Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie Recipe

I’m pretty lucky to have kids who eat their greens. But even if I didn’t, I’m pretty sure this Green Smoothie would be irresistible to them. This smoothie packs a lot of goodness and yumminess into one glass. I came up with the name “Green Monster Smoothie” for it because it’s a monster of nutrition and it’s so delicious it’s scary. If you have a kid who avoids eating greens, this just may be the answer to your prayers. On a vegetable nutrition ranking, spinach is way up at the top in terms of vitamins and minerals—there’s no doubt why Popeye ate so much of the stuff. It also gives this delicious drink a beautiful green color as well as a mild, sweet flavor that will surprise you.–Catherine McCord

LC Yes, We Went There Note

Yes. We went there. To that green smoothie place. But close your eyes, take a sip, and we swear you’d never guess this sweet, banana-y smoothie is suffused with good-for-you green things. Honest. We find that the basic proportion of banana, milk of some sort, and a little something to sweeten things up hides all manner of sins, er, healthful ingredients. And not to dissuade you from tossing in spinach or chard or kale or other green things, but we’ve also swooned over this basic banana smoothie made without the green stuff. Other times, we’ve found kids to like it with a handful of berries or papaya or mango. We’ve slipped peanut butter in there, too. A shot of vodka may make it go down even easier. Oh, and when we remember, we slice ripe (or borderline overripe) bananas and freeze them before blending for a smoothie that’s uber thick and creamy. That’s all we got. Care to add anything?

Green Smoothie Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
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  • Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla rice milk
  • 4 cups packed fresh spinach
  • 2 large, ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar, or to taste

Directions

  • 1. Toss all the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.
  • 2. Divvy among 4 glasses. If desired, serve with straws for slurping.
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Susan Bingaman

Jan 08, 2013

As awful as this smoothie might sound, it’s totally delicious. I’m not sure people who are averse to greens will down it happily, but that’s their loss. I love it! I drink this smoothie in the morning so I don’t feel bad about hitting the chocolate drawer at 2 p.m.

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Colleen Bloxham

Jan 08, 2013

This little recipe is just so simple. And I don’t know about you, but I need to try and get my fruits and veggies in as much as my kid does, so this little drink does the trick. It couldn’t be simpler—just dump it all in the blender and breakfast is ready. We actually had it as an afternoon snack as well. I used vanilla soy milk as I think the extra protein along with the veggies and fruit makes a better meal. It really is perfect and simple.

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Anne D.

Jan 08, 2013

Don’t be put off by the vibrant green of this concoction—this drink DOESN’T taste like spinach! I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk and loved the mild, pleasantly sweet taste. This is such a great recipe for a quick, nutritious meal. Tip: peel your ripe bananas, chop them, and toss them in a plastic bag in the freezer before throwing them into your blender. It makes for a frosty Green Smoothie that rivals anything from Jamba Juice. If your bananas are ripe enough, you can also get away with omitting the honey. It’s still delicious.

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Jill R.

Jan 08, 2013

This is definitely a Testers Choice recipe. Not only is it simple, but the taste is amazing. If you can get past the bright grass-green color of this smoothie, you’re treated to a wonderfully smooth, slightly sweet, mellow banana flavor. I used the vanilla rice milk that was listed in the recipe and found that there was no real problem with the taste of it or the spinach in the smoothie. I think kids would love this; just don’t tell them about the spinach if they don’t like to eat their veggies.

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Tracey G.

Jan 08, 2013

I’m not blessed with green vegetable–loving kids, but they certainly like smoothies. They slurped these up and asked for seconds. These smoothies are very airy and light—more of a refreshing drink than a meal replacement. We’ll certainly be making these on a regular basis.

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Kristen Kennedy

Jan 08, 2013

I thought this was a piece of cake to make and delicious! I’d definitely drink this as a snack or for lunch on a busy day. So healthy! I halved the recipe and used whole milk because it’s all I had on hand. I also used agave nectar instead of honey.

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E. Wagner

Jan 08, 2013

A truly healthy smoothie with easy ingredients! I’ve seen spinach used in other smoothie recipes but have never been brave enough to try it. I’m so glad I didn’t pass this one up. It’s deceptively simple, using ingredients I usually have on hand—almond milk, really ripe bananas, and (baby) spinach. I made 1 batch with honey and 1 without and thought the difference was almost indiscernible. I wasn’t able to detect the taste or texture of the spinach (even in the first batch when the spinach wasn’t completely pulverized) and found the combo of nutty almond milk and ripe bananas to be faintly reminiscent of banana bread. The recipe is easily cut in half. I also recommend keeping any overly ripe bananas in the fridge so that the smoothie is as cold as possible (or add 3 to 4 ice cubes).

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Jenna Helwig

Jan 08, 2013

My six-year-old daughter and I are spinach smoothie aficionados so I thought it’d be fun to try this version. It couldn’t be simpler and we were both happy with the result. I used coconut milk (the kind in refrigerated cartons next to the almond milk), which gave the smoothie a nice tropical flavor. Next time I might freeze the bananas first to make the smoothie a bit frostier, or add some frozen mango chunks. One note on the serving size: this recipe didn’t make enough to serve 4 in my household, more like 2 1/2.

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Sofia Reino

Jan 08, 2013

Prior to even starting this smoothie I knew I’d have a customer in my toddler, but I was worried that both my teen and husband would look at me as if I was crazy to make them try it. To my surprise, everyone loved it. And all agreed to start having this smoothie every morning. The main taste is banana with another unidentified taste. Most wouldn’t even think about spinach, but of course they’d wonder where the green color came from. Also, I used agave nectar.

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Mackenzie Campbell

Jan 08, 2013

A lot of people have problems incorporating more vegetables into their diets. This is a great way to fix that. This recipe only has a few ingredients and is very simple to make. I could see having this for breakfast all the time! I used vanilla almond milk because that’s what I had on hand. The sweet almond milk coupled with the honey made this a bit sweeter than I usually like, so I think I’d omit any extra sweetener in the future. After initially tasting it, I added even more spinach. I think I could go so far as to use 1 1/2 times more spinach than the recipe calls for. I’ll definitely make this again!

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Kim M.

Jan 08, 2013

What a quick and delicious way to add a serving of leafy greens to my day. I used skim milk and healthy baby spinach in this morning energy boost. The banana thickened and sweetened the smoothie. Half a ripe pear slipped in before blending one morning added flavor and texture.

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Leanne Abe

Jan 08, 2013

I’ve become a huge fan of green smoothies this year—I don’t know if they’ve made me healthier, but at least I know I’m getting in some good servings of veggies in the morning! I used almond milk, which I think works fine. The smoothie is a bright green, but I don’t think you can taste the spinach at all. Plus, it’s so customizable! Sometimes I throw in almond butter with the bananas, or peaches instead of the bananas (although, the banana helps keep it a little creamy and masks the spinach taste more than most fruits). Usually I omit the honey since bananas are so sweet (to me), but I can see how it makes the smoothie more palatable. We make so many green smoothies, the blender pretty much just lives on the counter now.

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Karen Lynch

Jan 08, 2013

This is an easy way to get part of your daily fruit and vegetable requirement. The combination is bright and flavorful, and can be varied by adding other ingredients. Peanut butter is a wonderful twist.

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Natalie Reebel

Jan 08, 2013

If you’re a banana lover, this smoothie is for you. Because all the ingredients are convenient, this takes no time at all to prepare; place in the blender, blend, and voila—a simple breakfast or recovery drink. The smoothie isn’t very thick so it’s easy to drink while on the go. The strongest flavor in the drink is the banana, while the spinach adds great color. A lovely drink. Also great with vanilla frozen yogurt in place of the milk.

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Sue Epstein

Jan 08, 2013

I love smoothies and I love spinach. Fresh spinach isn’t easily available where I live so I used frozen spinach along with almond milk and honey. Simple and delicious! This is going to become one of my favorites for breakfast.

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Robert McCune

Jan 08, 2013

In the past, I’ve tried some smoothies using other greens [especially kale]. Even with several fruits, spices and sweeteners, there’s always that underlying “raw” green flavor that just seems too much. I found this to be a very delicious and an easy thing to put together for a quick breakfast or an in-between-meal boost. I used some fairly ripe bananas and vanilla almond milk along with some excellent local honey. I’m thinking about trying this with some frozen blueberries, but I think that may take away the beautiful green color. Next time I think I’ll add a kiwi fruit and try using half pure maple syrup and half honey. Can’t wait to try this on the grandkids.

Comments
Comments
  1. Nicholle C. says:

    Easy and delicious, and it appeals to kids and my insanely picky hubster. Santa brought me the Weelicious cookbook for Christmas and I’m loving it!

  2. maggie says:

    I make a similar smoothie a couple of times a week. (There is a lot of information on the internet about not eating raw spinach daily, though. Check out the Healthy Home Economist.) When I make my smoothie, I use almond milk, protein powder, a tablespoon of almond butter, 1/2 a frozen banana, a couple tablespoons yogurt, 4 ice cubes, and a little powdered espresso powder. It is really good. When I do add a handful of spinach it is totally non-detectable in flavor…but a lovely shade of green!

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Many thanks, Maggie, for sharing your recipe. Perhaps Kermit was wrong when he bemoaned that it’s not easy being green…?

  3. Angela says:

    Can you suggest an alternative for the bananas? My son was just diagnosed with 1.5 pages of food allergies and bananas, oranges and cantaloupe were on the list. I am trying to find alternatives so that I can keep him healthy while keeping the food fun so that omitting what he loves is not so terrible.

    • Beth Price says:

      Hi Angela, smoothies are so adaptable to different fruits and veggies. I would play around with the fruits that are on the good list until you find that perfect concoction.

  4. leanne says:

    Robert McCune – Blueberries are great in smoothies! But, when added to a green smoothie, they kind of turn the whole thing a purple-brown color. Still delicious, but not nearly as attractive.

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Gack. Thanks for the heads up, Leanne. Maybe just close your eyes and then down the hatch…?

  5. Renee Schettler Rossi says:

    Gack. Thanks for the heads up, Leanne. Maybe just close your eyes and then down the hatch…?

  6. Jamie says:

    What if you don’t like rice milk. Any other suggestions…?

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Absolutely, Jamie. Soy milk. Almond milk. Coconut milk. Cow milk. Just taste and be prepared to adjust for sweetness, given that some of the vegetarian “milks” have added sweeteners. Let us know what you use…and what you think!

  7. Montana says:

    I tried the smoothie yesterday and I am definitely hooked! I am not a health nut or anything so I was a tad…apprehensive to make this. There really isn’t a heavy taste of spinach, mostly just a sweet thickness that is really quite enjoyable. You should definitely have an open mind and give it a try!

    • Renee Schettler Rossi says:

      Montana, we couldn’t agree more! So swell to hear that you’re hooked. Many thanks for the endorsement!

  8. Suzanne Hamlin says:

    It’s so easy being green! Although I’m basically a solid food person myself–with apologies to all my kale, protein powder, mango, Greek yogurt, ad infinitum morning wake-up shake friends–this was/is a lovely any time of day smoothie! (used unsweetened almond milk and did not think it needed any honey or agave). It’s great as a pre or post yoga drink and was enthusiastically received by the 1 and 1/2 and 5 year old crumbcrushers in my immediate family, their parents, and my 14 year old Bearded Collie (a well-fed and discriminating dog)

    Also, inspired, I tried the pineapple ginger shake (linked to the bottom of this recipe) which is too good, really. Lacking a fresh pineapple, I used a 20 oz. can of pineapple chunks in juice (about 1 and 1/2 cups–perfect)–a vibrant, bright break in a dark and dreary winter day.

  9. I can’t believe all the amazing comments by testers. So thoughtful and other great additions! Now you’ve got me wanting to try some new twists on one of our favorites!

    • David Leite says:

      Catherine, it’s always wonderful to have authors pop by. Yes indeed, this is quite a popular recipe. Thanks for creating it!

  10. Sofia Reino says:

    I was in charge of the smoothie booth at my older daughter’s health fair today and decided to make this smoothie as a demo to show teens how fruits and veggies together actually taste good. Well, I ended up having to make 6 batches as the students kept on coming back for more. HUGE HIT!

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