Green Smoothie

Now here’s a way to kick off the New Year. My friend Steve-Anna shares with us her favorite green smoothie. Enjoy! (p.s. Steve-Anna is also a jewelry designer, see her beautiful creations in her Etsy shop, The Artful Twig) ~Elise

Do you ever find it challenging to eat all of your recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables each day? Sometimes I do. And, I admit it. I’m a little late to the game on this one. For years I’ve been hearing people talk about adding greens like kale or spinach to their morning smoothies, saying, “You don’t even know it’s in there.” Well, I didn’t buy it. Until, I tried it. Now, greens are a regular feature in my morning smoothies.

Adding plain Greek yogurt along with the fruits and spinach increases the protein content, making this smoothie an easy and fulfilling meal. You can sneak all kinds of other good things in, too. I like to add a teaspoon of coconut oil, enhancing both the flavor and the health benefits of the drink. Many parents find green smoothies are an enticing way to get their young ones to eat an extra serving of greens.

Do you slip greens into your smoothies? If so, please tell us about it in the comments.

Green Smoothie Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 servings.

If you want to add coconut oil, be sure it’s slightly melted when you add it so it emulsifies and blends well into the smoothie. Otherwise, it might be lumpy, especially if you are using frozen pineapple or if you add ice cubes.

If you use canned pineapple, you can add the juice, too, for a sweeter tasting smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup of fresh, canned, or frozen pineapple
  • 3 large handfuls of fresh spinach (washed)
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 6 oz. water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)

Method

Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

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55 Comments

  1. barb

    I could have written this very post. I would say “How could anything this GREEN taste good”? OK I’m with ya here. I just bought my bag of spinach so tomorrow morning my smoothie will be green. Now If I convince my dear spouse….HA!!

  2. Jessica

    Any recommendation on how to replace the banana? I’ve tried avocado in the past but it doesn’t taste right. Thanks for the recipes, I’ve been following your blog for years. :)

    • Steve-Anna Stephens

      Hi, Jessica~ Try adding carrots! You will be surprised how many fruits and veggies work with the greens.

    • Cathy

      Frozen grapes will replace some of the froth that a banana provides.

    • Emily

      I suggest you sub cucumber for the banana.

    • Mary Ann Sumner

      Substitute mango for banana. I also add some frozen OJ concentrate for sweetness.

  3. Kevin Vesga

    The demonstrators for the Vitamix Blender make a similar beverage except they put ice in place of the yogurt and water. I love that smoothie. Healthy AND tasty.

  4. Sarah

    Hey, that’s my favorite green smoothie too! Except I much prefer kale to spinach, and usually use frozen rather than fresh although nutritionally fresh is probably preferable.
    When I have it, I use coconut water in place of regular water. It goes well with the bananas and pineapple. And coconut oil is a great addition – some healthy fat will help your body absorb all the nutrition in the fruits and veggies!

  5. Kelsang

    Green smoothies are amazing!
    I omit yogurt for my green smoothies.
    Since pineapple is cumbersome to prepare, I use a few dates.
    Great way to get veggies in!

  6. Candy C.

    What timing! I sat down this morning to look up smoothie recipes and find this one! Thanks!! :)

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I love green smoothies and I love that this one has pineapple in it!

    • Katherine F.

      I lost 35 lbs. last year using this recipe. It worked for me and I have kept it off. 1 banana, 1 pear, Frozen or canned pineapple 1/2 cup, 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed or Chia seed or a combination of the two. Handful of Kale, handful of spinach. Blend all in a blender. My brothers added a heavier athletic protein to theirs. Mine worked fine for me. I ate then one sensible meal at lunch or dinner. Love it!

      • marlene moody

        hi
        was wondering how many times a day did you drink this smoothie?

  8. Deb SG

    I’d heard of people putting spinach in their smoothies and really couldn’t get excited about trying it myself. When I finally did try it, I wished I’d done so sooner. My favorite smoothie is almond milk, protein powder, a banana, a handful of frozen mixed berries, a handful of spinach, and a teaspoon of lemon juice. I call it my Shrek Shake! I love the pineapple and coconut oil in this version.

  9. shawn

    Didn’t have pineapple – made it anyway. Used a squeeze of Agave syrup for sweetness. Very good.

  10. anna p

    I freeze almond milk in cubes and use that to replace the banana, or in addition to the banana sometimes. Berries always work well in green smoothies too (obviously they change the color).

  11. melanie m

    I add freshly grounded flax seed which gives it texture I like. I also put in a spoonful of local honey.

  12. Antionette Blake

    I love starting the day with green smoothies, kale and spinach are my favorite greens, along with any fruit except bananas and Chai Seeds. Hope you are having a good weekend.

  13. Sandy S

    Thank you Elise, Steve-Anna and everyone else for all of this information on making green smoothies! Especially appreciative of ideas on what to use in place of bananas and how to add coconut oil. I love bananas but find that I get very sleepy shortly after eating them. They actually work perfectly as a sedative for me. On the other hand, I recently have found that adding a little coconut oil to my daily diet is helping with energy and the weight battle. I am wondering if any one has added alfalfa or other kind of sprouts and/or cooked spinach for the difference in nutrients? You are a grand group!

  14. sherry

    Great! I have all except coconut oil? what is the substitute? Thanks

    • Steve-Anna Stephens

      The coconut oil is optional, Sherry. You can just leave it out – the smoothie still taste great and be healthy!

  15. Laura

    I have always stayed away from smoothies, due to my extreme hatred of bananas…and I mean extreme. I am intrigued by the possible substitutions for bananas, but still not convinced. Might have to give this a try.

    • Steve-Anna Stephens

      Laura, I wasn’t convinced until I tried it either! Besides using carrots, you can also use fresh or frozen peach or mango as a substitute for the bananas. Let us know if you decide to try it.

  16. Jeanne

    Do you use so-called baby spinach, or the old-fashioned huge spinach leaves?

  17. Pat

    can I substitute milk instead of yogurt?

  18. kurt

    I like swiss chard – stems & all. Don’t put bananas in, but all the other stuff people listed above are good. Try granny smith apple & avocado together for good consistency & flavor.

  19. Jessica @ Food Luv Bites

    I make this all the time however never thought about adding pineapples or coconut oil. I will def try this.

  20. Stephanie

    Almond milk, protein powder, cherries, cocoa power and spinach or kale. YUM!

  21. shawn

    Very tasty – and actually quite nice looking. Used Banana and a bit of Agave because I didn’t have pineapple. Then I replaced the water with soy milk.

    I am sure that there are a myriad of variatins (nuts, fruits, kale etc.) that would work beautifully.

  22. Amy

    I have found that my kids love my green smoothie. frozen mango & pinneapple, kale, 2 bananas, water, and a straw. The straw is really important and they drain the glass!

  23. Kathy DiPrima

    This is a great smoothie recipe! I make mine with the same ingredients, plus I also add a tablespoon of nutritional yeast. I highly recommended this recipe for everyone. Thanks for posting it!

    My only comment is that the type of greens used should be rotated. Although unlikely, it is possible to get ‘alkaloid buildup’ if the same greens are used exclusively. For example, if you use spinach everyday for a week, switch to kale, collards, carrot tops, or whatever other greens you like the next week, and so on and so on. Alkaloid buildup is very rare so not a huge concern, but you might as well mix up your greens because it gives you even more nutritional value!

  24. Gary Lloyd

    Elise,
    I have been drinking various green smoothies for several years. Always, I include either kale or spinach…Then I vary almost everything else but soya milk and non-fat yogurt are always included. I freeze almost all fruits when they are in season so I take my pick each morning. The frozen fruit makes the smoothie extra thick requiring a spoon to eat. About every other day I put 1/3 cup of NOT quick cooking oatmeal. This adds great crunchy texture and great nutrition….I use a blender stick to save a little clean up and drink/eat right from the blender container…. Yummy

  25. Lea

    Thank you for the reminder of adding greens to smoothies. I forgot about doing this. Every morning I have a smoothie and in the warmer months 2 or 3.

  26. Denise

    Very simple and VERY good!!! I was surprised at how good it tasted!!

  27. Mary

    Do you know the nutritional value of this smoothie? How many calories?

    • Steve-Anna Stephens

      Hi Mary, the nutritional value and calories will vary based on the specific ingredients you use in your smoothie.

  28. TorontoGuy

    I made this for the family and it was a huge hit. Quite a victory when I can get the kids to eat fresh spinach. The only odd thing I found is that this has to be consumed within an hour because if it sits any longer it becomes quite bitter. Seems like the bananas are reacting with something in the mixture.

  29. Kristie Turck

    I love this, and so does my daughter. Great after school snack as well.

  30. Vanessa

    I love green smoothies! What a great recipe and cannot wait to use it! This can be a great way to start off my mornings!

  31. Vickie Foresman

    I love smoothies with apples, spinach, grapes and yogurt. Spinach doesn’t seem to add a flavor, does kale? I bought some but haven’t tried it yet.

    • Steve-Anna Stephens

      Hi Vickie, the kale doesn’t add a pronounced flavor, either. Like others who commented, I alternate between kale and spinach.

  32. rockstar

    Using frozen bananas and blueberries really make it yummy. Also rice protein powder and soymilk along with kefir adds great protein for a workout.

  33. Lee

    Looks yummy and similar to ones I’ve made… lots of variations… The glass sure looks a lot like my wine glasses from Crate and Barrel :-)

  34. Keena

    Delicious! A perfect way to use up all my CSA kale. I added a scoop of whey protein so it would hold me til lunch. This is a keeper!

  35. Mike

    I try to keep dairy to a minimum in my smoothies. My morning green smoothie this morning consisted of kale, spinach, pineapple, banana, flax seed, lemon juice, a small piece of ginger and just water. My Nutribullet does a pretty good job of blending it to a fine smooth texture. I don’t find it overly sweet. Sometimes I mix almond milk in it if I want the texture a bit creamier.

  36. Jennifer @ The 52 New Foods Challenge

    This recipe would be great fun for St. Patrick’s Day! I’ll have my kids make an extra batch for the leprechauns. Would it work with any deep green veggie, like kale for example?

  37. Jennifer @ The 52 New Foods Challenge

    Yum! Will try both ways and let you know how it goes. Thanks for the tip.

  38. Robyn

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one who just discovered ‘green smoothies’! I learned about them at our latest Employee Wellness Fair a couple of weeks ago and have tried several since. I find I am fuller for longer after drinking one and my sugar cravings have dropped dramatically. My go-to is kale, banana, apple, strawberry low fat yogurt, wheat germ and sunflower seeds.

  39. Geneva Corley

    Tried the original recipe this morning. Very Good. For a little extra sweetener I added some splenda. Thanks for helping me find a way to eat breakfast with veggies and protein. Something that is mandatory for me since I had weight loss surgery.

  40. Jay

    my favorite smoothie to do is

    plain greek yogurt
    coconut water (very high in electrolytes)
    stick of celery (also very high in electrolytes)
    banana (i like it very ripe, so it can be very sweet)
    Kale
    Spinach
    ground flax seed
    lots of ice

    …i sometimes also throw in strawberries and/or green peppers (they’re high in Vit C)

  41. Vicki Welch

    Thanks for sharing – I am a spinach smoothie addict. I am looking forward to trying this one soon! Since you’ve shared what looks to be an awesome recipe, I’ll share one of my own for all you caffeine addicts out there.

    In addition to loving my spinach, I also love my coffee just as much (if not more), but always end up with a stomach ache and a bit of regret. I’ve since found the best of both worlds (courtesy of tastelove&nourish) – an almond coffee green smoothie!

    It’s truly delicious – just enough coffee to wake up the senses, but not enough to rip me apart on the inside. The only modifications I make are leaving out the almonds (because I don’t like the texture), and using a dash of pumpkin spice for taste. I start each and every day with one. Below is the recipe:

    http://www.tasteloveandnourish.com/2012/12/12/almond-coffee-green-smoothie/

    Cheers!

  42. Danica

    Yum I can’t wait to try this! I tried a dairy free recipe similar to this smoothie recently it was good. http://www.chicdelish.com/recipe/pineapple-green-smoothie-recipe/

    Maybe for this one I can substitute something for the greek yogurt to make it dairy free?

    • Steve-Anna Stephens

      Hi Danica, you could replace the yogurt and water with almond milk or soy milk. Probably a cup should be about right. Sometimes I leave out the yogurt altogether and it’s tasty just with water!

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