The Best Green Smoothie Recipes Ever Tasted!

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

If masking the taste of those vegetables and leafy greens, whilst still consuming them is what you’re looking to do, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out some of the tastiest recipes for green smoothies, and tips on hiding and replacing those bad tastes with more agreeable, enjoyable and pleasant ones instead.

So, what is all the fuss about? I mean, you can barely move on the internet without bumping into someone who religiously consumes green smoothies every single day. It’s healthy, right? But there’s more to these blended up veggies and fruits than just straightforwardly upping or achieving your 5-a-day.

Green smoothies are packed full of health and nutrients for the body, making them a perfect go to for a nutritious breakfast or a simple sustaining snack. The benefits of these strengthening smoothies are multiple including weight loss, better skin, hair and nails as well as their lasting effect of feeling revitalized and full of energy. Most fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins A and C. Guava is also high in folate which helps the body make healthy new cells and is especially important during and before pregnancy for women as it prevents the foetus from developing birth defects. While avocados provide high amounts of potassium to maintain blood pressure within a healthy range and magnesium for energy production for the consumer.

Unlike many fruit and vegetable juices on sale, smoothies contain fibre as the whole fruit or vegetable is used in the process of making the drink which can help with your bowel movements -as gross as it is! As well as feeling fuller for longer as another result of the fibre, as the whole ingredient is used minimising waste.

By eating what’s in season your smoothies will vary well throughout the year so not to become stale and boring. Additionally, by eating what is in season your green smoothies will become more affordable and delicious simultaneously.

So, before we get started on the recipes, let’s learn a little about what it is you will be putting into your bodies!

The benefits of green smoothies:

They’re customisable: So, if none of the recipes we’re about to give you stand out or perhaps include an ingredient you don’t like feel free to chop and change! Use the fruit and vegetables you like, leaving out those you don’t. Develop your own favourite recipes or customise ours to suit you as an individual.

They’re great for on the go: Kept cool and tightly sealed, most of your creations or followed recipes will stay fresh for up to 24 hours. So with the right container or flask you can enjoy this healthy treat wherever you are whether it be at work, the park or the gym. Glass or stainless steel containers are often suggested to be the best storage options to keep your smoothie cool and fresh.

Natural weight loss: Drinking a green smoothie is a brilliant trick to help promote weight loss. Green smoothies provide the nutrition, vitamins, healthy carbohydrates, minerals and fibre necessary to lose weight quickly and correctly without starving yourself. After drinking green smoothies for a few weeks individuals begin to note their cravings for junk food or other less healthy snacks began to decline and instead are replaced by cravings for healthier foods.

Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables (especially your greens!): The American cancer society recommend that we consume around 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables per each and every day to help towards preventing cancer and other diseases. Thus creating a healthier body less prone to illness. Green smoothies are a brilliant, quick and easy way to get your necessary vegetables, without tasting them, with the fruit you include masking the flavour so all that you taste is your favourite fruit rather than the less appetizing greens.

The prevention of kidney stones: A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that men who follow a low calcium diet suffered twice the rate of kidney stones compared to men who eat a higher calcium diet. So, in knowing this, what vegetable contains plenty of dietary calcium? Kale, that old green smoothie favourite. Studies have shown that the calcium in kale is actually easier for the body to absorb than the calcium found in milk.

They fill you up: If you’re the type of person who feels hungry almost instantly after demolishing a snack, drinking a green smoothie can drastically help reduce your appetite and satiate your hunger due to the amount of fibre within the drink. If you’re dieting consuming a green smoothie before your main meal of the day will help you to feel satisfied with smaller portions filling you up slightly in advance.

They make bowel movements easier: Not the most pleasant thing to talk about – we know! But it’s worthwhile mentioning. The fibre within these magical drinks can help combat constipation. Some women even recommend adding cranberries to the smoothies to avoid getting urinary tract infections, and although opinions vary on this it might just be worth a shot if you’re prone to suffering from such ailment!

They don’t replace your meals: They simply supplement your current diet and help you control your portion sizes by filling you up for longer and more effectively between or before meals. Therefore you still get to enjoy your usual meals like usual.

They can soothe acid indigestion: Green smoothies are naturally alkaline and therefore might help you put out that burning pain in your chest. So next time, grab yourself a smoothie rather than a glass of milk.

High in antioxidants: Green smoothies are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients, so not only are you equipping your body with the best tools to prevent diseases you’re ingesting a variety of natural substances that are vital for health and fitness.

Quick and easy to make: All you need is a blender and the ingredients! If you are making large quantities in one go, however, you may want to obtain a pitcher to store the blended fruits and vegetables in the fridge.

They help to keep you hydrated: Experts say we should drink around eight glasses of water a day, however many people don’t even come close to consuming that amount. Individuals outline the reason as to why they don’t drink enough water is due to the plain and boring taste, so if that sounds like you simply add an extra cup of water to your smoothie mixtures and soon you’ll be drinking more liquids without even realising it!

Greater mental clarity and focus: With a healthier diet comes greater mental focus and clarity. Green smoothies can also replace your morning coffee, allowing you to become more alert, energetic and dramatically reduces anxiety and nervousness.

They are easy to digest: As your green smoothies are already blended they create less work for your body, allowing it to absorb the nutrients easier and faster. This also means these green smoothies will lie quite comfortably on your stomach with little chance of causing bloating.

Brilliant for tricking your kids: If you have kids you’ll know exactly how difficult it is to get them to eat their greens. So, in future try making a green smoothie for the littluns, you may have to start off with a higher fruit to vegetable content in order to make the mix sweeter, until they get used to the flavour.

The Recipes:

So, here you go, our green smoothie gem recipes, that taste just amazing! Feel free to let us know which one is your favourite, or any customisations you’ve discovered that work for you in the comments below.

 

Tropikale energy smoothie

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A simple 4 ingredient based smoothie, which is incredibly thick and filled to the rim with healthy produce leaving you energized and full. Perfect for when those food cravings begin to sneak up on you!

This recipe doesn’t rely on strange ingredients you’ve never heard of and can’t pronounce, no added sweeteners, dairy products or chalky protein powders (-unless you want to add these things!) just plain healthy produce you know and understand. This tropical infused green smoothie will have you craving it every day.

Since this smoothie is made from only 4 ingredients the possibilities are endless for customisation. Add some strawberries or raspberries for a berry tropical blend or even some frozen mango chunks to turn the tropical flavours up even higher. Additionally, for a citrus infusion add an orange and a splash of orange juice. With this starting block recipe you can make a new smoothie every week.

Prep time: 5-10 minutes.   Total time: 5-10 minutes.

Easy, crazy simple and customisable.

Creator: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Serves 2 smoothies

Suitable for vegans

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 2 medium bananas previously peeled, chopped and frozen
  • 2 cups of fresh pineapple chunks
  • 2 heaped cups of kale

How to make:

Make sure you have a strong blender. Add all the ingredients into the blender in the order listed and blend on high until the mixture is relatively smooth and creamy. If the mixture is too thick add more milk (or alternatively to up that water intake add a cup of water) to thin the smoothie down making it easier to consume.

Additional notes:

Coconut, soy, rice or coy’s milk are all okay to use instead of almond milk if you prefer their tastes. The creator, however, does recommend using unsweetened vanilla flavoured almond milk.

Coconut clementine smoothie

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This brilliant beautiful tasting smoothie is perfect for a post workout kick, or perhaps alongside your lunch each day. It’s very green, perfectly sweet, creamy, fresh and loaded with immune boosting vitamins and nutrients.

Prep time: 5-10 minutes.    Total time: 5-10 minutes.

Healthy, simple and satisfying.

Creator: Minimalist Baker

Serves 2 smoothies

Suitable for vegans

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 clementines peeled, strings removed
  • ½ a cup of light coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana previously sliced and then frozen
  • 1 big handful of greens (kale or spinach works best here)
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • A few fresh mint leaves (add to taste)

How to make:

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Adjust flavour if necessary. Add banana for extra sweetness, ice to make the consistency thicker and herbs for further earthiness.

Nutrition information:

Serving size: ½ recipe

Calories: 182

Fat: 3.3g

Saturated fat: 2.9g

Carbohydrates: 40g

Sugar: 29g

Sodium: 40mg

Fibre: 3.6g

Protein: 3.5g

Peanut butter and banana smoothie

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The ingredients to this particular green smoothie are affordable and tasty and take little to no time to prepare. Allowing you to concentrate on your day to day tasks without being concerned about having to eat your fruits for breakfast and salads for lunch. The salty sweet balance between the banana and peanut butter tastes amazing and can serve to keep you full until your next meal. Have for breakfast, a mid-afternoon snack or just simply alongside your dinner this smoothie works for any purpose.

You can also play around with this recipe to suit your personal tastes. For example, you can sub the almond milk for coconut milk or add a different leafy green in the mix instead of spinach. This beauty of this particular mix, is that it allows you to add as much of your chosen leafy green as you like without affecting the great flavour.

Prep time: 3-5 minutes.        Total time: 3-5 minutes.

The perfect mix of salty and sweet, as well as healthy!

Creator: Minimalist Baker

Serves 1 smoothie

Suitable for vegans

Gluten free

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium banana previously frozen and chopped
  • ½ cup of mixed frozen berries -your choice!
  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of salted peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • ½ or ¾ cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach (or another leafy green of your choice)

How to make:

Add all ingredients into a strong blender and blend until creamy and as smooth as possible. Adding more almond milk to thin the consistency or more banana to thicken. Serve immediately for the best and freshest taste or freeze to consume later.

Nutrition information:

Serving size: 1

Calories: 357

Fat: 15g

Carbohydrates: 48g

Sugar: 25g

Sodium: 222mg

Fibre: 15g

Protein: 11g

 

Minty pineapple and cucumber green smoothie

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This neon green looking smoothie may seem too bright to be good for you once created, however it is just that. This smoothie is practically bursting with health and vitality, it’s sure to leave you replenished and full of energy! This smoothie incorporates plenty of fresh pineapple to combat the ‘green’ flavour and avocado to help the body absorb all those vitamins and minerals within the mix. Avocado also helps the smoothie to have a longer life, staying fresher for longer, thus meaning you can create larger amounts of the smoothie in one go and put in the fridge for later without worrying it’ll go bad.

This smoothie uses spinach to incorporate further goodness, however it is optional to use kale instead or as well. However, if you’re new to these health drinks you may want to work your way up slowly, using less than is stated in the recipe, finding what tastes good to you personally and working your way up.

The creator of this smoothie also states that mint is another optional ingredient within this recipe, even though it is in the title. If you’re not a fan of minty things you can substitute for parsley or even cilantro, or instead cut it out completely.

Prep time: 15-20 minutes.       Total time:  15-20 minutes.

Fresh, full of vitamins and minerals and completely changeable.

Creator: Kari at Get Inspired Everyday

Serves: 64 ounces or 8 cups

Suitable for vegans

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of fresh pineapple chunks (10 ounces)
  • 1 medium sized cucumber (10 ounces)
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach, washed (3 ounces)
  • 3 sprigs of mint (5 grams) or to taste
  • 1 – 16 ounces of bottle citrus kombucha
  • ½ ripe avocado, pitted and peeled

How to make:

Slice the ends off of the cucumber and cut into small pieces. Add all the ingredients into a strong reliable blender, in the order listed above, and blend. Blend until the smoothie is completely smooth, for around 2 to 3 minutes depending. Serve straight away for the best taste, or refrigerate to consume at a later time with only a slight change in the flavour.

Additional notes:

You can use a whole avocado in the recipe, if you do not want to waste the other half, although be aware this will make your smoothie extra thick and you may need to add water or extra citrus kombucha to compensate.

The mint is measured in grams as it is such a small amount, always start with less mint and blend to try then adding to your particular tastes. Likewise if you choose to use cilantro or parsley.

Final thoughts.

There you have it, 4 of our favourite green smoothies that just taste incredible. We really love these particular recipes and do highly recommend them for both experienced green smoothie drinkers and those who are just looking for a place to start. Each and every one of the mixes on our list is a real treat and can be altered in order to cater to your individual tastes and preferences.

Green smoothies work fantastically alongside your everyday diet allowing you to carry on as normal with little changes to your food currently, except for serving sizes. These smoothies also help to promote health, weight loss and increase energy levels for the consumer. So, if you’re looking to treat your body and feel just fantastic, give them a go.

We look forward to hearing from you and your experiences with these particular recipes, especially if you have any alterations to make them taste even better -if that’s possible! Leave a comment below telling us all about it, and which is your favourite. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.