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How to make the best green smoothie recipe! A simple green smoothie for beginners that is healthy, tastes amazing, and it’s made with 4 ingredients in less than 5 minutes! Plus my tips on meal prepping smoothies!

front view of a green smoothie in a large glass mason jar with a metal straw, surrounded with kale, blueberries, bananas, mangoes and green grapes


I drink a green smoothie every day, and have for almost a decade! So this post, explaining “how to make a green smoothie” with all my tips and tricks has been something I’ve wanted to write since I started this blog! This is a long and comprehensive post and video, so settle in while we get started.

I’ll start by sharing how to meal prep smoothies. I’m always prepared to make a delicious green smoothie in a moment’s notice. Because every minute in the morning before the kids wake up is precious! I don’t want to waste any time measuring protein powder, chopping fruit, etc. 

Next, I’ll share my favorite green smoothie recipe! It’s a simple green smoothie for beginners that is naturally sweetened with fruit (no added sugars) and loaded with greens and protein.

overhead view of a green smoothie in a large glass mason jar with a metal straw, surrounded with kale, bananas, mangoes and green grapes

How to Meal Prep Green Smoothies

I think that green smoothies are the best when they’re served fresh, straight from the blender. So I meal prep smoothies by having all the ingredients on hand and ready to go. This means I always have my freezer stocked with frozen fruit and greens and pre-portion all of the add-ins like protein powder! 

1) Freeze Bananas

In my opinion, bananas are an essential ingredient to make the best green smoothies for both natural sweetness and a creamy texture. So make sure to purchase bananas designated to freeze for smoothies when you go grocery shopping!

Let the bananas ripen then cut them into halves or thirds. Flash freeze on a baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight, freezer-friendly container to store! 

overhead view of two bags of frozen fruit (pineapple and mango) and a bag of frozen bananas cut in half ready to make this Green Smoothie Recipe

2) Use frozen fruit & greens

This green smoothie recipe calls for 1 cup of frozen fruit in addition to one frozen banana. Using frozen fruit and greens is key to the thickest, creamiest green smoothies. You’ll notice I do not use ice in any of my smoothie recipes, because it waters down the flavor and gives smoothies an icy texture – which I am not a fan of. 

I recommend stocking up on frozen fruit in the winter when produce isn’t readily available. During the summer, purchase seasonal produce on sale and flash freeze it in the same way as the bananas! 

Fruit to use in a green smoothie

Here are some suggestions for fruits to use in this green smoothie recipe. In this post I used half mango and half pineapple, which is my favorite combination! Be aware, that if you use darker fruits like blueberries, blackberries, cherries, etc. the color will change and you will likely make a brown smoothie that is delicious but not green in color! 🙂 

  • mango
  • pineapple
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • peaches
  • cherries
  • oranges
  • grapefruit
overhead view of a large (2.5 LB) bag of frozen spinach

Greens to Use in a Green Smoothie

If you are making this simple green smoothie recipe as a beginner, then I recommend sticking with spinach as the green of choice. I buy large container of spinach or power greens and toss them into the freezer when we get home from our shopping. That way I know the spinach is fresh and that I’m stocked for the months ahead. Here are other suggestions: 

  • spinach (try this spinach smoothie too)
  • kale
  • swiss chard
  • romain lettuce
  • beet greens
  • carrot tops
  • collard greens
  • celery

Blend Greens and freeze in cubes

If you don’t have a lot of space in your freezer, you can take the fresh spinach (or other greens of choice) and blend with a small amount of water until the mixture is smooth. Then freeze in ice cube trays and store frozen cubes of greens in an airtight container in the freezer. I used to do this when we lived in a condo and didn’t have an extra freezer in the basement! 

front view of two plastic containers with red lids stacked on each other with white protein powders inside to make this Green Smoothie Recipe

3) Pre-portion add-ins

Measuring out the add-ins for my green smoothies has been a game-changer for me! I wake up early and nurse my baby, exercise, shower, eat breakfast and drink my coffee all before my 5 kids wake up for the day. So I have the morning routine down to a science to get the most alone time possible before 7:30 AM! 

So, I measure out the smoothie ingredients into these small containers and prepare two weeks worth of smoothies at one time! I even have a drawer right under my Vitamix blender where I store the containers for easy access. All I have to do is pop the lid and dump the ingredients in, no measuring required! 

Best Green Smoothie Add-ins

I started putting add-ins into my green smoothie recipes when my third baby was born. A few scoops of nutritional boosters gave me increased energy throughout the day and made the green smoothies taste even better! So here are some of my suggestions!

front view of a mom and her two kids sitting on the kitchen counter drinking green smoothies

How to Make a Green Smoothie

Ok, now that we’ve talked about all the delicious ingredients that go into making a green smoothie, let’s actually dive into how to make a green smoothie recipe!

Step 1: Use a Vitamix blender

If you’ve been around my blog for a while then you know that I exclusively blend with a Vitamix (and have for a decade)! So it’s not surprising that I will tell you that the best way to achieve silky smooth green smoothies is to use a Vitamix blender! 

I bought my first Vitamix because I was sick of chewing my green smoothies (can anyone else relate)? I wanted a blender that would pulverize anything and everything I put into my smoothies and the Vitamix was the answer. 

Check out my Vitamix Buying Guide where I give my exhaustive reasons for choosing a Vitamix blender a decade ago, and my top recommendations about which model to buy!

ingredients in a Vitamix A3500 blender to make this Green Smoothie Recipe

Step 2: Add Liquid Ingredients

When making a green smoothie, it’s important to always add the liquid ingredients into the blending container first. This ensures the other ingredients don’t get stuck under the blades! It also creates a vortex that pulls everything into the blades for a smooth blend!

Best liquids to use in a green smoothie recipe

I always use some sort of non-dairy milk in my green smoothies because I think it gives them the best taste and texture. However there are many different liquids that could be used: 

  • Almond Milk (my personal favorite)
  • Coconut Milk
  • Any percentage of dairy milk
  • Rice Milk
  • Oat Milk
  • Cashew Milk
  • Coconut Water 
  • Water (not recommended, but can be used)
front view of almond milk being poured into the Vitamix A3500 blender to make this Green Smoothie Recipe

Step 3: Add Frozen Greens

Next, add your frozen greens of choice on top of the liquid. 

front view of a hand adding spinach to the almond milk in the container of a Vitamix A3500 blender to make this Green Smoothie Recipe

Step 4: Add Frozen Fruit & Add-ins

Putting the frozen fruit on top of the greens helps push all the leaves into the blades and prevents them from sticking to the sides. 

overhead view of all the ingredients for this Green Smoothie Recipe in the container of a vitamix blender before blending.

Step 5: Blend

Now it’s time to blend our green smoothie! Start blending on low speed and gradually increase to high. Blend on high speed for 50-60 seconds or until the green smoothie is smooth!

Front view of a Vitamix A3500 blender blending a green smoothie

Enjoy

Pour the green smoothie into one to four cups and enjoy! In my opinion, this recipe makes two good-sized adult servings or 4 kid servings! 

front view of a green smoothie being poured into a large glass mason jar, surrounded with kale, blueberries, bananas, mangoes and green grapes

FAQs about Green Smoothies

To be as helpful as possible, I want to take a minute and answer a few frequently asked questions about making this green smoothie recipe for beginners! 

Is a green smoothie good for you? 

Yes, a thousand times yes! This green smoothie recipe has loads of protein, a good dose of fiber and is packed full of nutrients! It’s a great healthy and filling breakfast or snack! 

Can you taste spinach in smoothies? 

No! If you make this green smoothie recipe as it is written you will not be able to taste the spinach at all!

Is spinach or kale better for smoothies? 

Spinach and kale are both great choices for green smoothies, however I prefer spinach, Kale has a stronger taste than spinach, and can be detected by my veggie police children! 🙂

How do I sweeten my green smoothie? 

You do not need any sweetener to make this simple green smoothie recipe! The fruit imparts all the sweetness necessary for even the youngest members of my family to enjoy! 

front view of a green smoothie in a large glass mason jar with a metal straw, surrounded with kale, blueberries, bananas, mangoes and green grapes

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Best Green Smoothie Recipe

Laura
How to make the best green smoothie recipe! A simple green smoothie for beginners that is healthy, tastes amazing, and it's made with 4 ingredients in less than 5 minutes! Plus my tips on meal prepping smoothies!
4.99 from 72 votes
Course beverage, Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 202.9
Prep Time2 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Put ingredients into the container of a Vitamix blender in the order listed.
  • Start blending on low speed and increase to high.
  • Blend on high speed for 50-60 seconds until mixture is smooth.
  • Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Green smoothie liquid suggestions:

  • Almond Milk (my personal favorite)
  • Coconut Milk
  • Any percentage of dairy milk
  • Rice Milk
  • Oat Milk
  • Cashew Milk
  • Coconut Water 
  • Water (not recommended, but can be used)

Smoothie greens suggestions: 

*If you are a beginner when it comes to green smoothies, I suggest using all spinach for the best flavor and texture. You can also use kale, lettuce, etc.
Note: 2 cups of spinach equals 85 g, or 3 oz fresh spinach.
  • spinach
  • kale
  • swiss chard
  • romain lettuce
  • beet greens
  • carrot tops
  • collard greens
  • celery
  • dandelion greens

Green smoothie fruit suggestions: 

**My favorite fruit combination is ½ cup frozen mango and ½ cup frozen pineapple, but feel free to use your favorite fruits. Be aware, if you use darker fruits like blueberries, blackberries, cherries, etc. the color will change and you will likely make a brown smoothie that is delicious but not green in color! 🙂 
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • peaches
  • cherries
  • oranges
  • grapefruit
  • grapes

Smoothie add-in suggestions: 

To increase the nutritional profile of this green smoothie try some of these add ins: 
Nutritional information is calculated using spinach, 1/2 cup pineapple, 1/2 cup  mango and 1 scoop of Orgain Vanilla Protein Powder. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5recipe | Calories: 202.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.5g | Protein: 13.1g | Fat: 4.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 208.2mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 6.5g | Sugar: 17.3g | Vitamin A: 3560IU | Vitamin C: 42.9mg | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 3.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much!
    Can I pre pre all the smoothie ingredients rather than just the powder only?

    And how would you suggest this be done if I can. Thank you so much Az

  2. 5 stars
    I’m just starting today, so I’m getting all my recipes together, to go shopping. This will be my first to try. Thanks for all the great tips and sharing how you get it done everyday.

  3. 5 stars
    I have made a lot of smoothies but really appreciated your tips especially how to stack in my Vitamix, pre-measuring for morning ease and the number of yummy additions I hadn’t used before. Delicious! I will definitely be checking out your other recipes and what a heart-warming photo of your family.