Start your morning right with a healthy Green Smoothie recipe made with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a couple handfuls of spinach.  It’s a healthy smoothie that even my kids love.
I love starting the morning with a yummy smoothie.  I have a smoothie rotation that includes this smoothie recipe, a Healthy Breakfast Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie, and a Power Smoothie.
Green smoothie in two cups with a straw and strawberry on the edge of the cups.

Whether you’re a green smoothie expert or a newbie, you will love this recipe! Green smoothies are the perfect way to start your morning off right…with pure vitamins, minerals, fiber, and with no added sugar.  These smoothies are also a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables–they wont even taste the spinach!

What I LOVE about this spinach smoothie:

  • Fast– you can literally have this ready to go in under 5 minutes!  I always keep spinach in the refrigerator and frozen fruit in the freezer, making this healthy smoothie that fastest breakfast to throw together.
  • Healthy. I love spinach because it’s low calorie and packed fiber and minerals.  I also love adding flaxseed and chia seed for even more protein and fiber.
  • Customizable– change it up by adding different greens, different fruit or even throwing in some peanut butter or rolled oats!  See more variation ideas below.

How to Make a Green Smoothie:

1. Add liquid.  Add milk, fresh orange juice, and ice to the bottom of your blender.

2. Add spinach.  Toss in two big handfuls of spinach (you could also use kale, shredded carrot, or collard greens)

3. Add Greek yogurt.  I like to use plain Greek yogurt that has zero grams of sugar and lots of protein.  You’re adding fruit next which will provide plenty of sugar :).

4. Add fruit and add ins.  Next add your banana, frozen fruit and additional add ins (flaxseed, chia seeds, etc).  Any kind of frozen fruit will work (I love raspberries, pineapple, strawberries, peaches, and mangos).

5. Blend until smooth. Check the consistency of your smoothie and add more liquid depending on your preference.

Blender with orange juice, spinach, pineapple, and bananas in it, ready to blend into a smoothie.

Healthy Green Smoothie Variations:

  • Add rolled oats.  Whole rolled oats are a great whole grain that will add additional protein and fiber as well as a grainy texture that I love.
  • Add peanut butter.  A spoonful of peanut butter will also add some healthy unsaturated fat as well as protein.
  • Switch up the greens.  Try adding collard greens or kale in place of spinach.  Or try a little of each.
  • Add powder. Try adding a heaping tablespoon of vanilla or chocolate protein powder or acai berry powder.
  • Make it vegan or dairy-free.  Leave out the yogurt and use soy or almond milk.

A cutting board with green smoothie ingredients including spinach, banana, pineapple, orange, yogurt and flaxseed.

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Recipe

Green smoothie in two cups with a straw and strawberry on the edge of the cups.
Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 1/4 cup milk (water, soy milk, or almond milk also work)
  • juice of 1 orange , freshly squeezed
  • 5 Ice cubes
  • 2 large handfuls fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit , pineapple, strawberries, mango, peaches, or raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed , optional
  • chia seeds , optional

Instructions
 

  • Add liquid (milk and fresh orange juice) to the bottom of your blender. Also add ice cubes.
  • Next add spinach (or other greens).
  • Add Greek yogurt.
  • Next add your frozen fruit and additional add ins (flaxseed, chia seeds, etc).
  • Blend until smooth. Check consistency and add more liquid depending on your preference.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 10mgPotassium: 283mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 310IUVitamin C: 7.5mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 0.3mg

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I originally shared this recipe April 2013 and updated it December 2019 with new photos and ideas for adding to the smoothie.

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Lauren Allen

Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. I’ve been looking for a good green smoothie recipe! I’m definitely going to give this one a try! Sounds delicious.

  2. Green smoothies have been a favorite of mine for dinner lately! fills me up and it great even late at night! i put banana, spinach, chia seeds, whey protein, yogurt, a bit of water and some strawberries in mine! delicious!