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Green Smoothie

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Olena Osipov
5 from 25 votes

This Green Smoothie with 3 simple ingredients is healthy, easy and tastes sweet, creamy and delicious, so your entire family will enjoy!

Make it for breakfast, snack or instead of a salad to make dinner a complete meal.

green smoothie

Vegetable Smoothie

This is a very basic green smoothie we make all.the.time.

Over the years, I tried to make my green smoothie as healthy as possible. Never following a recipe. Often adding trending ingredients like chia seeds and turmeric.

What I ended up with was “a surprise smoothie”. Too bitter, too sour or too sweet. Kids wouldn’t drink it and my husband couldn’t make it because “only I knew the recipe”. Well, even I didn’t know that green smoothie recipe.

Finally, I decided to act like a responsible parent and create yummy green smoothie recipe everyone will drink. The one that tastes good! This is THE BEST green smoothie, my friends!

2 jars with green smoothie and straws

Ingredients for Green Smoothie

This vegetable smoothie contains 6 cups of leafy greens and is made with 4 simple ingredients.

  • Water: Instead of water you can use coconut water, almond milk or other milk.
  • Frozen mango: Mango is one of sweetest fruits that balances out bitter taste of greens. Using frozen fruit, gives smoothie creamy texture. It is also affordable and widely available.
  • Spinach: Spinach is a sweet-er leafy green with mild taste. I would not replace it with anything as it offsets more bitter kale taste.
  • Kale: Any type of kale works. Dinosaur aka lacinato, green, purple etc. Just remove the bitter rib cage. And always add more spinach than kale.

How to Make a Green Smoothie

  • Add ingredients to a powerful blender in exact order (don’t change): Water, frozen mango, spinach and kale. An order of liquid, frozen fruit and greens last, ensures heavy frozen fruit will get blended with liquids first and blender won’t cavitate. namgo, spinach and kale in a blender to make green smoothie
  • Blend until smooth: Use preset button “smoothie” if you have one, or just blend long enough until consistency is smooth to your liking. If your blender isn’t powerful enough, just pause, stir and blend more. green smoothie in blendtec blender

More Tips and FAQs

  • Can I use other frozen fruit? Frozen pineapple makes tasty green smoothie too, it’s just less sweet. We often add it if we run out of frozen mango. You can always add honey or maple syrup to taste. Some readers have used papaya.
  • Can I add frozen banana? Yes, you can. However, I personally find banana bloating in a green smoothie particularly. There is already kale that is high in fiber and adds to a puffy belly.
  • Can I use fresh fruit? Yes, absolutely, but add 1/2 to 1 cup ice for more creamy and pleasant texture and taste.
  • Freezing spinach tip: If you see about to expire spinach on sale (especially organic, pre-washed, in a box), stock up and freeze right in a box. Then add to smoothies or soups frozen. It saves money and is so easy to use.
  • Freezing kale tip: Got a garden or bought too much kale? Wash, remove ribs, coarsely chop and freeze in resealable bags. You can also do the same with regular spinach.
  • Protein additions: Protein powder – just a small scoop not to make smoothie too thick. 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, or 3 tbsp of peanut butter/almond butter.
  • Healthy fats additions: 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, chia seeds or hemp hearts.
  • 1 tsp additions: Turmeric, matcha powder, fresh ginger.
  • What is the best blender? The blender you use to make a green smoothie matters. To the point whether you will drink green smoothie or not, especially when it comes to kids. It has to be a high speed blender that makes smoothies smooth. I use this Blendtec and Vitamix is great too.

green smoothie in a blender and 2 glass jars

How Long to Store Green Smoothie?

What I love about this smoothie is that it doesn’t separate much and tastes delicious even the next day.

If you have leftovers, you can refrigerate in glasses or a blender jug for up to 24 hours. If refrigerated in a jug, I give it another quick blend before serving. Easy-peasy.

Health Benefits of a Green Smoothie

  • Weight loss: Green smoothie does help with a weight loss if you drink it on a regular basis. Fiber from fruits and vegetables keeps your belly full longer. Plus it is low calorie – less than 100 calories.
  • Detox: From the mix of chlorophyll contained in the greens to the high level of fiber to keep things moving.
  • Energy: Leafy greens and fruit contain many nutrients, vitamins and naturally occuring sugars that feed your body cells with energy.
  • Fruits and vegetables: Because smoothies are so easy to make, they make you eat more fruits and vegetables you wouldn’t have eaten otherwise.

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Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie {That Tastes Delicious}

This Green Smoothie with 3 simple ingredients is healthy, easy and tastes sweet, creamy and delicious, so your entire family will enjoy!
5 from 25 votes
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups mango frozen
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 cups kale coarsely chopped

Instructions

  • In a powerful blender, add ingredients in the order listed above (don’t change): water, mango, spinach and kale. Press “smoothie” button or blend until smooth. I like to blend more after “smoothie” cycle for a super smooth smoothie. If your blender isn’t powerful enough, just pause, stir and blend more.
    Green Smoothie
  • Enjoy! What I love about this smoothie is that it doesn’t separate much and tastes delicious even the next day.
    Green Smoothie

Store: Refrigerate in glasses or blender’s jug for up to 24 hours. If refrigerated in a jug, I give green smoothie another quick blend. Easy-peasy.

    Video

    Notes

    • Water: Instead of water you can use coconut water, almond milk or other milk.
    • Frozen mango: Mango is one of sweetest fruits that balances out bitter taste of greens. Using frozen fruit, gives smoothie creamy texture. It is also affordable and widely available.
    • Spinach: Spinach is a sweet-er leafy green with mild taste. I would not replace it with anything as it offsets more bitter kale taste.
    • Kale: Any type of kale works. Dinosaur aka lacinato, green, purple etc. Just remove the bitter rib cage. And always add more spinach than kale.
    • Why exact order of ingredients? An order of liquid, frozen fruit and greens last, ensures heavy frozen fruit will get blended with liquids first and blender won't cavitate.
    • Can I use other frozen fruit? Frozen pineapple makes tasty green smoothie too, it's just less sweet. We often add it if we run out of frozen mango. You can always add honey or maple syrup to taste. Some readers have used papaya.
    • Can I add frozen banana? Yes, you can. However, I personally find banana bloating in a green smoothie particularly. There is already kale that is high in fiber and adds to a puffy belly.
    • Can I use fresh fruit? Yes, absolutely, but add 1/2 to 1 cup ice for more creamy and pleasant texture and taste.
    • Freezing spinach tip: If you see about to expire spinach on sale (especially organic, pre-washed, in a box), stock up and freeze right in a box. Then add to smoothies frozen. It saves money and is so easy to use.
    • Freezing kale tip: Got a garden or bought too much kale? Wash, remove ribs, coarsely chop and freeze in resealable bags. You can also do the same with regular spinach.
    • Protein additions: Protein powder - just a small scoop not to make smoothie too thick. 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, or 3 tbsp of peanut butter/almond butter.
    • Healthy fats additions: 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, chia seeds or hemp hearts.
    • 1 tsp additions: Turmeric, matcha powder, fresh ginger.
    • What is the best blender? The blender you use to make a green smoothie matters. To the point whether you will drink green smoothie or not, especially when it comes to kids. It has to be a high speed blender that makes smoothies smooth. I use this Blendtec and Vitamix is great too.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1glass | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 7499IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      I was almost afraid to try this smoothie. Have had bad experiences with them (taste and texture). I tried it today. It is wonderful! Now I may try some of your other ones.

    2. Will be trying this tomorrow I need a smoothie I can drink while I’m on my weigh lost journey but can’t seem to find the right taste lol

    3. 5 stars
      Slight petty grievance. In the email, you said three ingredients, then it’s four in the recipe. again, slight grievance. I already make these, can’t lose weight.

      1. Hi Marlene! I don’t tend to count water as a major ingredient because it is something everyone would have readily available.

    4. I love you happiness software! 🙂 I agree you should not allow rude comments on your sure, this smoothie looks full of nutrition, looking forward to your other recipes on here!:)

    5. 5 stars
      Hi Olena,
      Well I’m not a great smoothie fan but after reading your comments about green vegetable intake I realised I ought to try it!
      It was wonderful.
      I used fresh products because they are easier to find than the frozen versions.
      Now I just have to convince my kids to try it.
      Regards,
      Nick

      1. 5 stars
        Since having 2 stomach surgeries I have eaten very few vegetables. Mostly living on ‘melt in your mouth’ protein bars. I tried drinking the ‘green’ smoothies from the grocery stores…they taste good but the sugar content is off the charts! This smoothie from ‘O’ is outstanding! Easy to make, fresh ingredients, and the ‘outcome’ is so much better than eating a synthetic protein. Sooo happy I stumbled across this site.!

    6. Haven’t tried yet (cuz I hate kale), but what is this about freezing your fresh spinach??????!!!!!!!!! U know how much spinach I throw out cuz I can’t get it all used???? Please share!
      And thank u for all the wonderful, healthy recipes! Between you and WW I’ve got this!!

    7. 5 stars
      Hi Olena!
      This is such an easy recipe and does taste good! I’m a first time green smoothie maker and I can see me making this regularly. Is adding a little honey or maple syrup ok? Just to sweeten it up a little?

    8. 5 stars
      I like that this recipe is so simple and mangoes are in season right now. I used crushed ice instead of water. I also made another version of this using papayas instead of mangoes. Just because we had an abundance of of papayas at the time. I am trying to find recipes that uses more tropical fruits as apples and berries are not readily available at the time. I am also trying to loose weight after having my 4th child. I am currently trying these recipes.

    9. I make one like it but with the following adds
      Put in blender 1/4 cup rolled oats, 2-3 Tbs hemp seeds and blend add water( or almond milk) spinach, frozen pineapple, mango. Other additions -1/2 frozen or fresh banana, chopped soft dates.

    10. 5 stars
      Love all of your recipes ! Ordered the ingredients for the smoothie today! Please keep them coming!

      1. Many thanks for the positive feedback! Please don’t be shy to leave a review or comment on any recipes that you try!

    11. 5 stars
      I like this green smoothie because it hides the spinach because i hate spinach but hopefully it going to get my low iron levels haemoglobin back up,thanks for recipe

    12. 5 stars
      Thanks for the facts, how to put them in the blender is something I have been trying to figure out for a while and also substituting ingredients. I have to go cheap on my $184 p/mom for 5 people and be healthy. We all have large appetites too, so if you have more recipes like this in the played category I welcome them. ♥️ Thanks again.

    13. 5 stars
      I am a new smoothie maker and this was perfect! Maybe partially because I had already tried some others (really yucky). I made this and both my boyfriend and I loved it and we had enough for two days and day 2 was just as good as day one. Thank you so much!

    14. 5 stars
      I’ve been thinking about this recipe since I saw it in an email! Looks terrific! I’m going to take the plunge today and try making it with froz spinach and mango because I don’t have any kale at the moment. Thanks Olena ?

    15. 5 stars
      I have tried a bunch of smoothie recipes in search of one that is not only healthy(!) but also easy and delicious. So many were either so loaded up with three or four fruits (sugar!), or tasted awful…until I found this one! I love this recipe, Olena! Did I mention easy…? And delicious! I’d think this was too good to be true except I now know it’s not, woohoo! This is my go-to now after my workouts!

    16. 5 stars
      Very good I should have used the frozen mango but I didn’t I bought a fresh large mango instead. But next time I’m going to follow your recipe to the T*

    17. Do you think there are other frits we can substitute for mangoes? If yes, can you share with us what else we can use? 🙂

      Thank you, in advance, for answering. And for sharing this recipe too!

      1. Mangoes are the sweetest! You could use pineapple but it’s less sweet but tastes delicious in this green smoothie. Maybe 1/2 amount banana and 1/2 amount pineapple.

    18. 5 stars
      Firstly thank you for the lovely recipes
      I look forward to all your recipes and I’m loving the food
      I have high blood pressure and my cholesterol is way over what it should be with your help and recipes I hope to lower everything so I can enjoy my food and stay healthy thank you again for the lovely food you send xx

    19. I love green smoothies! I am just today posting my new favorite, a peppermint detox green smoothie — my 2 year old absolutely loves it. Have to try this simple one with mango! I don’t often use mango in smoothies and I have no idea why!

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