Green Smoothie Recipe

“Even Your Husband Will Love It” Green Smoothie Recipe

By Rachel Tiemeyer
July 31, 2012

Green Smoothie RecipeMy husband is originally a small town farm boy who would never think, “I’d love a green smoothie for breakfast.” But, after years of shoving a smoothie in his hand as he heads out the door, he’s come around.  In fact, he requests a smoothie most days.  This Green Smoothie is one of his favorites, along with the Super Food Smoothie and Tropical Smoothie.

What makes the smoothie green, you ask? Why broccoli, of course. Umm, just kidding. Actually, I just throw a cup or two of spinach (and sometimes kale or Swiss chard, if that’s what I have on hand) into a blender full of delicious juice, yogurt, and fruit. You seriously cannot taste the greens, I promise.

This Green Smoothie is such an easy and tasty way to get your daily requirement of fruits and vegetables in. Check out more about why we need to eat more produce, how much we need, and how to get it in my post here.

Now, on to this simple green smoothie recipe that you, your spouse/significant other, kids, dog, or grandma are going to love…

Green Smoothie Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

1 cup orange juice
1 cup plain organic yogurt or kefir
1 banana
1-2 cups organic spinach
2 cups frozen fruit (I like a blend of strawberries, pinneapple, and peaches.)
optional add-ins: 1 T ground flaxseed, 1 T almond meal, 1 T chia seeds

Add the first 4 ingredients and blend until spinach is pureed. Add frozen fruit and blend until smooth. Add any additional add-ins and blend until smooth. Add more juice, if too thick.

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11 replies
  1. allison says:

    I just bought some kale and am trying this tomorrow a.m. I asked my husband the other night if he’d try one and I got completely shut down. But I am excited myself.

    • Rachel says:

      Way to give it a try, Allison. Kale is a strong flavor to start with for the hubs. Nathan goes for spinach, since it is blander. You might start there.

  2. Cari @ Reach For The Star Berries says:

    This sounds like a tasty variation on the green smoothies I make. I’ve never added yogurt to my green smoothies but I’m up for trying it. I purchased a Blentec from QVC because I could break it up into 3 payments and my hubby didn’t freak out when I spent $375 on a blender. We got it because of it’s ability to really transform food. My daughter CANNOT handle anything that is not 100% completely smooth and homogenous. Try making a strawberry smoothie in a regular blender, sure it tastes fine to you but she is very sensitive to food texture and the strawberry seeds you would find in the smoothie would freak her out. With the Blendtec the seeds are pulverized, it’s actually a grain mill too! Anyway, got sidetracked, I like to use coconut water, frozen blueberries, frozen tropical fruit, a bunch of spinach, a dash of vanilla, and some flax seed. I call it a Blueberry Green Goddess. It’s oh soo yummy.

  3. Devin says:

    So, every time I’ve tried to blend kale or spinach into a smoothie, it just shreds instead of blending. And let me tell you, shredded spinach = not so delicious, and a likely tooth trap. Anyway, do you have any suggestions for getting it to blend better? We’re saving up for a industrial type blender (we’ve burned through 3 in the past 18 months), but in the meantime, I would love some suggestions. Oh, and I have a friend who used to have moms and tots over for green smoothie chats in the mornings and would make great ones with green grapes and kale. Thanks as always!

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Dev, sorry you’ve had so much blender trouble. I’m saving up for a Vitamix or Blendtec myself! I’ve found that you must add the juice and yogurt and spinach first and blend well. In my blender, that almost pulverizes the spinach beyond recognition. Then, I add the banana and blend. And, lastly I add the frozen fruit. If that doesn’t work, then I’m guessing you need another new blender. 🙂 re: Green Smoothie Chats…what a cool idea!

      • Devin says:

        Thanks, Rachel! I ususally pack everything in all at once, so I”ll give your suggestion a try :). I had a long discussion with a chef & dad about the Vitamix vs. the Blendtec, and I think I’m pretty sold on the Vitamix. I’m hoping we’ll be able to get one to start the new year. I think I might save an extra little bit and get the newer version (I was first planning just to get a refurbished one), but the newest one will make HOT SOUP…and has a couple other features that he said are worth it if I could hold out a little longer and save a bit more.