Green smoothie recipes are one of my favorite ways to start my day with a healthy kick of nutrients and boost of energy. Green smoothies are one of the simplest ways to pack your day with extra veggies and fruits. Many people can feel intimidated when it comes to making green smoothies because they think a vegetable packed smoothie doesn’t always sound appetizing. The key to making a delicious, nutritious green smoothie is getting the right ratio of green vegetables, fruit and liquids and having a powerful blender that can seamlessly blend all of your ingredients together. In fact, green smoothies are one of my favorite ways to sneak in some extra veggies into my kiddos diet too.

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Why Green Smoothies?

Green smoothies have so many great benefits for our health. Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients (like vitamin C and vitamin A) and antioxidants that are wonderful for boosting our immune system. Unlike cold-pressed juices, smoothies have a high fiber content which is incredibly helpful for digestion and help to keep you full and energized all day long without that crashing feeling you can have from more high sugar or caffeinated options. Finally, green fruits and vegetables are loaded with chlorophyll (the substance that gives them their green color), which has detoxifying properties, restores skin for a glowing complexion, and also can be energizing!

Check out a few of my favorite quick tips for making the best green smoothies below!

Tips To Make The Best Green Smoothies

  • Balanced ratio: The right ratio of green vegetables to fruits is a must for a yummy balance of sweetness from fruit and gaining all of the nutritional benefits from your greens. A good rule of thumb is: 1 cup of greens, 1 cup of liquid and 1 cup of fruit for a balanced and sweet green smoothie.
  • Healthy liquids: Use healthy liquids as the base of your smoothies. A few great options: nut milks, oat milk, water or coconut milk
  • Add healthy fats: Healthy fats, like those from nuts, seeds, avocado or even coconut oil, help your body absorb more nutrients.
  • Use a high quality blender: Blenders are not created equal! Opt for a blender with a powerful motor that is easy to clean (I’m a Vitamix gal and this is the model that I have and love).
  • Boost it: Add a scoop of protein powder, spices (cinnamon, ginger, etc.) or superfoods (like ashwagandha, maca powder, hemp hearts, etc) for an additional powerhouse boost. NOW Foods is my go to for smoothie boosters (use code AMBER for 20% off).
  • When blending, add your greens and liquid first and blend to avoid chunks of greens. Add fruit last and blend a second time.
  • Skip the ice and freeze your fruit instead to avoid watering down your smoothie.
  • Prep ahead of time by adding all cut fruits and vegetables into a reusable bag (Stasher bags are my favorite) and freezing. When ready to make, add to the blender with your liquid of choice.

When making green smoothies, get creative with your green mix-in’s! There are so many more options aside from just spinach and kale that can be used for green smoothies.

Some different green vegetable options that can be used for green smoothies:

  • Spinach
  • Romaine
  • Kale
  • Beet top greens
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Chard
  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Herbs
  • Lettuce
  • Microgreens
  • Sprouts

If you’re in need of some green smoothie inspiration, I’ve rounded up some delicious options below:

Directions for making green smoothies: To make, pack greens into a measuring cup. Add greens and liquid to the blender and blend until chunks are gone. Add fruit/nuts/seeds/superfoods/etc. and blend until smooth. Add to your favorite cup and enjoy!

12 Best Healthy & Delicious Green Smoothie Recipes:

Happy & Healthy Smoothie:

1 cup fresh spinach
½ cup frozen pineapple
½ cup frozen mango
½ of a banana
1 cup liquid (milk or water)

Green Goddess Smoothie:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 banana, sliced
½ cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 cup kale, chopped

Pina Colada Green Smoothie:

1 cup fresh spinach
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup water
1 ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks

Apple Banana Green Smoothie:

1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup milk
1 banana (frozen)
1 apple (sliced)
¼ avocado

Tropical Green Smoothie:

1 cup kale
½ cup water
½ cup orange juice
½ cup frozen pineapple
½ cup frozen mango
1 T. chia seeds

Metabolism Booster Green Smoothie:

1 cup raw spinach
1 cup almond milk
1 orange, peeled
⅓ cup frozen strawberries

Shamrock Green Smoothie:

1 frozen banana
1/2 cup pineapple (add juice if you want it sweeter)
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
2 large handfuls of spinach
1 tsp coconut oil (add this last and melt before adding)
3/4 cup milk or water

Fat Burner Green Smoothie:

1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup milk
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
½ tsp ginger
1 Tbsp chia seeds

Berry Green Smoothie:

1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup water or milk
½ cup strawberries
¼ cup blueberries
¼ cup Greek yogurt

Apple Pie Green Smoothie:

1 cup spinach
1 cup milk or water
1 green apple, sliced
¼ cup blueberries
¼ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp vanilla extra
1 Tbsp chia seeds

Kale Yeah! Green Smoothie:

1 cup fresh kale
1 cup vanilla almond milk
½ cup frozen berry mix
½ frozen blueberries
1 Tbsp honey

Detox Celery Green Smoothie:

½ cup celery stalks (chopped)
½ cup packed fresh spinach
½ green apple
1 frozen banana
¼ tsp grated ginger
½ almond milk
½-1 Tbsp lemon juice
Handful ice

Note: Blend the celery incredibly well as it takes longer to blend than other greens.

Hopefully one of these eleven best green smoothie recipes will get you inspired to give green smoothies a try! They’re packed with lots of healthy nutrients, delicious flavor and a wonderful way to sneak lots of great superfoods into your routine. Don’t forget to grab a fun tumbler to keep your smoothies ice cold and ready to take on-the-go (I love these tumblers with a straw and they have great reviews)!

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