This refreshing and delicious Green Smoothie recipe is my favorite way to start the morning, made with veggie and fruits.

If you love smoothies for breakfast as much as I do, try my Chocolate Protein Shake, Strawberry Banana Smoothie, or this Healthy Breakfast Smoothie.

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What I LOVE about this smoothie:

  • Secret Ingredients: A little touch of fresh ginger and mint is what really sets this smoothie apart! It’s completely refreshing and delicious.
  • Healthy – I love kale because it’s low calorie and packed with vitamins and fiber. The flaxseed oil is a great addition no one can taste, and we often add a scoop of protein powder, or some chia seeds for even more protein and fiber.
  • Customizable– Use spinach instead of kale, add your favorite fruit, and try adding protein powder, nut butter, or rolled oats. See my variation ideas below.

Green Smoothie Ingredients:

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How to Make a Green Smoothie:

Blend: Add all ingredients to a high-power blender and blend until smooth.

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Serve and enjoy this healthy green smoothie recipe for breakfast, or a healthy snack.

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Recipe Variations:

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Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
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  • 1 cup chopped kale , packed, large ribs removed
  • 4 ounces sliced apple (about ½ of a medium apple)
  • 3 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • ½ of a frozen banana
  • ½ cup water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon flax seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • ¾ teaspoon refrigerated pureed ginger , or fresh minced ginger
  • 4-6 Ice cubes


  • Add all ingredients to a high-power blender and blend until smooth.


  • Add rolled oats.  Whole rolled oats are a great whole grain that will add additional protein and fiber as well as a grainy texture that I love.
  • Add peanut butter.  A spoonful of peanut butter will also add some healthy unsaturated fat as well as protein.
  • Switch up the greens.  Try adding collard greens or kale in place of spinach.  Or try a little of each.
  • Add powder. Try adding a heaping tablespoon of vanilla or chocolate protein powder, collagen peptides, or acai berry powder.
  • Make it vegan or dairy-free.  Leave out the yogurt and use soy or almond milk.
Old Green Smoothie Recipe: I’ve been making this posted version of a green smoothie for last two years and absolutely love it. The old version I shared years ago on this post is below (although not as healthy as my new version). Here’s the recipe:
  • ¼ cup milk
  • juice of 1 orange, freshly squeezed
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 2 large handfuls fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup frozen fruit: pineapple, strawberries, mango, peaches, or raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed, optional
  • chia seeds, optional


Calories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 46mgPotassium: 340mgFiber: 4gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 6851IUVitamin C: 74mgCalcium: 193mgIron: 1mg

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I originally shared this recipe April 2013. Updated December 2019, February 2023 and January 2024.

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  1. 5 stars
    Another great recipe from TBFS! Made exactly as written using strawberries, banana, spinach. I accidently, however, bought vanilla Greek yogurt, so the taste is slightly changed from the original recipe. Haven’t made very many smoothies, and steered away from green ones, but this recipe makes me wonder why I didn’t try green smoothies sooner. Very delicious.

    TBFS offers reliably great recipes that are affordable, easy, healthy, tasty.

  2. I’ve been looking for a good green smoothie recipe! I’m definitely going to give this one a try! Sounds delicious.

  3. Green smoothies have been a favorite of mine for dinner lately! fills me up and it great even late at night! i put banana, spinach, chia seeds, whey protein, yogurt, a bit of water and some strawberries in mine! delicious!