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 57 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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  • Comments

    1. Mudassar |

      i love to try my own combinations :)
      today i tried
      1 apple
      1 orange
      2 bananas

      1 beet root
      2 carrots
      1 cucumber
      1/2 cup yogurt
      small piece of ginger
      handful of spinach, parsley & mint leaves
      sugar (i forgot to buy honey)
      water as base
      yield was 4 glasses, so we had 2 glasses each

      what you will call this smoothie?
      anything i should avoid in this combination?
      whats your overall opinion?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi there. I would just say it sounds full of flavor and nutrients! :)

      • Mary |

        Try substituting grapes for sugar; they add a great sweetness

        • Mudassar |

          tried grapes.
          still trying different combinations, but can’t find the thing which can replace the sugar in terms of good taste

          • Treesa |

            try Agave instead.

    2. Chris |

      Made my first smoothie with what I had on hand (spinach, coconut water, blueberries, strawberries, and avocado) and it was delicious! If I were to add a ‘boost’ of something, how much do you recommend adding? Feeling inspired…thank you!!

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Chris. It depends on the ingredient but with most of the boosts it would be 1-2 tablespoons. You can check out their website for more info.

    3. Tavia B. |

      Finallly starting back workouts today so I looked on here & used some of your ingredients!

      My smoothie had
      Pomegranate seeds already taken out of the fruit ( best asset)!! YUMMY.
      Apple slices
      Dole Frozen Mixed Fruit
      And Grapes

      I think it’s the best thing I’ve had in a while!

    4. |

      My idea for a perfect green smoothie is taste everything. Greens are typically not that sweet. I think it’s important to make sure that whatever ingredients you have you give your taste buds that harmonious pleasureful sweet flavor. It’s hard to get someone to like a smoothie that is gritty or bitter. I don’t always thicken by adding more fruit. I usually thicken by adding more ice. I’ve also used other smoothie thickeners like frozen heavy cream and Greek yogurt, but for vegetarians and vegans, I definitely recommend using raw fruits and veggies with non dairy milk and ice.

    5. Kathy |

      This is my first GO at it, so used ingredients I had on hand, but YUM YUM!!
      I feel like I’m drinking a delicious glass of healthy goodness… I’ve been trying to motivate myself to eat better and start exercising again and I think this glass
      is JUST the kick-starter I needed!

      For any of you that have a juicer, I made a quick veggie juice for the base of the blended smoothie. I like the idea of blending the greens instead of juicing them to maintain the fiber and other vitamins/nutrient goodies in the whole leaf…

      I juiced:
      3 red beets (and their beet greens)
      3 stalks celery
      4-5 carrots

      In a blender:
      Juice from above
      A splash or two of rice milk
      A splash of OJ (since I didn’t have any fresh citrus fruit on hand)
      2+ cups of chopped Dino Kale & Swiss Chard

      After blending for a moment, I added…

      2 cups of strawberries and blueberries
      A few spoonfuls of Honey Greek Yogurt

      Drinking this as I type and it is scrumptious!
      Thanks for the motivation…

    6. Caz |

      Hi, I just made my first green smoothie

      2 handfuls of spinach
      5 strawberries
      8 white grapes
      juice of 1/4 lemon

      It made enough for a one serving

      It was delicious

    7. Lissa |

      I’m having a hard time with the smoothie guide here. I get far more than the 32 ounces it’s supposed to yield. I have a 32 oz thermos, so I need to keep my smoothies to that size to prevent waste

    8. Kayt Owen |

      I just made my first ever green smoothie… And I LOVED it!

      2x cups of Kale
      1x cup of coconut water
      2x cup of normal water (didn’t have any coconut water left)
      2x small pots of cubed mango
      1x banana
      1x kiwi

      It was soooo good!
      Definitely give it a try!

    9. Amanda |

      Should you steam the veggies like kale ahead? I just made my first one and it just had kale (steamed), 1/2 banana, some watermelon and cucumbers. It was good but it is missing something? Any thoughts.

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Amanda. No, you do not need to steam your kale first.

      • MSTLOVE |


    10. Nick |

      I’m new at this, Smoothies. How long do you drink Smoothies, Once, Twice a day, Or can you have one 3x a day? with meals?
      Thank you,

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Nick. Lots of people enjoy a smoothie daily but there is no set formula. :)

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