How to Make a Perfect Green Smoothie

Guest post by  Jen Hansard, co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies.


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

I was starved for time, low on energy and just….overwhelmed.

Can you relate?

Simple Green Smoothies


Well, I 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 Simple 7 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. I 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
beginners luck green smoothie recipe

Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie

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:)
4.6 from 130 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Print Recipe
Servings: 2 glasses

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups 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 our green smoothies.

Instructions
 

  • Tightly pack 2 cups of leafy greens in a measuring cup and then toss into blender.
  • Add water and blend together until all leafy chunks are gone.
  • Add mango, pineapple and bananas and blend again until smooth.
  • Pour into a mason jar (or cute cup of your choice).
  • 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.
Also don’t miss our Simple Green Smoothie book!
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 818mg23%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3830IU77%
Vitamin C 88.2mg107%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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).

Are you a green smoothie fan, yet?

If you want more recipes and green smoothie tips, you should join Simple 7!  For seven straight days, you’ll be blending a daily green smoothie + embracing a healthy habit that’ll transform your life. #kaleyeah

Whether you’re passionate about raising an awesome family, traveling the world, reading new books, creating the latest fashion trend, starting a new job or something totally different… we want to make sure you’re able to go after that as best as possible. You need LOTS of energy and nutrients to fuel you passions.

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734 thoughts on “How to Make a Perfect Green Smoothie”

  1. I did try this recipe. It is good! I added 1 scoop of Gold Standard Protein powder because I’m trying to up my protein consumption.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for posting this! Measuring everything out and blending the greens first has been a game changer. No more nasty green foam on top of my smoothies!

  3. 5 stars
    I used Almond milk for the liquid, added peeled apple, used frozen mango and pineapple, and also added a scoop of vanilla greek yogurt for protein and probiotics and this is absolutely delicious! Will make it regularly.

  4. What’s the sugar content of this recipe? Type 2 diabetic asking :)

    And … is there an alternative to lowering sugars? I’m guessing less pineapple and mango?

    Thank you

    1. Gavino
      if you are type 2. Half Fruit (Pears or Apple) If you have thyroid issues avoid pears.
      Add half cup green. (Spinach, Kale, Lettuce) Little bit of curry leaves and Basil leaves or mint leaves, Flax seeds (1 spoon), Black pepper powder (1/4) tea spoon, cinnamon powder (1/4) teas poon & Turmeric (1/4) teaspoon. Black salt to taste and some drop of lemon. Blend well and enjoy. Have it in the morning 1 hr before breakfast and in the evening before 5 pm. Hope all other parameters are good.

  5. 5 stars
    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but does anyone know exactly how many servings of your 5 a day one smoothie would be? Thanks! :)

    1. 5 stars
      Gia, I would expect that you measure each ingredient and what you do with it after that, you are still getting that amount.It may not measure exactly the same, but what they measured in natural state is what you’re getting nutritionally.

    1. Hi Gia, in order to get a smooth consistency, we recommend using a liquid of your choice. You can still add ice cubes with it. – Nicole

  6. 5 stars
    This was the first green smoothie I ever made. It was fantastic! If they all taste this good, I am a new smoothie lover for life. I used baby spinach and all my fruits were frozen.

    1. Avocado would be a good sub. but you can really make green smoothies fit your liking by using Jen’s formula shown in the post. – Nicole

  7. Can you just use frozen fruits from the freezer section ? orcan you only use fresh fruit that you freeze yourself?

    1. 100 Days Admin

      You can use both. I like to freeze my bananas when I have a few on the counter that are about to go bad. You can even freeze leafy greens (just don’t defrost those, make sure they go straight into the blender). – Nicole

      1. I made a smoothie from formula 2 cups spinach 2 cups berries 1 banana and 2 cups almond milk as recipe. It wasnt one bit green. Your pictures show it so green. How do you get it so green and 3 cups of fruit is a lot of sugar although its natural. Do you have any pure vegetable smoothies.

  8. Latasha Johnson

    Can you freeze everything in a ziplock baggy like meal prepping?? So you can just grab, freeze and go..

  9. Hi! I was wondering if I could use an extra serving of spinach so that it has more nutrients and less sugar from the fruits. Also . I was wondering if baby spinach can be used instead of regular spinach ?

    1. 100 Days Admin

      Hi Lina, the best part of smoothies is that you can really make them your own. I use baby spinach all the time in mine since I dual purpose it for salads. Adding an extra serving of spinach will also be fine. – Nicole

  10. How long does the smoothie for? Is it something I can make and then use for meal prep for the next two days?

    1. 100 Days Admin

      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. – Nicole

    1. 5 stars
      Jen Hansard;
      Hi,this is the first time that I visited your awesome website and I would like to make your green smoothie,I am going to copy your green fruit smoothie but the only blender that I have at home is a black magic blender for one person.How can I fit your green smoothie in my blender?I am not new to smoothies and I make healthy diabetic friendly smoothies at home that I have been making in my blender since January 2012 when I found that I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
      I have to watch my calory and sugar intake to control my blood sugar.The dietition told me that blending greens with fruit is a very good start to control my blood sugar.
      I try to eat a healthy on a limited monthly income which is hard on me to keep up eating a healthy with all those sweets and other temptations out there in alberta canada.But I am willing and eager to try your green smoothie recipe.
      I would really appreciate a reply asap.
      Kim in edmonton alberta canada

  11. Hello I made one of your green smoothies for me and my husband this morning for breakfast and it was delicious!. We’ve been trying to do better health wise. Thank you for these recipes.

  12. Danielle E Clegg

    Is there any good reason you can’t just add organic baby food to your smoothies instead of blending up your greens ?

    1. Hi Danielle,
      While I haven’t done much research on this, I have found many sites that have used baby food. Not sure if the consistency will change or not, but if you give it a try, let us know! If it works, it might be a good idea for any leftover baby food! :) – Nicole

  13. I am going to try this and would like to add chia seeds, what’s the recommended measurement for this recipe??

  14. martinmary328@gmail.com

    5 stars
    I’m glad I stumbled across this! I have Gastroparisis and need to blend much of my food. This is a great addition to my diet and nourishment. I used my Glucerna as liquid, for protein. Believe it or not, it was actually pretty good. Thanks a million!

  15. There is virtually no difference in taste if you use 60% supergreens and 40% fruits! So try using more greens, it is still delicious.
    Note: Ripe bananas really sweeten it up.

  16. Hey y’all just a comment below on freezing bananas. The skins are packed full of goodness don’t peel them cut em up and freeze as is doesn’t effect taste.

  17. I got a new smoothie blend and go machine for Christmas as I wanted to try go on a “smoothie for breakfast” diet. Im collecting all the interesting recipes to keep it simple,tasty and interesting. So thank you for the 60 to 40 ratio because that will definetely help me go about it best.

  18. Im doing smoothies for a long time. But most of the time it taste nasty all the time. That’s why I’m lazy to do it religiously. Now I know why? 60% fruits and 40% green.

  19. Can you substitute milk for water? I don’t eat enough greens or get enough calcium. This substitution seems like a good way to get all of the healthy stuff I don’t make time for in all at once, but I don’t want to mess up the flavor. Thanks.

  20. Lillian Audycki

    5 stars
    I loved the lucky green smoothie, it is so tasty and I believe it did give me energy like never before. I don’t eat greens much but wanted to get more natural vitamins and nutrients, I want to stay more healthy as im getting older, i would like to have more of thess tasty smoothies, this one was so AMAZING!

  21. I done really like the taste of green smoothies although I have tried it many times with different combinations. But this Beginner’s Luck smoothie which you mentioned turned out quite nice! I wasn’t expecting it to taste this good, to be honest!

  22. 5 stars
    I make a green smoothie with spinach banana blueberry strawberry and almond milk and a little bit of Greek yogurt and it’s so yummy

  23. 3 stars
    I just made this. Still standing here starring at it. Don’t worry my mom says it will be great. My question is how much flax, Chia, hemp seed combo should I put in my smoothie?

    1. 5 stars
      Looking forward to trying this, can u toss n a few strawberries? I would like to know the mgs of protein? My husband has to be on a “low protein diet” because he has Sacrodosis and he has high levels or protein in his Kidneys so we are eating healthy, NO RED MEATS OR PROCESSED FOODS. We do alot of smoothies. Thus far he has lost 15 lbs and I have lost 4 lbs in less than a month, I’m proud that we are sticking to a Nutritionist diet. Thank you for your recipe. If you have any other suggestions on what else we can do, it would be so appreciated.

      1. I am looking for a “low protein powder” (to fill him as he drinks smoothies for lunch) do u have any suggestions? Or maybe just leave out the powder idea and stick to green smoothies .

  24. 5 stars
    I know there is an article on making a meal replacement smoothie. I love Beginners Luck smoothie for breakfast/ dinner but it isn’t as filling for lunch. Has anyone figured out the perfect meal replacement add ins?

      1. 5 stars
        I am making some post partum freezer meals for a friend with 2 boys. Is this recipe something that can be refrozen after making? If so, how long will it last in the freezer?

      2. Some of our readers have said they freeze all the ingredients in a bag and when they are ready they just add their liquid to the blender and blend. Jen also mentions that you can blend them and keep in the fridge for up to two days. – Nicole

  25. Hugo Santiago Escalona

    5 stars
    I just tried making this smoothie and it was quite delicious :) , thank you so much for the recipe, the boost it part was my favorite, I added some coconut oil and I thought “WOW! This really does boost it.” Thank you again for the recipe I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of the smoothies. :)

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