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How to make the best green smoothie recipe! A simple green smoothie for beginners that's healthy, tastes amazing, and made with 4 ingredients in under 5 minutes! In addition to my advice on meal preparation shakes.
I have a green smoothie every day, and have had it for almost a decade! So this post, explaining "how to make a green smoothie" with all my tips and tricks has been something I wanted to write about since I started this blog! This is a long and comprehensive post and video, so settle in as we begin!
I'll start by sharing how to make meal prep shakes! I am ready to make a delicious green smoothie at any time. Because every minute of the morning before the children wake up is precious! I don't want to waste time measuring protein powder, cutting fruit, etc.
Next, I'll share my favorite green smoothie recipe. It's a simple green smoothie for beginners that's naturally sweetened with fruit (no added sugars) and loaded with vegetables and protein!
How to Make Green Food Preparation Smoothies
I think green smoothies are best when served fresh, straight from the blender. So I make prep shakes by having all the ingredients on hand and ready to go. This means that I always have my freezer stocked with frozen fruits and vegetables and make all the supplements like protein powder!
1) freeze bananas
In my opinion, bananas are an essential ingredient in making the best green smoothies for both natural sweetness and creamy texture. So be sure to buy designated freeze-shake bananas when you shop!
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Let the bananas ripen, and then cut them into halves or thirds. Quick freeze on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer-safe, airtight container for storage!
2) use frozen fruits and vegetables
This green smoothie recipe calls for 1 cup of frozen fruit in addition to a frozen banana. Using frozen fruits and vegetables is for thicker, creamier green smoothies. You will notice that I do not I use ice in any of my smoothie recipes, because it dilutes the flavor and gives smoothies an icy texture, something I'm not a fan of.
I recommend stocking up on frozen fruit in winter when products are not available. During the summer, buy seasonal produce for sale and freeze them the same way as bananas!
Fruit to use in a green smoothie
Here are some fruit suggestions to use in this green smoothie recipe. In this post I used half mango and half pineapple, which is my favorite combination! Keep in mind that if you use darker fruits like blueberries, blackberries, cherries etc. the color will change and you will probably make a brown smoothie which is delicious but not green in color. 🙂
Greens to use in a green smoothie
If you're making this simple green smoothie recipe as a beginner, I highly recommend sticking with spinach as the green of choice – I buy several 2.5 lb bags of fresh spinach from Costco every time we go (usually every two months) and throw them away Well in the freezer when we get home from our trip. That way, the spinach is fresh and I have it for the next few months. Here are other suggestions:
- Romaine lettuce
- beet greens
- carrot tops
Blend Greens and freeze in cubes
If you don't have much room in your freezer, you can take fresh spinach (or other vegetables of your choice) and mix with a small amount of water until the mixture is smooth. Then freeze in ice cube trays and store frozen vegetable cubes in an airtight container in the freezer. I used to do this when we lived in a condo and didn't have an additional freezer in the basement!
3) Complements prior to serving
Measuring the accessories for my green smoothies has been a game changer for me! I get up early and breastfeed my baby, exercise, shower, breakfast and drink my coffee before my 5 children wake up for the day. So I have the morning routine reduced to a science to get the longest possible time before 7:30 AM!
So, I measure the smoothie ingredients in these little containers and prepare two weeks of smoothies at once. I even have a drawer just below my Vitamix blender where I keep the containers for easy access. All I have to do is open the lid and dump the ingredients, no measurement necessary!
The best green smoothie supplements
I started adding accessories to my green smoothie recipes when my third baby was born. A few tablespoons of nutritional boosters gave me more energy throughout the day and made the green smoothies taste even better! Here are some of my suggestions!
- Protein Powder: This is my favorite plant-based, whey-free protein powder in vanilla and chocolate.
- Collagen Powder – A Neutral Flavor Protein Booster! It is also good for intestinal health!
- Maca: to increase fertility and hormonal balance.
- Chia seeds – added protein without powders.
- Ground flax seeds: a dose of Omega 3!
- Bee pollen: increases immunity.
- Acai Berry Powder – antioxidants!
- Raw cocoa beans – a healthy way to add a little chocolate!
- Nuts or seeds
- Coconut oil: increases metabolism and keeps you full for longer!
- Cinnamon: anti-inflammatory and delicious!
- Amazing Grass Green Superfood – a great way to add even more vegetables!
How to make a green smoothie!
Ok, now that we've talked about all the delicious ingredients it takes to make a green smoothie, let's take a look at how to make a green smoothie recipe!
Step 1: use a Vitamix blender!
If you've been on my blog for a while, then you know I mix exclusively with a Vitamix (and I have for a decade)! Therefore, it is not surprising that I tell you that the best way to achieve smooth green smoothies like silk is to use a Vitamix blender.
I bought my first Vitamix because I was sick of chewing on my green smoothies (can anyone else relate?) I wanted a blender that would spray anything and everything I put into my smoothies and the Vitamix was the answer. If you don't already have a Vitamix, I recommend getting one as soon as possible.
Check out my Vitamix Buying Guide where I mention my exhaustive reasons for choosing a Vitamix blender a decade ago, and my top recommendations on which model to buy!
Step 2: add liquid ingredients
When making a green smoothie, it is important to always add the liquid ingredients to the mixing bowl first. This ensures that the other ingredients do not get stuck under the blades! It also creates a vortex that draws everything into the blades for smooth mixing!
The best liquids to use in a green smoothie recipe
I always use some kind of non-dairy milk in my green smoothies because I think it gives them the best flavor and texture. However, there are many different liquids that could be used:
- Almond milk (my personal favorite)
- Coconut milk
- Any percentage of dairy milk
- Rice milk
- Oat milk
- Cashew milk
- Coconut water
- Water (not recommended, but can be used)
Step 3: add the frozen vegetables
Then add the frozen vegetables of your choice over the liquid.
Step 4: Add frozen fruits and accessories
Putting the frozen fruit on the vegetables helps push all the leaves towards the leaves and prevents them from sticking to the sides.
Step 5: Mix!
Now is the time to mix our green smoothie! Start mixing at low speed and gradually increase to high. Mix on high speed for 50-60 seconds or until the green smoothie is smooth!
Pour the green smoothie into one to four cups and enjoy! IMO this recipe makes two good-sized adult servings or 4 kids servings!
Frequently asked questions about green smoothies!
To be as helpful as possible I want to take a minute and answer some frequently asked questions on how to make this green smoothie recipe for beginners!
Is a green smoothie good for you?
Yes, yes and YES! This green smoothie recipe is high in protein, a healthy dose of fiber and packed with nutrients! It is a healthy and hearty breakfast or snack!
Can you try spinach in smoothies?
No! If you make this green smoothie recipe as written, you will not be able to taste spinach at all!
Are spinach or kale better for smoothies?
Spinach and kale are great choices for green smoothies, however I prefer spinach, Kale tastes stronger than spinach and my vegetarian cop kids can spot them! 🙂
How do I sweeten my green smoothie?
You don't need any sweetener to make this easy green smoothie recipe! The fruit imparts all the sweetness necessary for even the youngest members of my family to enjoy!
The best green smoothie recipe
How to make the best green smoothie recipe! A simple green smoothie for beginners that's healthy, tastes amazing, and made with 4 ingredients in under 5 minutes! In addition to my advice on meal preparation shakes. Preparation time: 2 minutes Total time: 5 minutes Servings: 2 Servings: Calories: 202.9kcal
- Vitamix blender
- 1/2 cup food storage containers
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 cups frozen spinach *
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 1 cup of fruit of choice **
- Optional supplements: protein powder, bee pollen, collagen, etc.
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- Put the ingredients in the container of a Vitamix blender in the order indicated.
- Start mixing at low speed and increase to high.
- Mix on high speed for 50-60 seconds until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!
- * If you are a beginner when it comes to green smoothies, I suggest using all spinach for the best flavor and texture. You can also use kale, lettuce, etc.
- 2 cups of spinach equals 85 g, or 3 oz. Of fresh spinach.
- ** My favorite fruit mix is ½ cup frozen mango and ½ cup frozen pineapple, but feel free to use your favorite fruits! Suggestions; apples, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, oranges, etc.
- Nutritional information It is calculated using spinach, 1/2 cup pineapple, 1/2 cup mango, and 1 tablespoon Orgain vanilla protein powder.
Serving: 0.5recipe | Calories :: 202.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.5g | Protein: 13.1 g | Fat: 4.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated fats: 0.5g | Monounsaturated fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 208.2mg | Potassium: 542 mg | Fiber: 6.5g | Sugar: 17.3g | Vitamin A: 3560 IU | Vitamin C: 42.9 mg | Calcium: 378 mg | Iron: 3.5mg
More green smoothie recipes
These are some of my favorite recipes for healthy green smoothies!
- I have this green chocolate peanut butter smoothie every day!
- This citrus green smoothie is great for winter!
- Do you have extra zucchini? Make this creamy zucchini smoothie!
- You can add spinach to this strawberry and banana smoothie, pineapple smoothie, and this mango smoothie recipe to make them green!
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