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The Best Green Smoothie Recipe: A Guide to Healthy Green Smoothies for Beginners

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Are green smoothies good for you? Discover the health benefits of green smoothies in this classic recipe, complete with a green smoothie recipe book and challenge.

Are green smoothies good for you? Discover the health benefits of green smoothies in this classic recipe with a green smoothie recipe book and challenge.

Happy New Year! {Insert obligatory “wow can you believe it’s 2017” comment here}.

Have you made any New Years resolutions yet? This year, I’m setting a theme for the year, rather than a resolution. My theme: Balance.

For me, this is more to do with finding a healthy work-life balance, with ending each day feeling productive, fulfilled and proud, rather than exhausted, overwhelmed and way behind on my never-ending to-do list.

But, of course, the theme of balance also applies to health. I’ve spent the past few years treating my health issues with real food and natural remedies–and I’ve been successful! I’ve reversed all of my diagnosis, from PCOS and Leaky Gut (IBS) to Insulin Resistance and Hypothyroidism (see how I did it here!), but one problem still remains: stress.

This is where balance is really going to come into play. I’m going to spend a lot of time in 2017 focused on self-care to help me find that balance: yoga and exercise, meditation and acupuncture, epsom salt baths and more time spent doing things I love with people I love.

I fall firmly into the perfectionist, workaholic, Type A personality type, so this is going to be hard. I tend to put too much on my plate, and overwork and under-care for myself. But not this year; this year, I’m going to find that balance.

2016 was about finding balance in food–that whole 80:20 rule I’m always talking about. Finding that happy medium of everything in moderation, including moderation, has been key to my health and happiness.

But like all resolutions, I couldn’t just think of it in the high-level, big picture kind of way. I had to break that goal down into small, actionable habits that I’d actually stick to. In fact, one of the most powerful habits I adopted in 2016 was drinking a daily green smoothie.

No matter what else I ate that day, how long or non-existent my exercise routine was, or how many hours I spent sitting at my desk or on the couch staring at a screen, I drank a green smoothie every day.

And wow! I cannot even being to tell you how impactful this one simple habit was.

That’s why I’m starting 2017 out with a 7-Day Superfood Green Smoothie challenge, and I hope you’ll join me!

Here’s the deal: sign up for the challenge (it’s FREE!), which starts TODAY!! You’ll receive one email every day for the next seven days, complete with a new recipe each day and my best tips and tricks for making healthy green smoothies!

Or you can skip ahead and go straight for our brand new eBook: Superfood Green Smoothies. The book officially comes out today and you’ll find 30 green smoothie recipes inside. Plus there’s a handful of amazing bonuses, including a few FREE products to help you make the best green smoothies ever!

The Best Green Smoothie Recipe

Alright, so on that note, let’s get into today’s recipe: a Classic Green Smoothie Recipe the whole family will love!

This is the perfect introduction for anyone who’s never had a green smoothie before.

I’ve served this smoothie to dozens of friends and family members over the years, including kids, and I’ve yet to find anyone who doesn’t think this smoothie is DELICIOUS!

Truly, this is the best green smoothie recipe I’ve tried, and it couldn’t be easier to make. But first…

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What does Green Smoothie Mean?

Before we get to the recipe, I thought it might be helpful for any green smoothie beginners out there to talk about what a green smoothie is.

Simply put, a green smoothie is a frozen drink made with a combination of leafy greens (like spinach or kale) and fruit, often berries, pineapple, mango, apple, banana, peaches, pear and even avocado.

Rest assured, you won’t even know there are greens in there, as these smoothies taste even more delicious than Orange Julius. Note, while all of these recipes contain greens (that’s what makes them a “green smoothie”), not all are green in color.

There are hundreds of different green smoothie recipes out there, but I’ve found that the best, tastiest and most healthy green smoothies are made without yogurt or dairy and instead use vegan liquid options, like coconut water, nut milks (almond milk and cashew milk are my favorites), coconut milk or just good ole’ fashioned filtered water.

The difference between the green smoothies you’ll find on Root + Revel and in our books and what’s often sold in stores or found on Pinterest is that most smoothies are loaded with added sugar, low-quality dairy and protein powders and/or overly sweet juices, like orange juice and apple juice from concentrate, filled with additives.

Most store-bought smoothies are often suspiciously lacking in real fruits and greens, or are filled up primarily with sweet fruits only, the greens a mere afterthought.

Likewise, the green smoothies over here are dairy-­free, chockfull of fresh fruits and vegetables and bursting with flavor, vitamins and minerals to nourish your body thanks to an abundance of superfoods.

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Green Smoothies: Where to Start

Green smoothies are incredibly easy to make when you rely on organic fruit, leafy greens, dairy-free liquids and superfoods. Truly, that’s the base for any delicious green smoothie recipe.

Throw it all in a powerful, high-speed blender, and you’re ready to go within minutes!

Are Green Smoothies Really Healthy? 

With all the hype out there on the internet, you’ve probably often wondered “why is a Green Smoothie Good For You?” Or maybe “what is Green Smoothie Good For?”

I don’t blame you–with all the fad diets that come and go, it’s only natural to wonder if green smoothies are really healthy. But I am here to tell you that, when done right (see above), green smoothies are one of the best things you can do for your health!

There’s been no single lifestyle change that’s made as much of an impact on my overall health as green smoothies have. That’s right! I truly believe that drinking a green smoothie every day is the most powerful thing I did (and still do!) for my health.

Not only did green smoothies help me balance my hormones, improve my digestion and boost my energy, but they reset my palate and made me fall in love with fresh fruits and vegetables again.

Plus, green smoothies helped me lose weight (score!). And with every green smoothie I drank, the more motivated and committed I felt to eating healthier throughout the day. It was such a simple lifestyle change that had a profound impact on my overall health.

Green smoothies are hydrating and great for your skin, they’re nutritious and full of fiber (compared to juices, which are fiber­less and thus don’t help keep ya regular, if you catch my drift) and they’re one of the easiest ways to get multiple servings of fruits and vegetables in one sitting.

Here are a few of the health benefits you can expect to see if you start drinking a green smoothie every day: weightloss, clear skin and less acne, more energy and reduced inflammation. Green smoothies will detox your liver, help you fight a cold (and even cancer!), reduce cholesterol, help constipation, boost metabolism, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar and boost your immune system.

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Still not convinced? Below I’ve included a list of the frequently asked questions I often receive about green smoothies. Take a look:

  • When Should I Drink Green Smoothies? Green smoothies can be consumed at any time of the day, though I recommend having them for breakfast or a snack, either before or after lunch.
  • Are Green Smoothies a Meal Replacement? While you can absolutely drink a green smoothie for breakfast or lunch, I often find that simply drinking liquid (rather than chewing food) is not satiating enough for my appetite. So I prefer to have green smoothies as a snack or a supplement; but to each their own. Do what feels right for you, and listen to your body. That being said, I do believe that green smoothies are a great replacement for multivitamins, so skip the pill and drink your vitamins in their pure form instead.
  • How much Green Smoothie Should I Drink in a Day? I recommend drinking one green smoothie per day. Because many smoothies, even the healthiest ones, can contain quite a bit of sugar from the fruit, I think it’s best to limit green smoothies to once a day to protect your blood sugar levels. But this is a better question for your doctor.
  • What is a Green Smoothie Detox? My answer above is exactly why I don’t recommend a green smoothie detox, cleanse or diet. I think that while it can be great to give your digestion a break from time to time, drinking only liquids all day for several days at a time is unnecessary, and potentially harmful. That’s why I recommend doing a Daily Green Smoothie Challenge instead, where you simply add one green smoothie to your daily routine, rather than replacing all of your meals with green smoothies.
  • Are Green Smoothies Better than Juicing? Yes! In my opinion, I think green smoothies are way better than green juices. When you drink juice, you miss out on the fiber found in the fruits and vegetables, and thus your body does not absorb the nutrients as well. If given the choice, I’d choose a green smoothie over a green juice every time.
  • How Long Does a Green Smoothie Last in the Fridge? I’ve had mixed results with keeping smoothies in the fridge–when covered and sealed, they can last for several days. However, sometimes I think a quick whirl in the blender helps things get along better and prevents your smoothie from separating. You can also freeze smoothies and simply defrost them in the fridge overnight when you’re ready to drink them.
  • What’s the Best Blender for Green Smoothies? There’s a long-running debate on which blenders are best for green smoothies, and it often comes down to Vitamix vs Blendtec. I can only speak from my personal experience using a Vitamix, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it! It is a splurge, to be sure, but unlike many less expensive blenders, the Vitamix liquefies even the densest, toughest and crunchiest items, from nuts and ice to frozen fruit, seeds and leafy greens. There’s nothing the Vitamix can’t blend, and all in a matter of seconds. Though you can use any blender you may have at home, when it comes to blending green smoothies, you get what you pay for. (You can get it on Amazon or order direct through their website here, where you just might get a special discount or promotion.)
  • Where to Buy Green Smoothie Ingredients? You can find most of the ingredients you’ll need for green smoothies at any grocery store in the produce aisle. I also rely on Thrive Market and Amazon Subscribe & Save to buy some of the superfood ingredients and non-perishable items I use in my smoothies, like flaxseed, chia seeds, cacao nibs and powder, wheat grass and more. I find these two online retailers to be significantly cheaper and more convenient.
  • Why is my Green Smoothie Too Thick? It’s likely because you didn’t add enough liquid to your smoothie. If your smoothie is too thick, simply add 1/4 cup more liquid at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  • Why is my Green Smoothie Bitter? It’s probably because you have an abundance of greens in the smoothie–it’s a personal taste preference, but you likely need to add more fruit to the smoothie to help balance out the bitterness. That’s why I prefer using spinach in my smoothies–the taste is incredibly mild and goes unnoticed, taste-wise. You can also try sweetening your smoothie naturally with dates or raw, unfiltered honey.
  • Why is my Green Smoothie Brown? Ah, this phenomenon is one of the most common questions, but the answer is really quite simple. You’ve combined red, blue or purple fruit with leafy greens. Remember the color wheel from art class? Yeah, red and green make brown. I promise, it’ll still taste delicious, it just might not be as worthy of an Instagram.

There you have it! Hopefully that answered any and all questions you have about green smoothies, but if not, please feel free to leave any questions in the comments below!

And don’t forget to join our FREE 7-Day Green Smoothie challenge. #RRsmoothies so I can see your smoothie pics on Instagram @rootandrevel.

5 from 4 votes
Servings: 2
Best Green Smoothie
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins
This classic green smoothie recipe is well-balanced from sweet, organic fruit, spinach and coconut water. It gets a huge nutrient boost from some superfoods, like wheat grass and chia seeds.
  1. Combine all ingredients into a large, high-powered blender (I recommend Vitamix) and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Serve and enjoy!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Calories: 160 kcal
Author: Kate Kordsmeier |

Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

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Are green smoothies good for you? Discover the health benefits of green smoothies in this classic recipe with a green smoothie recipe book and challenge.


Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser

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8 comments on “The Best Green Smoothie Recipe: A Guide to Healthy Green Smoothies for Beginners”

  1. 5 stars
    We love green smoothies but I have learned a few things this recipe leaves out. Spinach is such a boss and a green smoothie will taste like spinach if you leave out a simple ingredient, like let’s say a banana.

  2. This was incredibly delicious – I’ll definitely be making it again – and I love your balanced approach to health! It’s wonderful to see someone promoting healthy green smoothies without any nonsense about unhealthy detox diets. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    • Thank you so much, Lynn. I’m so glad you liked it and my approach to eating 🙂 Make sure to check out our Smoothie eBook and free 7-day challenge!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the perfect green smoothie. Refreshing, delicious and perfect for breakfast or midday snack. Thanks for sharing, Kate!

  4. 5 stars
    a yummy green smoothie for this non-smoothie drinker! Thank you!

  5. I am having trouble signing up for 7daychallenge

    • Sorry, Jane. I emailed you about this earlier this week. The emails are being shown as delivered, so check your spam, trash or promotions folder. Thanks!