How to Make a Great Green Smoothie


Robin says:

Thank you for your post, you made it very simple to make a green smoothie. Seems I never had all the right ingredients for other recipes I looked at. Can’t wait to share this with my daughters and grandkids.

heather says:

My children are enjoying this recipe. I am wondering how much is a serving, especially if we use it as a meal?

Hayley says:

We are new to smoothie making, we have just purchased a breville smoothie blender which is great. I am just wondering about the whey protein powder is this ok for children to have as I am a newbie to this I am quite curious to know and also I what quantity. Thanks

Natalie Monson says:

Hi Hayley! Exciting about your new blender!! Whey protein is fine, but we believe that if your child is eating a balanced diet, they don’t need additional protein in the form of supplements and powders.

where do I purchase protein powder? Also what is is best brand to buy?

Hi Tina, You can actually purchase protein powder at a number of locations. You just want to be sure that it is coming from a reputable company such as those brands found in Whole Foods. For a number of years I have been using Juice Plus Complete. For many reasons it is my favorite, one important reason is that it mixes very well, in the simplest of ways. I will sometimes just toss some powder in a shaker bottle with almond milk post runs or during my kids running events. –some powders can be chalky and forms chunks when not mixed in a blender. Here is a link where you can find my favorite!

lois says:

I enjoy green smoothies and now keep ripe peeled bananas I haven’t had time to eat in the freezer ready to add for the cold ingredient. NO more wasting food!

You can half the recipe for sure. I don’t think smoothies are as good the next day – I like them fresh 🙂

Nancy says:

Do u have to make so much at a time? It’s just for me can u keep it in the frig for the next day? I have a magic bullet I think it will work to mix it. Thank you

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Taylor Kirby says:

I’ve been wondering how I could add peanut butter to a smoothie, but I never could figure out how I could make it work, and I don’t know what else I could put in it (I like my smoothies creamy with chunks of some sort of fruit in it).

We do cut them up pretty small, and then with a little water, cook them down (in the microwave). Then, you can chill it till you are ready to make your smoothie.
Or, try applesauce, made from only apples (no sugar!)

Amber says:

Have been wondering for quite some time what the best way is to put apples in a smoothie? I always found they made my poor smoothie really grainy, even when I removed the skin.
I thought perhaps grating the apple might help? Or is it better to give it a quick blast in the microwave before pureeing or even make my own apple sauce? Then I thought perhaps instead of all this cooking (which destroys nutrients) I could freeze them – would that work? What have you found works best for apples?

1. I add all of it. I have a Blendtec and it blends things really fine. If you don’t have a high powered blender, I would suggest getting rid of the stemy parts…..or purchasing a high powered blender if you are going to be making a lot of smoothies 🙂 2. No, you can’t taste them at all depending on what you add. If you any sweet fruit, I can never taste them.

Natalie says:

1. When adding things like kale, bok choy or Swiss chard to the smoothie, do you put it all in or do you get rid of the stemy parts?
2. I don’t care for avocados, can you actually taste them in the smoothie?

It will be just fine. Bananas and avocado just make it a little thicker, and sweeter. I make them all the time without either of those and they are delicious. I have found that frozen mango makes a smoothie thick and sweet, so you might want to try that!

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May says:

I have a family member who is allergic to both bananas and avocados. Any ideas for substitutions for these? If I just omit them, what will that do to the smoothie?

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Cristina says:

Can someone please tell me how not to make smoothies so thick? I just have a regular blender. Where can I buy a blendtec and how much does it cost? I usually put a cup of skim milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a cup and a half of frozen chopped kale or Swiss chard or fresh kale/spinach/Swiss chard
mix, a scoop of greens powder, a teaspoon of spiralina, a scoop of whey vanilla protein powder, three tablespoons ground flax seed, two hemp and chia, 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen berries and peaches or frozen pineapple fruit mix/mango, 1 cup coconut water. Thanks!

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Karen – Not a stupid question at all! Typically you would just choose one of the items from the section, except for the fruit section. Once you have started making them for a while you can mix it up. You could add a few different greens, 2 different healthy fats, etc. Hope this helps and good luck!

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KAREN says:

This may sound like a dumb question to you Green Smoothie regulars, but I’m a newbie, in your template, am I to use all the ingredients in each section or choose one from each?

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Pineapple is a great fruit to add some natural sweet flavors into any veggie smoothie. My mom used to add it to this mix of spinach, broccoli and celery when I was a kid and I used to just drink it up because of the pineapple. One question for you: to drain or not to drain? My mom kept always all the fibers and everything, but as an adult I now prefer to filter all the solids.

It really depends on what else you put in your smoothie. Banana does have a strong flavor, but a lot of times when combined with other fruits it is very subtle and not distinct banana – just more sweet. If you absolutely hate banana, try avocado for your creamy option.

Robyn says:

Cannot wait to try with my kiddos! Do these have a banana flavor, and if so, what is another creamy option?


Thanks for reading – I’m so glad you enjoy our recipes! And yes – dust off your Blendtec!

That is awesome! I hope to be up to 1,000 blends at some point!

Yum! Green smoothies were my daily breakfast for years. Maybe it’s time to dust off the Blendtec and buzz one up again!

I really love your website and blog, by the way. So many healthy, creative snacks! My son is almost two, and we’ve enjoyed your recipes very much, especially the “cheesy spinach bites.”

I’ve been blogging pictures and recipes of real food for little ones on my blog, Kid Can Eat! if you feel like looking. 🙂

Keep up the good work!

Sabrina says:

My Blendtec is hands down my favorite appliance. It’s truly an amazing machine. I’ve owned mine for almost 2 years and used it over 1,000 times. Thanks for the tips on green smoothies. I have made many in my day, but there are a few things on here I hadn’t thought of. I am always interested in new combos to keep things exciting.

Gina F says:

Thank you so much!

Gina F says:

Thanks! I’ve discovered my 3 year old loves green smoothies. Do you know if you can use frozen spinach or cooked and cooled greens? It’s hard for me to have fresh greens on hand especially during the winter, but I wondered if I froze small servings to throw in. I’m just not sure if it is food safe or would taste weird. Thanks!

Tia says:

I also always add rolled oats for the fiber and protein as well as greek yogurt for the low calorie protein.