Green Smoothies
Help You Get Your Veggies

Green smoothies, ounce for ounce, are some of the most nutrient-dense meals on the planet. They're loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients that come in a whole-food form. The fruits and vegetables blended together in healthy smoothie recipes provide vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fiber in a concentrated form that will do wonders for your health — and build up your body’s defenses against disease.

When fruits and vegetables get blended, the plant fibers are broken down just like you do when you chew them; the blender literally does most of the “chewing” for you. And chewing food more thoroughly means that you'll absorb more of the nutrients.

Healthy smoothies retain the fiber from the fruits and the vegetables you use. The fiber works to improve digestion and helps your body naturally rid itself of toxins. Fiber also helps you feel satisfyingly full, and stay that way longer.

Overcoming Obstacles to Making a Green Smoothie

There are several things that can make creating green smoothies more difficult. For starters, leafy green vegetables that make your smoothies so healthy are harder to break down. If you like a smoother consistency to your smoothies, you'll want a heavy duty blender like the VitaMix or Blendtec.

You will also need a good supply of fresh, organic greens to use as ingredients. Conventionally- grown leafy greens have one of the highest concentrations of pesticides of any vegetable, so you'll be consuming more toxins along with the nutrients unless you use organic produce.

Finally, let's not forget the fact that many people don't enjoy the taste of dark-green, leafy vegetables, at least not enough to eat them on a daily basis!

Green Superfoods Make for Easy Green Smoothies

The lazy man's way to make a health green smoothie is to substitute a green superfood powder for fresh greens. These are essentially concentrated reductions of the most nutrient-dense green foods known. They include field grasses like wheat or barley grass, organically-grown under the best conditions, or algae-based green foods such spirulina or chlorella.

To make things even better, you can find blends of green superfoods that taste nothing like green vegetables! Some of them come in chocolate and berry flavors that are a great way for your kids to get their vegetables for the day. And they're so easy to use that your kids can even make their own green smoothies!

Green superfood powders won't taste very good when just mixed with water, however — they need something to cut the bitterness inherent in dark green foods. Nut milks and bananas blend very well with these green superfoods.

Go to my page on Green Superfood Powders
to discover the best green superfoods to add to your smoothies.

Recommended Starters
for Your Smoothies

Most smoothie recipes call for a liquid ingredient to allow the solid components to move around inside the blender and give your smoothie the right thickness. The beverage you choose will largely determine how healthy your smoothie turns out.

What are the best beverages to use to make your smoothie as healthy as possible? The most common choices are  water, cows milk, yogurt, soy milk, nut milks, or fruit juice. To discover the pros and cons of each one, see my page on how to make a smoothie the healthy way.

Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies offer a great opportunity to experiment and try different combinations that will please your palate. Use the recipes below as an inspiration to concoct your own favorite, or try whatever you've got in the refrigerator at the moment.

Many smoothie recipes call for the use of milk or yogurt. I personally don't recommend the use of dairy products, but I will leave this up to you. I suggest using water or a nut milk instead, and that's what you'll find in the recipes below. Substitute regular milk or yogurt if you prefer.

Which Greens to Use?  Where each recipe calls for "greens," use whatever ones you have a preference for. Spinach is great — it has the least flavor of its own of all the raw greens and lends an awesome freshness quality to your healthy smoothies. Another one that's good for beginners is parsley. It's a great detoxifier, and also has a nice fresh flavor without being too strong.

Kale is good, but has a stronger, cabbage-like flavor. Arugula and watercress are nice if you like spicier flavors. Then there's romaine lettuce, collards, beet greens, dill — anything green in the produce section; the darker the better.

What If You Don't Like Greens?  Fresh greens don't work for everyone; some of us just don't like them. In addition, you'll need to shop more often to have a steady supply on hand, and if you don't have access to organic produce, you're going to be consuming more pesticides and other chemicals in your smoothies. Leafy greens are some of the most heavily-sprayed crops of all.

An alternative to fresh greens would be to try green superfood powders. They're grown to be even more nutritious than fresh greens, are usually organic, and have a very long shelf life. You can find out more about them at my page on Green Superfood Powders.

I also encourage you to experiment with the optional ingredients listed on my page on how to make a smoothie the healthy way. It's loaded with easy and nutritious ways to make your smoothies into complete meals.

Easy Directions for
All Green Smoothie Recipes

When a recipe calls for milk, I suggest you use any type of non-dairy milk product — there are many different ones: hemp, almond, soy, rice, etc. They're a healthier alternative, and easy to keep on hand.

  1. Start by pouring the liquid ingredients for each smoothie recipe into your blender.
  2. Toss in fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.
  3. Add any optional ingredients, if you like — blending as you go.
  4. Add more liquid to reduce the thickness of your smoothie, ice to chill it, or more fruit to thicken your smoothie.
  5. You can substitute ingredients at your whim — it's fun to experiment!

Chocolate Goji Banana
Green Smoothie

2 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of pre-soaked goji berries
1 cup of almond milk or water
1 frozen banana
2 cups of spinach

Tropical Green Smoothie
1 cup of frozen pineapple
1 cup of papaya or 1 banana
1 cup of coconut water
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
2 cups of kale or spinach

Spinach Berry Banana
Green Smoothie

1 cup of mixed berries
1 banana
2 handfuls of spinach
1 handful of parsley
1 tsp spirulina

Spinach Apple Carrot
Orange Smoothie

2 apples
1 carrot
2 oranges, peeled
1/2 lemon
cinnamon to taste
1 banana
handful of spinach

Pineapple Pear Banana
Parsley Green Smoothie

2 ripe pears
1/3 of a fresh pineapple
1/2 frozen banana
1/3 of a large bunch of parsley
1/2-inch slice of fresh ginger
1 cup of filtered water
1 cup of ice cubes (optional)

Spinach Celery Orange
Apple Green Smoothie

1 stem of celery
1 orange
1 granny smith apple, peeled
1 handful spinach

Spinach Romaine Ginger
Green Smoothie

handful romaine lettuce
handful of spinach
small piece of ginger
1-2 teaspoon honey
1-2 cups water

Apple Carrot
Green Smoothie

8 oz apple juice
4 oz nut milk
3-5 carrots, chopped
greens or green superfood powder

Apple Orange Banana
Green Smoothie

6 oz apple juice
2 oz orange juice
4 oz nut milk
1 frozen, ripe banana (sliced)
greens or green superfood powder

Banana Cantaloupe
Green Smoothie

1/2 sliced cantaloupe melon
1 frozen, ripe banana (sliced)
1 cup nut milk
greens or green superfood powder

Banana Mango Orange
Green Smoothie

1 large mango, cut in chunks
1 frozen, ripe banana (sliced)
1/2 cup yogurt
1 cup orange juice
greens or green superfood powder

Banana Coconut Milk
Green Smoothie

2 frozen, ripe bananas (sliced)
1-1/2 cup coconut milk
greens or green superfood powder

Breakfast Green Smoothie
1/4 cup uncooked, rolled oats
1 cup nut milk
1/4 cup yogurt
1/4 cup frozen berries
1 frozen, ripe banana (sliced)
greens or green superfood powder

Berry Green Smoothie
1 cup nut milk
1 cup yogurt
1/2 cup blueberries, raspberries or strawberries
greens or green superfood powder

Cucumber Parsley Apple Banana Green Smoothie
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 cucumber, peeled
1 Fuji apple
1 frozen, ripe banana (sliced)
1-2 cups water
greens or green superfood powder

Apple Banana Green Smoothie
8 oz apple juice
4 oz nut milk
1 frozen, ripe banana (sliced)
greens or green superfood powder

Tropical Fruit Green Smoothie
3/4 cup pineapple
1 cup mango
1 frozen, ripe banana (sliced)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
greens or green superfood powder

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Healthy Banana Smoothie Recipes
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Healthy Mango Smoothie Recipes
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Healthy Peach Smoothie Recipes
Healthy Pina Colada Smoothie Recipes
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