Best Green Smoothie Recipe

This green smoothie is a simple, healthy and nutrient-dense recipe that will fuel your mornings! From apples to spinach to bananas, these wholesome ingredients are a great way to sneak more greens into your everyday routine. Trust me, this is one drink you’re going to want to make again and again.

Green smoothie recipe in a glass.

You’ve probably come across many healthy green smoothie recipes in your lifetime. But do you find that you’re extremely hungry right after – or that it lacks in flavor? Well, after doing lots of testing, I can definitely say I’ve created the perfect green smoothie.

So it’s time to ditch store-bought smoothies and blend your own right at home! Chances are, this one’s way more delicious and well-rounded with the right nutrients.

Green Smoothie Recipe Video

This is an easy smoothie recipe (especially in a Vitamix) and only takes a minute. Watch the video below to see how quickly it comes together!

Tips For A Healthy Smoothie

If you haven’t read my post on how to make the healthiest green smoothie, make sure to do that. But here’s a few quick tips:

  • Add more greens: If you want that boost in vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, use fresh produce from the market or your local farmer’s market. You don’t want wilted or dirty greens that lack in nutrients. A few leafy greens that blend well are kale, spinach, or chard. But, feel free to switch it up with celery, mustard greens, or romaine!
  • Stick with a healthy liquid base: Since you’ll already be adding fruit into your smoothie, it’s best to not add any additional sugars with fruit juice. Instead, opt for water, coconut milk, or any nut milks such as almond milk or cashew milk.
  • Mix up your fruits: For most people, 2:1 ratio between fruits and vegetables is a good rule of thumb. Some of my favorite fruits to slice and freeze are apples, bananas, strawberries, mangos, or pineapple.
  • Don’t forget about healthy fats: If you didn’t know, healthy fats help absorb all the nutrients from the veggies and fruits – so this is crucial! You can do this simply by adding coconut oil, nuts, seeds, or 1/4 of an avocado.
  • Boost with superfoods: While the 4 steps above make a perfectly good green smoothie, it doesn’t hurt to add additional superfoods or mix-ins, like I do on my post-workout green smoothie recipe. You can add spices such as cinnamon or ginger and superfoods like maca powder or bee pollen.

Making a green smoothie in a blender.

Green Smoothie Ingredients

While the the ingredient list is extremely flexible, here’s one of my favorite combinations that’s simple yet so delicious:

  • Milk– 1 1/2 cup of milk, or any nut milk
  • Spinach– 2 cups fully packed
  • Banana– 1 banana (frozen is best)
  • Apple– 1 apple sliced into pieces
  • Avocado– 1/4 avocado

Close up view of green smoothie recipe.

How To Make The Best Green Smoothie

Just toss the above ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend for about 30 seconds. That’s it! By the end of it, you’ll have a deliciously creamy and vibrant smoothie.

Smoothie Tips

  • If you like your smoothies a bit thicker, add another 1/4 slice of avocado. If you like your smoothies a bit thinner or you’d like to save a few calories, you can substitute the milk with water.
  • Don’t add ice cubes as it will dilute the smoothie. The best way to keep the smoothie cold is to use a frozen banana.

Holding green smoothie in a glass.

More Easy Smoothie Recipes

If you’re on the hunt for more smoothie ideas to throw into your weekly rotation, here are a few of my favorites:

Want some smoothie options lower in sugar? Check out these delicious low sugar smoothies. And if you’re prefer juices over smoothies, check out my nutrient-packed green juice.

BEST Green Smoothie Recipe (5 Ingredients)

4.92 from 45 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
This green smoothie is a simple, healthy and nutrient-dense recipe that will fuel your mornings! Watch the video above to see how I make it!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup nut milk, or dairy milk
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 avocado
  • plus optional add-ins

Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds on high, or until creamy.

Lisa's Tips

  • Remember to freeze your bananas ahead of time! I cut my bananas in half and then store them in a Stasher bag in the freezer.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 270mg, Potassium: 567mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 2927IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 260mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best green smoothie recipe, Green Smoothie, green smoothie recipe
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132 comments on “Best Green Smoothie Recipe”

  1. Lisa, I love your recipes. Many thanks for your work. This is very valuable!
    I have a question: is there a video on how to freeze vegetables and fruits correctly?

    • Hi Tatiana – I don’t have a specific video for that, but I do have a few posts written about frozen zucchini and cauliflower on my website!

  2. Recipes show there are two servings in it. However the nutritional displayed information… Is it per the two servings?4 stars

  3. Been checking best Tips of veggie smoothie, as am busy with my health and tips of the best foods to eat before workout and gym lifting.
    Now I got help how to be healthy when exercising and weight loss5 stars

  4. I tried making Green Smoothie, and it came out zesty and delicious! Just tweaked the recipe a bit. I was adding some B12 drops in addition to products for fighting my deficit. I use Wellabs B12 drops. I add 2 pipettes to my lunch Green Smoothie glass and drink this fresh beverage. I noticed that my bloat was absent, and my skin improved.5 stars

  5. I just started reading your downshiftology and I
    Am amazed at how much there is to learn to be healthy.!!! You make it look easy so I am going to try everything  !!!   Can you freeze avocados?  Thanks 

  6. The Green Smoothie was very good and quick to make. The simple blend is very smooth drinking.        I used Swiss Chard instead of Spinach, because I have plenty in the garden and I added a little cinnamon.5 stars

  7. I’ve been looking for a green smoothie recipe that didn’t taste so loaded with sweetness that it was essentially pointless to drink while also not tasting like I’m drinking blended grass. THIS. IS. IT.5 stars

  8. Excited to try this recipe in the morning! But I’m wondering if using skim milk would make the smoothie too thin? Or should I go with almond milk instead? 

  9. How does this have 164 calories? 105 per banana, 60 for avocado, but 100 plus apple, so that’s over 250… then there’s the milk. Same thing with the sugar. Banana has ~14, an apple ~19. I just want people to know what they’re consuming. 

  10. Can I substitute Kale for the spinach?5 stars

  11. Can I use frozen spinach instead of fresh? Is there a major difference in flavor and/or nutrient content? By the way, thank you for all your healthy tips and recipes! 5 stars

  12. Delicious!! I used 2-3 frozen bananas and a whole avocado, and used frozen pineapple, mango, and coconut instead of apples. Amazing!!5 stars

  13. What can I do to substitute the apple for someone  who is allergic to apples? Thanks

  14. I recently discovered your YouTube channel and I LOVE it! Tried this smoothie this morning and it was so delicious… followed your recipe to the letter and it came out perfectly. I appreciated that it wasn’t too sweet, and it was very filling. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes 💕5 stars

    • Welcome to the Downshiftology community Nancy! Glad you enjoyed this smoothie recipe and I’m excited to see what you make next :)

  15. Hello there I’m allergic to Bananas and apple what can i put instead of this :)).5 stars

  16. This looks delicious, but I was wondering if you had any suggestions for food substitutions. I am allergic to both avocado and banana.

  17. This smoothie is giving me life right now. I’ve been drinking smoothies for a full week (and counting) post tooth extraction and as someone who eats green salads almost daily I was really missing my veggies. This smoothie is packed with nutrients and actually tastes good. I’ve already made it twice and will be keeping it in my rotation even when I’m back to solid foods.

  18. Love this smoothie,  but would like to sub the avocado with chia seeds.  Avocados are very expensive right now.  How much chia do I add?

    • You will lose some of the thickness of the smoothie without avocado. But you can sub it with a bit more banana and a tablespoon of chia seeds.

  19. Is that leaf spinach or canned spinach?

  20. Delicious!  We added cinnamon, flax oil and almond butter… definitely a repeat!

  21. This smoothie is just DELICIOUS. It’s got the perfect thickness and flavour; I think the apple made it really refreshing. Thanks for the great recipe!5 stars

  22. This was really delicious, I’m so glad I tried it!!  Definitely going into my rotation!5 stars

  23. Not a comment, but rather a question. Can you use other greens instead of just spinach, like say a Spring Mix?

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