Glowing Green Smoothie

This glowing green smoothie is the perfect immunity-boosting drink with a sweet tart flavor starring green apples, loads of spinach, and protein-packed nuts.

Glowing Green Apple Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

This is a magic glowing green smoothie—and it will change your life. It will make you skinnier, healthier, and glow from the inside out. Your back side and front side will be tighter. Your friends will idolize you and your enemies will want to be you. It may cause you to come into unexpected sums of money. You’ll achieve a sense of inner peace. OK, I kid. But sometimes, doesn’t it seem like people marketing “healthy this” or “healthier that” make it seem like their product can do all those things? Keep reading for this glowing green smoothie recipe and some more thoughts on healthy magic.

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And there’s a part of us as humans—a tiny part of us—that wants to believe it. If I could just make myself XYZ, I’d be skinnier, healthier, and tighter. That elusive magic “answer” will solve all the difficulties to self-care and eating well. You can probably see where this is going. Unfortunately, there is no magic green health tonic that will cure all your worries and make healthy living easy. However, there are things you can do to make eating nutrient-filled, immunity boosting foods easier and more delicious.

Enter: the Glowing Green Smoothie.

We don’t often post smoothies on this site, because—well, because it’s not really “cooking,” and cooking is what we love. Also, we’re bad at making smoothies.  Yes, laugh away. For some reason, we could not for the life of us find a smoothie recipe we loved. It was either too bitter, too sweet, too thick, too thin. Following a recipe didn’t work, and throwing random smoothie-like ingredients into a blender didn’t work.

Does anyone else have this problem? 

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How to make a glowing green smoothie

Our new cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking, launches in just 2 weeks! So more than anything right now, we need to stay well—as in, not sick. No winter colds allowed this year! My first thought as I pondered this resolution was drink lots of smoothies. And I remembered our green apple smoothie from a few years ago. It’s tangy and tart, just sweet enough, starring green apples and spinach. But looking at it, I wanted to tweak a few things (of course). Since Medjool dates are a specialty ingredient, I decided to replace them with maple syrup and a handful of cashews to add extra protein and creaminess.

What resulted is our new favorite green smoothie. The tangy is balanced with sweet, and it has a loose but creamy texture that’s easily drinkable and a vivid, glowing green color. I can’t promise that it will make you skinnier or healthier or immune to all disease, but it tastes incredible and it is literally packed with nutrients.

You’re not so bad, Glowing Green Smoothie. Alex and I only need one smoothie recipe, and this is it. Glowing green smoothie on repeat. (Oh, and Larson loves it too.)

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This glowing green smoothie is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, and naturally sweet.

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Glowing Green Smoothie

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups (1 large or 2 small smoothies) 1x


This glowing green smoothie is the perfect immunity-boosting drink with a sweet tart flavor starring green apple, loads of spinach, and protein-packed nuts.



  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. Core the apple and cut it into chunks, leaving the skin on.
  2. Place all ingredients a blender and blend. Add the lemon juice and blend for a few seconds again. Taste, and add a touch more maple syrup and/or lemon juice as desired. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 1 day.

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: green apple smoothie, apple smoothie, smoothie recipe

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Abby @ Heart of a Baker
    January 24, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I so needed a go-to winter smoothie like this! I love that there is apple in it, something I always forget to put in my smoothies!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      Yes, apples are great for winter smoothies! Especially the tartness of green apple.

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    January 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Sonja, long time reader and first time commenting. Love your recipes. I have a suggestion for this smoothie – you could substitute the dates/maple syrup with frozen mangoes for natural sweetness, and a really yummy smoothie. The mangoes work well with the spinach and the apple for tartness. Hope you try it out! Good luck for your book launch :)

    • Reply
      January 28, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      Frozen mango would be a great addition to this smoothie! I also just tried it with an added banana and it was lovely (still added maple). We don’t often have frozen mango onhand, but we’ll have to look for it! Thanks for a great suggestion.

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    January 26, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    So how much of the frozen mangoes, Uma?

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    Alix @A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
    January 28, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    This smoothie looks and sounds absolutely delish!!!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2018 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you! It’s our go-to. I just made it today!

  • Reply
    March 6, 2018 at 8:29 am

    This is the perfect smoothie- Made it exactly as written and it is out of this world!

    • Reply
      March 14, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Oh we’re SO glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for letting us know!

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    Paula Palacios
    March 24, 2018 at 6:04 am

    My husband is allergic to cashews, (really messes with his tummy), do you think almonds would work?

    • Reply
      March 24, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Yes! Almonds should work as a sub.

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