Friday, October 7, 2011

The Big List of Green Smoothies

A big thank you goes out to everyone who submitted their favorite green smoothie recipes. I think what you'll find is that there is a lot of overlap in what people find appealing in a blended salad, with some zingers thrown in there. There are many combinations and ingredients that I personally have never tried, and I look forward to shaking up my morning routine with this new inspiration.

For a printable version of this list, go here.

HGK's Pumpkin Pie Birthday Treat
1 frozen banana
2 big handfuls fresh spinach
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 smallish dates
1 cup nut milk of your choice
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
8 ice cubes
a few shakes of cinnamon
a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice

1 cup almond milk
2 cups fresh spinach
1/2 cup blueberries
1 frozen banana
1 T flax seed

1/2 bag frozen spinach or big bunch frozen kale
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon spirulina
1/4 cup blueberries
1 date

handful of kale, especially the stalks
4 stalks celery
1 cucumber
2 apples or one ruby red grapefruit
or sometimes both

This is my go-to breakfast smoothie, which is either from Engine 2 or the Whole Foods support documents for Engine 2:
1 frozen banana (key to making many smoothies is having a supply of PEELED frozen bananas in your freezer)
2 tablespoons almond butter (can also use peanut butter)
4 large leaves or equivalent of smaller leaves of kale (I use dinosaur kale, my favorite); take the rib out
8 oz. or to taste of soy milk or other veggie milk
Sometimes I also throw in raspberries or strawberries. Yum!

1c water
 enough greens that when blended equals 2c (including water).
2c fruit. We like pineapple, banana, and whatever other fruit is around to go with whatever greens are available.  This makes a quart, great for one or two people for a day. Those are easy proportions to increase or decrease.

3 cups of spinach
5 frozen whole strawberries
1 small kiwi or half a large kiwi
1/2 of mango
handful of fresh mint
1/2 a frozen banana
1/2 cup of water
squeeze of half a lemon
**Usually when I have this particular smoothie I no longer eat any more fruit for the day and just concentrate on raw and cooked vegetables.

Green Almond Bliss

3/4 cups kale leaves, washed, stems removed and lightly packed
1 frozen banana
3/4 – 1 cup almond milk
3-4 ice cubes
1 Tbsp almond butter or other nut butter
pinch / dash / shake of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg

Green Dream Smoothie
2+ cups frozen, chopped greens such as collards, kale, or spinach
1/4 cup frozen, pineapple
1/2 frozen banana
1 golden apple
1 1/2 – 2 cups of water
1 Tbsp. of ground flax
1-2 medjool dates (de-seeded) – optional

yoghurt (hopefully soy!)

Tastes like a green banana milkshake!!
1/2 to 1 banana frozen
organic spinach
with or without swiss chard stuffing the blender full
1 cup of Silk light vanilla soy milk

so bright, fresh and delicious! love it!!!!
kale or swiss chard
1/2 apple (sweet, not tart)
almond milk

Here's a good one I use for dinner sometimes because it does not contain fruit (except for the dates), but still tastes great:
half a stalk of celery
vanilla almond milk
3-4 dates
dash of cinnamon
2 Tbs. hemp seeds
1 Tbs. flax
chunk of cucumber

Cindy’s Favorite Standard1/2 - 1 banana (frozen)
1/2 pink grapefruit
2 big leaves of kale, or a huge handful
1-2 cups of water
handful of ice cubes

Cindy’s #21/2 cup fresh pineapple with a little of the juice
handful of baby carrots
an apple or pear or portion thereof
handful of kale (2 leaves)
ice and water to blend

Who needs sweetener when you have banana and fruit?!!!
almond milk (pure, not sweetened) or soy milk
frozen spinach
frozen fruit (blueberries are great)
hemp protein powder
flax seeds

Alyssa’s (Everyday Maven)
8 oz non-dairy milk (usually unsweetened almond, soy, or hemp)
a dash green stevia powder
a dash vanilla extract
1 T flax oil
huge handful kale or spinach
4 to 5 frozen strawberries or blueberries
1/2 frozen or fresh banana
4 to 5 ice cubes

Elysa’s Keeps Me Happy from 9 am to 4 pm Smoothie
handful of ginger mint from my garden
handful of rose geranium leaves from my garden
2 carrots
1/2 lemon with skin
1/2 cup frozen black grapes
1/2 frozen banana
frozen mixed berries, about 1 cup
frozen mango, about 1 cup
1 Tbsp green tea powder (matcha) or 2 Tbsp green tea
1 Tbsp whole flax
1 scoop protein powder or a cup of cooked beans
1 tsp bee pollen
approx 1 cup water
frozen spinach to reach top of Blendtec regular container (about 1.5 cups?)

blend until thick smoothie texture (2 rounds of "whole juice" in Blendtec)

Michelle’s Husband's Favorite
1/2 cantaloupe- We often freeze cantaloupe in chunks when it is at a good price, and use if for smoothies whenever we want them.
1/2 banana
Greens. I usually use kale and baby spinach. I usually use about 2 ounces greens in my husband's smoothie and 3-5 ounces greens in my smoothie.
Add ice and water to create consistency you like.

“I started getting concerned about the amount of non-organic collards that I was eating. I recently started buying fresh bunches of organic collards & pureeing them in the vitamixer then freezing small portions for use.  1 bunch of collards is just under 1 lb, plus 1 cup water purees into 6 round 1/2 cup ziploc containers.”
1 banana
1 scoop protein powder
2 TBSP flax or chia seeds
2-4 TBSP Steel Cut Oats
2-3 cups fresh organic baby spinach or frozen collard greens
1 packet stevia

Jen’s More a Juice Than a Smoothie
peeled cucumber

Sandy’s Go-to Smoothie
mixed berries or just strawberries
LOTS and LOTS of greens usually spinach or kale or a combination of both
1 tbsp ground flax seed

Jen’s Green Power Smoothie
Yield: 2 servings
2 cups baby spinach, washed
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 banana
1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy vanilla milk of choice
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 cup 100% pure coconut water
2 tbsp flax, hemp or chia seeds

4 cups frozen kale
1 frozen banana
1 cup ice
a few almonds
a teaspoon of ground chia seeds
enough cold water to blend kale, banana, ice, nuts and chia seeds

Deseree Likes to Keep it Simple Smoothie
Huge handful of spinach
Almond Milk

1 banana
1 C almond milk
1 T ground flax seed
large handful spinach or kale
and then the variables - depends what's in the kitchen!Just one additional fruit -
maybe a peach
maybe some frozen mango chunks
maybe fresh or frozen berries

This One is Delicious- Just Ask My 3-year-old!1 cup spinach
1 cup kale
1 cup seedless green grapes
1 Bartlett pear
1 orange
1 banana
1 tsp. chia seeds
1/2 cup water
2 cups ice

Motivated Mama’s
Wheat germ
Flax seeds
Pineapple tidbits
Frozen mango chunks
Splash of calcium and vit-D fortified O.J.

1 orange (skin & pith removed)
1/2 lemon (skin pith removed)
Handful spinach/kale/other leafy
Sprig parsley &/ mint
Handful frozen mixed berries
1 tbsp ground seeds (linseed, sunflower, almond, pumpkin)
Ice cubes 4-6
Optional: 1 or 2 pieces of crystallized or naked ginger, or a shake of dried ginger or fave spice.

Healthy Girl’s Standard
Handful of fresh spinach
Handful of kale
1 small cucumber, ends removed, cut into chunks
1 orange, thick skin cut off just until white pith appears, cut into large chunks
1 small apple
1 large handful red grapes, with or without seeds
7-10 ice cubes
Water or almond milk to achieve desired consistency
Optional: Handful of fresh parsley
Healthy Girl’s Superfantastic Grasshopper Smoothie
1 1/2 small or 1 large banana, frozen, cut into large chunks
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 large dates, pitted
about 7 ice cubes
3/4 cup frozen spinach
1 Tbsp flax meal (aka ground flax seed)
a drip of peppermint extract-be careful, you can always add more once you taste it!

Dr. Fuhrman's Waldorf Blended Salad
serves 1
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 apple, peeled and cored (I left the skin on)
1/4 cup walnuts
3 cups compacted collard greens and/or kale
1 cup compacted lettuce
1/4 cup water or ice cubes (I used a lot of ice cubes)

HGK's Chai Green Smoothie
serves 1
1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 small frozen banana, broken into chunks
1 large pitted date
big handful rough chopped celery
big handful fresh parsley
giant handful fresh spinach leaves
1 tsp chai spice blend (below)
7 ice cubes

Chai Spice Mix (yields about 1/3 cup spice mix)
2 tbsp. ground ginger
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cloves
2 1/2 tbsp. ground cardamom
2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. white pepper (I used black pepper because that's what I had)

HGK's Super Green Smoothie
serves 1 hungry person
1 small cucumber, cut into chunks
1 fresh pear, cut off it's core OR large handful of seedless grapes
1 small frozen banana, broken into chunks
2 large stalks celery, cut into large chunks
1 large date, pit removed
1 handful fresh spinach
1 handful fresh or frozen kale
5 ice cubes
water--not too much

HGK's Very Verdant Smoothie
serves one
1 small apple, cut into large chunks
1 small frozen banana, broken into chunks
1/4-1/3 ripe avocado
1 very large handful fresh spinach
1 handful alfalfa sprouts
1/2 cup water
6 ice cubes

HGK's Rejuvenation Green Smoothie
1 small apple, removed from core
1 medium frozen banana, broken into chunks
1 cup frozen spinach
1/4 avocado
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
8 ice cubes

Hayley’s Power Smoothie
1.5 cups rice milk (that's all I had at the time but of course almond milk will work too)
1 banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
generous handful of kale
1Tbs. chia seeds

Laura's (of Laura Finds Balance)
It's good with either the berries, berry protein powder, or both.
large handful spinach or kale
1 frozen banana (frozen when very very ripe)
1/3 cup frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and/or cherries)
4-5 raw Brazil nuts (I'm using these for selenium!)
sometimes: half scoop of Vega berry protein powder

I know I'm inspired to whip up a blended salad this morning, as soon as my kids wake up.

Thanks again for taking the time to submit and have a great weekend!


Christie said...

Last night I added 1/2 tsp of Matcha green tea powder to Christie's recipe and it was even better! I saw many people were using frozen kale? Can I freeze kale leaves?? What about chard? I'm going to try many of these recipes to break out a bit!

Elisa said...

Awesome list! Thanks for compiling this HGK ;-)

Debbie MacKillop said...

I love this fairly definitive list. I make a green smoothie every day. Always put in protein powder...vanilla if lots of fruit, chocolate if I use almond butter (and/or tahini) and just the frozen banana for fruit(great choc/banana/peanut taste). Also, I often use 1/2 avocado as part of my base with frozen banana, unless I'm really watching the calories. Often add tsp of flax oil. Got great ideas here, thanks!

Desiree said...

I usually do keep it simple! lol Last night I was inspired to create my own out there concoction for a light dinner and it was GREAT!

1 cup of almond milk
1 banana
1-2 kale leaves
1 tbs Flax seeds
1 tbs almond butter
1/2 c frozen blueberries
1/2 c frozen strawberries
small handful cacao nibs
dash of cinnamon
dash of vanilla

Jen said...

Thanks, Wendy.

I was thinking about your initial post and the "controversy" that some people pose, namely that the lack of chewing fails to start the digestive enzyme process. Problem solved - just much on some baby carrots (or anything) while concocting the smoothie.

Cindy Marsch said...

I posted a link to this on my FB account, so I hope we can inspire a few to give green smoothies a try! The chai one is especially intriguing . . .

Anonymous said...

Wow - thank you so much for gathering all these! What a great resource! It's going in my permanent file and will inspire me to move from contemplation to action, so to speak.....

Amy said...

I just printed all of these. I can't wait to try some. I am going to try to get back into drinking smoothies for breakfast, so that I can hopefully start the day off right!

Runescape Gold said...

This's a good idear!

Syed Saqib said...

Very nice. Waiting for new recipes. i am also interested to innovate some new dishes you pay take a look at Pakistani Recipes and comment

monique said...

Beet smoothie

3 large beet leaves
1 banana frozen
1 orange frozen
1/2 beet
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
Squirt of honey

Beautiful and good for you

Anonymous said...

Here is my green smoothie recipe that i’ve been using every morning for the last 5 years. I guess I should switch it up, but it tastes so good!
2 large chard leaves
handful of spinach
1 banana
1/2 apple
1/4 cup frozen or fresh berries of choice
1/2 cup orange juice or water
3 tablespoons Raw Organic Whey protein (
Bend it all in a blender and it’s an amazing way to start the day.

Jadah S. said...

Will you be adding more green smoothie recipes? I would love to share. I feature my recipes here:

Julia Forrester said...

If you're looking for something different from the banana/fruit green smoothies, try a green bloody mary! virgin, obviously.

tomatoes (green if you have them)
green onion
cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
lots of ice

Anonymous said...

Do you have to have a vitamix or blendtec to make these, or will any blender/food processor work? I'm dying to get a Vitamix, but my husband does not see the need for a $600 blender.

chelsea janice said...

Here's another one, for those who want a filling and tasty breakfast.

-6 oz. Vanilla Kefir
-1/3 c. uncooked rolled oats
-1 tbl. flax seeds
-1 tbl. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
-2 c. Baby Spinach
-1 Banana
-1 tbl. Peanut Butter
-4-5 ice cubes

I DO use a blendtec for this...It may not work quite as well with a normal blender, unless perhaps your flaxseeds are preground :)

vera said...

Do you really need the banana in the smoothies? I am allergic to them.

Plum Forest said...

Vera, bananas are definitely optional, but they give a nice creamy consistency. To approximate that consider apple or pear or peach or mango in a smoothie, or add nuts if you have a high-powered blender. Of course using a milk or yogurt of some kind can impart some of that smoothness, too. Experiment!

Rachel Page said...

What a great idea for a blog! I am a smoothie drinker too.

Sarah said...

A quick comment for Anonymous (posted Feb.11)-- my husband also did not see the need for an expesive Vitamix! I did not give up and we finally bought one. Not only do I love it but he does as well. Most mornings he is the one who makes our green shakes. We also use it for many other things!! Now he is totally converted and says we should have bought one years ago!!!!! On a visit to Costco last year the Vitamix was been demonstrated and my husband suggested we buy one for our 23 year old son!!! Keep on your husband, you do need a Vitamix!!!!

Rebecca Bickerton said...

Yum!!! some of these look delicious. Have only just started having smoothies every day (doing a 30 day challenge) These look like great ideas for when that is finished.

(also I found some arty inspiration for smoothies.... take a look)

Brittany Miller said...

I just ran out of frozen bananas and was about to have a meltdown....but then discovered this magical little list!!! thanks to everyone who contributed to this list!!
I have a question that has been bothering me for a while. A while ago I bought a bag of Maca- and as much as I have tried (uh forced) myself to like it, I just cant get over its weird flavor. Does anyone else have this experience? If so, would you mind giving me a few tips on how I can decrease the intensity of the maca so the other ingredients can shine :)
thanks bunches

Wambu said...

OMG! I cant wait to try some of these. Thank you so much for sharing. I would like to share one that was shared with me that is just awesome. Click on green smoothie

Pradeep Sharma said...

Nice info about green beverage.

Dr Floras said...

Hello there, green smoothie was great when I tried it… I totally agree! Completely delicious and not diet tasting at all. Keep on offering excellent resources like you have been offering.

Earl Finnegan said...

I've been looking into making smoothies for weight loss, these look like they fit the bill perfectly!

Julie Lindstrom said...

This is an awesome list! Thank you so much for compiling. I'm just getting into green smoothies; I even still need to buy a blender (vitamix?).

Anna Dawson said...

So happy to see this post on the smoothies. I grew up with a dad who grew some o the greenies in our backyard garden specially cucumber, so I loved picking them and eating them with a little sea salt or in a salad or even as homemade pickles. Thanks for expanding my awareness of their health benefits along with some cool new recipes to try.

Louis Dizon said...

First and foremost, Wendy, I admire you for being a Vegan! Anyway, I'm currently on a long journey towards becoming a healthy eater. And one of the first few steps that I've made is taking green smoothies on a regular basis. I've been gulping down avocado's and spinash and I was looking for grander ways of serving my smoothies. Then poof! I stumbled on this BIG LIST! I'll be busy these coming days because I'll be trying out these green smoothie recipes you got here! Hopefully you could drop by my log as well. It would be my pleasure if you pay a short visit on my online health haven. It's called The Healthy Happy Life. Hope to see you there! And again, thank you for coming up with this epic smoothie list!

Anonymous said...

I have often thought about trying green smoothies. However I worry about the calories. I am extremely overweight so having additional calories would be counter productive for me. I have tried green juices from the juice bar at whole food and I love them but I would never have the time to juice. can anyone give an approximate calorie count for the smoothies? I would love to give it a try.

Hook Heath said...

Awesome Article! This is really a wonderful blog to read, truly unique and useful writing with good reputation. Keep on offering excellent resources. Thanks Yah!

Anonymous said...

this is helping me on my healthy eating journey. thank you so much. every morning i drink
hand full of kale
1 apple w skin
and 2 cups of whatever is left in the world of fruits


Ginny Ortan said...

I'm not really a fan of green smoothies, but sometimes if I don't have a choice, this is what I prepare. Because of my detoxification process. Thanks for sharing your list.

Luke said...

Such a great resource, thanks for sharing! So many great smoothie ideas! I've bookmarked it to come back later :)

Jane said...

I like this HGK's Pumpkin Pie Birthday Treat. Well you had a bunch of smoothie recipes on your list and its difficult to choose from. Thank you for sharing it.

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