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Quick and Easy Green Smoothie Recipe

by on January 10, 2013 · 10 comments

Quick and Easy Green Smoothie Recipe

We love this green smoothie recipe packed with a whole cup of spinach. It’s delicious, too. All you taste is a creamy and fruity smoothie – it’s like waking up to a treat, not a health drink.

Make This Green Smoothie Recipe in Less Than Five Minutes

This really does come together in no time. Throw spinach, banana, half an orange, a little low-fat yogurt and water (or milk) into a blender, turn on and blend until smooth and creamy.

Easily Substitute with Other Fruit and Vegetables

Our recipe below is very simple and uses fruits and veggies we almost always have in the house, but let your imagination have some fun with different variations.

For veggies, add or substitute the spinach for another leafy green (like kale), celery, carrots, cucumber or other favorite.

For fruits, add or substitute the banana and orange for apple, mango, pineapple, strawberries or other favorite.

You can even add a little protein powder, flax oil or other nutrient. So simple!

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This green smoothie recipe has a whole cup of spinach leaves, but you barely taste it. Instead, the smoothie is creamy and fruity. Depending on how ripe or sweet your banana and orange are, you may need to add a little extra honey, so add based on your taste. There are many substitutions you can make here, substitute or add different greens, such as kale or other dark leafy green. Also, you could add strawberries, mango, pineapple or other favorite fruit.
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You Will Need
  • 1 cup packed spinach leaves
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water or milk
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
Directions
  1. Roughly chop spinach, banana and orange quarters then add to a blender. Top with yogurt, water (or milk) and a teaspoon of the honey.
  2. Turn blender on and blend until creamy and smooth. Taste then adjust with extra honey if needed.
How to Freeze and Make Ahead
  1. This recipe makes one smoothie. Enjoy now, or save for later. To save the smoothie for later, pour each serving into a food-safe resealable plastic bag or container and freeze. Then, 45 to 60 minutes before needing the smoothie, take out from freezer. Or, store in the refrigerator.
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I'm Joanne Gallagher and alongside my husband, Adam, I develop, test and share favorite recipes from our kitchen. I'm completely in love with food and you'll most likely find me covered in flour, chocolate or both.

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10 Comments

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Such a great way to start the day. I had a green smoothie of my own this morning, but I’ll definitely give this recipe a try as soon as I get an orange :)

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2 Palrak January 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Try orange juice, as it can get pretty thick, otherwise.

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3 Joanna @ Green Smoothies January 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

I agree, this is a great way to start a day! I have a green smoothie every morning, and my 8-year-old too. I would skip dairy, though, and use some avocado or almond milk for creaminess. I sometimes add some flax seeds. When banana is really ripe, you won’t need any sweetener.

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4 Stacee March 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I’ve never heard of a green smoothie with dairy in it. Usually its just fruits, veggies etc. Interesting. I tried it and its not the same, ill stick to the regular green smoothies.

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5 Adam March 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Hi Stacee — Thanks for commenting. We love the creaminess of the yogurt, but if you prefer it without definitely leave it out. It’s your smoothie after all :)

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6 Marc January 27, 2014 at 11:50 am

We really love this smoothy, it’s delicious! We’re using 100 ml orange juice per serving instead of an orange which makes it nice and not to gluggy. I’d recommend swapping out the water for ice cubes (or just adding a few in with a bit less water) as it is much better cold.

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7 Nancy June 14, 2014 at 1:16 pm

This is not a comment on the smoothie(whichlooks delicious!) Just found your website and your recipes look amazing! Am so thrilled to find you all. Your recipes look incredible and I cannot wait to make many of what I have seen today. I have spent many hours pouring over the internet for recipes that “feel right” and worth the time and energy investment to make. Just wanted to tell you this is a very happy day for me! Thank you so much. If things work out,I might even ask one of my children to get me on facebook so I can keep up with you better. If it’s not too complicated! I’m a dinasaur in this computer savy world. Still can’t e-mail. Pathetic. But I can cook, and love to make new things when the recipe feels right. THANKS! NANCY

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8 Joanne June 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Hi Nancy! You are so incredibly sweet! We’re thrilled you have found us. Feel free to comment/email us anytime! All the best, Joanne and Adam

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