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The Ultimate Green Smoothie Guide: My Best Recipes, Tips, and Tricks

Robyn Openshaw - Feb 11, 2020 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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If you do just ONE thing to improve your health, make it a green smoothie! Making a daily green smoothie is a 10-minute habit that can have profound health benefits.

In this article:

My foolproof green smoothie recipe is below, and I’ll include the frequently asked questions I’ve gotten most often over the 20 years I’ve been teaching people to add a green smoothie to their daily diet.

Green smoothies are simply blended mixtures of whole foods that include greens (like spinach, kale, and collard) or other nutrient-dense veggies, and they may or may not contain other ingredients like fruit or nuts blended in. Don’t let the name mislead you—green smoothies don’t necessarily come out looking green! Some of my smoothies do have a rich green hue, but I’ll often add frozen mixed berries to make them purple or other ingredients that turn the smoothie purple, pink, or orange.

How do I make a green smoothie?


My easiest starter green smoothie recipe is still the most popular, because it’s versatile and always works. It can even be a meal replacement! The basic ratio is 1:1:1 of liquids, greens, and fruit.

This recipe makes 6 cups of raw green smoothie, giving you your recommended full quart for the day, plus extra to snack on or share. Enjoy!

Step 1

Put 2 cups of water in your blender, then blend it with greens like spinach, kale, and collards until the pureed mixture reaches the 4-cup line. (A big handful of greens usually does the trick).

Step 2

Gradually add fresh or frozen fruit, blending between additions, until the blended mixture reaches the 6-cup line. (I usually use a banana, ¼ whole lemon including peel, an apple, and about 2 cups of frozen berries to hit the 6-cup mark.)

Step 3

Add optional ingredients to adjust taste and nutrients. Ideas include a scoop of protein powder, a tablespoon of sprouted flax for omegas, a handful of cashews for healthy fats, or a few drops of liquid stevia to make it sweeter. Blend until smooth.

Use this free printer-friendly version of the green smoothie recipe template to tape up in your cupboard, giving you the steps to follow to use whatever you already have in your fridge or pantry to make a yummy combination.

Check out a video demonstration of my green smoothie template recipe guide.

Greens, water, and fruit can turn into all types of smoothies for every person’s palate.

Green smoothies keep well 2 or 3 days in the fridge. They often begin to separate fairly quickly, but that is easily remedied by a quick shake or another spin in the blender. After the third day, though, you’ll notice your green smoothie start to taste a little off.

My Best Green Smoothie Recipes 

Check out some more of my most-requested recipes:

Photo of Latina woman flexing with green smoothie in one hand

I have green smoothie recipes to pump you up for whatever activities you want to do (and the ingredients help rebuild your muscles too).

Tips and Hacks for Making Green Smoothies Even Healthier, Easier, and Tastier

Over the years, I've been sharing some of my favorite green smoothie ingredient add-ins, kitchen hacks, money-saving tips, and ways to get your kids and other loved ones on the green smoothie train with you:

Toddler boy in high chair touching green smoothie from "How To Make A Green Smoothie: The Foolproof Guide" by Green Smoothie Girl

No matter the age, anyone can drink a green smoothie! Play around with ingredients and thickness to appeal to your kids.

Best Green Smoothie Recipes For Weight Loss And Health Issues

During my 6-year, 450-city lecture tour, I always spent an hour after each lecture to meet attendees who had questions for me.

I heard many heartbreaking stories of failing health, of years of fruitless doctor visits and pills and surgeries, of scary diagnoses. And I also saw hope, because those who came learned about food as medicine and green smoothies as the 10-minute habit that could help them regain their health.

A doctor with a prescription pad out and a green smoothie with surrounding vegetables and fruits in front of him from "How To Make A Green Smoothie: The Foolproof Guide" by Green Smoothie Girl

Food really is medicine. And eating the right kind can cure things that pills, surgeries, and specialists couldn't fix.

Each of the following collections of green smoothie recipes addresses a health issue, its likely underlying causes, and ways to tweak your daily green smoothie (and other meals) to encourage recovery and healing.

Green Smoothie Testimonials And Stories 

Hundreds of readers have shared their green smoothie testimonials with me over the years, and some even made it into the news! Here are just a few stories that demonstrate the power of a 10-minute daily habit.

1001 Smoothie Recipes from Green Smoothie Girl

Up Next: Vibe Podcast Ep.04: Your ViQ and The Green Smoothie

Photograph of Robyn Openshaw, founder of Green Smoothie GirlRobyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

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  1. Cherish says:

    Thank You Very Much
    This is an excellent exhausted informative resource
    I really needed this
    It answers all my questions yet is complete & compact without being overwhelming
    The extensive list of links enable me to go deeper whenever I want

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