How to Make a Perfect Green Smoothie

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Simple Green Smoothies

Guest post by Jadah Sellner and Jen Hansard, founders of Simple Green Smoothies


We have a super simple and healthy recipe we’ve been itchin’ to share with you!!! As two crazy-busy passionate moms, we’ve been known to fuel our bodies with processed junk. Like those days when we found ourselves at Starbucks twice in one day…or driving through Taco Bell for dinner…again.

We were starved for time, low on energy and just….overwhelmed.

Can you relate?

Well, we discovered something that quickly changed our lives— green smoothies. This blended drink of fresh fruits and dark leafy greens gave us energy, a fast healthy meal and transformed our bodies from the inside out. No joke. And our free 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge is how we made this healthy habit really stick for the past 2 1/2 years… and going strong. Now we have over 500,000 people from all around the world hooked on the green smoothie lifestyle too. We hope you’ll join us!


5 Green smoothie tips to get you started:

Before we share our most popular green smoothie recipe, we need to welcome you into the world of green smoothies with a few important 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 and follow this simple formula: 60% fruits to 40% leafy greens.

Great tips for making a 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 (peel first), grapes, pineapple or berries. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits (like those brown bananas on your counter). You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just make sure to add your frozen greens straight to the blender (don’t defrost these fragile lil’ guys).


4.) Use raw natural sweeteners.

Add naturally sweet fruits to any smoothie that tastes bitter or a bit too “green.” By sticking with naturally sweet fruits like bananas, mango, apples, pears or pitted dates, we avoid artificial sweeteners and processed sugars.


5.) Make smoothies ahead for the perfect fast food.

We know life can get 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 blend your green smoothie the night before and store it in your fridge (up to 2 days). Use an airtight lid to limit oxidation and keep it as fresh as possible. When ready to drink, give it a good shake before you open.


If you follow these five green smoothie tips, we pinky promise your green smoothies will be love at first sip!  Now, here’s a favorite recipe we make for friends and family who’ve never tried a green smoothie before…


beginners luck green smoothie recipe


4.5 from 45 reviews
Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie
Serves: 2
This tropical treat has the perfect fruit-to-veggie ratio, which makes it a great beginner-friendly green smoothie. The spinach has a mild taste and is packed with over 20 different nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and high-quality amino acids. It’s rawesome stuff! Oh, and this recipe is kid-tested and approved too:)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 bananas

    Use at least one frozen fruit to chill your smoothie. We often use frozen mangos and bananas in our green smoothies.
  1. Tightly pack 2 cups of leafy greens in a measuring cup and then toss into blender.
  2. Add water and blend together until all leafy chunks are gone.
  3. Add mango, pineapple and bananas and blend again until smooth.
  4. Pour into a mason jar (or cute cup of your choice).
  5. Gulp or sip like a rawkstar!
PSSST! Got an allergy to mango or pineapple, or not a big fan of bananas? You can substitute any fruit with another fruit with a one-to-one ratio.


Are you a green smoothie fan, yet?

If you made this recipe or have a favorite of your own, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below (we’ll read every one). And if you want more recipes and green smoothie tips…



Join the free 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge!

Jen and Jadah, founders of Simple Green Smoothies

Say YES to your health in 2014! Sign up here for our 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. We’ll encourage you to drink one green smoothie a day for 30 days (in addition to eating real food) because we believe…

“Drinking green smoothies is a lifestyle— not a diet.”

Peace, love and leafy greens,
Jen & Jadah


Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner are two world-changing moms and the founders of Simple Green Smoothies. They are on a mission to help busy families rethink their lifestyle choices by establishing healthy habits that are easy to stick with.

Jump on the green smoothie bandwagon and transform your health with The Free 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. With over 500,000 green smoothie rawkstars in their community, Jen and Jadah make healthy eating a lifestyle– not a diet. No more complicated nutrition facts, research studies, diet fads or counting calories. It’s all about eating better (not less) to live a happier, healthier life.

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383 comments to How to Make a Perfect Green Smoothie

  • Kim

    This looks great, I love the tips on using frozen berries or greens instead of ice. I might just give it a shot! Cheers.

  • Kristal

    I’ve been making green smoothies most mornings for several months now and I love them. I never eat fruit normally so by drinking a green smoothie I went from 0 servings to about 1.5-2.5 servings of fruit a day! One thing I find though is sometimes if I only have a smoothie in the morning it can upset my stomach because of all the fibre (I have a very sensitive tummy) so I try and have a piece of toast with it and that helps. Also, I find that smoothies can make you have a bit of a sugar crash so I use cows milk (9 grams of protein per cup)as my liquid and add a good scoop of whey powder to add a bunch of protein which helps me not crash 2 hours later. Additionally, to save time I buy bags of frozen fruit (which are pre cut and washed) and put them in the fridge to defrost and use as needed. I don’t like adding frozen fruit because then I have to add way more liquid (in my case, milk) and it makes way too much smoothie for me. Also, I personally never make smoothies ahead of time because I find they don’t taste the same and they lose nutrients.

    • Dear Kristal,

      to be honest I think it is not necessary to add there milk or even protein powder, especially the whey protein which is one of the worst source of protein :-/ there are many article about it. If you would like to have more protain add flax seeds, chia or put almond butter in there. Check out my smoothie which is rich on protein ;-)–phenomenal-superfood-breakfast-green-smoothie-bowl.html

      • Joe

        Whey is a natural bi-product. And why leave out the milk? Because it consists of whey just like yogurt and cheese? Not only that but whey is loaded with amino acids which is extremely beneficial for your body. It’s also the highest in terms of protein to calories. This means you get more protein and less calories out of a whey isolate compared to any other food.
        So to say it is one of the worst sources of protein is just ridiculous. I can think of MANY other worse sources out there. You need to do more homework and stop spreading false info for people trying to eat healthier.

        • Jill

          According to T. Collin Campbell who grew up on a dairy farm and wrote The China Study, dairy products have been shown to be the foods with the highest cause of cancer. In addition, in countries where dairy is introduced and consumed osteoporosis becomes a problem. In countries where people consume a plant based diet good health is prominent and heart disease, cancer and diabetes are low. Sadly, the United States ranks poorly against many other countries in these areas. Watch Forks Over Knives for more information and inspiration to overhaul your diet.

        • Dear Joe,
          thank you for your reply, checkout the reply from Jill
          November 26, 2014 at 1:57 am · Reply. She also wrote about disadvantages in dairy products. There are many resources and many articles about, just check it out on google why dairy is not healthy at all. Dont be blind, I was eating dairy and everything for 29 years and I came with several healthy problems, since I released dairy products, wheat, gluten, my body works perfect and so far I dont have any alergies, any stomach problems, skin problems etc…And more over if you combine milk with something else it wil cause digestive problems – check this article out – It is your choice and I am not against, eat what you like, but it is just my (and not from my mind) recommendation. You are right, I shouldnt say that soy and whey are the worst source of protein…but whey and soy protein are made by processing, this is the first thing ok?…99% of soy products are GMO, if you buy a milk at store it is just white water and even that human is not able to digest the milk because of lactose, did you consider it? You can get enough protein, amino acids and all these important things from different sources which can works better for you. In regards of isolate whey or soy – just the word isolate – do you know what happens when they isolate protein in there? I dont what to scam or to spread false info for people trying to eat healthier I just share what I know and what I think make sense, sorry that this issue is too sensitive for you. I did my homework, and you?

    • Melody

      Really… Is fighting over milk really what you are doing? Honestly,processed milk is loads better than 97% of the food here regularly bought and sold in the us

  • Me

    I swim early mornings this will be helpful

  • Thabisho Mohuba

    Want to join

  • Bella

    Would Almond Milk, Spinach, Kale, Banana and Strawberries be good for a green smoothie?

  • Laura

    Wanna know why dairy isn’t good here in the States?? Because it’s processed, and the cows that are being used for mass-produced dairy are pumped full of antibiotics to combat the illness of close quarter living that they are put through and that nasty GMO CORN that they are made to eat. If you drink cow’s milk from a cow that is allowed to graze on grass that is not treated, that does not require a daily dose of antibiotics and other meds, and do not process the milk then you won’t have health problems. The processing of milk requires milk to be heated and filtered. A process that harms the NATURAL goodness of milk. When milk is processed, everything that was good about it in the first place is destroyed and then all those things gets added back into the milk which inevitably ends up being man-made vitamins. GROSS. Love milk? Get it from a dairy farmer that has grass-fed Jersey cows.

  • I use almond milk, PW Choc/peanut butter powder, spinach, carrots, frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries. Definitely my post-workout breakfast!

  • hi

    i have always been into juices but am now just starting into green smoothies.
    was wondering what you use to do your blitzing? I have just invested in a nutribullet pro 900 but haven’t received it yet so haven’t have a chance to try it
    can a normal household blender make these green smoothies?

    • kate

      If you’re truly invested in smoothies, get a Vitamix blender. Hands down, the best blender on the market for decades. I have used mine daily for 3 years with no break downs or problems – easy to clean too. Other blenders just do not have the motor power to last. Happy blending!


      Don’t get pushed into thinking you need a $200 blender because that just not true. ANY quality $30 blender will do just fine, the only thing you need to look at is the watt rating, 750 and up is more then adequate for household use.

  • Val

    Have you tried adding vegan any protein powders to this? It looks like it could double great as a protein shake. If you’re interested, I’ve made a list of gluten free vegan protein powders here:

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