5 Best Green Smoothie Recipes

Green smoothie

Did you know that green smoothies are healthy and good if you like to lose weight? Here are five easy to make and tasty green smoothie recipes. Enjoy them!

What is a green smoothie?

A green smoothie is a smoothie that is blended with fresh fruits and green vegetables, mainly leafy greens (spinach, raw kale, arugula etc.) that give the smoothie a typical green color. Some people also like to add fresh green herbs such as mint or parsley, and flax or chia to improve the taste or amp the nutrition value.

Are green smoothies really healthy?

Yes. The green smoothie has loads of protein, a good dose of fiber and is packed full of nutrients. Normally people eat vegetables in the evening. This gives one vegetable moment per day. By drinking a green smoothie you can get an extra portion of vitamins and minerals in the morning or in the afternoon. The supply of valuable nutrition is therefore larger and better distributed throughout the day. This has a positive effect on health and helps to stay in shape.

How to make a tasty green smoothie?

There are no strict rules for green smoothie recipes, however maintaining a ratio of 50% fruit with 50% leafy greens is the most popular. If you are not a big eater of vegetables, we advise to start with 90% fruit and 10 % leafy greens. You can go as low as adding just a few leafy green in the beginning. Especially, for kids that could be a good way to start. Over time you will fill more need for leafy vegetables and less for fruit and the ratio can change to as high as 70-80% in favor of leafy greens. The nutrition centers advise to eat at least 200 grams of vegetables and 2 pieces of fruit every day in order to meet our daily requirement of essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. Slowly increasing the content of vegetables in your smoothie will bring you closer to the advised daily need.

What are the main ingredients: 

Frozen Fruit: it is better to use frozen fruit so that you can get a smoother and creamier smoothie. The most popular and easy to be found  in a shop or prepare self at home ingredients for green smoothies are banana, berries, mangoes and pineapple. For a single serving 1 cup of frozen fruit is sufficient.

Leafy greens: it is obvious that green smoothie has some kind of green in it. Although the most mopular ingredients in green smoothies are spinach, arugula or kale, in general, any kind of green vegetable will work.

Herbs: are a fantastic addition to your green smoothie. Where leafy greens are more bitter and sometimes less tasty, herbs, on the other hand, add a great taste to your smoothie.

Liquid: you will need some kind of liquid for your smoothie. While most of the time you will use water in green smoothie, unsweetened almond milk could be a good alternative. Other liquids could be coconut milk, rice milk, oat milk, cashew milk, coconut water and juices. Use anywhere between 1/2 cup to 1 cup for a single serving.

Seeds: although not really needed, seeds can amp the nutrition power of your smoothie. Between 1/4 and 1/2 tablespoon of ground seeds such as flax or chia per smoothie will be sufficient.

Steps

1. Put ingredients into the container of a blender in the following order: liquid, leafy greens, fruit and add-ons

2. Start blending on low speed and gradually increase to high

3. Blend on high speed for 50-60 seconds until mixture is smooth

4. Pour into glass and enjoy

Here is our choice of Best Green Smoothie Recipes

1

Beginner’s Green Smoothie

This recipe is ideal for beginners. With just four simple ingredients, mango, pineapple, bananas and spinach you will have a healthy and tasty green smoothie in no time. You will love this recipe!

Beginners Green Smoothie

| Ingredients

2 cups spinach

1,5 cup water

1 cup mango

1 cup pineapple

2 bananas

  • Hands-on time: 5 min
  • Total time: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 serves

Calories 203 | Fat 1g | Sat fat 1g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 39mg | Protein 3g | Carbohydrate 51g | Sugar 34g

2

Spinach Smoothie with Apple Juice and Avocado

This smoothie is energizing, filling and total “spark”. Made with avocado, apple juice and spinach, it is packed with fiber, making it a super breakfast smoothie.

Spinach Smoothie with Apple Juice and Avocado

| Ingredients

1,5 cups apple juice

2 cups stemmed and chopped spinach or kale

1 apple (unpeeled, cored, and chopped)

0,5 avocado, chopped

  • Hands-on time: 5 min
  • Total time: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 serves

Calories 244 | Fat 7g | Sat fat 1g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 33mg | Protein 3g | Carbohydrate 42g | Sugar 28g

3

Green Breakfast Smoothie

Want to have a good start of the day? This Smoothie will easily fill you with energy that will last the whole day.

Green Breakfast Smoothie

| Ingredients

1 avocado

1 cup Kale (frozen)

Small clove of ginger

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

A handful of oat flakes or oatmeal

1 medium banana (frozen)

  • Hands-on time: 5 min
  • Total time: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 serves

Tip: Is your smoothie too thick? Then add some water to your smoothie and blend it further.

Calories 333 | Fat 14g | Sat fat 2g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 33mg | Protein 5g | Carbohydrate 52g | Sugar 29g

4

Green Smoothie with Mango

A sweet, creamy, and healthy Green Smoothie with Mango recipe that tastes like a tropical delight. Only four ingredients and kids will love it too.

Green Smoothie with Mango

| Ingredients

1 cup vanilla almond or soy milk

1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

A handful of oat flakes or oatmeal

1 medium banana (frozen)

  • Hands-on time: 5 min
  • Total time: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 serves

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 728mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin C: 48.8mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 1.1mg

5

Green Smoothie with Kiwi

This green smoothie made from avocado, banana, spinach and kiwi fruit will help to kick-start your day

Green Smoothie with Kiwi

| Ingredients

1/2 firm ripe avocado

1 ripe banana, sliced

1 kiwifruit, peeled, chopped

large handful baby spinach leaves

1 1/4 cups low fat milk (cow, soy, almond, rice or coconut)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons honey

1/2 cup ice cubes

  • Hands-on time: 5 min
  • Total time: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 serves

Calories 177 | Fat 4,5g | Sat fat 1g | Cholesterol 5mg | Sodium 50mg | Protein 5g | Carbohydrate 17g | Sugar 16g

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