Green smoothies are all the rage, especially for those who want to eat healthy but are always on the run. Green smoothies are among the healthiest smoothies you can indulge in, meaning you get all the benefits of a refreshing, delicious treat without the guilt! And, they’re perfect smoothies for those following the paleo diet, too.
The good news: you can enjoy a delicious green smoothie without spending tons of time in the kitchen. If you’re on the go, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store to grab a delicious green smoothie you can enjoy on the way to work, as a tasty lunchtime meal, or a well-deserved treat at the end of the day.
Our Edible® Treats menu includes a variety of mouth-watering options that are so delicious, you’d never guess they’re actually good for you! Try our refreshing blend of Pineapple + Honeydew + Kale, or create your own smoothie by choosing ingredients from our Create-Your-Own menu, such as a tasty mix of banana, pineapple, and kale. Add a scoop of whey protein for an extra protein punch. Looking for a keto diet-friendly smoothie? Try a blend of blueberries, kale, and protein powder. The options are endless!
For more delicious green smoothie recipes, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say.
Cam is a blogger and publisher of RealHomeJobsNow.com, a site dedicated to helping job seekers find legitimate work that can be done from the comfort of home. She’s been researching home-based work and working at home since 2008.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe makes a bright and delicious smoothie that maintains its beautiful green color and provides a great mix of carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, fiber, and Omega-3.
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 scoop unflavored protein powder
- 2 Granny Smith apples, cored
- 2 celery stalks
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks (or more/less for desired taste)
- Filtered water (enough to reach desired consistency)
“Blend and enjoy! Note: If you prefer a cold smoothie, make sure to use cold water and/or add ice. If you are using a high wattage blender, you can blend all ingredients at once. If not, blend the first three ingredients with water, then add the remainder with enough water to reach the desired consistency.”
Kylie Goldstein is a travel and food writer and Japan expert at Tourist Japan.
“Matcha is known for its health benefits including antioxidants and its naturally detoxifying qualities. Classified as a superfood, Matcha, made from green tea leaves, is a part of most diets in Japan. It’s mostly consumed in tea, but also included in ice creams, desserts, and of course, smoothies!
“At Tourist Japan, making a Matcha smoothie is one of the best ways to start the morning off right. Matcha also contains naturally occurring caffeine with l-theanine which can replace a morning coffee, giving a boost of energy that will last longer and does not
have the same effects as coffee. Mixing Matcha together with fruit is one of the best ways to incorporate this powerful superfood and enhance its earthy flavor.
“Matcha Mango Morning Smoothie:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup of mango (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tsp of Matcha powder
- 1 cup of nondairy milk such as almond milk or coconut milk
“The combination of fruit and Matcha is both flavorful, healthy, and filling – a perfect way to start a morning. By not adding any other protein to this shake (such as soy milk, spinach, or protein powder), it helps maintain the powerful properties of Matcha. Mixing iron together with green tea actually reduces the EGCG (antioxidant) properties.”
Hope Bolinger is a literary agent, soon-to-be published novelist, and smoothie enthusiast.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is:
- One banana
- A handful of spinach
- Half an avocado
- Rice milk, covering the ingredients in the blender
“Instructions: Blend well until smooth. Depending on the blender, you may need to implement a colander. It serves 2 or more, and you can add more bananas or spinach to serve more.”
Deanna Tomaselli is a Pittsburgh-based PR and social media professional. Her blog, PRetty in Pittsburgh, features insights on the PR and marketing industry, as well as travel, Pittsburgh happenings, fitness, food and fun.
“Here’s my favorite go-to recipe:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana (frozen then thawed a bit is key for the best texture!)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- Pineapple and mango chunks (I like to buy these in the freezer section so it’s all ready to go)
- Giant handful of spinach”
Kristin Nowzek is an entrepreneur and health enthusiast. She is the co-founder of Cirkle Kids Designs, a thoughtfully designed and curated baby apparel company with an important social mission.
“While it may be tempting to reach for one of those highly-processed energy bars or baked goods (yes, I know they’re delicious!) to stave off those mid-day hunger pains, your body, mind, and heart will thank you if you don’t. With a little bit of prep work, smoothies can take just minutes to make and be an excellent option for an on-the-go meal replacement.
“This simple green smoothie recipe packs a nutritional punch, and keeps you full and energized throughout your day. The best part – it’s delicious!
“Pro tip: Portion out the ingredients into resealable bags ahead of time so making your smoothie is as easy as grabbing and blending on your way out the door.
- 1 cup tropical mix frozen fruit (pineapples provide important digestive
enzymes that help prevent inflammation)
- 1 fresh banana (for healthy carbs and potassium)
- 1 cup fresh spinach (for fiber, vitamin C and potassium)
- 1 cup fresh kale (the health benefits are astounding: loaded with vitamins A, C, K, B6, antioxidants, beta-carotene, potassium, and calcium)
- 1-2 tsp chia seeds (rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium)
- 1 to 2 tsp ground flax seeds (packed with omega-3 fatty acids and fiber)
- ½ cup milk (adjust to achieve desired thickness – coconut or almond milk recommended for a delicious boost of creaminess)
- ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt (optional)
“Instructions: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!”
Rhian has a food blog where she posts easy, undetectably vegan and gluten-free recipes, focusing on healthy comfort food and naturally sweetened desserts using plant-based ingredients. She made a lot of dietary changes after being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2015 and decided to share her new recipe creations online.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is made using 1 cup milk of choice (I like to use unsweetened almond milk), 1 persimmon, and a handful of spinach or kale. Persimmons are great alternative to bananas, as they also provide natural sweetness to balance out the bitter greens and act as a thickener for the smoothie. As an added bonus, they offer a good dose of vitamin C. You can add a pinch of ground turmeric or some fresh ginger for an extra kick. You can use peeled, chopped, and pre-frozen persimmon instead of fresh for an even thicker, creamier smoothie.”
Rebecca Park is a registered nurse from New York City and
founder of the natural health resource, RemediesForMe.com. She is always looking for new ways to eat healthier and to find foods that will benefit her gut health and metabolism.
“Breakfast green protein smoothies help to keep you full and lose weight. They also taste great! Here are my two favorite green smoothie recipes.
“1. Green Blend Smoothie: This smoothie contains healthy, good, satiating fats, vitamins and minerals, and omega-3s.
- 1 to 2 scoops of protein powder
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup of organic vanilla soy/almond/cashew milk
“2. Spirulina Smoothie: Spirulina is a superfood that is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Protein helps you to stay full for longer and makes building lean
muscle quicker. More muscles helps the body to burn more calories throughout the day.
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 cup of organic vanilla soy/almond/cashew milk
- 1 banana”
Jasmine earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the University of South Florida. She enjoys being a resource for patients and strives to help every Tampa Rejuvenation patient reach their goals!
“For health and nutrition, my favorite simple green smoothie always has spinach, kale, ginger, carrots, and orange juice (as a base). The fiber in the vegetables should help slowly absorb the sugar from the juice when it’s ingested.”
Roberta Perry and her sister, Michelle, started ScrubzBody™ in 2006.
“My favorite simple green smoothie is:
- 6 large leaves of kale, including stem
- 6 large leaves of spinach, including stem
- 1 peeled cucumber
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 cored apple
- 1 peeled lemon
- 1 inch of ginger
- 2 large pineapple stalks
- A large handful of grapes
“Put in the blender, hit start, and go! This recipe can be used in cold-press juicer, as well.”
McKinzie Bean started Moms Make Cents in June of 2016 to help teach moms how to build profitable blogs and businesses so they could have the freedom to stay home with their kiddos.
“Our family absolutely loves green smoothies, and it is the only way that I can get my three-year-old to eat his vegetables. He literally begs for this smoothie every night. Parenting win!
“Here is our recipe:
- 2 cups of spinach
- 2 bananas
- 1 to 1.5 cups tropical frozen fruit mix
- 1.5 to 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (optional)
“It makes approximately 4 to 5 cups.”
Kim Goeltom is a Certified Master Wellness Coach through the International Association of Wellness Professionals and is the owner of Creating Legacy Wellness. She is also an IAWP Admissions Advisor and Master Coach Leader.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is called Kim’s Green Power Smoothie to Recharge Superwomen:
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 1 frozen banana, or use an avocado if you’re allergic or dislike banana
- 1 large handful of kale or spinach
- 1 handful of strawberries
- 2 tbsp of your favorite nut butter or sunflower butter
- 2 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 tbsp of hemp seeds
“Directions: Blend the first two ingredients together. Then blend again once all of the ingredients are in the blender. Feel free to get creative and change out the strawberries to another fruit for variety or use ground flax meal in lieu of chia seeds to create an ever-evolving green smoothie! Power up and have fun!”
Sarah is the Content Director at Perfect Keto, with a mission to help as many people as possible achieve optimal health and well-being.
“My personal favorite is the Citrus Keto Green Smoothie.
“It’s a great way to start a day and get vitamin C for better immunity. This refreshing, low-carb citrus keto green smoothie will tickle your taste buds and help boost your energy levels for a productive day.
“Ingredients are as follows:
- 8 oz milk of choice
- 1 tbsp MCT oil
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 handful of ice
- 1 handful of spinach
“Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and mix on high until smooth.”
Emese Maczko and her husband share plant-based and gluten-free recipes on their blog called My Pure Plants.
“My favorite simple green smoothie is a Kiwi Banana Spinach Smoothie, which I boosted to create my Lactation Smoothie after we welcomed our second daughter in October 2018. It is an allergy-friendly smoothie that is not only refreshing but covers all bases from vitamin A and C to calcium and iron – all important things for a breastfeeding mom. The smoothie contains kiwi, banana, spinach, lime, oats, almond milk, chia seeds, and hemp powder.”
Milana Perepyolkina is an international bestselling author. Two of her books are Gypsy Energy Secrets: Turning a Bad Day into a Good Day No Matter What Life Throws at You
and Dark Chocolate for the Soul: Turning a Bitter Life into a Sweet Life No Matter What Happens to You.
“Here is my favorite simple green smoothie recipe:
- One pack of frozen acai berries
- One apple
- One banana
- A bunch of chard leaves
- One scoop of raw sprouted vanilla protein powder
“Blend until smooth. Drink with gratitude.”
In addition to her own private practice as a wellness coach, Karina Hammer is also the host of the Magnetic Heart Radio Show, a Health & Wellness Magazine Columnist, Founder of Nashville Integrative Health, and Director of Coaching for The Butterfly Institute. In her practice, she focuses on supporting professional women with their immune, digestive, or vocal health challenges.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is the Super Simple Kid Approved Green Smoothie. This is a delicious green smoothie that even kids will like!
- 1/2 cup organic apple juice
- 1/2 cup organic coconut milk
- 1/2 cup organic frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup organic frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup organic spinach
- 1/2 cup organic kale
“Optional superfood add-ins include hemp seeds, bee pollen, coconut oil, or avocado. Directions: Blend all ingredients and enjoy.”
Susan Schenck, LAc, MTOM is an award-winning author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet as well as Beyond Broccoli: Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work.
“My fave green smoothie is very simple: 1/2 cup pineapple blended with a cup of spinach and a cup of pure water. Easy and DELICIOUS!”
Delanie West is a hands-on creative with experience leading award-winning product development, design, packaging, and global sourcing teams. She helps people and organizations execute creative vision for ideas, projects, products, and brands.
“I have been drinking and making green smoothies for well over 20 years. Before you could find milk substitutes, before the vegan trend, I would consume smoothies because I was a vegetarian and needed a healthy option that was easy to make and ‘eat.’
“Before you could bounce into one of a number of branded ‘smoothie’ shoppes, you might be lucky to find your local mom and pop health food store that would blend one for you.
“Because there weren’t many places to have one made, I made them at home.
“My favorite has been a go-to for at least 20 years!
“I use Spiruteen (but any vegan protein is good), fresh or frozen spinach, frozen banana, and sometimes I use Green Vibrance. I blend it with almond, soy or rice milk, a date, or some honey.
“That’s it! It’s a keeper and so great!
“Super Creative Green Shake
- Scoop Spruteen powder
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach
- 1/2 frozen banana
- Scoop Green Vibrance
- 8 ounces almond / soy or rice milk
- 1 Medijool date or tablespoon of honey
“Blend, and adjust milk for consistency.”
Heidi Bright was diagnosed with aggressive end-stage uterine cancer in 2009 and entered radical remission in 2011. She earned Champion of Cancer Care, Unsung Hero, and Voices of Women awards. Heidi is the author of physician-endorsed Thriver Soup: A Feast for Living Consciously During the Cancer Journey (Sunstone Press, 2015).
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is the Chocolate-Mint Smoothie. If you like mint and have a high-powered blender, try this green smoothie.
- 1 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk
- 1 handful raw organic cacao nibs or 2 tbsp plain cocoa powder
- 1 bunch fresh organic mint leaves
- 1 tsp organic vanilla flavoring
- Sweetener of choice (unprocessed sugar, raw honey, raw agave nectar, stevia, and xylitol are options I’ve used)
“Place all in a smoothie blender, whirl, and enjoy. For a minty ice cream, place the smoothie in a freezable dish. Pull out of the freezer every hour and beat with a mixer to break up the ice crystals. Eat when ready.”
Melissa Eboli, a.k.a. Chef Via Melissa, owns Via’s Kitchen, a personal chef and catering company that focuses on clean eating and allergy friendly cooking based out of NYC. Dishes boast with flavor while keeping nutrition and presentation top of mind while serving up a party for your palate.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is the Chef Via Melissa’s Minty Cherry Chocolate Chip Delight Smoothie. Here’s the recipe for one serving:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen cherries
- 1 scoop vanilla vegan & greens protein powder
- 1 cup vanilla coconut milk
- 2 tsp flax seeds
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp chlorella
- 4 drops mint flavoring
- 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips”
Jessica Rosen is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Co-Founder of Raw Generation.
“Sugars from fruit are not the same as white sugar found in so many of the processed foods we find in our grocery stores. For a sweet treat that will give you energy and won’t expand your waistline, try this Energizing Tropical Avocado Smoothie, a fresh smoothie packed with fruit and greens, including avocado!
- 1/4 avocado
- Handful of baby spinach
- 1/2 cup of pineapple, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup mango, fresh or frozen
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1-1/2” slice of ginger (optional)”
Dr. Steven Loehr
Dr. Steven Loehr has grown Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture to a team of over 20 specialized physicians and professionals helping over 10,000 patients. He leads his team to redefine the standard of health care through patient education and creating a culture of problem solvers to blaze into the new frontier of healthcare.
“These are my favorite simple green juices, which can also be made as a smoothie.
- ½ lemon (peeled)
- 1 cup grapes
- ½ cup honeydew
- 1 kiwi
- Handful of mint
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 green apples (cored)
- 1 head Swiss chard
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1 head red leaf
- 2 cups spinach”
Stella Metsovas, author of Wild Mediterranean, has been in private practice for over ten years, during which she has researched and promoted the importance of gut balance as a key component of complete wellness. Beyond her private practice, Stella is regularly called on as a media resource.
“This Gut-Strengthening Smoothie is my favorite simple green smoothie recipe.
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 1/2 grapefruit, peeled & chopped
- 1 kiwi, chopped
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- 1/2 cup jicama, chopped
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Protein powder of your choice, such as pea protein
“Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the grapefruit and kiwi; blend for 30 seconds on high. Add the greens, jicama, protein powder, and olive oil. Blend for an additional 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.”
Stacy Caprio is a Life Coach at Stacy Caprio Inc.
“My favorite green smoothie recipe is:
- Handful of blueberries
- 1 banana
- Handful of broccoli
- 2 scoops yogurt
- 2 cups milk”
Tamsin Astor helps busy people organize their personal and professional habits so they have time for what they want and need and time for fun. They make 35,000 decisions every day. Tamsin helps people change their mindset and create new behaviors using habit science, so they reduce their decisions!
“Here’s my favorite simple green smoothie recipe:
- 1 handful of greens (spinach or kale)
- 1 piece of fruit (apple, banana, or pear)
- 1/2-inch knob of fresh ginger
- 2 cups of water or coconut water
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
“This combination is flexible, which allows you the space to add whatever you have in your fridge. It has ingredients to boost your digestion and immune system!”
Elise Marie Collins
In addition to being a yoga teacher and a health coach, Elise Marie Collins’ resume includes numerous books on healing foods and well being.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is:
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of parsley
- 2 tbsp raw honey, Manuka preferred
“I love this recipe because you can drink it every day. Packed with vitamins and minerals, parsley’s superfood powers are often disregarded because of its reputation as a toss-away garnish. Plus, honey is a great sweetener and energy-booster. It’s good to have a jar of quality healing honey, such as Manuka, on hand. All of the ingredients in this smoothie are good to have on hand everyday.”
Veladya Chapman is the creator of Earth Mama Medicine.
“My favorite simple green smoothie recipe is:
- 1 cup of organic spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- 1.5 cups of fresh cashew milk (or any other nut milk)
- 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
- A dash of liquid chlorophyll or spirulina for extra green, cell-feeding nutrients!”
Ysabel Montemayor is the lead RD at Fresh n’ Lean.
“My favorite simple green smoothie is called the Tropical Green Smoothie (The Green Machine).”
- 1½ cups dark leafy greens (spinach or kale)
- ½ cup sliced cucumber
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 1 cup chopped frozen pineapples
- ½ to ¾ cup coconut water
“The recipe yields 2 servings. All of the fruits and veggies in this smoothie are are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. I like to use dark leafy greens because they are easy to blend and are associated with numerous benefits such as better blood, bone, heart, and eye health. A bit of cucumber will add a refreshing flavor, and pineapples will add juicy tartness. Adding a banana adds natural sweetness and thickness to the smoothie while helping balance out the tartness/bitterness from the pineapples and greens. I like to use frozen fruit because it helps create a desirable thick, icy texture without the need for ice cubes. Coconut water helps ease blending while being rich in electrolytes, which are important for hydration.”
These green smoothies are simple, meant to be easy to make if you’re pressed for time or kitchen-challenged. If you’re crunched for time, on the go, or simply want a great-tasting, effortless treat, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store and choose a combo of fresh, never-frozen ingredients from our Edible® Treats menu for a delicious, done-for-you smoothie on the go.
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