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I’ve been making green smoothies for years now and notice such a difference in my health when I’m good about having one every day. My energy is higher and I almost never get sick. Greens are an important part of a healthy diet and green smoothies are such an easy way to get them in, especially if you don’t always feel like eating a salad. 

How to Make a Green Smoothie

Step 1: Choose Your Flavor(s) 

Green smoothies come in many flavors and I firmly believe there’s a green smoothie out there for everyone. You really can make any smoothie green. My favorite non-fruity smoothie is probably Peanut Butter Banana, and I often add a handful of baby spinach to it. I’ll leave a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post with a similar recipe. 

Step 2: Add your GREEN

Let’s look at the ingredients that can make a smoothie green, and their benefits. Add any of these to your favorite smoothie. 

  • Avocado: ads calories, fat, and creaminess 
  • Spinach: lots of bright green color, vitamins, and minerals, but very little spinach flavor. 
  • Kale: like spinach, but a little more pronounced “green” flavor 
  • Spirulina: blue-green algae provides vitamins and minerals, and a dark green color 
  • Matcha: ground up green tea leaves provide an energy boost.  

Best Green Smoothie Recipes 

You probably have some green smoothie recipe ideas of your own, but to get you started I’ve gathered some of my favorites, and asked my recipe developer friends to share theirs. Let’s take a look at some of the best green smoothie recipes! 

Green Smoothies Made with Leafy Greens

Adding a handful (or three) of baby spinach is my favorite way to make a green smoothie. It’s virtually tasteless and adds so much nutrition. Kale is another great option, but with a bit stronger flavor. You can use fresh or frozen greens, but I prefer fresh. 

A green detox smoothie in a glass jar with bamboo straw.

A cleansing Detox Smoothie made with superfoods like ginger, parsley to support the metabolism and liver detox. If you’re into detox recipes, you’ll also love this Detox Water and ACV Drink

This Green & Glowing Smoothie is one of my favorites. It’s a copycat of one I get at Whole Foods and a great beginner green smoothie to start with. 

Green spinach smoothie in a glass topped with chia seeds.

If you want a lower-sugar, higher-protein green smoothie, this one is  for you! This Peanut Butter Green Protein Smoothie is my go-to after workouts. 

This Sneaky Mint Chip Shake is gets its green color from a handful of spinach! 

My kids aren’t always so into green colored smoothies, so I like to blend spinach into a darker smoothie like this Immune Boosting Berry Smoothie

Another way to get kids to enjoy a green smoothie is to add spinach to a fruit that’s already green, like kiwi! Here’s a Tropical Kiwi Smoothie to try. 

Green smoothies with glass straws and pineapple.

Pineapple is my kids’ favorite! This one from Veggies Save the Day looks great. 

This Citrus Explosion Green Smoothie from Fried Dandelions is just what I need to fight off those cold and flu bugs going around. 

This Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothie is a delicious flavor combination from Yay For Food! 

Delicious Kale Smoothie from Happy Kitchen Rocks. Yay for making kale delicious! 

Next time we have passion fruit, I’m adding the juice to a smoothie! Check out this Passionfruit Green Smoothie from Family, Food, and Travel. 

Beautiful purple blueberry green smoothie in a glass.

Coconut Autoimmune Paleo Smoothie from Bliss Health Coaching. I love a green smoothie that isn’t actually green. This simple smoothie has just 3 simple ingredients and looks so refreshing. 

Green Smoothies with Matcha

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie. It’s like the creamy frozen version of a matcha latte. 

Beautiful tall green smoothies made with mint and matcha.

This Morning Mint Matcha Milkshake from Snixy Kitchen looks so dreamy. 

Hemp, Matcha, Kale Power Boosting Smoothie from 2 Purple Figs has matcha and green leafys! 

Green matcha smoothie topped with whipped cream and goji berries in a tall glass.

Grinch Matcha Smoothie from Natalie’s Health is so cute and made with super healthy ingredients like avocado, spinach, and matcha. 

Green Smoothie with Spirulina 

This superfood Spirulina Smoothie is loaded with vitamins and minerals. 

Green Smoothies with Zucchini

We have way too much zucchini in the summer, why have I never though to add it to smoothies?! Here’s a Zucchini Smoothie recipe from Joy, Food, Sunshine! 

Green smoothie with a straw and chopped zucchini in the background.

I love zucchini bread, so this Zucchini Bread Smoothie from Julie Harrington has me intrigued. 

Avocado Green Smoothies

Beautiful green smoothies garnished with blueberries and chia seeds.

Super Green Avocado Smoothie filled with so many nourishing ingredients! 

Two glasses filled with a pineapple avocado green smoothie and garnished with pineapple wedges.

Pineapple and Avocado Green Smoothie from Greedy Gourmet is so pretty garnished with lime and pineapple! 

I love avocado as-is, but a smoothie is a great way to get those good fats in if you’re not an avocado-lover. Here’s a Spinach Avocado Green Smoothie from Just the Woods. 

Yield: 1

Simple Green Smoothie

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

A basic recipe for how to make your own simple green smoothie. Use this easy method to create your own custom green smoothie.

Simple Green Smoothie


  • 1/2 cup liquid (juice, plant-based milk, whole peeled orange)
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups favorite frozen fruit
  • 1 tablespoon flax or chia
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Place the liquid, spinach, fruit, and flax/chia into a blender. Cover with the lid and blend until smooth. Add ice and more liquid as desired.
  2. Enjoy immediately!


*Add protein with a scoop of unflavored or vanilla protein powder (I like Garden of Life at the moment). I don't add vanilla protein powder to sweet fruit smoothies as it's too sweet for my taste, but love it with nut butter-banana smoothies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Carbohydrates: 64gFiber: 14gProtein: 15g

Nutrition will vary depending on ingredients. Information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your favorite calculator.