by: Yuri Elkaim

11 Green Smoothie Recipes That Will Rock Your Tastebuds

There’s nothing like a foamy green moustache from a velvety smooth green smoothie, right?

Seriously, I’m not crazy and if you’re reading this, chances are you probably feel the same and want even more delicious easy green smoothie recipes to add into your arsenal.

Welcome, my green smoothie loving friend. Welcome.

The 11 green smoothie recipes I’m about to share with you have all been tested and proven in my own kitchen. They’ve even passed the ultimate taste test – my kids!

So without any further ado, get your blender ready and let’s jump in.

Oh, one more thing – you won’t find any calorie counts for these recipes because I don’t believe in that nonsense. When you’re eating real foods, the quantity becomes less important.

So drink up…without the guilt.

These 11 Greens Smoothies Will Light Up Your Tastebuds

1. Tangy Coco Spinach

I’m kicking things off with my favorite green smoothie of all time. I made this smoothie for a bunch of friends a little while ago and they were blown away. See the video below for proof. Needless to say, this is a great green smoothie recipe for those who think greens taste like grass.

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Tangy Coconut Spinach

Serves 2

. 2 cups strawberries
. 1 banana
. 1 young coconut, water and meat
. 2 cups spinach
. 2 celery stalks
. 1-inch cube ginger, grated
. Juice of 1 lime
. 1 cup water

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

2. Tropical Greens

Simple and quick to make. You can use my Energy Greens (or another greens powder) if you have it. If not, use spinach for your greens.

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Tropical Greens

Serves 2

. 1 banana
. 2 oranges
. 2 tbsp Energy Greens
. 2 cups water (or 1 cup coconut water, 1 cup water)
. 4-5 ice cubes

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

3. Crazy Coconut

This simple green smoothie recipe is a great post-workout option. If you’re not using my Energy Greens, throw in some spinach or Swiss chard instead.

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Crazy Coconut

Serves 2

. 1/4 pineapple
. 3 cups coconut water
. 2 tbsp Energy Greens
. 4-5 ice cubes

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

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4. Cool Mango

Picture yourself lying in hammock on a hot and humid summer’s day. Now, if only you had a refreshing drink. And then it appears! Your server brings you this green smoothie and it feels like you just dove into your revitalizing cold pool.

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Cool Mango

Serves 2

. 1/4 cucumber
. 1 mango
. Juice of 1/2 lime
. 1 tbsp Energy Greens
. 4 ice cubes
. 2 cups water

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

5. Greena Colada

Ok, confession time. I love a good pina colada. At least this one is alcohol-free and is actually really good for you. Perfect substitute if you want to impress your guests during a festive party.

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Greena Colada

Serves 2

. 1/2 cup coconut milk (full fat, canned)
. 1 banana
. 1/4 cup pineapple
. 1 tbsp Energy Greens
. 1 cup water
. 4 ice cubes

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

6. Cocoa Greens

This is one of the sneaky green smoothie recipes that fools my kids every time. Because it looks like a chocolate milkshake they don’t suspect there’s anything green inside. If they only knew. Muah 🙂 If you’ve got kids who refuse to eat or drink their greens, give this one a shot.

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Cocoa Greens

Serves 4

. 1 avocado
. 2 tbsp Energy Greens
. 2 tbsp cocoa powder
. 2 cups almond milk
. 2 cups coconut water
. 2 dates

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

7. Green Goodness

The name says it all. It’s damn good.

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Green Goodness

Serves 3

. 1 banana
. 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
. 1/4 cucumber
. 4 leaves of kale, stems removed
. 1 handful spinach
. 2 cups coconut water
. 1 cup water
. 4 ice cubes

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

8. Blue Greens

Yet another one of those sneaky green smoothie recipes that kids will never suspect. This one tastes like a blueberry shake with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla (from the Energy Greens).

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Blue Greens

Serves 2

. 1 banana
. 2 cups blueberries (frozen or fresh)
. 2 cups spinach
. 2 cups almond milk
. 1 tbsp Energy Greens

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

9. Sweet Kale

Since this is a bit on the sweeter side (thanks to a lot of dates), I’d save this one for after an intense workout (try my stability ball workout here), which is the best time to eating/drinking anything sweet. Post exercise is when your muscles are most receptive to carb and nutrient replenishment, which can help speed recovery. (1)

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Sweet Kale

Serves 2

. 2 cups frozen (or fresh) strawberries
. 2 handfuls of kale, stems removed
. 2 dates
. 1 cup coconut water
. 1 cup water

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

10. Green Melon

Another sweet treat that is perfect for after a workout or on a warm day when you just want something cool and refreshing that will tie you over for hours.

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Green Melon

Serves 3

. 1 banana
. 2 handfuls kale
. 2 cups chopped cantaloupe
. 2 tbsp Energy Greens
. 1 cup almond milk
. 2 cups water

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

11. Citrus Refresher

I saved my second favorite green smoothie recipe for last. This is delicious, refreshing, and a perfect smoothie to have on a low calorie day following a day of heavy eating.

11 Green Smoothie Recipes - Citrus Refresher

Serves 2

. 2 oranges
. 1 cup chopped cucumber, peeled
. 2 tbsp Energy Greens
. 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
. 2 cups water
. 4 ice cubes

Blend everything in blender until smooth.

Green Smoothie Recipes and Fruit Content

If, after looking at these smoothies you’re wondering whether you should be “scared” of their fruit (dare I say sugar) content, then let me re-assure you that there’s nothing to worry about.

First, these smoothies contain the whole food, which means you’re getting all of the fiber, which naturally slows the absorption of both glucose and fructose into the body. If you were drinking a fruit juice it would be a different story (since there’s no fiber) but here you’re ok.

Second, if you’re still worried about the “glycemic load” of any of these green smoothie recipes, then simply add in some of the following upgrades to add more plant-based protein, fiber, and/or healthy fat into the mix:

  • Hemp seeds – 1 tbsp = 5 g protein
  • Almonds – ½ cup = 15 g protein
  • Chia seeds – 1 tbsp = 5 g fiber
  • Ground flax seed – 1 tbsp = 4 g fiber
  • Coconut oil – great source of medium chain triglycerides
  • Fish, algae, or flax oil – great source omega-3s

When to Drink Your Green Smoothie

There’s really no wrong time to drink a green smoothie, but I like recommending you drink it in the morning. Doing so, starts your day on the right foot and sends a surge of liquid nutrition into your body that will keep you energized for hours.

And, as I mentioned in a number of recipes on this page, the green smoothies that are a little sweeter (higher in sugar) are perfect post-workout smoothies.

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Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.