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Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are a delicious and healthy way to start your day. Our Green Smoothie recipe is made with spinach, apple, banana, chia seeds, and mixed with coconut water. It’s high in fiber and nutrients that will keep you hydrated and satisfied!

Green smoothies are a drink made up of blended fruits and vegetables. The green color comes from the addition of leafy green vegetables like spinach or kale. You can also include chia seeds or flaxseeds for added fiber.

Customize any green smoothie by changing up the fruit and greens and also adding other fruits or vegetables you enjoy. Enjoy a green smoothie as a quick nutrient-dense breakfast or for when you need a pick me up without the buzz of caffeine!

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Coconut Water – This hydrating drink acts as the base for the smoothie without being heavy in coconut flavor.
  • Spinach – A leafy green leafy vegetable that gives this smoothie it’s bright, green color. When mixed with the other ingredients, you’ll never know there’s spinach in this drink.
  • Granny Smith Apple – Adds a natural sweetness and a bit of tartness to the smoothie.
  • Frozen Banana – Adds creaminess and sweetness to the smoothie.
  • Chia Seeds – These little seeds are high in fiber and a perfect addition to this green drink!
  • Lemon Juice – Adds a tart flavor and balances out any bitter flavor from the greens.
Ingredients needed for a green smoothie.

How To Make A Green Smoothie

  1. Add the liquid base: Pour the coconut water into the blender pitcher.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients: Add in the frozen banana, spinach, apple, chia seeds, and lemon juice.
  3. Pulse, then blend: Pulse the blender a few times to break up the large pieces. Then, blend on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve cold: Pour into a glass or thermos and serve chilled.
Collage showing how to make a green smoothie.

Recipe Tips

  1. Make sure the frozen banana is cut into small enough pieces to ensure everything blends evenly.
  2. The chia seeds may take a minute to break down during blending but they will distribute into the juice making it thick.
  3. If you prefer a green smoothie that’s more like a juice, substitute the coconut water for green or herbal tea.
  4. The blender pitcher should be able to hold about 16oz of liquid and ingredients before it starts spilling over during blending. The size may vary depending on your blender so if any overflow occurs just transfer into another container to drink.

Variations

  • To add protein to this smoothie, try adding a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder.
  • If you’re looking for a sweeter smoothie, add in another banana or some honey or maple syrup.
  • If you want to make the smoothie more filling, try adding in a tablespoon or two of nut butter like almond or peanut butter.
  • If you’re looking to add some more nutrients and antioxidants, try adding in a tablespoon or two of goji berries, cacao nibs, or shredded coconut.
  • Change up the greens by using kale, chard, or beet greens for additional nutrition.
  • You can also add in extra veggies like cucumber to increase the green content.
  • If you want a green smoothie that’s more creamy and less green-tasting, try adding some avocado or swap out half of the coconut water for plain yogurt.
  • Add frozen berries instead of bananas to make your smoothie sweeter and thicker without using ice.
Top down view of a green smoothie in a glass with two straws.

What type of blender do I need to make a green smoothie?

Any blender should work well for making green smoothies. If you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, you’ll be able to blend the greens and fruits more easily without having to chop them up first. But even a standard blender will do the trick!

Can green smoothies be made ahead of time?

Yes, green smoothies can be made ahead of time. You can blend them up the night before so they’re ready to go in the morning. Just store them in an airtight container or sealed jar in the fridge.

Storing and Freezing

Storing: This green smoothie can keep for about three days in the refrigerator in an airtight container or sealed jar.

Freezing: You can freeze this green smoothie, but be sure to use freezer-safe containers. Thaw overnight in the fridge before drinking.

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Green Smoothie

Yield: About 12 Ounces
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Green smoothies are a delicious and healthy way to start your day. Our Green Smoothie recipe is made with spinach, apple, banana, chia seeds, and mixed with coconut water.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup spinach, packed
  • 1 granny smith apple, sliced and cored
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into pieces
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Pour the coconut water into a large blender then add in the remaining ingredients.
  2. Blend until smooth then serve chilled.
  3. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 green smoothie. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Photos courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 384mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 16gSugar: 32gProtein: 10g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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