Green Smoothie

This green smoothie recipe is for beginners as well as veteran smoothie mavens. It’s simple to make with pure ingredients, including rice milk, spinach, banana, and honey or agave to sweeten. An easy, healthy way to start the day. Even the kids will be happy about it.

Two glasses of green smoothie, one of them tipped over and spilled with two spinach leaves beside it.

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

What does this green smoothie really taste like?

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

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Toss all the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.

Divvy among 4 glasses and sip, gulp, or slurp immediately. Originally published January 8, 2013.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

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.

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 vanilla rice milk 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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  1. Very tasty! My new go-to morning treat. I used vanilla almond milk instead because it is what I had on hand, but it still turned out great.

  2. So delicious and an easy recipe. I have allergies, so this recipe was really good for being allergen friendly. Definitely recommend! It is also a nice healthy option. Even if you don’t like spinach you will love this.

    1. Thanks, Grace! I’m delighted that we were able to provide you with a recipe that suited your food requirements AND was delicious.

  3. This was absolutely delicious!!!!!!! Even though I like spinach, there was no spinach taste at all.

    We could not find vanilla rice milk so used vanilla oat milk instead. It turned out great.

  4. 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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