If you are trying to get more vegetable servings into your life, you should start your day with this green smoothie recipe. This recipe really needs a Vitamix or similar blender. Otherwise, you will be chewing your smoothie instead of drinking it. I'm sorry to say, but the Ninja blender failed my green smoothie recipe taste test. So far, the Vitamix is the only blender I like with blending vegetables in my smoothie.
I prepare a week's worth of my green smoothie recipe by washing and chopping the ingredients below. The ingredients can be stored in glass containers in the fridge. Every morning I will blend a batch. I will drink half for breakfast and save the other half for a late afternoon snack.
You can literally add ANYTHING to this smoothie and it will taste awesome. If you want to make it keto-friendly, add avocado instead of banana and remove the dates. It will not be as sweet, but it will still taste good and give you a large dose of nutrition. You can also add a keto-friendly sweetener of choice to sweeten things up a bit.
When I was pregnant, I made this smoothie every single day. I wanted to make sure I was getting enough nutrients for my baby. It takes so much effort to eat that volume of vegetables. It’s so much easier to make this green smoothie recipe instead.
Ingredients Needed to Make This Green Smoothie
- Frozen banana: I HIGHLY recommend using a frozen banana for this recipe. Frozen bananas make the smoothie creamy and cold. Any time my bananas are on the verge of going bad, I peel them, split them in half, and add them to a freezer-friendly storage bag in the freezer.
- Spinach: Spinach is virtually tasteless when blended up in a smoothie. If you need some iron in your daily intake, try this smoothie!
- Dates: What can I say? I use dates in everything that needs to be sweetened and blended, like these healthy oatmeal banana pancakes. My date of choice is Sukari dates, however Medjool is a very close second.
- Almonds: I prefer using whole raw almonds.
- Cucumber: I prefer using Eglish cucumbers or Persian cucumbers. I do not peel the cucumber if I use either of those types. However, if using cucumber with thick skin, I recommend peeling the skin prior to blending.
- Apple: I prefer granny smith apples for the green smoothie, however any apple type will work.
- Celery: You can omit celery if you prefer because it does add a strong taste to the smoothie. I keep celery in my smoothie because it has a lot of detoxing benefits.
- Optional: Sometimes I add pineapple to my smoothie. I usually have some pineapple frozen in chunks for my strawberry banana smoothie with pineapple.
- Water: I prefer using water for the smoothie. I start off with a couple of cups, then add more depending on the consistency desired. Almond milk or soy milk is an acceptable substitute.
Variations for This Green Smoothie Recipe
- If you want to change things up a bit, you can add frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple, frozen blueberries, frozen blackberries, and frozen raspberries.
- Also, you can remove the celery if it's too strong of a flavor. Some people can't taste it, others can, so it's up to you. I swap out kale and spinach, and/or include both sometimes too. You really can't go wrong with this recipe. Find what works best for you.
Other Healthy Breakfast Recipes
- Healthy Oatmeal Banana Pancakes with Almond Milk
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Pineapple
- Ful Medames from Scratch
- Foul Toast
I hope you enjoy this smoothie recipe!Print