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Green smoothies for beginners

I used to start every day with a green smoothie. They are delicious and totally easy to make. One of the keys (in my opinion) to my successful gluten-free and mostly vegetarian diet is the sheer volume of greens I am getting every day. I shoot for a variety, eating greens at every meal. I usually start with spinach in my morning smoothie, enjoy some mixed greens for lunch, and have kale or swiss chard for dinner.

Today, I share a basic green smoothie recipe that you can adjust and add-to with whatever is in your produce and spice drawers.

Basic Green Smoothie 


1 banana, sliced into 1-inch chunks and frozen

2 cups spinach (organic, of course)

1 T nut butter

1 c non-dairy milk

1 t cinnamon (or other spice)

Add-ins as desired


Put all ingredients into blender. Blend until smooth. Drink.

For substitutions, you can replace the spinach with kale. If you are less adventurous, replace the spinach with romaine lettuce. You can also swap the cinnamon for another spice and add in other fruit or even vegebables (like pureed squash or pumpkin). Adjust it to your tastes!

But whatever you do, drink it. Enjoy it. Repeat daily.

What is your favorite green smoothie recipe?

56 thoughts on “Green smoothies for beginners Leave a comment

  1. This diet is exactly what my husband needs/needed back in April. He awoke with a pain in his stomach and we spent the next three months in limbo wondering if he had stomach cancer; he drank every meal for months. I was at my wits end trying to find ‘new’ things for him to consume. What a challenge (you can add only so much protein powder before everything tastes the same as it did the day before). Thank you for sharing this recipe and for introducing your raw diet. My guy is doing better but still cannot digest food properly and this sounds like a great way to get in some much needed vitamins naturally.


  2. A calorie is not A calorie. ok that’s deep lol… πŸ˜€ I’m not as disciplined to drink every morning, but a few times per week and I love my green drinks too!!! πŸ™‚


    • Sounds crazy, but calories are absorbed differently according to their source and our metabolism! For example, if we eat 180 calories of raw almonds, our body only absorbs 130!

      I love a smoothie in the AM. It was hard to get used to, but now I crave it!


      • That’s interesting! Will go read up more πŸ™‚

        The calorie calculating method drove me crazy. I gave up eventually Lol.

        Oh yes… I crave for a smoothie all the time now πŸ˜€


    • How is it a cheater recipe? It sounds really delicious – you should post it and link to Sunday Smoothie!


  3. Okay…you’ve talked me into my “first” green smoothie. πŸ™‚ I eat spinach every day anyways, I don’t know why I’ve been so hesitant to drink it! Thanks for the nudge!


  4. This smoothie looks really healthy ang delicious! I wonder why haven’t I made smoothies with spinach. I think I better try it. Uhm, banana, yes! I have bananas in my smoothies everyday! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing something healthy to FF15. πŸ™‚


  5. You are the best smoothie artist I know. Okay so I have a question. Is there anything you can recommend as a sub for banana? I am interested in making my kiddo a smoothie this way, but I have an allergy and can’t have banana. It makes smoothies REALLY tough sometimes because there seems to be banana in just about everything!


    • I keep forgetting about your allergy – okay, so I think in terms of texture, you could do avocados or silken tofu, but I rally think the best option would be ripe pears. Freeze them when they are ripe, and I get it would be really good!


    • It doesn’t taste like spinach at all – just freeze a ripe banana (already in chunks) and use whatever nut butter you have already. This is definitely the one to try, not because it’s healthy, but because it is delicious!


  6. That is similar to my ‘go to’ green smoothie! Love it!

    And totally with you on the ‘calorie is NOT a calorie’ thing … it is really important.


    • I agree – and I’m learning that the hard way. Even harder (for me) is the eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full!


  7. Hi Laura – I totally agree with you about craving greens – I find that after a few heavy meals in a row (if we are on holiday, say) all I want is a plate of lightly steamed leaves or a big green salad…I juiced quite a lot last summer and really enjoyed it but stopped during the winter. I feel that it’s probably time to start again though – I have been thinking about it quite a lot recently and your post has made my mind up! Thanks for sharing – enjoy the party!


  8. Ah! This is just what I needed (in terms of green smoothies). I’m sure I can work out a cinnamon substitute. I usually sub allspice in at half the quantity or just take it out altogether. I know a few kids that are also spinach haters, so I might just have to make this and see how they fair. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚


  9. Hello Laura! I love your smoothie, because it does not contain any kale or other very fibrous green vegetable. Not everybody owns an expensive high performance blender, and hard fibres can’t be blend properly in a basic blender… I will try your smoothie tomorrow, using my Magic Bullet πŸ™‚


    • I know exactly what you mean – I have to juice it first if I decide to use kale. But normally I just use spinach because I like it so much!


      • I was at the grocery store this afternoon (being hungry since I skipped lunch) and saw some bananas so I remembered your recipe. I just finished my smoothie and it was delicious! Thanks for this recipe. πŸ™‚


  10. Your smoothie recipes are making me want to buy a blender! I actually love how green this smoothie is, and I’m a huge spinach lover. Have a great day, Laura!


  11. That smoothie looks so yummy! I’ve been experimenting with mine lately adding in carrots with them. You still can’t taste them which is awesome!


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