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The Secret to Killer Green Smoothies

The Secret to Killer Green Smoothies

Forget the fake green beer on St. Patrick’s day. Try a delicious, non-dyed green smoothie!

With the basic formula below, you can make killer green smoothies with whatever produce you have on hand.

The Basics

To get started, you’ll need something for the base of your smoothie. Bananas or avocados work really well for this. On top of that, you’ll toss your choice of fresh or frozen fruit, a few ice cubes, and your greens. Fill out the smoothie with your favorite milk (dairy or non-dairy), and you’re ready to whirl! Blend everything up really well, and enjoy!

When you’re just getting started, don’t push it with the greens. I’ll explain why in the next section.

Green Content

The key is to increase the amount of greens over time. If you try to make your very first smoothie half greens and half fruit, you’re probably not going to enjoy it. Take things slowly, and you’re more likely to stick with it!

To start, you’ll probably just want to use one leaf of kale or Swiss chard with the rib removed or a small handful of baby spinach. As your palette gets used to the greens, though, you’ll be able to reduce the fruit and up the amount of healthy greens in each serving. Before you know it, you’ll be grabbing handfuls of greens and using only a few small pieces of fruit to flesh things out.


Part of the fun of a green smoothie is experimenting. Try adding different types of fruit or different leafy greens. Here are some smoothie combinations I’ve really dug:

  • banana + kale + frozen mango + almond milk
  • banana + spinach + pineapple + coconut milk
  • avocado + romaine lettuce + frozen blackberries + almond milk
  • banana + Swiss chard + frozen strawberries + coconut milk
  • banana + parsley + pineapple + almond milk

I don’t know about you, but a smoothie on its own leaves me hungry way before lunch time. For a heartier beverage, try adding a tablespoon or two of flax meal. Nut butters like peanut, almond, or cashew also help add some calories and fat to keep you full longer.

Some of you are probably green smoothie fans already! Do you have a favorite combination? I’d love to hear your smoothie recipes in the comments!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Natural Mom

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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4:34AM PDT on Jul 26, 2015

Thank you--great ideas. Will have to try! :D

8:22PM PDT on Jul 21, 2015

" As your PALATE [NOT palette] gets used to the greens...."

An artist's palette is good for sampling colors, not tastes.

A person's palate for flavors usually develops over time, as we learn to appreciate tastes as an adult that don't appeal to children.

6:52PM PDT on Jul 20, 2015

Not sure what the taste of veggies and fruits would be like. Sounds strange to me. Have tried veggie/fruit mixed juices like V8 and only tasted tomato juice which I don't like, And is the Nutri-Bullet really worth that price?

2:53PM PDT on May 11, 2014


5:41AM PDT on May 7, 2014

They sound delicious will try them. Thank you.

10:05PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

very nice post

6:16AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

Thank you very much, I will surely be trying out some of the combinations.

7:12PM PDT on Apr 6, 2014


6:38PM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Oh thanks!!! I am not very good with these,so I really need some good ideas!

5:00PM PDT on Apr 6, 2014


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