Smoothies are a great way to eat your greens without noticing! Here are the best green smoothie recipes that bring big flavor with healthy leafy greens.
Want to eat more greens without noticing? A green smoothie is your best bet! Nutrient dense leafy greens like spinach, kale, and chard are chock full of vitamins, fiber and are low in calories (read more here). So why not blend them into a smoothie? Whizzing greens together with fruit and ice makes them taste sweet and tangy: not bitter at all! In fact, you’ll barely notice drinking this magic green potion is good for you.
Here are our top favorite ways to make a green smoothie! Each one we’ve tested multiple times in our own kitchen and verified: it tastes incredible and a three year old inhales it too (our ultimate test). There are sweet and fruity green smoothies made with kale and spinach. There’s a creamy spin with avocado, and a weirdly good version featuring celery and ginger. There’s a little something for everyone, and we hope you’ll love each one of them!
The BEST smoothie is a spinach smoothie that tastes sweet tart and fruity: nothing at all like spinach! Yes, this healthy and easy smoothie is so tasty, you’ll forget that you’re eating your greens. Make it one of two ways: with cashews for some protein, or with more fruit to keep it nut-free. Either way, it’s plant-based and packed with nutrients…as you’d expect a green drink would be!
Ingredients: Green apple, cashews, spinach, ice, maple syrup, lemon juice
A kale smoothie recipe sounds like it would be intensely bitter. This green smoothie is anything but! It’s full of fruity flavor from green apple, pineapple and banana. It tastes heavenly, yet at the same time you’re getting a big dose of nutrients from leafy greens. True story: this is the only way we get our 3 year old to eat greens. And he BEGS us for more kale smoothie.
Ingredients: Green apple, banana, kale, ice, frozen pineapple, lemon juice
Here’s a green smoothie that’s so full of irresistible flavor, you’ll forget that it’s good for you. Meet the perfect celery smoothie! It’s packed with sweet flavor from green apple and banana! And the way the celery melds with fresh ginger gives it an intriguing brightness. You won't be able to stop sipping!
Ingredients: Celery, green apple, banana, ginger, spinach, ice, lemon juice
Want to eat more broccoli? Here’s an interesting way to use it: throw it into a smoothie! This magic broccoli smoothie makes nutritious vegetable taste sweet and creamy. You can barely even taste that it’s there! Now, there are lots of delicious ways to eat broccoli that we’ll cover below (our favorite way makes it taste like French fries). But if you want to throw it into a beautifully green smoothie as a healthy breakfast or snack: here’s your best bet!
Want to eat more avocado, outside of loading up on guacamole? Try this avocado smoothie recipe! This green smoothie is sweet and tropical: banana and pineapple bring sweet, nuanced flavor to compliment the avocado perfectly. And the texture is so light and creamy from the avocado. Here’s how to make this beautifully bright green, plant-based smoothie!
Ingredients: Avocado, green apple, banana, spinach or kale, ice, frozen pineapple, lemon juice
Here's another favorite green smoothie: a kiwi smoothie! This green puree makes the most of the sweet tart flavor of this tropical fruit, combining it with mango and pineapple for pure fruity flavor! It has just a few ingredients: and we’ve customized it to what’s easy to have on hand.
Here’s a deliciously refreshing green smoothie for you, with an unexpected ingredient. This easy Cucumber Smoothie! Cucumber isn’t the most likely ingredient in a smoothie. But it adds an intriguing, spa-like flavor to the puree! This tasty ingredient is full of nutrients and water to make your smoothie taste even better. It’s perfectly creamy and a great way to load up on nutrients as a healthy snack or breakfast.
Here's a way to make a green smoothie without leafy greens...try it with matcha powder! Matcha is green tea powder. Not only is green tea full of health benefits, it’s pretty darn tasty combined with coconut milk, tropical fruits, and vanilla. What results is a seriously refreshing, lightly sweet smoothie that is the perfect pick me up! (Or calm me down, if you’re looking for green tea benefits.)
Why not drink your green food? This glowing green smoothie recipe is the perfect immunity-boosting drink with a sweet tart flavor! It stars green apples, loads of spinach, and protein-packed nuts. The tangy is balanced with sweet, and it has a loose but creamy texture that’s easily drinkable and a vivid, glowing green color.
Ingredients: Green apple, maple, cashews, lemon juice, spinach
Here’s how to make the best green smoothie chock full of nutrients! The sweet tart flavor is so irresistible, you’ll forget you’re eating your greens.
1 large green apple
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup raw cashews (or 1 banana and 1 1/2 cups frozen mango or pineapple, skip the maple)
4 cups baby spinach leaves or chopped spinach, loosely packed
10 ice cubes
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
Chop the apple into chunks, leaving the peel on. Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth, stopping and scrapping as necessary. (If you’re using the fruit option, try adding the frozen fruit in 2 batches and blending between.)
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 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.