Best Green Smoothie Recipe
Updated Jun 20, 2023
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This green smoothie is a simple, healthy, and nutrient-dense recipe that will fuel your mornings! From apples to spinach and bananas, these wholesome ingredients are a great way to sneak more fruits and veggies into your everyday routine – just drink them up!
I’ve been making green smoothies for as long as I can remember. And while I’ve made many variations over the years (like this cilantro smoothie), the recipe I’m sharing with you today is my go-to recipe. Think of it as an everyday green smoothie recipe you can return to repeatedly.
Why do I love this version? It’s well-rounded with nutrients, perfectly filling, and tastes so good to the point where you’ll get excited to get out of bed in the morning to blend it up!
Green Smoothie Ingredients
While the ingredient list is extremely flexible, this is my favorite combination of fruits, veggies, and healthy fats. It’s simple yet so delicious.
- Milk: My favorite nut milks for a creamy smoothie are cashew milk, oat milk, or almond milk. But feel free to use whichever dairy or dairy-free milk you prefer!
- Vegetables: Spinach is such an easy leafy green superfood to incorporate into green smoothies. Plus, those big containers of baby spinach are very budget-friendly.
- Fruits: You’ll need an apple, avocado, and banana. But see my tips below for switching it up!
Find the printable recipe with measurements below.
How To Make a Healthy Green Smoothie
Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until it’s perfectly smooth and creamy. This should only take about 30 seconds!
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:
- Switch up the greens: 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 or milk (dairy or dairy-free, your choice!).
- Mix up your fruits: For most people, a 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
When you come across fresh, seasonal ingredients, here are a few smoothie ideas to make the most of them! And if you happen to be looking for a juice instead — you’ll love this nutrient-packed green juice.
- Apple Carrot Beet Smoothie
- Blueberry Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Mango Smoothie
- Strawberry Acai Smoothie
- Peach Breakfast Smoothie
- Low Sugar Smoothies
I hope this green smoothie recipe makes it into your weekly rotation! Once you give it a taste, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comment box below.
Best Green Smoothie Recipe (5 Ingredients)
- 1 ½ cup milk (dairy or dairy-free)
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 apple
- ¼ avocado
- plus optional add-ins
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds, or until creamy.
- 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.
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Recipe originally posted Jan 2020, but updated to include new information.