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Green Smoothie

Yesterday I did my usual Body Combat workout at Dash Fitness and came home and made one of my favorite post workout snacks-a Green Smoothie. I posted the photo on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and got several requests for the recipe. So today I am sharing my favorite Green Smoothie recipe. Some people call the Green Smoothie a Green Monster, but I like to refer to mine as the Green Goblin:)

If you haven’t tried a Green Smoothie before, don’t be afraid. I promise this smoothie is tasty. Don’t be frightened by the green color or the spinach. You can’t even taste the spinach. It blends right in with the other flavors, you won’t even know it is there. For my smoothie, I use an orange, half of a banana, 6 large strawberries, a few handfuls of spinach, Greek yogurt, and ice. I use¬†plain Greek yogurt, it is my personal favorite, but any plain yogurt will do. I blend everything together in our Blendtec blender and it is ready in no time. This recipe makes 2 servings, so I put one in the freezer for later.

If you are trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, give this Green Smoothie a go. It is easy to make and is loaded with all kinds of good for you ingredients. I love sipping on a “Green Goblin” after my workouts. This smoothie is also great for breakfast or a healthy snack. Enjoy!

Green Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

This simple Green Smoothie is a great way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. I promise it is delicious and nutritious!

Ingredients:

1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1/2 of a large banana, cut into chunks
6 large strawberries
2 cups spinach
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup ice

Directions:

1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

Note-I use our Blendtec Blender which is a very powerful machine. Make sure you use a powerful blender that will puree the orange, spinach, ice, etc. I like to store one serving of the smoothie in the freezer for later. Pour in an air-tight container and freeze. Make sure you take the smoothie out of the freezer about 30 minutes before you want to drink it. You can also store the smoothie in the refrigerator.

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239 Responses to “Green Smoothie”

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 15, 2012 @ 5:13 am

    I bet the strawberries and banana in it are awesome. And good for you for finding time to work out and make it a priority, even now that you have your lil man taking up your time, too :)

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    Marty — January 15, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    I’m glad you posted this recipe. I’ve been meaning to try a green smoothie for awhile but was somewhat hesitant. I can’t believe there’s a full 2 cups of spinach! I am going to give this a try and see if it’s something I can make a regular part of my week.

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    Erica — January 15, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Love a good monster! Goblin is a pretty cute name too hehe. They are great for breakfast or as a snack!

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    The Hungry Housewife — January 15, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    I need to start making more smoothies. This is the ultimate healthy one!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 15, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Mmm pure, healthy, deliciousness!

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    kelley — January 15, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    A smoothie is my go to post workout as well! The green goblin, I love it!!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — January 15, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    Yummy! I love green smoothies and drink them all the time :D I love the strawberry and banana combo but the orange sounds good too – I’ll have to throw some in my next smoothie :D

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    AmyRuth — January 15, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    ah… shucks? my kiwi guess was wrong. Now spinach, that is a great for Pop-eye, kind of choice! Sounds pretty darn yummo! I wonder if you added some ground flax seed if that would make it taste odd? Hmm Fun thing about smoothies, you can customize any way you like! Thank you for sharing your goblin :”)

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    Christine — January 15, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    One other thing, if you are wanting the smoothie creamier, just add more banana or some mangos; you can even add some coconut cream.

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    Christine — January 15, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    Why was my first comment deleted?

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    jenna — January 15, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    there is nothing like a cold green smoothie!! i actually crave them now when i’ve gone too long with out one!

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    Christine — January 15, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Thanks for emailing me and letting me know what happened. :) I actually posted that comment on FB but will copy it over here again: I wouldn’t add the yogurt; milk protein, casein, binds and neutralizes antioxidants, destroying the benefit of the antioxidants you’re trying to get from the green smoothie in the first place. Also, if your concern is protein, dark leafy greens are full of essential amino acids and, unlike animal based protein, greens have very little fat and lots of protein.

    • Two Peas replied: — January 15th, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

      Christine-thanks for the tips! I make it without yogurt sometimes, but I personally like adding in a little yogurt. Either way is tasty though!

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    Janna at Joy of Smoothies — January 15, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    This is a great recipe! The only thing I would do is add more than half a banana….I generally add AT LEAST 1 to 2 whole bananas to my green smoothie recipes. It does wonders for the taste and texture. It really is the foundation of any great green smoothie recipe.

    Also, as far as storing the leftover smoothie….I make 4 cups every morning, drink 2 for breakfast, and save the rest to snack on throughout the day.

    I find it’s best to store leftover green smoothie in the fridge rather than in the freezer. Because smoothie is a liquid, and if you freeze it, it will become TOO solidified. I store mine in one of those tall coffee travel mugs with a lid and it works great.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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    Rebecca — January 15, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    I’ve been buying these smoothies and it’s getting expensive. I don’t know why I never thought about making my own green smoothie. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lori — January 15, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    So glad you posted this. I’ve been slow in coming around to the smoothie. I go through phases with them; however, we’ve been doing a lot of pb, banana, oatmeal smoothies lately. After few weeks, I’m ready for variety, and I’ve got strawberries in the freezer to use up so this is perfect.

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    Jan J. — January 15, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    I have begun making green smoothies the last few months – I am amazed at all the spinach and fruits we eat now effortlessly. I particularly think blueberries go well with the spinach. I tried Romaine lettuce but we could taste it too much, so I stick with spinach. I use vanilla almond milk instead of yogurt since I read the yogurt interfered with the absorption of nutrients and it is SO good! My favorite is frozen blueberries, frozen banana, the vanilla almond milk and spinach. So healthy and very filling for a meal replacement!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 15th, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

      I use almond milk sometimes and it is very tasty!

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    Joanne — January 15, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    I’ve really been intending to get on the green smoothie bandwagon since I love adding greens into my diet wherever I can. THIS will be the week. I swear it.

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    Looks wonderful! I love smoothies for a quick on the go breakfast!!!

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    Beth I — January 15, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    I’ve never heard of a green smoothie before! I’m excited to try it :)

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    Donna — January 15, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    I love these! I make them as an afterschool snack for my children (ages 3 and 4) and myself. I use almond milk, banana, frozen strawberries and spinach. My kids think they are getting a milkshake and love it! :)

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    Sara — January 15, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    I have heard a lot about these smoothies. But what other veggies would be good in it? I’m leary about making them because of the taste…any suggestions?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 15th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

      I have only tried spinach, but kale might be good.

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    Cassie — January 15, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    I love the color…I don’t eat a lot of smoothies but I could fall in love with this one. Love it!

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    Domestic Diva North — January 15, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    I drink a green smoothie every morning! I mostly use spinach because I can buy the big container of fresh spinach at Costco but I often use Kale or Collard greens when I have them. I agree with another poster who said blueberry and spinach go nicely together – that is my favourite one with a nice big banana and some ground flax. I also use frozen fruit as I like the texture better than using the fresh fruit and ice. I love to drink a smoothie in the morning and after my workouts – such a great way to get your blood sugar back up and to get so many vitamins and nutrients in a quick drink!

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    Lauren — January 15, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    I like freezing peeled bananas because I love the creamy, milkshake texture frozen bananas add, plus making it extra cold without adding ice if I haven’t “made” any cubes. :) So ironic, I was literally just reading blendtec reviews on amazon. For those who don’t have a powerful blender (like myself…yet ;) ) I just blend the spinach with the milk first so that there are not pieces of leaves, then I add my other ingredients like frozen banana and PB.

    • Two Peas replied: — January 15th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

      Frozen bananas are good too!

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    Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry — January 15, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

    This smoothie looks creamy and super delicious! I didn’t know about Dash Fitness-will have to check it out this month. The class looks like a blast!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 15th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

      Dash is the best! I love the classes and instructors.

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    Ann P. — January 16, 2012 @ 2:22 am

    oooooh yummy! those ingredients sound awesome! I need to use my blender more often, clearly :)

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    Norma Chang — January 16, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    Like the fact that you can freeze for later use. I probably eat it frozen like ice cream.

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    Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) — January 16, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    I have been making green smoothies like this the past couple of weeks and even my 2 and 4 year olds drink them!

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    Mercedes — January 16, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    I have recently gotten into green smoothies too mostly because I love that they can give me 4-5 servings of fruit and veggies in one shot! Adding Greek yogurt is a great idea for some added protein and Chobani is my favorite too!

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    aida mollenkamp — January 16, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    I love that I keep finding so many great recipes for green smoothies out there!

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    Jeanette — January 16, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    Love the ingredients in your green smoothie. We’ve been making green smoothies and juices at our house this year and if you use fruit and a mild green like spinach you definitely can’t taste it. I have juiced kale with some fruit and it has a slightly stronger taste.

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    Jenna Welch — January 16, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    Hey! Just wanted to let you know I love your blog’s pictures almost as much as I love the recipes! (Made your pulled pork over the weekend for a party and it was quite the hit.) I found your blog randomly online so I was surprised when I saw you mention DASH. I just started working there a few months ago and will definitely be looking for you to say hello! Thanks for the smoothie recipe!

    • Two Peas replied: — January 16th, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

      Hi Jenna! Thanks for saying hi! When do you usually work at DASH? Make sure you say hello and thanks for reading our blog!

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    Rachel — January 16, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    I just made this without the yogurt and used coconut water ice cubes. My 8 year old (who doesn’t like vegetables!) just stole it from me and is slurping it down! I’ve made many green smoothies, but this is the perfect balance of fruits and you really don’t taste the spinach!

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    susan — January 16, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    i love green drinks. this looks great!

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    Cara — January 16, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    I’ve been throwing big handfuls of kale in my chocolate protein shakes and affectionately referring to them as Shrek smoothies. There is really no other way to describe the color ;) But I agree, shakes and smoothies are a wonderful way to get in some extra greens!

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    Esi — January 16, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

    Love this smoothie. I need to try one soon.

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    sweetsugarbelle — January 16, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    Goth the ingredients as soon as I read this. Told the kids they were Hulk smoothies. When I asked my oldest what he wanted to take for his class treat Thursday {his birthday} GUESS what he asked for, LOL!!!! GREAT recipes

    • Two Peas replied: — January 17th, 2012 @ 12:04 am

      I love the Hulk smoothies! So fun! I am so glad the kids enjoyed the smoothies and Happy Birthday to your little man!

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    marla — January 17, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Such a great green smoothie! Must try :)

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    Andrea — January 17, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I love green smoothies :) So refreshing! I have a question for your recipe though, why is this two servings? One serving for me usually has this much plus some.

    • Two Peas replied: — January 17th, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

      It is two servings for me, but if you want to drink it all, go for it:)

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    DessertForTwo — January 17, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    I’m a green smoothie addict! I do frozen banana, scoop of almond butter, almond extract, almond milk & spinach. On Fridays, I add a scoop of cocoa powder. Add Stevia or honey to taste! :)

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