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Green Smoothie Recipe – If you haven’t tried a Green Smoothie before, don’t be afraid. I promise this green smoothie recipe is tasty. You can’t even taste the spinach – it blends right in with the other flavors, sp you won’t even know it is there!

Green Smoothie Recipe

“Green Monster” Green Smoothie

Yesterday, I did my usual Body Combat workout and came home and made one of my favorite post-workout snacks – a Green Smoothie. I posted the photo on Instagram 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:) It is an easy green smoothie recipe that is easy to blend up! You only need a few minutes!

My Green Smoothie Recipe

If you haven’t tried healthy green smoothies before, don’t be afraid. I promise it’s so good! 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 green smoothie recipe, I use:

  • orange
  • frozen banana
  • strawberries
  • spinach
  • Greek yogurt
  • splash of almond milk

I like to use frozen fruit so the smoothie will be thick and cold. If you are using fresh fruit, you can add ice to the blender.

I use plain Greek yogurt because I don’t want added sugars in my smoothie. The fruits will give the smoothie plenty of flavor and sweetness. I blend everything together in our blender and it is ready in no time.

If you want to keep the smoothie dairy-free and vegan, you can use all almond milk instead of the Greek yogurt. Almond milk works well too. If I use almond milk, I like to add vanilla protein powder to my smoothie to boost the protein.

You can use kale instead of spinach in this green smoothie recipe.

You can also boost the nutrients by adding in chia seeds, hemp hearts, bee pollen, and ground flaxseed. I will add in a few teaspoons of each.

Healthy Green Smoothies

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 green smoothie recipe is also great for breakfast or a healthy snack. Enjoy!

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Green Smoothie

This simple Green Smoothie is a great way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. I promise it is delicious and nutritious!
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
1

Ingredients

  • 1 large orange peeled and segmented
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • chia seeds ground flaxseed, hemp hearts, or bee pollen (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
  2. Note-Make sure you use a powerful blender.
Nutrition Facts
Green Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 229mg 10%
Potassium 1175mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 32g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 119.9%
Vitamin C 168.7%
Calcium 32.8%
Iron 12.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords

green smoothie, smoothie

Maria

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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.

  2. 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 :”)

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

  4. 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.

    1. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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! 🙂

  11. 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?

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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! 🙂

  22. Have you (or any other readers) ever made one with frozen spinach? I love green smoothies, but don’t always have fresh greens in the house.

    To answer another commenter- I’ve tried smoothies with lots of different greens: chard, kale, etc and they are all good! If you use kale, you can taste it more than with spinach or chard, but it’s not bad. I find myself using a little bit less when I use kale, though. Chard is great!

  23. I love Smoothies, make one every morning for breakfast. Spinach in Smoothies is great. You get the benefits without the taste 😉 I did a similar version: spinach, blueberries, strawberries, banana, jogurt and some orange juice. I was a bit skeptikal. The blueberries turned the smoothie brown, not quite appetizing to the eye. But it was delish! I drank both servings nearly in one go:)
    I use frozen spinach (half or completly defrosted) and mainly frozen berries/fruit. I’ve always got a stach of frozen fruit in the freezer but hardly never icecubes.

  24. i’ve definitely been toying with the idea of green smoothies and juices you may have inspired me to give it a go. this recipe doesn’t seem as scary as i thought excited to give it a go 🙂

  25. I love Green Smoothies. It’s my daily addiction lately. I found the more I had them the I liked more veggies than fruit in mine. My current favourite has 1 cup packed spinach, 1 stalk celery (with leaves), 1/2 cucumber (incl skin), 1 cup pineapple, 1 cup frozen mango, chia seeds and veggie based protein powder. The cucumber is the prominent flavour and it is so fresh and not sweet. I think it’s because I over did it on the banana, strawberry version for a while that I am enjoying the change. Oh and don’t forget a cup of ice to make it nice and cold. I use 1 cup of water and I have a Vitamix which is the best thing I’ve ever bought. This makes me 4 cups which I drink over the course of lunch and the afternoon. Have you seen Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? Very inspiring.

  26. I also use more vegetables in my smoothies, than fruit. I feel it’s a great way to get most of your vegetables done with first thing in the morning and then you have more fun healthy carb/protein options for the rest of the day. My favorite is is AVOCADO, CUCUMBER (peeled if not organic), GREEN APPLE, CELERY, KALE, LEMON JUICE, AGAVE SYRUP, COCONUT JUICE and ICE. It is creamy and so filling. The green apples really shine through and make it a slightly sweet, tart, savory blend.

  27. Loved it! I have now made it several times, only switching up the spinach and using sometimes kale or red organic chard. But I never though of putting greek yogurt in before! Thanks!

  28. Half of an avocado instead of the yogurt makes it really smooth. You can’t taste it, either. This has been my new addiction!

  29. I made this for breakfast. Didn’t have strawberries but added some avocado, honey and a bit of freshly ground ginger instead. Yum!! Thank you!

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  31. Do you have an idea for someone who can’t drink almond milk for making a smoothie? I like yogurt and I thought of doing milk instead and see lots of people do almond milk.. But due to a nut allergy that’s not an option for me… Thanks for the help!

  32. Any suggestions for replacing the orange? I’m allergic! I’d be more sad about that if oranges didn’t make me sick. 🙂

    1. I am also allergic to oranges, almost died twice. I do not care for sweet drinks so any recipes that call for orange I use grapefruit or limes. Not exactly the same taste.

  33. Ooh, yummy! I’m going to have to try this. And thank you so much for NOT using green food coloring….so many recipes call for it and it’s unnecessary.

  34. I’ve been on a huge green smoothie kick for quite some time now. I’ve never used an orange though! It sounds delicious. I normally use 1//2 banana, two handfuls of spinach, a handful of strawberries, some greek yogurt, almond milk, sometimes a little honey and a scoop of peanut butter. I’ll definitely try it with an orange next time!

  35. I just made this green smoothie and had to use orange juice perhaps that is why mine is not a vibrant green but never the less it is delicious I found myself a new drink! Thanks!

  36. Made this smoothie today for the first time and it is DELICIOUS! Mine didn’t turn out as light green pretty as yours though – its the color of split pea soup … but I can taste the fruit (especially the orange) through the spinach. Love that is it is healthy and tasty, especially using the spinach. Thanks so much for sharing this great smoothie recipe! Love smoothies!

  37. Very informatiive post. It’s encouraging to see more and more folks promoting the adding green smoothies to a healthy lifestyle.

    I have lots of green smoothie recipes compiled on my site LittleGreenSmoothie.com
    I hope your readers will enjoy them

    Thanks and have a green day.

  38. I have made a lot of smoothies before and when I saw there was 2 cups of spinach and no sugar to balance it out, I was skeptical. Low and behold it was delicious!! I subbed in about a 1/2 oc ups of OJ for the orange and added more strawberries. Thanks so much!

  39. Mmmmm, I can’t get enough of green smoothies! What a great way to get lots of veggies into your diet. The only problem is the Blendtec blender though – it’s so expensive and the Vitamix is only more-so. I found that the Omni-Blend (www.3hpblenders.com) is a great value for anyone looking for a high-quality blender without the $400 pricetag.

  40. With your recipe can ya really taste the bananas? I loath bananas, so I’d be apt to try it sans the banana, but if I couldnt taste the banana I’d be apt to try it with because of all the heathful stuff in bananas…

    Please advise

  41. I make a smoothie very similar to this, only it has no spinach in it! 🙂

    1 banana
    1 avocado
    1 cup plain Chobani Greek yogurt
    1/3 cup pure natural honey
    1/2 lime juice
    1 1/2 – 2 cups ice

    Blend it all together, it’s an amazing and healthy smoothie! The banana, avocado and honey do very much the same as the spinach and strawberries do, and it’s a great substitution for people who are spinach-sensitive like I am!

    But this is a great recipe too, for people who can handle spinach. 🙂

    Cheers!

  42. I have a green smoothie everyday for breakfast. I use whatever fruit I have on hand, but my fave is orange and strawberries with greek yogurt, a splash of almond milk, and if I have worked out, I add half a scoop of choco protien powder

  43. I don’t know what I did wrong but my smoothies do not turn as green as your picture shows. Its kind of brownish red…strawberries too large? It tasted good tho.

  44. This was very good, but I honestly don’t get how your smoothie turned such a pretty, bright green color. Mine is pea green at best, and I’ve had this issue with other green smoothies I’ve tried. Am I missing something?

  45. Did anyone else’s turn out an ugly brown color? Used the exact recipe, but I wish it were as pretty as the picture! Still, delicious 🙂

  46. I am a recent convert to healthy, and green smoothies, I so enjoyed this recipe and the comments too!! Off to go explore the other recipes and get you on my reader!
    Thank you so much!

  47. I have been looking for a good green smoothie recipe for ages. I love the Naked Green Machine smoothie but they are too expensive! I’ve tried other recipes and they have just tasted awful or just like OJ or apple juice. I tested yours out this weekend on the boyfriend and got high praise, “You can make it for me again”. I loved that it was all stuff I had on hand and it tasted delicious. Thanks for posting this!

  48. There are also great green powders that are raw and organic, on sale in iHerb for example. Great to add in fruity smoothies! Of course fresh veggies are always better but these are wonderful when you’re running out of time. Also, there are so many and rare greens included in some products that it might be a bit tricky to get those fresh. By using this link you’ll get -5$ everything when purchasing the first time: http://www.iherb.com/?rcode=ipo674

  49. I just tried the “Green Goblin” Smoothie and it was delicious! I have been nervous about trying green smoothies, just because I wasn’t sure about all of that spinach, but I am so glad that I took the leap! I am on the go and have been finding it hard to incorporate a lot of veggies into my diet, and this is a great way to get spinach in there without having to take the time to eat a large salad. Thanks for the great recipe!

  50. Other additions that are great to green smoothies: Kale, Chard, Carrot, Cabbage, Kiwi, Blueberries, Acaii, Fresh Ginger, Cinnamon (Stick or Powder), Squash, Orange Juice, etc, etc. You can put anything in it and the more veggies the better to keep the sugar down. You really don’t need that much fruit to keep it sweet!

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  52. Fabulous smoothie!! – the best yet of all I’ve tried as I start on adding green smoothies to my diet. I boosted the protein level a bit with some hemp seeds.

  53. I’ve been doing green smoothies/shakes/juicing for years now.
    IMO – Blending is better than juicing, as it can give you all the much needed fiber (skins of fruits/veg), + you can use leafy greens, and thus you get a huge range of nutrients with minimal volume. Don’t forget to chew up something before hand (I use carrots) as your saliva is neccessary for digestion and assimilation of the smoothie to occur.

    I recommend including in your smoothies:
    Cilantro as it pulls out toxins naturally (doesn’t add bitterness)
    Kale is one of the healthiest greens out there.
    Sliced beets (adds sweetness)
    Replace Milk or milk alternatives with Apple or Cranberry juice, as they mask all the bitterness and kill parasites + add other nutrients.
    Bananas also mask bitterness

    Remember, you don’t need as much fruit as diets often say. In fact you’ll find that removing all fruit makes you feel even better. Save the fruit for that desert smoothie – any berry with plain yogurt and a few leafy greens (which you can’t taste as fruit is dominate flavor). Yum!

  54. I tried it and was very uncertain it would taste good, but it was yummy! The only thing I did different was use frozen strawberries because it is what I had. Thanks!

  55. I just made this over the weekend and it was my FIRST green smoothie. I LOVED IT! My daughter is 22 months and she drank all of hers and then half of mine!! She calls it her “green drink” {pronouced – gween dwink} haha. Thanks for the recipe!

  56. The Green Smoothie looks great! We may want to put it out to our students.
    Can you tell me the # oz./serving please?

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    Child Nutrition Services
    Oklahoma City Public Schools
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  57. I was wondering how many calories this has in it ?? I’m a breastfeeding mom trying to go healthy all the way but need to make sure I’m getting enough calories for my milk supply!

  58. Tried it and it was really good! My boyfriend liked it too and he’s super picky about everything!!! Totally saving this one. I just drank it after I made it though so it wasn’t like a cold thick icy smoothie consistency.. It was just like a chilled juice. Thanks for posting!!

  59. no matter what its healthier than persay Mcy D’s!! 🙂 Trying it now..thanks!! Seems to be the green smoothy of choice!!

  60. Please will be going to the big city next week and want to buy a blender
    combination food processor, my blender is ready to give up the ghost. the
    Veggies and fruits are too much for it even if has metal blades.
    Any ideas on purchasing a good blender for veggie smoothies.
    I can’t afford a Vita-Mix, our budget
    couldn’t stand it. Any ideas out there. Liz

  61. Smoothies are great. For a post workout shake, you need a lot more protein. Try adding more yogurt or even a scoop of a yummy protein powder you like. I use chocolate protein powder and it mixes well with almost anything, even my spinach or kale that I’m using. If you do a smoothie with super healthy ginger or lemon, I would prob skip the chocolate protein powder tho.

  62. Tried this one this morning and I love it. We live near a bunch of cherry orchards and have an over abundance of frozen dark cherries to I usually use cherries where ever smoothie recipes call for strawberries and they are delicious. Cherries are a little sweeter than strawberries and it completely covers the taste of the spinach!

  63. I make green smoothies for me and my teenage girls every morning. I do frozen mixed berries, a banana, spinach, parsley, avocado and water. For my girls I omit the parsley. Better energy boost than coffee, and healthier 🙂

  64. I make a smoothie similar to this all the time. Although all my fruit is frozen. Since I am using the frozen fruit is it okay to leave out the ice?

  65. Smoothies are the best way to get more greens and fruit into your diet the yummy way. We have been replacing lunch with a green smoothie and never looked back. Thanks for posting this recipe. Will be adding this to my collection 🙂

  66. I made my first smoothie yesterday and it was wonderful!! Baby spinach, greek yogurt, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and vanilla protien. I refrigerated the leftovers to have for breakfast this morning and it was terrible!!! I couldn’t even finish it. Anyone know why this might be? Thanks!

  67. Since raw spinach blocks the absorption of calcium and iron, would it be better to lightly steam the spinach first?

  68. I’ve been making smoothies lately and I love them! Just wondering what size mason jar you use in the picture above? I’ve been wanting to buy some jars and not sure about pint vs. quart – might just get both but who knows!

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  70. I had to add 1/2 cup of diet ocean spray cranberry juice. Other than that…ver very good!
    With the 1/2 cup of diet ocean spray, the calorie count came out to 195 calories. 28 grams of sugar, but hat came from the natural fruits. Thank you!

  71. With some pineapple juice and a liittle extra fruit, I actually find myself enjoying this healthy weight loss drink! 🙂

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  74. If you freeze the banana (we usually get the reduced ones and wrap them in plastic wrap and stick them in the freezer so they are ready when we need them {peeled}) and freeze the strawberries..you might not have to add ice which would make it creamier!!

  75. I did this exact smoothie recipe and mine is brown. It looks nothing like the picture it’s a muddy brown, not vibrant green.

  76. My husband got me a small bella turbo blender.One of the first smoothies I created was this same one..minus the ice, and instead of orange..I used pineapple chunks.I disguised the green color in a red plastic tinted cup, and got my 12 yr old, very picky son to try it. He loved it..and at the very end.. I showed him the rest of the batch was green. Meaning..there was spinach in it..lol..he was suprised, and said he would never have tried it, if he had known the color.lolIt was delicious!

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  78. There is someone trying to use this pic from you as their own just to let you know! Looks delish by the way so I want you to have credit for it!!

  79. This looks super yummy. I just wanted to point out that to get the maximum benefit out of a green smoothie (the iron in spinach) you don’t want to combine it with calcium (greek yogurt). The calcium blocks your body’s absorption of the iron. I see some other commenters have suggested almond milk or coconut milk – both good alternatives.

  80. Ohhh.. Why everything looks so yummy? I want to try it all. With glass of juice, please! But if you still don’t have a juicer, just watch this juicer reviews to choose one. Homemade juice is perfect!

  81. I have a question about the two cups of spinach: is this measured by weight or by volume? Is the two cups 16 ounces or is it just what fits in a two cup measuring cup? If it is the second one, is the spinach packed into the cup or is it loose fitting, like if you just scooped it out of a bag? Thanks!

  82. Hi Maria and Josh, I was wondering what blender you guys use for your green smoothies? My blender really struggles with the greens like spinach or kale, even if I blend just the green with my coconut water first which is a tip I commonly see. I still get shreds of spinach or kale that I have to chew in my smoothie. I’ve been looking at getting a cheaper refurbished Vitamix but not sure which to get. I’m thinking about the Vitamix 5300 after reading this post https://livingfreshdaily.com/vitamix-5200-vs-5300-which-is-best/ but I wanted to check which blender you guys are using. Your smoothie looks sooo good and smooth compared to what I make now!

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