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The Veg Table: Green Smoothies

September 20, 2011

Green Smoothies

“What are you drinking?!”

Ah yes, I have heard this inquiry far too many times to count.

What is it about a girl drinking a large glass of a brownish-green concoction that makes peoples heads spin? Haha. No worries. Green smoothies are neither scary nor for only the “healthy elite.” If you like regular smoothies, odds are pretty good in your favor you will like green smoothies too.

In their basic form, a green smoothie has more of a formula than a recipe.

Fruit + Greens/Other Veg + Liquid + Something Frozen = Green Smoothie Deliciousness

Let’s break it down…


  • You can essentially use any kind you like, however I recommend having a least one banana in there because they add sweetness and cover any “green” flavor, especially if you are using something like Kale. 
  • If some or all of the fruit is frozen, you can skip ice cubes. 
  • This is where the main flavor of the drink comes from. So, if you are like me and don’t mind a jumble of flavors, throw in whatever you have on hand or whatever is on sale. If you like a more uniform taste, try common flavor combos like: strawberry banana, orange/mango/pineapple, a berry variety, etc. 
  • If you are serving a skeptical audience, you can’t go wrong with blueberries as one of the main fruit ingredients. Their dark purple color shows no hint of the hiding spinach greenness.  
  • The most mild flavored green to add is probably spinach. Start out with a small amount and work your way up to a higher percentage of veg.
  • If you like spinach, you can branch out to other nutrient saturated greens, such as kale.
  • Other veggies I’ve “snuck” in a smoothie include: carrots, zucchini, and cucumbers.
  • I like to use about 50% juice and 50% water for my smoothies. The juice adds flavor and sweetness, but can be overpowering in my opinion if it is the only liquid.
  • For a little bit of creaminess and protein, I often add yogurt or milk.
  • Of course, if you want, you can use 100% water.
  • More liquid will result in a more “juice like” consistency. This is how my husband likes his smoothies.
  • Less liquid and more frozen ingredients will result in a more “milk shake like” consistency. This is how my mom always made smoothies.
Something Frozen
  • Pretty simple, either ice or frozen fruit. The more frozenness in there, the colder it will be!
Need an example? Here’s what I whipped up for breakfast this morning…
2 handfuls baby spinach
1 carrot
1 pear
1 peach
1 1/2 bananas
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
1 handful ice cubes
Put it all in the blender and blend until smooth.
I have a Blendtec, which is amazing, but it is not necessary to have a fancy blender. I used to make them all the time with our cheap blender before we had the Blendtec.
Try it! I promise you taste fruity goodness, not spinach!! It is a really easy and tasty way to get more greens in your diet. Because, lets face it, salad just doesn’t always sound good!





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