How to Make the PERFECT Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are all the rage right now. With so many health benefits, including raw nutrition, pure vitamins, minerals and fiber, you can’t go wrong starting your day with a healthy smoothie recipe.

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Looking for a way to jump-start your day? Look no further than a green smoothie. Their popularity has skyrocketed in the last few years and for good reason!

Not only are they a long-lasting source of energy, but they are easy to digest, they are hydrating, and they taste good. Plus, unlike juices, you are getting all of that wonderful fiber to keep your body happy and healthy and full!

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Why You’ll Love This Green Smoothie

A flavorful smoothie packed with goo-for-you ingredients that also tastes delicious- what’s not to love!

  • Healthy option – Eating leafy greens and/or fresh fruits is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, decreased risk of stroke, cancer, and eye disease prevention and reduction in intestinal inflammation.
  • A forgiving recipe – The beauty of green smoothies is that there is no “one” recipe for them. You can change it up every time based on what is seasonal, what is in the fridge, or what you are craving.
  • Prep ahead of time – While this smoothie takes less than 5 minutes to make, you can speed things up even more by prepping smoothie packs and storing in the freezer.
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Ingredients

The ingredients required to make this smoothie make only one. You can easily double or triple the amounts to make more.

  • Vanilla almond milk – I always have a carton of almond milk in the fridge. I like the flavor that vanilla adds to this smoothie, but you can use unsweetened or any other type of milk.
  • Apple – You can use any color or type of apple you prefer. Make sure it is cored and peeled before adding to the blender.
  • Banana – Because bananas are so soft, I always use a frozen banana. Make sure it is peeled before freezing.
  • Kale – Kale has so many great health benefits, and is the sole reason this smoothie is green. You will want to use only the leaves and remove the ribs.
  • Ice – Although the banana is frozen, we still need something to thicken this smoothie a little bit. The ice cubes do just that.
  • Flax seeds – Flax seeds add both fiber and texture to this smoothie without changing the flavor.
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How to Make a Green Smoothie

The trickiest part of making the perfect green smoothie is not what you choose to put in it, but having a blender than can handle the task.

No fuss and absolutely no muss. If you are like me, you don’t have time for something elaborate in the morning. With this, you are pop it all into one jar, and voila! A healthy, nutritious and delicious breakfast right at your fingers tips.

  1. Add ingredients to blender. Add all green smoothie ingredients to a blender. Making sure to add fruits, vegetables, liquid and ice cubes.
  2. Blend. Blend ingredients until smooth. Add more liquid or ice cubes to reach desired consistency.
  3. Pour into glass. Pour blended smoothie into a glass and serve with a straw.
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Smoothie Add In Options

There are plenty of ways you can make this simple green smoothie recipe your own.

  • Seeds – You can add things like hemp seeds, chia seeds, peanut butter or other nut butters like almond butter.
  • Vegetables – If you’d like to add even more greens or veggies, try adding spinach, avocado, collard greens, celery, beets or even fresh mint for the best green smoothies.
  • Fruit – If you’d like to add even more fruity flavor to the best green smoothie recipe, things like pineapple, mango, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries or lemon juice are perfect.
  • Powders and spices – Need a boost of protein? Add some protein powder. Also, cinnamon, nutmeg and fresh ginger are great for adding extra flavor.
  • Sweetener – Natural sweeteners like honey and agave nectar help to bring out the natural sweetness of the fruits.
  • Milk – If you have a household that has differing opinions when it comes to milk, you can change it up. Go dairy-free with almond milk or coconut milk. You can even use coconut water if you want a lighter texture.

If you are feeling really crazy, you can go wild and add cocoa nibs for some natural caffeine or even a scoop of matcha, a powdered green tea, to give you a jolt in the morning.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it OK to drink a green smoothie every day?

While green smoothies are filled with nutritious ingredients, eating the same thing over and over is never a great option. Balance your diet out with grains, proteins and other varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Are green smoothies actually healthy?

Green smoothies are a great way to consume a bunch of vitamins that promote a healthy nervous system. As long as you aren’t adding too much sugar, they can be very healthy for you.

What is the healthiest green to put in a smoothie?

Spinach and/or kale are both full of plenty of vitamins that are great for adding into a smoothie.

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More Easy Breakfast Recipes

There is nothing easier or more delicious than a smoothie for breakfast in the morning. Here are a few of our breakfast favorites.

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Berry Smoothie

4.67 from 9 votes
This quick and EASY Berry Smoothie combines protein powder with the natural sweetness of berries and the slight tanginess of yogurt!
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Easy Overnight Oats Recipe

4.56 from 9 votes
If you're looking for a healthy breakfast that's customizable to get your day off to a solid start, these EASY Overnight Oats are for you!
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Banana Smoothie

5 from 4 votes
Add protein powder, peanut butter, chocolate, pineapple, strawberries or other delicious fruit to make yourself a custom Banana Smoothie! You can also switch up the yogurt flavor or go plain.
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Perfect Green Smoothie Recipe

5 from 1 vote
A simple, fall inspired green smoothie.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into the Blendtec Designer 725, select the pre-programmed “smoothie” option. Watch the Blendtec do all the work.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Nutrition

Calories: 335 kcal, Carbohydrates: 65 g, Protein: 10 g, Fat: 7 g, Sodium: 704 mg, Potassium: 1275 mg, Fiber: 8 g, Sugar: 33 g, Vitamin A: 13560 IU, Vitamin C: 179.4 mg, Calcium: 812 mg, Iron: 2.5 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 335
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green smoothie recipe
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About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. This is good information on making green smoothies. My daughter and I enjoy making them together and this chart will come in handy.

  2. I really, really want a Blendtec blender. I have a friend with one, and she does all kinds of great smoothies and other recipes with it. It’s awesome.

  3. I cannot escape green smoothies! I’ve always been so afraid to try them but I don’t think I can hide much longer. 🙂

  4. What a neat green smoothie guide. We have a Blendtec too and it is indeed very nice for making smoothies and other things.

  5. I love to make smoothies; they are so healthy, but so yummy too. I don’t really like green or blue food though..just kinda creeps me out. Maybe a little food color?

  6. This looks amazing! I am hanging on to it and getting the ingredients. We have a Ninja that we haven’t used yet and I think this might be perfect for our first adventure!

  7. I’ve heard how great green smoothies are for your health. I love this recipe and it is really easy to make.

  8. I just recently bought one of these blenders and I LOVE IT. I made all kinds of fun things with it, mostly smoothies and milkshakes.