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How to Make Green Smoothies (for Beginners!)

Want to try green smoothies but don’t know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes! I make these things almost every morning as a way to get the tulip-man and I filled up and ready for the day (and to pack in a few servings of veggies without bother before 9am).

Want to try green smoothies but don't know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes!

So I’ve got to admit, even though I studied nutrition and cook healthy food for a living, sometimes I struggle to get in as many veggies as I know I should. I blame my sweet tooth, which urges me to think about dessert far before I think about what I’ll make as a vegetable side dish. But I found a way to get a healthy dose of veggies into my diet easily and without fuss…Green Smoothies!

Eatmail subscribers know that I’m all about smoothies, but I’m realizing that not everyone is as accustomed or comfortable with throwing a salads-worth of spinach into a smoothie. So today we’re breaking it down to the basics.

Want to try green smoothies but don't know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes!

We’ll start by blending together our liquid and our greens. The secret to ultra-smooth green smoothies is in blending the liquids and greens together first, then adding in the rest of your ingredients. This step prevents having chunky bits of spinach or kale floating around your smoothie!

Want to know how to make green smoothies but don't know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes!

Then we’ll need a creamy base. I usually use chopped and frozen bananas. Pro tip: Cut your bananas into 7 pieces then freeze, that way when you need to pull the bananas out of the freezer for the smoothie, you’ll know exactly how many pieces equals one banana! If you’re not a fan of bananas, plain yogurt works well too!

Want to know how to make green smoothies but don't know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes!

Next we have fruity flavors. You can use virtually any fruit you’d like here, but today we’re going with kiwi and pear.

Want to know how to make green smoothies but don't know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes!

Finally, we have the optionals. You can throw in optional superfoods, like chia or flax seeds. You can also add optional flavor enhancers, like cinnamon, vanilla extract, or cocoa powder!

Want to know how to make green smoothies but don't know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes!Want to try green smoothies but don't know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes!

Want to try green smoothies but don't know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes!
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How to Make Green Smoothies (for Beginners!)

Want to try green smoothies but don't know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 to 2
Calories 202 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

  • 1 cup liquid milk or juice
  • 1 cup leafy greens spinach or kale
  • ½ cup creamy base 1 banana or ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup fruit today that’s 1 kiwi and 1 pear
  • 1 Tbsp optional superfood topping chia, flax, or hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp optional flavor enhancer cinnamon, vanilla, honey

Instructions

  1. Combine liquid and greens in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of your ingredients and continue blending until smooth.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Green Smoothies (for Beginners!)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.3g 5%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 41.7g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6.3g 25%
Protein 6.2g 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Want to try green smoothies but don't know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes!


I first published this recipe on Amanda’s Cookin’, where I’m a contributor.

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Comments (8)

  1. GW says:

    Chia and flax seed to tag the Omega 3s. Great idea. People who.havent tried your green smoothie ideas just don’t understand how easily the taste of spinach is masked by other things. Have,you tried bagged frozen spinach? Not the blocks,

    1. Sarah says:

      I didn’t know you could buy frozen spinach in any form other than cubed! I’ll have to try that, might make the smoothie extra icy 🙂

  2. GW says:

    You have lived in Europe for a while as cubed spinach isn’t a thing in the USA. There are some frozen chopped varieties in the USA. I think the cubes are a German thing, but they work great and like your chop the bananas into seven pieces idea, the cubes make an easy measuring device. I think many people can’t get around the color of veggie smoothies. The taste can be great. Like yours!

    1. Sarah says:

      I wonder, do you know how much fresh spinach is in frozen spinach blocks?

  3. Daniela says:

    Loved your beginner’s smoothie, I’ll be making it for a mid afternoon snack today 🙂 green juice is new to me and I am testing out a few recipes to see which ones I like best. Yours seems yummi 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear, Daniela! Let me know how it goes! If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to my Eatmail where I send free weekly smoothie recipes, in case you need more inspiration 😀

  4. Daniela says:

    Sara, the smoothie was amazing!! Even my boyfriend liked it and he is not a big fan of greens!

    I’m happy to say that this will officially be my “go to” smoothie! And I have subscribed 🙂

    Have a nice week 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      Yay I’m so glad you liked it!! Such a great way to sneak in those greens 😉

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