The Best Green Smoothie

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Here’s an invitation to try a green smoothie that actually tastes REALLY good. It is so delicious that you’ll savor every sip rather than gulping it down. 

A hand holding a glass of green smoothie
Green Smoothie Recipe

Drinking green smoothies is a healthy trend that most people start at the beginning of the year. Some continue this habit while some give up because they simply don’t like the taste. To be honest I was in the same boat until I had a green smoothie at a vegan restaurant. It was so delicious that I drank it to the last drop.

After I got back home I checked the ingredients of the recipe from their online restaurant menu and try to reverse engineer the recipe. It took me about 7 attempts to recreate the taste and I finally nailed it. Here’s how to make this green smoothie that even your kids will love!

How to make this green smoothie recipe

Ingredients used – baby spinach, pineapple, kiwi, orange and lime juice

Equipment needed – Ideally, high-performance blenders like Blendtec or Vitamix. You can definitely make it with a regular blender if you don’t have a high-performance one but you may have to blend it a couple of times.

An overhead shot of green smoothie ingredients - oranges, baby spinach, pineapple and kiwi
Ingredients for Green Smoothie

Directions –  In most smoothie recipes you dump the ingredients and blend it but green smoothies have a different process. This is to ensure that the greens (spinach in this recipe) are pulverized properly. We certainly don’t want the tiny pieces of spinach to get stuck between our teeth. That is why I follow this process for every kind of green smoothie – 

  1. Add the liquids along with the greens first.
  2. The next ingredient to go would be fresh fruits.
  3. Add ice or frozen fruits last. 
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Serve immediately. 
Green smoothie ingredients in a blender
How to add ingredients in a blender to make a green smoothie

Tips

  1. Follow the sequence of adding the ingredients in the blender as mentioned in the process.
  2. Use a high-performance blender like Blendtec or Vitamix for best results.
  3. Use baby spinach because it is milder and sweeter than mature spinach. 
  4. Your smoothie will only be as good as the ingredients you use. Always use fruits that are ripe and taste good. A raw kiwi or a tasteless pineapple will not make a great tasting smoothie. 

Variations 

  • Add about 1/4 cup of chopped cucumber slices to vary it up a bit. Note: Whenever I add cucumber slices to the smoothie, it makes me want to skip my meal – it can be quite filling. 
  • Substitute water with equal amounts of coconut water.

What’s so good about this green smoothie?

  • No added sugar
  • Tastes REALLY good – perfect for beginners and even kids. 
  • Nutritious and it is a great way to get your veggies and fruits in!

How long will a smoothie stay good in the fridge

It lasts about a day in the refrigerator and then starts to lose flavor.

You can also make the smoothie and freeze it. It will last about 2-3 months in the freezer. To consume, let it thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. You might need to keep it on the counter for an hour to completely thaw it. 

Ideally, I would recommend you gather all the ingredients (except the liquids) and add them in a reusable silicone food bag in the freezer. Just pull the bag out from the freezer whenever you are ready to blend them in. This does not impact the taste and it is ready in about 2 minutes.

Overhead shot of green smoothie
Green Smoothie

Looking for more smoothie ideas that your family will love? Here are my top picks –  

  1. Kesar Pista Smoothie (Saffron Pistachios smoothie) – This smoothie combines saffron (kesar), pistachios (pista), with banana, cardamom, and milk to create a delicious and nutrient-rich drink that’s perfect for kids and as a post-workout drink. 
  2. Apple smoothie is a delicious way to start your day with the goodness of milk and apples and with no added sugar. It is ready in less than 5 minutes – now you have no reason to skip breakfast.
  3. Banana Nutella Smoothie – Your kids will love this delicious Banana Nutella Smoothie Recipe – a healthy-ish drink made from bananas and milk with a hint of Nutella and hot cocoa. 
  4. Strawberry banana smoothie –  This delicious 4-ingredient gluten-free strawberry banana smoothie is perfect for busy families. Make it for breakfast or as an after-school snack – all you need is 5 minutes. 
  5. This coffee walnut smoothie is the perfect solution for when you are debating between having coffee in the morning or chugging down a healthy smoothie.
  6. Chickoo (sapota) smoothie –  This nutritious blended drink made from Date and Chikoo (Sapota) is a great treat for any time of the day – be it an after-school snack or a post-workout drink. 
  7. Chocolate almond smoothie – This smoothie combines the goodness of bananas with nutrient-rich almonds and dates with a hint of cocoa to make this delectable smoothie. 
  8. Dry fruit smoothie is a great way to combine nutritious milk and dry fruits to create a wholesome meal for any time of the day. Make one today!


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A hand holding a glass of green smoothie

Green smoothie recipe

5 from 3 votes
Here's an invitation to try a green smoothie that you'll absolutely love. It tastes so good that you'll savor every sip rather than gulping it down. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Diet : Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegan
Course : Beverages
Method: Blender
Cuisine : Fusion

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1.5 cups pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • ½ lime

Instructions
 

  • Add water along with baby spinach into the blender.
  • Add chopped kiwi, orange slices and pineapple chunks. If using frozen pineapple, add it last. Pour the lime juice on top.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve immediately for the best tasting smoothie.

Notes

Tips
  1. Follow the sequence of adding the ingredients in the blender as mentioned in the process.
  2. Use a high-performance blender like Blendtec or Vitamix for best results.
  3. Use baby spinach because it is milder and sweeter than mature spinach. 
  4. Your smoothie will only be as good as the ingredients you use. Always use fruits that are ripe and taste good. A raw kiwi or a tasteless pineapple will not make a great tasting smoothie. 
Variations 
  • Add about 1/4 cup of chopped cucumber slices to vary it up a bit. Note: Whenever I add cucumber slices to the smoothie, it makes me want to skip my meal - it can be quite filling. 
  • Substitute water with equal amounts of coconut water.

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Nutrition

Calories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 21mgPotassium: 871mgFiber: 9gSugar: 71gVitamin A: 1806IUVitamin C: 126mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 2mg

Disclaimer: Approximate Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.

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