Make this protein-packed green smoothie recipe with fresh spinach, banana, orange, and Greek yogurt in under 5 minutes. Jump to the Green Smoothie Recipe or see our tips for making it.
We love this green smoothie recipe packed with two cups of spinach. You don’t really taste the greens and instead get a creamy and fruity smoothie.
How to Make a Green Smoothie
There are so many green smoothie recipes out there. It’s very easy to make one to match your tastes.
In our basic recipe, we combine banana, orange, yogurt, milk, and fresh spinach. By using Greek yogurt, the smoothie gets a protein surge. If you are looking for a dairy-free version, skip the yogurt and use a non-dairy nut milk instead (like unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut). Then to bump up the protein, add a couple tablespoons of shelled hemp hearts, which are quite high in protein. Peanut butter or almond butter also have a bit of protein and are delicious in this smoothie.
We always have spinach in the fridge, so it is our go to green, but kale or a boxed mix of superfood greens (usually with baby beet greens, baby kale and baby chard) work as well.
You can play around with the fruits, too. Mango makes smoothies just as creamy as bananas and pineapple is really tasty when combined with greens. One of our favorite things to add is a handful of frozen berries.
More Smoothie Recipes
- We love this simple strawberry smoothie or this basic banana smoothie!
- Our easy blueberry smoothie recipe that keeps you happy for hours. One small smoothie offers almost 5 grams of fiber as well as 5 grams of protein.
- With 6 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, this utterly delicious strawberry banana smoothie will keep you full and energized for your day.
- Or try this chocolate chia pudding, a simple breakfast made with chia seeds
Recipe updated, originally posted January 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Easy Green Power Smoothie
This creamy, protein-packed green smoothie is very simple to make and only takes a few minutes. We’ve shared a basic recipe below with optional ingredients after that. If you are looking for a substitute for the Greek yogurt, simply leave it out or replace with more fruit (frozen berries are our favorite).
You Will NeedBasic Recipe
1 medium banana, peeled
1/2 medium orange, peeled and quartered
1/4 to 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup milk, unsweetened almond milk, or unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups fresh spinachOptional Ingredients
1/2 cup mixed frozen berries
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal or shelled hemp hearts
1 tablespoon natural peanut or almond butter, try our homemade peanut butter
1 to 2 teaspoons pure honey
1Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy, adding more milk or fruit to thin or thicken the smoothie. Serve immediately or freeze to enjoy later.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Using a frozen banana makes this really refreshing and thick.
- This smoothie taste best fresh, but it can be frozen for later. To save the smoothie for later, add to a food-safe resealable plastic bag or container and freeze. Then 45 to 60 minutes before needing the smoothie, take out from freezer.