  22. Johanna Espinal says:

    Citrus Vegan Smoothie day 1 challenge. It was good, But too citrusy for me. But definitely do want to try it again. Less orange and adding mangos.

  23. Trinity says:

    We loved this recipe! Next time I plan to add some ginger to give it a kick!

  24. Fiona says:

    Didn’t have a whole orange but close enough, still tasted good. Nice flavour but you can’t go wrong with abit of mango and pineapple right?

  25. Melissa says:

    This was delicious! I added a piece of ginger and a scoop Protein Smoothie Boost.

  26. Kim says:

    Delicious, flavorful and satisfying! I had Day 1 smoothie as a meal replacement.

  27. Youlanda Jennings says:

    Citrus Vegan smoothie is fire, I cant recall when I tasted a smoothie so good and filling.. I’m going to keep this recipe.

  28. Tam Tam says:

    I started off the day 1 smoothie with different ingredients listed because I wanted to commit to working towards change, today. So my smoothie ingredients consisted of the same base of water and spinach, but I used blueberries as my fruit then added my favorite protein powder and a bit of activated charcoal.

  29. MB says:

    Added ginger orange protein powder to make it a meal. Very good!!!

  30. Tiffany Skaggs says:

    The day one smoothie was great! I had forgotten today was the day and then received the reminder email. I had every ingredient and purchased the next 5 or so days of smoothie ingredients today. I felt this smoothie was filling, tasted good, and made me feel like I had make a really healthy choice for a snack.

    • Jackie says:

      This is a great smoothie and nice introduction for Day 1 of the challenge. I followed the directions exactly and in the future I am going to substitute some aloe vera juice for the water, when I have it on hand. You cannot taste the spinach and the frozen fruit makes it creamy!

  31. Kira says:

    This was so refreshing!

  32. Taylor Gonzalez says:

    Just started the 10-day Smoothie challenge and this Vegan Citrus smoothie helped me kick day 1 off right! This smoothie is so yummy. It has all the delicious fruits, orange, banana, pineapple, and mango! I cannot even taste the spinach. I can’t wait to try more recipes.

  33. Polly DuBose says:

    I really like this smoothie because it is easy to make and easy to drink. It’s got a nice smooth tropical flavor that that I think even the least adventurous person would love. The ingredients are all staples in my fruit bowl and freezer making it a good go to.

  34. Sandra Gilligan says:

    I add the pineapple core and mango pit and peels to a pot of water (cover by about an inch, inch and a half) and bring to a boil. Simmer for an hour, then strain thru fine mesh strainer. Chill in covered container. Use in place of water for more flavor. I do the same with peaches and apples.
    Whenever I use oranges in smoothies, I try to also include a carrot to increase fiber. I enjoyed this green one, with the added carrot.

  35. Lourdes says:

    Delicious!

  36. Sherri Lyness says:

    Was supper excited to start the challenge with a favorite.
    Tropical fruits in any smoothing make it great.

  37. Nicole says:

    Tasty. Not too sweet.

  38. Nicole says:

    Tasty. I replaced the orange with more mango. Not too sweet.

  39. Vanessa says:

    Smoothie was Very Delicious!

  40. Kristin Hynes says:

    So yummy!

  41. Shar says:

    Just wanted to let you know today’s smoothie was really good. I like the idea of first putting the water and spinach together, and blending them, then adding the rest. Works great for me! Thanks Jen good hint. Made three smoothies today in one batch. Husband and mother enjoyed. Have a leafy day.

  42. Ashleigh says:

    This smoothie was very good. I love the tropical citrus combo with the fruits. It was quick and easy to make I used frozen mango and pineapple and added chia seeds.

  43. Andre L says:

    This Citrus Vegan smoothie turned out awesome! I added spirulina for a protein boost. ❤️

  44. Janette Reget says:

    It was good, I was surprised. I’m not wild about mangos.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Not a fan of mangoes? You can sub peaches, nectarines, papaya, or apricots. Or for this recipe, you can just leave them out.

  45. Anita says:

    I was fooled by the name of this smoothie. I loved it!!!!!!

  46. Melissa Hays says:

    I’m doing macro counting and I feel better about putting this type of carbs in my body!

  47. Cindy Savage says:

    Absolutely love this Citrus Vegan smoothie!! Such an immunity boost!!

  48. Cindy Savage says:

    This Citrus Vegan Smoothie is super yummy! I remember the Citrus Breeze smoothie from another challenge and it was actually my favorite! Such an immunity boost!! I do substitute coconut water and sprinkle cinnamon on top! Perfect!

  49. April Burnett says:

    Refreshing and delightful!

  50. Iara says:

    Tasted great and it had a really good texture.

  51. Andrea says:

    I don’t really like oranges in smoothies but Citrus Breeze is delicious! I added a scoop of protein powder to keep me full and it was a perfect breakfast.

  52. Bonnie says:

    This was the BEST SMOOTHIE I’ve ever had. I could have this smoothie EVERY DAY and never get tired of it!!

    • KRenee says:

      Excellent smoothie! Bright and fresh! I usually use nut milks in my smoothies, but I didn’t even miss it here. Added some ice before blending and a scoop of chia (I always add chia). I followed this recipe exactly and got 24 ounces instead of 16…no worries just more to love

  53. Diane A says:

    Loved this smoothie. It was soooo delicious and really hit the spot.

  54. Linda C. says:

    Actually used 1 cup spinach and 1 cup kale for the recipe and it tasted great. Loved this recipe.

  55. Meagan says:

    This recipe is a keeper. I actually cut the orange back just a little, added spinach & kale fresh from the garden, and blended in SGS protein smoothie boost. I think it would be so yummy with some vanilla next time or frozen cauliflower to make it extra creamy or maybe even jalapeño to add some heat. The possibilities are endless with the flavor combination of this one.

  56. Karla says:

    One of my favorites, you don’t realize your having greens on it!

  57. Cassandra says:

    Kids say, “It’s great! It’s sweet! It’s delicious! And it’s pretty!”

  58. Darlene Littlechild says:

    Really like this smoothie! I like to add a protein and healthy fat to keep me full until lunch. Today it was oatmeal and hemp hearts! Creamy and delicious

  59. Justina says:

    Was so yummy! I am not able to have banana, so I just leave them out and they taste delicious.
    One I will make again.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You can also sub avocado in this one if you choose but leaving the banana out works just as well. 🙂

  60. Jolene says:

    Pretty good. I made some mods due to what I had on hand. I don’t recommend arugula in place of spinach. I had fresh mango, not frozen, and froz banana instead of fresh. Also used coconut water. I think it would have been extra delicious with some ginger!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Jolene! Ginger would for sure taste great in this one. And I also learned the hard way that arugula isn’t the best leafy green for smoothies. I really love its peppery taste but not so much in a fruit smoothie!

  61. Sara Ryan says:

    This receipe is so so yummy and super simple to make! My hubby took one look at it and was like ‘ugh..it’s green, I’m going to hate it!’. I made him try a sip…he then wanted his own and he wants me to save the recipe so I can make it again tomorrow morning for him!!! LOL!! It’s that yummy!!! *I added a little bit, like 1/2 a scoop of my vegan protein powder to the mix!
    – @_saragetsfit_lsf

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Woo hoo! Way to make him give it a chance. Bet he was surprised at how great it tastes! 😀

  62. Rosalie says:

    This is a great smoothie recipe that is easy to make! I plussed it up by adding some of the SGS protein powder 🙂

  63. Trish says:

    Totally yum!! Bulked it out to a meal replacement with oats & coconut oil and then had to add loads more water so the consistency was less ‘concrete’ (whoever knew concrete could taste so good?!) and more ‘soft serve ice cream’! I’m definitely going to have this one again (and again)!!

  64. Latasha Alexander says:

    Tastes Absolutely yummy!!

  65. Christina Gallegos says:

    Citrus vegan smoothie
    Great recipe so refreshing and creamy. I did add in vanilla protein powder so I can have this amazing smoothie as a meal replacement. I give this smoothie ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ !!!

  66. Lindsay says:

    Love this recipe. I have used this recipe about a half a dozen times since I’ve had the book! It’s great except if you add too much pineapple…your mouth will definitely feel it the next day! Made my mouth so raw and it felt like I had a sore in my mouth from the acid in pineapple!

    • Trish says:

      Hi Lindsey…sounds as if, like me, you might have an allergy to fresh pineapple. I find canned pineapple doesn’t affect me in the same way (just make sure it’s in ‘juice’ rather than ‘syrup’?!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        Trish and Lindsay, fresh pineapple can be a bit harsh for some folks, I wonder if you use frozen would it be less so? If you do choose to use canned pineapple, def make sure to get pineapple in its own juice (but that sometimes still has added sugars). We love using fresh or frozen because pineapple contains bromelain, a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agent, and the canning process neutralizes bromelain.

      • Lindsay says:

        Thanks trish/jess! I think I may have a small sensitivity to pineapple. Gastritis is another one along with acid reflux. But I love !! So I freeze my fresh pineapple after cutting it up and putting it into containers!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        Glad you found a way that works for you!

  67. Adele Restrepo says:

    Excellent and simple smoothie to make. I used all fresh ingredients because I had them at hand: it was creamy, sweet (but not too much), and I know it was full of vitamins.

  68. Shannon says:

    Only because I’m use to putting in avocado in my morning smoothies I’d have to add that.

  69. Susan Mcfadden says:

    Nice consistency because of the mango. A little too sweet with the pineapple.

  70. Stephanie Brown says:

    I loved this smoothie. I did add in a plant based protein powder and ground flax seed. It was super yummy!

  71. Itzu Roque says:

    It was really good. I added ground flax seeds and hemp seeds for an extra protein boost. My husband liked it too 🙂

  72. Matt says:

    Excellent. Light and Refreshing!

  73. Micha says:

    Was good, but the mango was a little overpowering for me.
    I modified by adding collagen, a veggie powder, a drop of cardamom essential oil for my tummy and my daily women’s multi-vitamin (cuz that sucker is too huge to swallow lol).

  74. Alissa says:

    Pretty good

  75. Latrece says:

    Very refreshing.

  76. Martha says:

    Sweet and delicious, you cannot taste the spinach in this smoothie.

  77. Pam Izzo says:

    I was happily surprised this smoothie was not as sweet as I expected. But that may also be because I used less banana. I did like the taste. First time using the protein powder so not sure how that affects the taste. Would definitely make again.

  78. Vilma Rodríguez says:

    I love ❤️ it

  79. Shawna McCabe says:

    Simple. Sweet. Easy to make and easy to drink. This is a great beginner smoothie everyone will love!

    • Mo says:

      This smoothie brought me back to when I used to eat healthier and lived a healthier life. I have slacked off a few years now and I’m ready to get back in it. I loved this first smoothie and excited for the rest. Even gave my friend a small taste who looked at it and gave the eww face haha he was pleasantly surprised with how sweet and good it was.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

        Haha, Mo. I love how you called it “the eww face.” Glad he tried it anyway and I bet he is, too! 😀

  80. Rhonda says:

    Really like this one. The pineapple made it sweet and tangy.

  81. Sashah says:

    I really enjoy this one, I do find it a little too acidic for my tastebuds but it is a fresh and fruity smoothie perfect for a summer morning!

  82. Cynthia says:

    My favorite ingredients! Tastes like summer.

  83. Larissa says:

    This is a great tasting smoothie that is a great meal substitute.

  84. Rachel says:

    This was very refreshing. I really enjoyed the combination.

  85. Shannon says:

    This was a delicious smoothie, one of my faves so far. Simple, healthy and yummy!

  86. Julie Sellers says:

    Super refreshing and yummy! A great way to start our 10-day challenge – thanks!

  87. Marsha says:

    Day 1 of challenge…Very good and refreshing! Thank you Jen for all your good information!

  88. Kimberly S Robinson says:

    I can’t believe I hadn’t yet tried this particular mix of orange, banana, mango and pineapple. I made mine with kale (because I had more of it), but the fruits were so sweet and flavorful, the “green” was in color only. It was quite refreshing as an early afternoon pick-me-up.

  89. Catherine A Hinkle says:

    This smoothie tastes amazing! It is the perfect balance of sweetness! I love these 10 day challenges and share them with others. I follow a Vegan diet and find just freshening things up a bit with your smoothie recipes gives that extra boost of energy!

  90. Yolanda says:

    Very delicious

  91. Fatima says:

    Loved it! Bright and super fresh!

  92. Hilde Johansen says:

    Yummy!!

  93. Shawn says:

    This was amazing! My daughter, a vegetarian, isn’t usually fond of some of the smoothies I make but this one… she said she loved! Me too! The ones with water as a base and oranges are my faves. Bright, clean and fresh!

  94. Marilynn Hession says:

    I LOOOOOOOVE this one! It’s got the fruits in it I like and it’s kind of tropical, so I put in coconut water. Yummers!!!

  95. AnnMarie says:

    Loved the sweet citrus and creaminess. Swapped in avocado for the banana as I’m not the biggest fan. 😉

  96. Jenn Lynch says:

    Tasty tropical treat! Love this recipe.

  97. andrea rumble says:

    Im not a citrus lover but this was a great way to get an orange in….i added a tbsp of milled flaxseed to boost it up….2 thumbs up…

  98. Jennifer A. says:

    Fruity and delicious! I added Protein Smoothie Boost to make it a meal replacement and tripled the recipe to feed my family!

  99. Lola says:

    I love this smoothie. It’s amazing to me how good it is. It is just sweet enough without any added sweeteners and you definitely don’t taste the spinach.

  100. Lisa says:

    Loved it, will be adding this to my smoothie list

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