How to Make a Perfect Green Smoothie

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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:) Our friend Jen Hansard, co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies, shares her perfect formula in this guest post.
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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?

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 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…

green smoothie in jar with ingredients

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 our 10-Day Smoothie Challenge! You’ll get tasty plant-based smoothie recipes, shopping list and community support. #kaleyeah

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  1. I thougbt these drinks could not be stored ..ibwas told they have to be consumed immediatley or they lose nutritional value..please advise

  2. 3 stars
    The 60/40 may lead to tasty smoothies, but they are way too high in sugar, especially for diabetics. You can reverse the percentages ank make a healthier, still sweet, smoothie.

  3. Yes the sugars (natural ) will speed you up and give you energy. I make smoothies for weight loss, add Garcinia, and the weight goes off. The fruits fight disease on their own. The blood system is near perfect. I can exercise a little even desk bound, havent needed to join a gym yet but thinking of it.

  4. Hey, I’m about to move into a flat and really want to try these recipes for breakfast smoothies, however it would be very early in the morning and I have a very loud blender! Would I be able to make this in the evening and store it in the fridge for the morning?

      1. Hi Amy,

        What is chard? I did not see the answer to Andrew’s question. Did the smoothies cause his issue which sent him to the ER?

      2. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

        Hi. Swiss chard is another green. I can’t answer that about Andrew because I’ve no idea.

  5. I want to give my personal experience in the ER as a warning to others about oxalates. I would have green smoothies that include spinach and chard about 5 days a week. I didn’t realize that these two ingredients can boost oxalates so high that kidney stones will result Ultimately, kidney failure can occur. Please avoid spinach and chard in smoothies (kale is okay). Look up hyperoxalueria for more info.

  6. Marla Knight-Dutille

    I’ve been making morning smoothies for me and my husband for about 3 months. Heavy on the fruit, with some veg. We went to get our annual checkups and both of our blood glucose levels spiked to pre-diabetes! His was 106, mine was 104! They had both been in the 80s a year ago. We are thin, get exercise, eat very healthy foods (nothing processed), all organic, etc. It appears as though these smoothies are the cause in our fasting blood sugar levels. Is anyone aware of this phenomenon?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Yes, that is a big difference in blood sugar but no, I’ve not heard of that being an issue for other. For myself personally, my smoothies are heavy on protein (yogurt or nut butter), greens, and just enough fruit to add some sweetness. :)

  7. Hello. I have always been a fan of healthy drinks,smoothies etc. I have a wide pallet and can eat almost anything. For the last few weeks I have been drinking smoothies made at home. Mine consist of; frozen blueberries, frozen sometimes mixed fruit containing blueberries,strawberries,and mango. I add spinach,kale, spirulina powder and beet root powder. I use spirulina and the boot root once a day in the mornings and a banana also. I just read concerns about eating raw kale. Is it OK to use raw kale in my smoothies? And do you believe the smoothies I am making are healthy? I know they are but just wanted another opinion. I dont need sweetness, the fruit is plenty and I use only water,half a blender full, to mix it everything in.

  8. 5 stars
    I am new to this healthy lifestyle.
    I would like to maintain a healthy food intake since I am a type 11 DIABETIC.
    I find so many food source have high sugar and salt added.

  9. Great site.

    Please add me to you “emailing” distribution list.

    When making smoothies do you peel the fruits (apples, pears, peaches) and do you remove the seeds???

    Will a 2 speed Waring blender work or do I need to purchase a dedicated “juicer?”

    Thank you.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      We use a high speed blender, not a juicer, and do generally peal fruit unless it is a very soft peal. We do remove cores and seeds.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Sure, you can add whatever you like. Be aware that many protein powders are full of questionable ingredients.

  10. 5 stars
    That is gunn! I only had mango,
    Ineapple and spinach left in fridge (was needing to grocery sho) and threw those in the blender with a tsp. Of raw honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon and my family really liked it! Then I saw this site glad I found it! Point is my son is drinking these smoothies now. Am happy he’s getting nutrients he needs being autistic he is a very picky eater!

  11. When making this smoothie do I cut the stems off the spinach before blending them. Is this a sweet tasting smoothie. Just making sure it does not have a bitter taste.

  12. 5 stars
    Thank You so much for the well laid out steps that made making this smoothie sooo easy! This has been the best I’ve Ever made! ☺

  13. Wow! Such a helpful printable guide I can just attach to my fridge for quick reference. I usually just google recipes to use but this is going to be so much easier, especially for shopping too! Thanks!

  14. I’ve been making this smoothie recipe for a few years … with a few tweaks of course . I add a spoonful of coconut oil and/or plain whole milk Greek yogurt to increase the fat and protein content. I throw in some chia seeds for fiber and top it w some whole blueberries for a crunch. YUM!!! I miss it so much when we eat out!

  15. Have just started on smoothies. Have been having a hard time with solid good so this has been a life saver. Still experimenting with different smoothies. I’m diabectic so I’ll be watching my sugar. Thanks for the rec green smoothie. ms diz

  16. QueenKat-aka-Famous

    I got tired of spending $5-$9 bucks on this type of smoothie. So, I searched the web and found your beginners luck smoothie. I purchased the products and to my great surprise I got it !!! I went an extra step and added 1 measuring cup of why protein!! The recipe made more than I was expecting 4 – 8 oz servings but that was not a problem for me! I shared a serving and stored the other two in the fridge for later! Thanks for the recipe recipe! This has saved my wallet and added much benefit to my health!

  17. I need some help. I have 2 problems. I ‘m on warfarin and I have a kidney problem. So, I can’t have veggies or fruits that are high in vitamin K and I can’t have veggies or fruits that have hi salt, potassium and phosphorus or least very small quantities of all of these. Also I have to stay below 3 ozs of protein at any one sitting. Do you have a recipe for a smoothie that’s good for my my system?

    1. My husband is also on warfarin and green leafy veggies which are high in vitamin k are not forbidden to him. They key is to be consistent and eat the same amount every day while collaborating with your health care professional. If you can’t have potassium then leave out bananas. Use water instead of milk to avoid protein. Avoid nut butters and Chia, flax, and hemp seed to avoid protein.

      1. Kathryn Savage

        5 stars
        Absolutely right. I also am on warfarin. My doc says its easier for him to make a adjustments to my warfarin dose than to deal with kidney failure due to diabetes being of control

    2. 4 stars
      Hi Ken,

      Good observations. I’m a renal dietitian. Given what you’ve posted, I’m presuming you are pre-dialysis…probably Stage 3 or 4 kidney disease. I would suggest that you meet with a Registered Dietitian (RD) specializing in nephrology (like me) who can blend all of your diagnosis, medications and labs to safely recommend how you should proceed.

      Kidney disease is very complex and many dietitians won’t even take on a renal patient because of it. Consulting a renal specialist is very important to your health, well being, and safety.

      Best wishes,
      Susanne, RD

    1. Hi :)

      Funny thing. I decided an hour ago I would quit my high blood pressure meds because I cant bare the side effects anymore.

      Has this smoothie truly helped?! Do you drink it daily?


      I hope you kicked that ridiculous condition in the teeth!


    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      You can. I will say that I do not like the texture of banana in a smoothie after it has been frozen.

  18. 5 stars
    Hey, I’ve been making a kale, spinach and berry smoothie that I absolutely love. As I have been drinking them for a while I put in a little more greens than berries, but it would be good with less greens! All it is is 1 cup Kale, 1/4 cup spinach, about 1 tablespoon of Italian Parsley leaves, 1 cup mixed berries, the juice of 1 lime and a mixture of almond milk, coconut milk and water to fill my single serving smoothie maker (about 1-1 & 1/2 cups). I love them and thought I would share!

  19. 5 stars
    My teen daughter and I made this together. It was our first green smoothie and we loved it! A refreshing drink for a hot day here in California. We used frozen mango and pineapple chunks (purchased that way) and fresh spinach and ripe banana. Look forward to making more and experimenting with ingredients. Thanks!

    1. 3 stars
      More pineapple? Pear? Apple?Probably almost any fruit you’d like but if you want to stick with the “green” smoothie theme then you’d probably need to stick with a light colored fruit or you’ll end up with a brown smoothie..which I’ve done and they aren’t bad either….lol..just not so appetizing

  20. 5 stars
    Fantastic, I’ve never eaten so many veggies in my life! I freeze my smoothies – I like the slushy quality it has. Your guidance really took out the guesswork of smoothie making. I’m already experimenting with chard and dandelion! It’s also been great for my veggie hating 10 year old. Thanks for helping me change my life!!

  21. This is great if you never want to burn fat…I’m mean 60% fruits plus telling people to add natural sweeteners! Do you work for willie wonka?

    1. 5 stars
      Err…I don’t think you read very thoroughly….

      She said to add naturally sweet fruits so that you DON’T have to add any sweeteners.

      Think before you comment, please!

      1. 5 stars
        His comment is”telling people to add NATURAL sweeteners”, it appears he thought it our very well, you on the other hand would be a different story.

  22. How tightly do you pack greens into the cup? Do you have an approximate weight for each cup of greens? That would help, as some cups could be packed with twice the greens as another, depending on packing style. :)

  23. 5 stars
    I’m 79 and just prepared my first green smoothy using spinach, almond milk and mango. Amazing to me that I didn’t taste the spinach at all. My daughter bought me a emmersion blender for Christmas and I put it to use. I think I’m on to something here Jerry Dreesen, Arcadia, IN

  24. Thank you so much for great tips.. For how long can you freeze the fruits? Can I freeze fresh fruits and for how long?


  25. 5 stars
    Hi everyone. I use green apple granny smith, banana, frozen strawberries vallina yogurt little honey, spinach, orange juice, carrots ice if u want i like everything very cold.
    I.have been making all different kinds for 3 year’s i.try a little bit of everything personally I love the green smoothies. I have tried green bean’s not bad don’t use to much then I go crazy & mix all the vegetables & fruit i like & see what I come up with all tastes good.

  26. Hello, I have been drinking your green smoothies for awhile. I don’t change my recipe cuz it is easier to do the same. Is that a bad thing. Also I freeze my bananas which is perfect. Anyway….the questions I have are: why was pineapple not one of your natural sweaters? Why vegetarian protien? Thank you so much.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. Pineapple is for sure a naturally sweet fruit. The above list was not meant to be exhaustive. Those vegetarian protein picks keep the smoothie clean and green. :)

  27. hi everyone, just found this site and like what i read. i just lately started making smoothies and i am excited. here my idea i really love: 1 green cucumber (delivers enough liquid, no water or ice is needed), 2 small carrots, 1 root pre-cooked red beet, 1 apple, 1/2 inch piece of ginger, 1 inch piece of fresh turmeric, juice of 1 lemon, 3 table spoons of raw honey, 10 sunflower sprouts, few flakes of black pepper, some flakes of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of any healthy oil (instead of oil add 1/2 avocado if handy). the color in the end is red and not green because of the beets but it was delicious from the first try and you can feel the health you are eating. it also boosts your metabolism! enjoy! “;”

  28. 2 stars
    is anyone concerned on the level of sugars in this smoothie? I try to reduce sugars and while I am sure anything with 2 bananas, 1 cup of mango and 1 cup of pineapple tastes great, is shoving 67 grams of sugar in your body (even if natural) a great idea in the morning? Sugar spikes my insulin and makes me more hungry. It also adds a lot of calories. Just something to keep in mind. I tend to use Granny Smith apples and berries, much lower on the sugar index, but realize you are going to taste “health” in your shake then!

  29. 5 stars
    Hi I added 1 cup of home made yoghurt and a dash of vanilla and a tablespoon of honey and skipped pineapples as I was out of them…yummy..tried your simple green smoothie too…tastes a big fan of green moothies now..thanks

  30. 5 stars
    A cup of chopped Spinach, 3 Strawberries, half a Mango, half an Apple, some Fresh Orange Juice and half a Banana is the best combo that I’ve made so far. Oh I forgot that I added some ice cubes! I’m going to try to freeze some of my Orange juice instead!

  31. Just made my first smoothie. 2 cups spinach, 1 cup mixed frozen fruit, 2 T coconut oil, 2T hemp powder and about 1/2 iced Passion tazo tea. Not bad but could be a little tastier…any thoughts? Is there enough nutrition in this to replace breakfast or lunch?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Ann. My favorite additions are bananas and nut butters. You just have to experiment to find what combos you like best.

  32. 4 stars
    Made a great smoothie with spinach, frozen four berry mix, one tablespoon flax seeds, and water. Followed the simple green smoothie formula, but cut it in half because it is just for me. Turned out good, but had too much of a spinach-y taste. Might use 3/4 cup next time instead of 1 cup.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Jamie. If I drink a smoothie as a meal, I usually add a nut butter but a clean ingredient protein powder (I like Garden of Life) works, too.

  33. I think these smoothies are a great alternative to taco bell and Starbucks but I disagree with your ratio. Too much sugar and calories with that much fruit. This not only causes a blood sugar crash later but can cause weight gain if you aren’t careful and continue eating more fruit throughout the day. I use two cups leafy greens, usually kale or spinach and one cup fruit. The fruit is usually half a banana and half a cup of not from concentrate OJ. Sometimes I add 3 or 4 frozen strawberries. To the mix I add a cup of unsweetened almond milk to give it that creamy texture. Depending on my nutritional needs or what is available in my cupboard I might also add chia of flax seeds. Veggies are nutrient dense and low in calories. You really can’t eat too many. It took me very little time to get used to this mix and it tastes great. Just sayin!

    1. “I think these smoothies are a great alternative to taco bell and Starbucks but I disagree with your ratio. Too much sugar and calories with that much fruit. This not only causes a blood sugar crash later but can cause weight gain if you aren’t careful..”

      Wholeheartedly agree!

  34. I started doing green smoothies, because my doctor said that my cholesterol is mildly elevated 221 to be exact. He said that should go on a low calorie diet and routine exercise. I am generally a healthy eater love my fruits and veggies. My doctor didn’t give me any information on what I should eat to help me in getting my cholesterol levels back to 200. I made the decision on 1/31/16 to blend me some baby spinach, kale, mango, a banana and a few ice cubes in my blender. I love it and by the second week of February, I had lost 6 pounds. Today is Tuesdayy, March 1, 2016. I have been this for about a month now and I never make my smoothies the same way twice….I absolutely love them. I am feeling pretty positive that my cholesterol levels are back to normal.

      1. No, Karen. I still eat three meals a day and healthy snacks. With me it’s all about healthier eating and portion control. I just cut out things like butter, chicken skin. I have always had my meat either baked or girlled. I only have the smoothie around 10:00 in the morning. Breakfast….I have before 7:00 in the morning. I eat plenty of fruits and drink a lot of water throughout the day. I don’t have that sugar craving issue that some people have.

    1. 5 stars
      Try a plant based diet! Take out meats, dairy and eggs of your diet and you will notice positive changes in your health after just a week. I’ve been plant based for about 7 months and love it. Watch food matters and read the China Study by T. colin cambell. There is a cookbook that goes with the china study that is helpful if you don’t know where to start. Good luck!

    2. Niacin (B-3) will lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.
      see Andrew Saul’s site

  35. Made this one this morning. Scaled to half the recipe, which for us is still two servings. Delicious! I thought I’d miss a shot of honey, but it was just sweet enough. I could barely taste the spinach but in a positive way that provided a nice contrast to the sweet of the fruits. Cool, now I’ve officially made and happily consumed a spinach smoothie. Going on the list of things to make again.

  36. I had a gastric bypass 12 years ago, so I still have a few malabsorption issues as well as a tiny tummy and rearranged plumbing that don’t tolerate fibrous foods a lot. I love veggies but don’t get enough because of these issues, so I love the idea of smoothies to get my nutrition in.

    One unpleasant question: Are there any unpleasant digestion after-effects from green smoothies, like diarrhea, reflux, or, um, “tooting”?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hello Swan. Every individual is going to be different and you know best how your body reacts to foods. I, personally, have never had digestive issues with smoothies. You might have a chat with your physician if you have specific concerns.

    2. 5 stars
      You may want to look into “juicing” instead of blended smoothies. I believe that is one of the highlights of juicing is the fact that the fiber and it’s side effects are negated. Good luck with your research and decision.

      1. I found this post looking for smoothies since my juicer broke. As a long time juicer, I can attest that even without the fiber, juicing will send you right to the loo until your gut gets used to it. Everyone in my family did adjust after a few weeks juicing, and no longer go running for the bathroom half way through our glass.

  37. Thanks for sharing! I recently started doing green smoothies for breakfast. Every other evening, I make enough for my next 2 breakfasts. What is weird is that they are so enticing, I have to resist the urge to go ahead and drink one! So awesome!

    Have you considered plain, full-fat yogurt as part of the liquid base? This is what I use, and it is even more filling, which helps me resist the urge to overeat later in the day. It helps balance out the carbs with some good proteins and fats.

    Another tip — I use an immersion blender to make mine. It is compact, easy to clean, and so far it has worked great for me. :)

  38. Hi there! I’ve been freezing most of my fruits for my green smoothies- but I’m curious if anyone has frozen their peeled oranges? Do they do okay freezing? I made a smoothie yesterday with spinach pineapple and orange- the only frozen item being the pineapple and I would’ve liked it a bit colder :)

  39. Okay soooo getting ready to start the green smoothie life! I’ve never done anything like this before- so the other day I bought a very nice blender- but it’s one that mixes in the cup itself- and I just figured out the largest it goes to is 24 oz—grumble grumble! So- is there anyway you could tell me how my ratio would go for the 24oz? For the 2 cups leafy – 2 cups liquid base- 3 cups frozen fruit?
    I really have latched on to this website and want to stick to that set up! Especially since I’m just starting out. Thank you!!!

  40. Is there such a thing as to many boosters? For example could I add chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and coconut oil? Or should I just stick to one? I also like to add a handful of raw oats as well!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Nah, not as long as you are getting the taste you desire. I’ll add as many as 6 superfood-boosts to my smoothies. :)

  41. 4 stars
    MY smoothies consist of ice. Spinach. Strawberries and blueberries or raspberry oatmeal yogurt and orange juice.. Yummy

  42. 5 stars
    Carbs are necessary, as in you need some carbs
    Even a little, real sugar, won’t hurt you in small amounts. Every person is different in what their body needs daily. Nutrients are needed and are necessary. But carbs and even real sugars are also necessary , IIn moderation everything we eat is ok. A small dish of ice cream is not going to make you fat, if that is the only sugar you have in a day. Sucrose is a great sweetener. It is real sugar but no calories to worry about. Being healthy is the goal, not being skinny

  43. Lo.l won’t lose any weight eating sugary carbs like this.. Wrong, wrong wrong… It’s not “healthy”.

    When you really get your diet right, also meaning cutting out sugary crap like this too, you will have ZERO problems with energy level. All day, your energy will be perfectly flat.


    1. Clearly uneducated response “turbo”, without any medical knowledge. The human brain needs two things to survive, oxygen and sugar, (in the form of glucose). The human body breaks down carbs into simple sugars for energy or stored in the liver for future usage. Number one symptom of a diabetic who can’t produce insulin to absorb sugar into the blood stream? Altered mental status, or easier for you to understand, the brain is deprived of sugar, a necessity of the brains ability to function.

      1. I agree. Doctors recommend diabetics eat “complex carbs”, meaning that they do have sugar in them, but have nutritional value as well. Fruits may be sugary, but they do offer our bodies a lot of powerful assistance. Of course, this too in moderation is the healthy choice as sugar, while needed, is only a small part of what we need overall. I’ve learned to make every swallow count for something besides sweetness.

      2. 5 stars
        This is honestly incorrect, your brain can run on ketones, which is a by product of fatty acids,and an excess of glucose in the blood simply changes your blood PH causing adverse effects. The only thing in your body that absolutely needs glucose to survive is your red blood cells, which could hypothetically be supplied through dietary protein in a process called gluconeogenosis. That said, these smoothies do have too much sugar to be deemed a true diet food, but the extra vitamins, minerals and fiber make it an ideal snack option when compared to other junk foods. Besides, this makes eating your vegetables easier!

    2. 5 stars
      The only fresh fruit I use is a banana. All other fruits are bought frozen.. Some may say no sugar added. If I need the smoothie sweeter, I add the special sweetener they suggest. I add only 1 1/2 cups of water, more makes it too watery to me. I’m playing around with the banana. No matter what flavor I make if I add a fresh banana it taste like a banana smoothie.

  44. 5 stars
    I’m a few weeks into breakfast smoothies and I also prep them for the freezer along with my lunches for a 5 day period. Loving this. I feel so much better. Inside and out! ✌❤

    -Mother of one in Canada

  45. 5 stars
    Hiw will the green smoothie react in morn , will it be a cleanser , I drive a bus for a living an dont have access to restroom like most do, an will I loose weight doing the green smoothies, which fruits are best to use w/o the high sugar trying to loose my last 10lbs what do you recommend – help

  46. Current favorite green smoothie: 2 cups spinach, 1-2 ribs celery, about 6-8 cm cucumber chunks, 1/2 pear, chia seeds, 1.5 cm chunk of ginger, sliced, 1/2 – 1 banana, 1 kiwi, juice of 1-2 limes and 2 cups coconut water. Sometimes I throw in a half cup of frozen mango or mint leaves, depending on my mood and space. It’s a big one, but I’ve had some version of it daily for breakfast since October 1…. And I’ve noticed a big difference in my outlook by starting my day with this huge serving of fruits and veggies…woo hoo!

  47. I have not tried this yet but would like to soon i am doing a class paper on green smoothies and there nutrition any suggestions on what i should have be included into my paper

  48. Any suggestions on the type of container that is freezer safe? I would like to make the smoothie ahead of time, freeze it overnight and then let it thaw out for an afternoon snack at work.

  49. I am trying a 10 day smoothie program. I add flax to my mix. Use spinach and fruits with water. I thought I would be loosing some weight by now (day 4), but haven’t as of yet. Wondering if there is too much natural sugar in fruit which is preventing me from loosing the weight I anticipate loosing. Or, perhaps I am just impatient?!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. While high powered blenders are really good at liquefying ingredients, most blenders will work just fine for making smoothies.