Green Smoothie

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.

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


  • 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)


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

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  • Louise

    I make a similar smoothie with green apple, banana, pineapple, frozen strawberries and peaches, kale and/or spinach and orange juice. The vitamin C in the orange juice helps absorb the iron in the kale and spinach, which is good if you’re iron deficient like me.

  • madison

    This smoothie is fantastic! Today is my first day of the green smoothie challenge, and I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about using spinach in a smoothie. You can’t taste it at all!

  • Lisa Trovato

    Does anyone know how many calories are in the green smoothie with banana?

  • Melanie Harrison

    I replace the yogurt with cranberry juice, orange juice and pineapple juice. I also trough in a B12 pill in there. It is delicious and gives me energy during the day. I will have to add coconut oil tomorrow.

  • lindsey

    kale, spinach and carrots all go great (tasteless) in my smoothies, plus I like to add a tablespoon of chia seeds, another super food. Instead of coconut oil and yogurt, I use 1 C coconut milk.

  • CanaDad

    I’ve been making this smoothie almost daily since it was posted here. That’s a lot of smoothies. It’s taught me that there’s an easy and healthy alternative to cereal in the morning. It’s also the only way my kids will eat anything green. Thank you!

  • Danica

    Yum I can’t wait to try this! I tried a dairy free recipe similar to this smoothie recently it was good.

    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!

  • 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:


  • 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)
    ground flax seed
    lots of ice

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

    • Steve-Anna Stephens

      Hi Jennifer, great idea! It absolutely works with kale.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kristie Turck

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Denise

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

  • Gary Lloyd

    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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Stephanie

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

  • 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.

  • Pat

    can I substitute milk instead of yogurt?

  • Jeanne

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

    • Steve-Anna Stephens

      Either one is fine!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • melanie m

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

  • 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).

  • shawn

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Elia

      I add chia seeds instead of the banana.