How to Make a Perfect Green Smoothie

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 53 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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  1. Carol |

    Made my 1st green smoothie today Spinach, Banana, Strawberries and apple I loved it!

  2. Kathryn |

    Is it ok to use frozen green veggies?

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi Carol. I use frozen kale and spinach in smoothies all the time.

  3. CTY |

    Well, I decided to grow kale this year in the garden–because it is just so good for you. In the back of my mind I thought green smoothies–but how could I choke that down. So I hemmed and hauled and used the kale in salads & soups, but then this morning I thought enough was enough. I picked kale some kale & decided to halve your recipe in case I had to dump down the sink. 1 C kale. 1 C water & because I wanted a higher fruit ratio 1 banana & 1 pear. Done in a jiffy-no added sweetners. So excited–it is delicious. Still in disbelief. The pear gave great texture and there is an almost cinnamon taste to it. Did not use any frozen fruits–next time for sure. I have a great thermos that will keep this cold too! Best part my old hand-me-down Oster blender from the 1970’s (avocado color) did a superb job so no need to buy a $500 blender. Thank You! Next stop–sign up for the challenge.

  4. Mercy |

    Smoothies are a great way to start the day and quite healthier too. I have made my smoothies daily and always enjoy it. It has even replaced the regular cereal, so iam on the 100 days whole food challenge. Thanks for being the change agent.
    I experiment with all types of fruits and vegetables that I can get and it comes out delicious.

  5. Kathid |

    😞 I followed the ratios, and it was yummy, but I still have lots of pieces of spinich. I have a Nija blender, and I had it going fo over a minute. How can I get that wonderful smoothie texture?

    • mygirlskb |

      If it helps my blender automatically raises and lowers the speeds, which gave it a perfect texture with no spinach leaves left. You may try to pulse it until you get the consistency you want, instead of just letting it go at one speed. I hope it helps.

    • Carol |

      Kathid — I traded in my Nija blender for a Vitamix and am not sorry. I too couldn’t quite get the consistency in green smoothies, but the Vitamix doesn’t disappoint. I make soups, smoothies, sauces and specialty drinks. pretty much daily.

  6. Myrl |

    I think I am using the wrong measuring cups to measure the kale and fruits. I used the cup for flour and not liquids. Should I have done that? My liquid to fruits and veggie was way off.

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi there. The same measuring cup should work for all the ingredients involved. I’m not quite sure what you are asking?

  7. Joanne |

    I really injoyed my green smoothie. Thanks for the tips, blending the greens first then adding the fruits.

  8. Elaine |

    Is the smoothie a substitute meal for breakfast only?

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi Elaine. If you boost a smoothie with one if the protein sources listed above, it could substitute for any meal.

  9. Pat |

    Finally!!!!! An article that teaches people how to make a green smoothie and how to vary it to their own liking. There is nothing more frustrating then looking at a ‘Top 10 Healthiest Smoothie’ site which takes you through each recipe one at a time completely flooded with ads and pop-ups.

    Keep up the good work and thank you much!

  10. zerina |

    Good fo you afd water or yougurt

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