7 Green Smoothies That Are Actually Yummy

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We’re sure you’ve heard it all before: how great green smoothies are for you, how many vitamins and minerals they have, how they can even add protein to your breakfast to get you going.

Still, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t force yourself to mix those grassy-tasting greens into your sweet and tangy fruity smoothies.

SO, in the name of your health and all of the nutrients you’re missing out on – and in honor of St. Patty’s Day later this week! – we’ve found seven of the best tasting green smoothie recipes, that way you can have your greens and your smoothie too!

 

Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 min          Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup mango*
  • 1 cup pineapple*
  • 2 bananas*

Instructions:

  • Tightly pack the 2 cups spinach into a measuring cup and toss into the blender
  • Add water, blend until leafy chunks are gone
  • Add fruits and blend until smooth

*Be sure to use at least one frozen fruit to chill your smoothie. If you’re allergic to any of the fruits (or don’t like them), you can substitute any other fruit with a one-to-one ratio.

 

Blueberry & Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 min          Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup yogurt (plain, blueberry, vanilla – get creative!)
  • ½ tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • A splash of milk

Instructions:

  • Blend all except the chia seeds until smooth
  • If you want a little thicker smoothie, add a few more blueberries
  • Once smooth, add chia seeds and pulse several times

green smoothies with spinach and apples

Green Warrior Protein Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 min          Serves: 1 large or 2 medium drinks

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup fresh red grapefruit juice (sub with orange juice or coconut water for a sweeter taste!)
  • 1 cup destemmed dinosaur/lacinato kale (milder than curly kale) or baby spinach
  • 1 large sweet apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 med-large stalk celery, chopped (about ¾ cup)
  • 3-4 tablespooons hemp hearts, to taste
  • ⅓ cup frozen mango
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons virgin coconut oil (optional)
  • 4 ice cubes, as needed

Instructions:

  • Add grapefruit juice to blender
  • Add kale/spinach, apple, cucumber, celery, hemp, mango, mint, coconut oil, and ice
  • Blend on high until super smooth, adding water if necessary

 

Healing Cranberry Cleanser

Prep Time: 5 min          Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2 oranges, peeled*
  • 2 bananas*

Instructions:

  • Blend kale and water until smooth
  • Add fruits and blend again until smooth

*Again, make sure at least one fruit is frozen to keep your smoothie chilled. Also, try to keep as much of the orange pith (the white part) on for nutritional benefits.

 

Leprechaun Protein Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 min          Serves: 1-2

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup coconut milk, organic (or full-fat cream)
  • ¼ cup fresh baby spinach
  • Fresh mint to taste (or mint extract)
  • ¼ cup vanilla or plain whey protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons pistachio nuts, unsalted
  • 1 vanilla bean (or ½-1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 3-6 drops liquid Stevia
  • Water and ice cubes as needed

Instructions:

  • Wash mint and spinach
  • Halve and peel avocado
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth

green smoothies, spinach, chia seeds from above

Tropical Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 2 min          Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups frozen spinach
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries (or another of your favorites!), optional
  • 1 cup milk (cow, almond, soy, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon+ vanilla extract
  • Sweetener, to taste

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth
  • Any extra can be frozen for up to a month

 

Vegan Mango-Coconut Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 min          Serves: 1 large or 2 small drinks

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, washed and packed
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango cubes
  • ½ medium banana
  • ¾ cup light canned coconut milk
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Optional Additional Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter (adds coconut flavor plus fiber and protein!)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • Chopped mango or coconut for topping

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth
  • Pour into a glass, add toppings if desired

 

Still not sold on the green smoothie hype? That’s okay! Check out this morning Wake-Up Smoothie that’s a great alternative:

 

What are some of your favorite smoothie recipes? Tell us about them in the comments!

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