by Olena

Superfood Green Smoothie

by Olena

4 from 1 reviews

Superfood Green Smoothie Recipe with spinach, kale, chia seeds, cucumber, apple and lemon.

Baby spinach, leafy kale, tiny chia seeds. All those are superfoods and make this green stuff  THE STUFF! Apple, cucumber and lemon are there for an extra health benefit but most importantly to make this smoothie drinkable. It tastes totally bearable and even delicious! Apple adds sweetness without adding too much sugar and cucumber adds coolness. You know that summery refreshing cool feeling mint and cucumber have?! That’s the one!

Chia seeds are full of dietary fiber, complete protein, contain more Omega 3 than salmon and antioxidants power higher than blueberries. And it’s highly non-perishable, fairly affordable because you don’t need much and so versatile. I use chia primarily for making chocolate chia pudding and vanilla chia pudding. My husband carries a small container with chia seeds on his run and pops a little bit while running for an energy boost. Forget the sports drinks!

And then spinach. Well, I’m sure you know it’s full of iron, vitamins A, K, C, E and cancer fighting abilities. But did you know it provides more calcium than many dairy products?! Duh! And my cabbage buddy Kale. Don’t want to be annoying but it’s super good for you!

Superfood Green Smoothie Recipe with spinach, kale, chia seeds, cucumber, apple and lemon.

Here is what I do. I make a full blender. I drink a glass myself. Then:

1. If Alex is around => I share. Then if kids are around I add a banana, a bit water, blend more and serve with a straw in a cup. Then I make another one later in a day and the cycle repeats.

2. If Alex and kids are not home, I refrigerate leftovers in the blender for up to 12 hours and we all do #1 later in a day.

This green stuff is precious stuff and we all scrape off the sides of the glass and the blender jug with a spoon. My dishwasher can’t fight this super stuff either, so I always make sure I rinse glasses right away. I know some people might say you have to drink it right away but the reality is different. I’d rather drink 5 hour old green smoothie than eat kind of healthy Cliff bar.

As for the calories count, it’s one of those ridiculous recipes you shouldn’t even count. Really, will you feel bad if you exceed you daily calorie intake by drinking this?! Really?! But I included the calories count for you… for the half of the jug.:)

Looking for more green smoothie recipes? Try my 4 ingredient green smoothie recipe or Magic Bullet green smoothie.


Superfood Green Smoothie

4 from 1 reviews

Superfood Green Smoothie Recipe with spinach, kale, chia seeds, cucumber, apple and lemon.

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 kale leaf, medium
  • 1/2 long English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 any apple, chopped and not cored/seeded/peeled
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 lemon, juice of


  1. In a powerful blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. If using a regular blender it is best to add the ingredients in the order listed above and press “pulse” on and off to get the blending process started. Then I usually hit “grate” and “liquify” after.

Store: It is best you consume smoothie right away but reality is different. I refrigerate leftovers in the blender for up to 12 hours and drink all day. Just an advice.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.


olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Hello! This is a great veggie smoothie. I have made it a couple times and it is tasty and filling. I have to watch my fruit consumption so I use less apple than indicated. Next time I will try it without and use coconut stevia for sweetness. I also add about 1/4 cup fresh or frozen avocado to keep the ingredients mixed up. They tend to separate too quickly for me. It’s so good to have a truly green smoothie. BTW, chia seeds are a great add on.

  2. what if i don’t add spinach or use frozen spinach instead of fresh? how about if I increase my kale quantity instead of spinach and instead of lemon I use fresh orange juice? thanks for sharing.

    1. I like to add spinach to make smoothie tastier because kale alone makes smoothie bitter. However, maybe it will be OK with sweet orange juice .Try to taste, why not?!

  3. Thanks for the recipe. I got my chia seeds from nuts,com. They have great prices and most of the time 2 day shipping.

  4. Hi Olena,
    I came across your site through Pinterest, and I can’t wait to try the above recipe. I have been looking for a green smoothie that will be delish and healthy! Your weight loss story is awesome!! I don’t have any children yet, but I am recently engaged and would like to shed a nice amount of weight before waking down the aisle. I agree with you, eating makes a difference. I have PCOS, with everything that comes with having that, clean eating could make the difference for my overall Heath and fertility. I can’t wait to use your recipes and tell my friends to visit your site!!!

    Thank you again,

    1. Hi Jessica. Congratulations on your engagement. So much excitement and so many firsts are ahead of you!:) Eating healthy and working out is key to happiness and wealth, if you ask me. So good luck and let me know how you like the smoothie.:)

  5. Great recipe! Is there a substitute that can be used instead of chia seeds such as ground flax seeds? Chia is new to me and I haven’t found an inexpensive supplier yet. Can you also recommend an online source for chia seeds? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Julia. Yes, you can use flax seeds. I buy my chia in Costco, super cheap. You can also look on Amazon. Where do you live?

  6. Hi Olena, just stumbed upon your website and I love it! I’m really looking forward to trying your green smoothie recipe. One tip, though (in case you’re not already doing this): rather than put my dirty blender in the dishwasher, I put some hot water and a little dish soap into it after I make smoothies, put the dirty lid back on, blend for a few seconds, and then just pour out the hot soapy water and rinse the blender and lid out. The blending action plus the hot water and soap cleans the blender for me. Voila! A perfectly clean blender, without the hassle of hand washing or having to take it apart and put it in the dishwasher. Hope this makes your daily blending even easier 🙂

    1. That’s a very good idea, Bianca. Thank you. I usually rinse the blender with warm water right after using so the greens do not dry on the walls and then I have to soak the blender. I really like your idea though.:) Enjoy the recipes.:)

  7. Just wondering how much of each ingredient you used here. I’m only seeing the recipe for Baked Chicken Breasts with Bell Pepper and Mushroom Medley underneath your post.

  8. I made this the first day without the cucumber because I was out and it was yummy. The second time I had the cucumber and wow…it is so delicious and refreshing and filling!!!! Will be having this everyday!!! Thanks for sharing.

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