How to Make a Perfect Green Smoothie

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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 43 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:)
Ingredients
  • 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.
Instructions
  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!
Notes
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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363 comments to How to Make a Perfect Green Smoothie

  • Stephanie

    Thank you! This is the first time we have added veggies to our smoothies. I needed it to be positive so my 10 and 17 would continue to drink it. Sucess!

  • Lookinglass

    My first EVER green smoothie made and enjoyed tonight thanks to you two! It felt very odd to be drinking GREEN raw food…..looks poisonous! But tasted delicious!

    I used raw spinach, parsley rocket leaves, melon, apple, nut residue from milking hazlenuts and apple juice. The dates I put in didn’t blend, forgot you needed to soak them first overnight. But it was sweet enough anyhow.

    Thanks ladies.

  • Emily

    You made green smoothies less intimidating for sure! I didn’t know how to start and didn’t want to go buy a bunch of produce just to try and fail.

    Made my first one last night for my almost 2-year old, with just a handful of baby spinach, a little water, and almost a whole pear, and it turned out delicious! :) She loved “helping” blend it and drinking it! :)

    Thank you!!

  • millie

    Thanks for the great tips!! I just got back from the store :)

  • Sydney McCullar

    I have to admit, i have been fighting the green smoothie thought for years but recently decided I needed a way to sneak in some greens and broke down to try it. I wish I had done it sooner! Can’t even tell its there and your building block recipe helped tremendously. I made mine tonight for the morning and sampled it, and tried to get the hubs to try it but he had already fallen asleep. Thanks!

    For some reason it won’t show all the stars as being lit up despite my numerous attempts, so please consider this a 5 star thumbs up!

  • mary

    This is the first time I have added fruits to my green smoothies. Before I just used veggies and though I drank them they were not very tasty and didn’t stay with it very long and bought a juicer. Your 60/40 Formula chart is wonderful and just made my first green smoothie using the info.

    Thank you!

  • dee

    It definitely is a lifestyle.. I drink these four breakfast and lunch..
    2 cups spinach
    1 cup kale
    1 cup almond milk or vanilla soy milk
    1 frozen banana
    1 tbs ground flax seed

    So healthy and delicious!!

  • Wow, loved your tips. To tell the truth, I’m a newbie in the green smoothies and your explanation makes it very clear how to make a perfect green smoothie. Thanks.

  • Joe J

    Thanks so much for your great site I just discovered it.

    Can you please tell how to make one serving in terms of portions if I want to use Kale Spinach Celery Lemon and Ginger? The lemon and ginger are the tricky parts because it can come out too strong.

    Thank you,

    Joe.

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