Best Green Smoothie Recipes For Beginners

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Best Green Smoothie Recipes

“Eat more green vegetables!” 

Seriously, how many thousands of times have you heard someone tell you that phrase?

We all know we should eat more veggies. Vegetables are essential for living a long and healthy life. Veggies are good for your heart.

Yes, yes, we all know that vegetables are good for us. We all know that we should eat more veggies. But unfortunately, most of us struggle to eat those veggies because of two main problems:

  • Finding the time to buy and cook vegetables
  • Not enjoying the taste of veggies

Enter the Green Smoothie.

Green Smoothies are quickly becoming super popular! They are quick, and they are delicious! 

In this post I will show you how to make the best green smoothies. 

  • The 5 principles for endless, easy to make green smoothies
  • List of ingredients for infinite green smoothie combinations

After I show you to how to create amazing green smoothies in just a few minutes and list out all the ingredients, I will answer these four frequently asked questions too:

  1. Are green smoothies really that good for you?
  2. What is the best green for smoothies?
  3. Is it good to have a green smoothie for breakfast?
  4. What are the healthiest things to put in a smoothie?

Finally, there will be some blenders at the bottom of the post that you can use to create your green smoothies.

Summary: This post will teach how to make what I consider are the best green smoothies ever. Plus, you’ll also learn why green smoothies are so great!

How To Make The Best Green Smoothies

If you go online and search for green smoothie recipes, you may quickly feel confused.

There are literally thousands of green concoctions that contain all sorts of exotic ingredients including:

  • Coconut oils
  • Pomegranate
  • Dragon fruit

While there is a time and place for some exotic concoctions, I believe that the best green smoothie recipes are simple, quick and easy.

That’s why I created this short training video for you:

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5 Smoothie Principles To Endless, Easy To Make Green Smoothies

There are 5 easy to understand principles to make green smoothies:

  • 1/2 Leafy greens
  • 1/4 Proteins
  • 1/4 Fruits
  • Seeds sprinkled on top (optional)
  • Blend w/ water

I believe that you can make a delicious green smoothie using these 5 principles.

As you can see in the video above, I use these ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • Protein Powder / Yogurt
  • Blueberries and raspberries
  • Chia seeds

Then I just add water, mix and boom! Done! You can also add certain supplements and vitamins to your smoothie too, if you want!

green smoothie principles
Feel free to use ice instead of water for a thicker texture too!

Summary: All you need to make a green smoothie is some veggies, some fruit, some protein, a few seeds and a blender to mix things in. You can easily substitute different ingredients and still have a great green smoothie recipe.

So what about other green smoothie recipe variations?

List Of Ingredients For Infinite Green Smoothie Recipe Combinations

The beautiful part about these 5 smoothie principles is that they’re simple, and there are infinite green smoothie recipe combinations.

Not feeling spinach? Here are some other leafy greens you could use instead:

  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce
  • Beet leaves

(And you could use beets or carrots too.  Even though these aren’t green, you can make orange and purple veggie smoothies too!)

What if you’re not feeling the protein powder or yogurt I used? Try these options instead:

  • Milk
  • Almond milk
  • Nutella
  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Different variety of protein powder

(if you do add a lot of milk or almond milk, count that as the ‘water’ part of the smoothie too)

And if you aren’t feeling blueberries and raspberries? Here are some other great fruits you could use instead:

  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Frozen fruit

And if you want more flavor, instead of seeds? Try these spices instead of or in addition to seeds:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Honey
  • Mint
  • Other herbs
  • Matcha

By now I think you get the point.

Summary: You can easily substitute a variety of greens, fruits and proteins along with different flavors. Just put it in the blender to mix properly and you’ll have a great green smoothie in just a few minutes!

green smoothie recipe ideas

Now that we’ve covered the green smoothie recipe essentials, let’s dive into some frequently asked questions:

Green Smoothie FAQ’s

Are Green Smoothies Really That Good For You?

Yes. Drinking a green smoothie really is that amazingly good for you.

I realize having a green smoothie may sound like a cheesy life hack. Drink your vegetables? 

But yes! Drink your vegetables in a delicious, quick way!

Imagine if I told you that you could become significantly healthier with just a few dedicated minutes per day? Would you say ‘yes’ to that?

Of course you would! And that’s why drinking a green smoothie is a true life hack and is really that good for you.

What Is The Best Green For Smoothies?

Sometimes people ask if there is a ‘best’ vegetable. 

There’s not.

I prefer spinach, but you may prefer kale. Or chard. There are many different greens to choose from and honestly, the important part is that it tastes good to you.

The nutritional differences between chard, kale or spinach are miniscule. 

The important thing is like the doctor said, eat your green veggies! Or in our case, drink a green smoothie!

Is It Good To Have A Green Smoothie For Breakfast?

breakfast green smoothie good idea

Sure, why not? 

Breakfast is an important part of your day and jumpstarts your metabolism. 

See, when you go to bed at night your metabolism slows down. And your metabolism doesn’t ignite the next day until your stomach gets some food in it!

Plus, there have been plenty of studies that indicate eating a wholesome breakfast is part of a healthy lifestyle.

But, don’t be silly! Green smoothies are good for you, period!

Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner.  Anytime, anywhere.

Of course, breakfast before covid was usually the most hurried, hastily put together meal of the whole day.

You might have been running out the door to work, getting the kids out of bed, and leaving early to beat traffic.

You didn’t have time to eat a nice whole grain bagel with seeds, eggs and peppers.

Previously, because of the lack of time, you may have had to settle for fast food, junk food or in many cases you may have just skipped breakfast entirely.

Butone of the biggest benefits of green smoothies is that you save time!

It’s the time-saving benefits, along with the nutritional benefits, that make green smoothies so incredibly useful and amazing for your health.

What if you substituted a wholesome green smoothie for your crappy fast food or simple muffin? Or if you stopped skipping breakfast and instead filled up your body with the natural ingredients found in the smoothie?

I’m sure you get the point. Green smoothies can be awesome for breakfast, especially because breakfast for so many people isn’t the meal of the day.

But from a nutritional standpoint, having a green smoothie for lunch is pretty much the same as breakfast. 

Summary: Have a green smoothie for breakfast if you are short on time. Otherwise, just drink those green shakes any time. It’s hard to go wrong!

What Are The Healthiest Things To Put In A Green Smoothie?

Generally speaking, it’s not about finding the healthiest things to put in a smoothie.

For example, I’ve heard that dragon fruit is incredibly nutritious, but my local Safeway doesn’t sell dragonfly fruit. At least I don’t think it does!

If you do want a list of superfoods, read this science article here about the people in ‘bluezones’ eat. They must be onto something because they live to be over 100 years old!

Overall though, I trust that you know what a green leafy vegetable is, right? I think you also know what a frozen fruit is, and that you can get some yogurt.

What are you waiting for? Are you missing a blender to mix?

Green Smoothie Kitchen Accessories

green smoothie ingredients berries

In the video I showed my Nutribullet blender. Now here are some other tools to make a delicious green smoothie!

The Nutribullet blender is a great addition if you like to keep things simple.

There are no buttons on the blender. You just press the smoothie container down firmly and the blades will spin quickly and automatically.

However, be careful that you don’t blend the Nutribullet for too long. 

The directions clearly say to not blend the Nutribullet for more than a minute. But, silly me, one day I totally got curious about what would happen if I blended for more than a minute.

Could I get my leafy greens to turn into pure liquid?

Suddenly, the Nutribullet died after about 3 minutes of blending. I was disappointed, but could only blame myself. 

Fortunately, the Nutribullet customer support team is awesome, which is why I highly recommend their product if you need a simple, easy blender.

Their customer support team mailed me an entirely new blender! And I didn’t even mention that I was a food blogger! 

Of course, not everyone wants the simple option for their blender. 

Here are a few other options and kitchen accessories you might want to have on hand!


  • Vitamix – a bit more expensive, but more options and power too
nutribullet blender

Protein Powder

  • Amazing Grass Superfood – if you want those superfoods without the ingredients you’ve never heard of before, try this blend out!
amazing grass superfood

Mason Jars

  • Mason jars – simple, but fancy as well. I didn’t show this in the video but I usually pour my smoothie into a mason jar 🙂
mason jars

What goes in your favorite green smoothie recipe?

Do you like almond milk in your smoothie? Or maybe you love mixing all types of dark leafy greens together with frozen fruit?

If you want more vegetables cooking recipes, check out this post and cookbook here!

Leave a comment below with your ideas! Thanks for sharing in advance!

About the Author

Jared Levenson is a former binge eating wrestler turned Zen Buddhist Monk, Internal Family Systems counselor and nutrition wellness coach. He's helped hundreds of people through universal meal principles and internal family systems to make peace with food, stop binge eating, and find true health and wholeness.


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