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Top 10 Benefits of Green Smoothies

Kale and banana smoothie

The benefits of green smoothies are many and varied — they’re easy to digest, keep you hydrated, increase your energy, get your skin glowing, and more. They can include spinach, lettuce, kale, and collard greens.

For the more advanced green smoothie drinker, you can also add parsley, dandelion greens, watercress — really, any leafy green veggie your palate can handle, and enjoy. Bananas, apples, pears, avocado, and mango are great companions in these beverages. Here’s a brief introduction to the many advantages of drinking green smoothies on a daily basis.

First, here’s a sampling of VegKitchen’s recipes for green smoothies. See the entire range in our Green Smoothies category.


1. Green smoothies offer pure nutrition. The amount of vitamins you’ll get depends on the fruits and vegetables you choose for the smoothie. However, most fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins A and C. Guava is also high in folate, while avocados provide high amounts of potassium and magnesium.

2. Green smoothies are much healthier than fruit or vegetable juices. When juices are extracted, you get vitamins and minerals but no fiber. However, smoothies are made using the whole fruit/vegetable, so you get all the fiber in your drink.

pineapple, apple, and leafy greens smoothies

3. Green smoothies are a great way to eat your veggies easily. Although most people like fruit, many have trouble getting their daily requirement of veggies. When you make a green smoothie, the taste of the greens is hidden by the taste of the fruit, so you don’t even notice the veggies are there.

4. Green smoothies are easy and quick to make. The only equipment you need is a blender (and a pitcher if you make large amounts and need to store some in the fridge).

5. Homemade green smoothies are cheap. Buying smoothies at a juice bar can set you back quite a few bucks. At home, combining fruits and vegetables won’t cost you more than a few cents. Drinking a glass every day will provide you with all the vitamins you need, a much cheaper (and more natural) option than buying multivitamins.

Spinach and apple smoothie

6. Green smoothies can be a good way to get kids to “eat” their vegetables. You might need to start with a higher proportion of fruit vs. vegetables (for example, 70/30 instead of the standard 60/40) until they get used to the flavor.

7. Green smoothies will provide you with a lasting source of energy. Fruits are a good source of energy, but eaten alone will only provide short bursts of energy (they contain lots of sugars, which are quickly metabolized). Because of their high content of veggies, green smoothies have a balanced sugar content.

8. Green smoothies are low in calories but very filling. Because they contain high amounts of water and fiber, they’ll make you feel as if you just ate a full meal. If you’re trying to lose weight, green smoothies will help fight hunger and cravings while helping the pounds melt off easier.

Green velvet smoothie (kale, banana, and avocado)

9. Green smoothies are easy to digest. Because they’re already blended and liquefied, smoothies are quicker to digest. After all, your body no longer needs to work so hard to “break down” the food in order to extract the nutrients. People who suffer from indigestion after eating a heavy meal will also benefit, as smoothies are filling but light.

10. Green smoothies will keep you hydrated. Although one should drink at least eight glasses of water a day, experts believe most people don’t drink even half that amount. One of the reasons for that is that many people simply don’t like the taste of plain water. If that describes you, simply add more water to the mix as you prepare your smoothie. You’ll be drinking more liquids without even noticing it.

green smoothie diet cover by hilary greenleafThis article was excerpted with permission The New Green Smoothie Diet: Going Green Never Tasted so Good,* by Hilary Greenleaf. Hilary Greenleaf is a health enthusiast who blogs at hilarygreenleaf.com. 

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103 Comments

  • Reply
    Holly
    March 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    After discovering positive information on green smoothies, I decided that it must become part of my lifestyle, as I readily put the F in heath freak.

    So I finally managed to buy myself a quality blender for my new healthy eating regime and had the honour of trying my first green smoothie.

    It was awful, my gag reflex wasn’t been paid over time for all the work it was putting in.

    That’s when lime juice and tap water came to the rescue, making it bearable to drink.

    1 green smoothie recipe:

    1 whole bag of kale
    5 Small carrots
    3 ripe tomatoes

    disclaimer, doesn’t come with a foul taste warning, try it at your own risk, lol 🙂

    In so many words, it was hard to swallow.

    The lime juice seemed to help a’lot and even broke down the chunkiness content.

    I shall be trying it again, mainly for the fact my blender was costly, but also for the health aspects.

    definitely with additional fruit juice, or something sweet to take the bitterness out of the flavour.

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    ivy
    March 24, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I imagine that didn’t taste too great, Holly. Add fruit to mask the veggies. My favorite green smooth is half of a frozen banana, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups of baby spinach and a tablespoon of flaxseed. Add some organic peanut butter if you wish.

    Another goodie is 1/2 of a green pear, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 cups of baby spinach and a tablespoon of flaxseed. Add some pineapple if you wish.

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    Savitri
    March 25, 2014 at 9:18 am

    My green smoothies always have the following “ingredients” and they are delicious: ginger to further help the digestive system, fruit/s berries or apples or pear or avocado (no banana in my smoothie or I’ll puke :), lime in the Summer (cooling) and lemon in the Winter (heating/warming), celery stalks (I have hypertension and can’t have cucumber), sprouts, the best part, a variety of dark leavy green veggies: kale, chard, spinach, bokchoy, etc. When I have this even if just one a day for a week, people notice the difference. Try it, you may get healthier. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jim Patterson
    April 6, 2014 at 12:45 am

    You seem a bit confused Savitri.

    Cucumbers are GOOD for hypertension, not bad. That’s why it’s important to evaluate the stuff you read in blogs….

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    Eena
    April 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I think she meant to say that she has hypertension so she uses celery because she can’t have cucumber (as a replacement?)

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    natasha wheatly
    April 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I make my green smoothies with 1 to 2 cups baby spinach, 1 cup of frozen fruits, 1 small to medium size banana, 1/2 cup chobani greek 0 fat yogurt, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk.

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    JakeS
    May 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    My smoothies taste delicious 😛 I put 1 banana, apple, kiwi, (sometimes mango), some random black or raspberries, a beet, 1/2 an avocado, some almond milk, carrots, and a mix of kale, spinach, and chard. I also add a little lemon juice to keep it fresh and some honey.

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    Jenny
    May 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I love all these recipes! I have tried many, but my staple is 1/2 cup organic apple juice, 1/2 cup water, 3-4 handfuls frozen baby kale/spinach/chard mix, 1 banana and 1/2 avocado. Creamy and delish. This serves 2 to 3 smoothies.

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      Nava
      May 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Jenny, this sounds like a wonderful combination, thanks!!

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    Leah
    June 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I have fallen in love with green smoothies – for breakfast I have kale, half a banana, (or sometimes half an apple), flax seed, chia seed and some blueberries or strawberries for color.
    My after lunch “juice” is kale, celery, cucumber and pineapple.
    After reading about all the benefits of kale I am trying to get in at least one or two servings a day.

    • Reply
      Nava
      June 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Leah — this is all really good stuff!

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    Anna
    June 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    My staple is Kale, Spinach (or Silverbeet), Frozen Banana and Berries with Coconut water. Add in a teaspoon or two of chia seeds to boost its nutritional value. I’ve this for breakfast along with some Ezekiel bread and peanut butter 😀

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    Sarah
    June 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I’ve been freezing my chopped up veg combinations in zip lock bags and my fruit in separate bags. Makes it really quick to make and keeps my smoothies ice cold.

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    Leah
    June 20, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I started to add almond milk and ginger to my smoothies – the almond milk give a nice creaminess and the ginger is excellent for digestion. Great suggestion freezing the veg’s , I like the idea of not having to use ice 🙂

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    Jamie Johnson
    June 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    This afternoon I did a green smoothie with pineapple, apple, organic orange juice and kale. It was delicious and I feel full! I’m definitely incorporating these into my daily diet, I can’t wait to try different variations of fruit.

    • Reply
      Nava
      June 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      That sounds like an amazing combination, Jamie. Thanks for sharing!

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    Steve
    July 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

    My green smoothies are spinach, kale, collard greens, dandelion, parsley, lettuce, celery, apple, bananas and strawberries. Make 48 oz. and drink it all down in one meal. Results are amazing.

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      Nava
      July 4, 2014 at 11:30 am

      It does sound amazing. You must be very healthy!

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    Merylin
    July 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Add turmeric powder. 🙂

    • Reply
      Nava
      July 8, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Great idea … or a small piece of fresh turmeric root.

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    Autumn
    July 14, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I sometimes add 1/2 cup of all natural peanut butter when I use bananas to add some protein, but when I don’t do that, I add half a scoop of vanilla protein powder to mine.

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    ella
    July 15, 2014 at 9:54 am

    i always use an orange, 2 handfuls of spinach, 7 chunks of frozen mango, 7 chunks of frozen pineapple, half a banana, and a bit of water. it tastes like an amazing fruit smoothie

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    Althea
    August 14, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Just begun green smoothie journey two weeks ago– used to just juice the veggies. I am fuller longer and because I wish to loose at least 10 pounds I replace two meals per day. My smoothie consist of 1 banana, pineapple, apple, pawpaw, cucumber, kale, bokchoy, spinach, and sometimes I replace the pawpaw with mango. I intend to add protein powder to aid in weighloss. The fruit masks the green taste—delicious!!!

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    Shy
    August 15, 2014 at 1:14 am

    If you use 3 or 4 fruits is that too much sugar?

    • Reply
      Nava
      August 15, 2014 at 7:35 am

      I can’t say for sure, Shy — and it depends on the size and sweetness of the fruits. Four strawberries wouldn’t be too much, though 2 bananas and 2 apples might be, all at once.

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    Tina
    September 4, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I bought a Nutribullet and have been drinking veggie shakes daily since. The fruit that I add varies from day to day, but I always add Kale or Collard or Spinach. The greener the better. I buy my fruit fresh and then chop & freeze. One of my favorite is so simple, 1/2 a green apple, Spinach, 1/2 banana, Straw, black & blue berries. Yum. Add what you like just make sure to have one daily. Veggies & fruit do the body well.

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    Kylie
    September 6, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Green smoothies is loaded with health benefits but you have to be careful what you put it in so you don’t pack on the extra and unwanted calories. For me, I use 2-3 cups of spinach or any type of greens i.e. Kale, collard greens, lettuce, mixed greens, etc. and 1 fruit. I mix my fruits so it doesn’t get boring. I’ll use a cup of frozen mangoes one day, cup of frozen pineapples the next and so on. I also use 1tsp of chia seeds or goji berries for antioxidants. My liquid base is always coconut water or unsweetened green tea I brewed myself. I never use fruit juice unless I juice the fruits myself because store bought juice is loaded with sugar, sugar turns to fat and defeats the purpose of eating healthy….something to think about.

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    Dee
    September 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

    My favorite green smoothie is frozen banana, kale, baby spinach,pineapple and welch juice. My six year old loves the smoothie too.

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    Melissa Klein-Erickson
    September 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Just bought a Vitamix last month, and looking for new and healthy foods ( smoothies too)

    • Reply
      Nava
      September 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

      You’ll really enjoy the Vitamix, Melissa. It’s a great investment.

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    GreenIsGood
    October 6, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I love the benefits of getting greens into the diet! Here are three small changes I have made to my diet that have rendered huge benefits.. #1 I take probiotics every morning (100 billion or more, refrigerated type); #2 Digestive enzymes at every meal; and #3 A green smoothie at some point in the day.

    Now, for my recipe. Half cup frozen mixed berries, one banana, handful of mixed greens (kale, spinach, ect..) and a bottled green juice, but you can just use water to help it blend up. I stuff as much fresh greens as my bullet will fit.

    Yum!

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    Jennifer Reichman
    October 7, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I make the green smoothie twice a day; which amounts to 168 oz. I blend the smoothie using the Vitamix and Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie recipe. I add 2 heaping Tbsp of Chia Seed and Acai Powder.
    I blend using the following:

    2 cups of coconut water or 2 cups of bottled water
    1 whole lemon peeled
    2-3 large handfuls of organic spinach and kale leaves
    1 head of organic romaine lettuce
    2-3 celery stalks
    1 organic Granny Smith apple cored
    1 organic Bartlet pear
    1/2 large organic cucumber
    Parsley sprigs
    1/2 organic peeled frozen banana
    2 heaping tbsp Chia Seed
    2 heaping tbsp Acai Powder
    4-6 ice cubes

    My 1 snack time smoothie blend for the day will consist of 2-3 cups unsweetened coconut milk from Trader Joe’s, fresh or frozen blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, 1 spoonful of Vegan vanilla powder from Whole Foods, Acai Powder, Chia Seed, 4-6 ice cubes. Blends smooth with 1/2 or 1 added frozen banana.

    • Reply
      Nava
      October 9, 2014 at 8:47 am

      My gosh, this is amazing. You must be very healthy!

  • Reply
    Nick
    October 15, 2014 at 2:01 am

    My daily smoothies changed once I came across Jamba Juice and realized I’d been doing it all wrong.

    One thing I had, that many probably wouldn’t, was not nearly enough water. I was sick, dizzy and felt awful all day when I’d make my smoothies. I thought it was medication I was taking until I started to add water and ice cubes, immediate difference!

    I’m a bit of a strange duck and I have a smoothie for breakfast and lunch. It’s a big sucker, but it lasts me throughout the day until lunch, when I have more with some basic protein.

    1 cup carrot juice (I’ve got some odd allergies and can’t really do apples)
    1 medium/large banana
    1/2 cup blueberries
    1/2ish cup strawberries
    1/2 cup of homemade yogurt
    6 ice cubes
    1ish cup of water to thin it out/add more hydration

    I’ve not perfected it, but it’s pretty close in texture/flavor to the Apple n Greens Jamba Juice smoothie I lived on for a week. I had them modify it to remove the mango and apples, sub in carrots and berries, and I couldn’t be happier.

    It has been hard cutting out foods with sugar in them, but as long as I can have these smoothies and my fresh fruit as a night snack, I’ll be a happy camper!

    • Reply
      Nava
      October 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks! What an inspiring recipe …

  • Reply
    Shannon
    October 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Lets call this one the yummyscrummy…
    purified H20, handful of carrots, 2 handfl of organic leafy spring mix, 2 hanfl kale, a dash of fresh ginger, one scoop of plain greek yogurt, one half peeled cuke, one tblspn of coconut oil, 1cup of frozen berries, OMG soooo good you will love it ! and super yumm

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    TC
    October 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

    my daily smoothie consists of
    fresh ginger….tumeric when in season
    1/2 cup of each spinach & kale
    1 scoop vanilla whey protein
    1 shot of Blueberry/Acai good belly drink
    1 hand full of each-fresh frozen–strawberry, blueberry,raspberry, blackberry,pineapple and banana.sometimes kiwi

    It is DELISH 🙂

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    Tram
    October 31, 2014 at 1:46 am

    My Green smothies are always super refreshing after a long day and they’re also very filling! Put this in the blender in this particular order!

    1/2 cup spinach
    1/8 cup parsley
    1 cup of green grapes
    5 slices of a granny smith apple
    few slices of fresh ginger
    one slice of lemon
    a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
    fill blender about half way mark with all of the ingredients
    *serves 4*

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    Green Smoothies for Breakfast! | Health Nut 101
    November 2, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    […] There are many different options when it comes to eating breakfast. But one of the quickest and healthiest is making a green smoothie. There are different ingredients you can add to them but there’s one specific that’s great overall. It contains many fibers, it keeps you full till mid day, and it makes your skin glow, literally. The amount of vitamins you get come from the vegetables and fruit you use, depending on each. Most fruits and vegetables are high in Vitamin A and C. Another reason why they’re great is because it allows you to eat your veggies that you may not like by blending them into a delicious drink. Instead of wasting every day on a $5 coffee, you can make a simply green smoothie at home; they’re cheap because vegetables are expensive. Tomorrow begin your day with a nutritional and sweet green smoothie. If you are interested in the recipe watch the video and check out  vegkitchen.com […]

  • Reply
    Deb
    November 26, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Best Green Smoothie Ever
    1 1/2 cup fresh spinach
    1 1/2 cup fresh kale
    10 strawberries
    10 raspberries
    1 cup fresh pineapple
    1/3 cup lowfat yogurt
    1/4 cup water
    1 cup ice

    Blend and pour. Approximately 150 calories, tastes great,makes you feel even better.

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    Vernita
    December 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    You will also need to be careful with citrus fruit because they have a lot of citric acid in them. These fruits cannot be juiced in the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer Pro. Manual press juice extractors are quite difficult to operate.

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    Smoothie Fan
    January 13, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Smoothies are a great way to curb your appetite between meals. They are very easy and quick to prepare. Drinking smoothies regularly can help to improve your overall health.

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    Philo
    January 15, 2015 at 1:58 am

    All the comments above talk about how delicious their smoothies were. I’d be interested to know if they notice any change in their health i.e. skin? eyes? hair? energy? joints? general disposition?

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    Zaki Anwar M.D
    January 24, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Nice Site For health ….!

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    Jessica
    January 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    My smoothies consist of 1 cup water, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup celery leaves, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup red raspberries, 1 med banana, 1/2 cup apples chopped and 1/2 cup blackberries. All fruits except banana are unsweetened and frozen. I drink and 8 ox every morning for breakfast. It has helped with my digestive tract, making the regimen normal and never blocked up. I have more energy during my work day, dont feel sluggish anymore. It really curbs your appetite so you r not craving bad stuff.

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    India
    February 7, 2015 at 12:15 am

    I’m afraid my recipe is rather boring.
    1 heaping handful of kale
    Same amount of berries
    Teaspoon of cinnamon
    1 cup of soy or almond milk (unsweetened)
    1 peach when in season

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    MAX
    February 11, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I make This, Blend well
    3 cups of spinach
    3 cups of dinosaur kale
    1 apple
    1 banana
    4 strawberrys

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    Glenn and Nikki
    February 12, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Been drinking green smoothies for a little over a month now. Not a day goes by that I’m not experimenting with something. My refrigerator has made a transformation from junk food and pizza to fresh vegetables and fruits. I have learned that it is easier for me to take a few hours throughout the week and cut up all of my fruits and place them in the freezer. I have also been placing my greens (kale, spinach, collards, etc.)inside of a air-tight bag and rolling the air out before completely sealing the bag. Then, I unroll the bag (with the contents flattened inside) and place it in the freezer. It will keep well and also easier to take out of the bag once frozen.

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    Glenn and Nikki
    February 12, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I have also been having fun with all different kinds of boosters such as seeds and nuts. Not to mention using coconut water and coconut milk mixture is really a surprising combination. I like almond milk when I’m using nuts.

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    Maria
    February 16, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I was having digestion problems, and decided to make a green smoothie to get some relief. It worked for me. I only drink the smoothie on the weekends. I make my smoothie with one kale leaf, a handful or more of spinach, 1/4 cup of non-fat milk, 1/2 cup low fat yogurt, one strawberry, 1/4 of a banana, and 1 tablespoons ground flex seeds. Definitely the strawberry and banana give the smoothie favor.

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    Jen
    February 20, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I started drinking daily home made smoothies two weeks ago. Tried a few different blends but so far this one is my favorite, this makes two good size portions. 2 cups kale or spinach, 1 cup coconut water, 1 cup water, 1 banana, 1.5 cups of mango, 1 cup pineapple, juice from 1 lime and chia seeds.

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    sonia
    March 7, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Green Smoothies are very effectice for health and I love using green foods in my daily dose.
    anyways thanks for writing about these health benefits of green smoothies.

  • Reply
    Tessa
    March 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I have made green smoothies a part of my breakfast every morning and can’t remember the last time I felt so great. My personal concoction differs slightly by what kind of greens I can get my hands on, but the main blend is something like this:
    1/4 cup Kefir (I usually use blueberry or blackberry)
    1 handful of mixed greens(baby spinach, kale, bok choy)
    1 banana
    4-5 strawberries
    1 (small) carrot
    This makes one serving, but has a great flavor and is simple enough to make on the go while providing energy all the day through!
    Enjoy 👍

    • Reply
      Nava
      March 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks, this sounds delicious!

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    sondra
    March 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    How many times a day do u need to drink the smoothie. And give me an estimate on how much water, fruits, and veggies should I use in one glass of smoothie

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    Melissa
    April 7, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Another thing I do is add a bit more than I would for a smoothie, and then add more water and drink it like a juice throughout the day. It keeps me away from my sweet tea addiction.

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    Anjel
    April 11, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I love ALL smoothies! Green smoothies are absolutely delicious. I like to add flaxseeds to mines.
    1 cup spinach- is like 6 calories if that
    1 banana
    3 strawberries
    1/4 mango
    1/4 peach
    tsp flaxseeds
    blend with water!
    if you like it a little sweeter, add a touch of pure honey.
    Blend and enjoy!
    I use frozen because the extra water will make it too bland for me, but you can add ice if you like!

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    Marilyn
    April 12, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I just finished drinking my second green smoothie. I used 1 cup of tightly packed coursely chopped kale as my green, water, 1/4 cup OJ, 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt, 1/2 banana and two packets of Truiva (I have a terrible sweet tooth I’m trying desperately to tame). Blended at high speed and it was delicious.

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    david Rosenberg
    April 28, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    My main meal is my breakfast smoothie.
    Oatmeal old fashion
    Agave syrup
    2 glasses filtered water
    Spinach or other greens
    carrots
    Peppers and banana and nuts
    Pineapple and frozen blueberries
    VitaMix machine
    Results after four years outstanding
    BP 140/90 now 117/79 cholesterol 48/161 with statin now 58/52 no statin
    Dr . McDougall who teaches you how to cook as a vegan for $6500.00 and 10 days does not approve. Do not blame him. He has built a very successful enterprise
    and has many success stories This is my breakfast and
    lunch normally.
    My doctors are amazed
    No supplements except B-12 three times a week

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    Angelo
    May 30, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks for the list! Here’s a smoothie I just made up that contains –

    cantaloupe

    frozen raspberries/strawberries/blueberries,
    avocado

    kale

    spinach

    sour cream mixed with sugar free jello mix (my low carb “yogurt” creation)

    sugar free juice/sparkling soda.

    Love It!

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    ask
    June 5, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me.
    Kudos!

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    Kimberley
    June 18, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I’ve only had green smoothies a few times but they are delicious! The recipe I made makes two tall glasses and contains:
    Two handfuls of watercress
    One tall glass of water
    Two large bananas
    Three peaches
    Three spoonfuls of pure honey
    And a chia seed shot

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    Kate
    July 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    2 friends and I share a green smoothie every morning at work. We started back in February and we each take turns to make smoothies for the group…we rotate each month.
    For me, it’s a good way to start the morning as I’m not a big breakfast eater.

    Personal Fav Drink:
    2 cups Power Greens (baby kale, baby spinach, and chard)
    2 cups almond milk (unsweetened, plain)
    1 Pear (large, with skin)
    1/2 cup fresh Pineapple (no skin)
    1/2 cup Cantaloupe
    2 dashes of cinnamon

    Yields about 40 ounces…10 to 13 ounces for 3 people.

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    John Reynolds
    July 26, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Since my triple by-pass surgery I make a green smoothie everyday. Must have Vitamix blender.
    -8oz Almond Mix
    -2 scoops of protien powder
    -2 tbsp of ground flaxseed, walnut almond mix
    -1/2 cup of strawberries or blueberries
    -(1) banana
    -1/2 avocado
    -1/2 pear
    -(2) handful of power greens (spinach, kale, chard)Hint: freeze greens they last longer
    -(3) ice cubes
    Blend in Vitamix until it runs its cycle.

    Approx. 28 grams of dietary fiber

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    Amelia Summerhill
    September 27, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Great recipes. I tried a few but they’re a little too sweet for my taste. That said, I found everything too sweet for my taste in the US including the bread.

    I love green smoothies and have been drinking them daily for a while now. I find using one piece of fruit, a lemon and more vegetables both more to my taste and a healthier option.

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    Becky
    October 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    -baby kale, spinach, chard mix
    -pineapple
    -strawberries
    -coconut vanilla almond milk
    -ground flax seed
    -dehydrated peanut butter

    Looks gross, tastes great!!

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    Kelly
    November 30, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I’ve just recently gotten into green smoothies again. I make the following:
    – spinach
    – apple
    – pear
    – pineapple
    – cucumber
    – avocado

    + I add in a teaspoon of coconut oil, as well as a small scoop of chia seeds. It’s delicious! I used to put mango and dandelion greens in them as well in the past.

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    Vegetable Juicing
    January 1, 2016 at 12:58 am

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    Val
    January 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I’m trying to lose weight and keep my energy up. Today my lunch contained of a boiled egg, a handful of almonds and home made green smoothie. I added kale, spinach, banana, half green apple, celery, water and chea seeds and a very small amount of cranberry juice for flavour. Although, I’m probably going to keep the cranberry juice out next time. Trying to keep it all natural. Cheers to Green Smoothies! “Salad” never tasted to better! 😉

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    jess
    January 6, 2016 at 7:46 am

    great smoothie today, with beetroot, spinach, cabbage and turkeyyyy.yummy

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    alim
    January 19, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Green vegetables are important for human eye sight, how??
    http://nicehealthtips.com/eat-green-vegetables-to-keep-eye-sight-strong-in-old-age

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    Ely
    February 25, 2016 at 12:43 am

    When I make my green smoothies.

    I blend spinach, tomatoes, carrots, banana, or Apple chia nuts, avocado, sabila, water,. I usually make at least like 20 cups so can last me a week.

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    Kale expert
    March 2, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I like to eat 50 kilograms of kale a day. It helps me keep my weight low and still stay healthy.

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    Deepali
    March 21, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Great info. Thanks.

    @Ely: I don’t think it’s a good to make a smoothie ahead of time though. I think it’s best if you make fresh and drink immediately.

    Can anyone confirm this?

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    Elizabethq
    March 29, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Every Sunday I make a big batch of Spinach, Celery, Cucumber, and Parsley, lemon Zest, lemon juice and water. I divide it into mason jars and put a few in the fridge and a few in the freezer and drink one every day for that week. It has been a great addition to my daily routine.

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    Denise
    April 19, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I LOVE my green smoothies !!! The health benefits are numerous and amazing. Everything in this article is true. I was having very uncomfortable digestive issues, feeling tired, lots of aches and pains (I’m a 57 yr old post menopausal woman) and drinking these smoothies has been wonderful. When I buy my produce, I wash and dry using my salad spinner,chop, then bag them with a white paper towel,poke a few holes in the zip top bags, then store in my fridge. It’s already for a week’s worth of daily smoothie making. I also keep bags of frozen fruit handy, bananas and avocados, ground flax seeds, and almond meal and almond butter that I make. 🙂

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    Brighter day
    May 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Vitamix is the best! I juice 3 c per day. Fresh dandelion or spinach, dill, cuke or parsley, celery, 1/2 lime, ginger root, 1/2 gr apple. I’m 61, post-menopausal stage 2 breast cancer 5 yrs ago, and in 3 months, I now sleep a full 8 hrs (before I’d be awake 2 or 3x a night), bl pressure back to normal, more energy, less stiffness, better attitude, so many little benefits, I could go on and on. I’m still waiting for my low hemoglobin, low red & white blood cells to improve. Doctor wanted to know why I’ve been improving, yet discounts my drinking juices to make such great modifications with my health.

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    Jayra
    May 29, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Hello everyone,

    When I make my green smoothies.

    1 cup spinach
    1 cup Kale
    1/2 beet
    1 pcs celery stick
    4-5 Strawberries
    10-15 Blueberries
    1 peach
    1/2 pear
    10-12 grapes(Green/Red)
    1 small orange
    1 cup of cold water
    chia seeds , Flax seeds & Ginger

    so that how i get daily my fruits and veggie per day.

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    Sylvia
    July 11, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I recently started juicing and I an loving it! I’m 53 yrs young and had a mini stroke, have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and diabetes. I’m suppose to be taking medication for all these things, but instead I am juicing. Juicing is helping me a whole lot! My juicing consist of 1 cup kale, 1 cup spinach, 1 mango, 1/2 cup water, and plenty of ice. I juice twice daily. My husband is loving it too!

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    Anita
    July 15, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve been making veggie smoothies for years. Here are my tips http://earthlychow.com/ultimate-guide-making-fresh-healthy-smoothies

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    Nwogu Tina
    August 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I made green smoothie comprising of
    Spinach leafs
    Watermelon
    Pineapple
    Oranges
    Ginger
    Garlic
    Green pepper
    It was great, the burning sensation in my Tommy ceased. I want to still known if there are more health benefits of my vegetable smoothie… Thanks

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    JR
    August 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Awesome smoothie or juice(either one) recipe
    1-Bag of Long stem Kale
    5-Big Carrots
    1-Cucumber
    1-Key Lime

    Morning Drink
    5-strawberries
    1-hand full of blueberries
    5-strawberries
    1-Green/Red apple
    1-orange

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    Amita
    September 28, 2016 at 4:35 am

    I had a green smoothie this morning and it was delicious:

    handful Kale,
    1 banana
    2 kiwi fruit
    1 grannysmith apple
    1 teaspoon ginger
    100 ml water
    1 teaspoon protein whey powder

    Would highly recommend!!

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    Eva Kitchen
    October 2, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Great recipes. I tried a few but they’re a little too sweet for my taste. That said, I found everything too sweet for my taste in the US including the bread.

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    Alwosta
    November 14, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I love using green foods in my daily dose, because it’s very effectice for health,
    anyways thanks for writing about these health benefits of green smoothies.

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    Maggie Allen
    December 1, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I really like that green smoothies make it easier to get your vegetable intake. That is probably the hardest food group for me to eat, especially since I am not a fan of most vegetables. But if they were mixed with a bunch of fruit like you mentioned, then I would definitely be able to eat more!

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    D.Cochran
    December 21, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I started my green smoothie today dark green leafy lettuce , kale and baby spinach with a piece of apple and water . It was delicious . Will try again tonight . Love all the reviews.

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    Raj
    January 2, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I take below green juice and it’s awesome. It’s very alkaline and as u r aware, all the diseases r due to imbalance in acidic state of body.

    Spinach 1 cup
    Bell pepper
    Broccoli
    Kale 1 cup
    Cucumber
    Avocado
    Celery
    Wild organic honey.

    The smoothie tastes awesome and u will b bustiñg with energy all day. I saw this recipe in another website and added honey for taste.

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    Sarah James
    January 17, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Helped me lose 30 pounds in 3 months without exercise:

    8 small leaves kale
    2 tbls Peanut butter
    1 Banana
    Handful of blueberries
    1 tsp cinnamon
    3 tbls chia seeds
    2 cups almond milk

    *add fruit for more sweetness (like mango) , but I dont add anything else 🙂

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    Larry
    January 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Love making my smoothes with various veggies and fruit for different taste.
    This am-
    Hand full- watercress-kale-celery-grape tomatoes-beet-beet greens-granny smith apple-banana-2 ounces slivered-two tablespoon protein powder- almonds- carrot juice- coconut water. Made enough for breakfastt, lunch and a mid day snack. Oh—-Sooooo good!

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    Anthony flint
    January 25, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Kale
    Spinach
    1 banana
    1 chopped date
    4 dates
    Ginger
    Turmeric
    Mineral water
    All orange where possible. Even after a few days of 1 a day, you will feel more energy and healthier!

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    Jacque Murphy
    February 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    2 cups Power Greens (kale, chard, spinach)
    1 cup fresh brewed green tea
    1 banana
    1/2 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 1/2 tbsp. hemp seed

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    Adam
    February 26, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Thanks for the info, I love green smoothies not only have a lost so much weight I just feel amazing. I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t tried it yet.

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    Mary Mauwer
    March 3, 2017 at 6:21 am

    I love green smoothies. I’ll be sure to try your tips. Thank you for sharing your tips. Regards, Mary

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    Tom
    March 9, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I just bought a vitamix and the first thing I did was to blend a cup of water, a handful of raw kale and some pineapple chunks. Wow. It’s delicious. No more toast for me in the morning.

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    Mark
    March 26, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Great article, I really like green smoothies.

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    Burt Silver
    March 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I like that you mentioned that green smoothies are a great way to get fiber into your diet. It makes sense that all the vegetables and fruit would have a lot of nutrients, including fiber. I have been trying to find easy ways to get more vitamins and other nutrients into my diet so I can be healthier. I will have to look into green smoothies.

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    Mike Rego
    May 14, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    1 cup of Kale, handful of blueberry’s, handful of Strawberry’s and a scoop of protein powder with water 2 x a day helped me lose 27 lbs in 4 months

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    رژیم غذایی
    June 2, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Avocado is made up predominately of healthy fats, which translate to beautiful skin.
    Best avocados I ever ate were in Venezuela where they were the size of footballs sometimes.

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    Mable lane
    October 8, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Me and my husband started out drinking fruit smoothie’s, but then about 2 weeks in we switched over to green smoothies. We put only a cup of kale greens and all sorts of fruits in them. To ease us into the green smoothies. Now we are in full force greens mode. I’m using kale, spinash, ect. And over half my blender is loaded full of greens. I love my green smoothies. Feeling so much much better.

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    Kathleen A Dennis
    October 28, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I love green smoothies! Every morning, I use bone broth protein, spinach, kale, 1/2 banana,unsweetened almond milk and ice. Blend it up and it is delicious!

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    Crystal Lynette Robinson
    March 25, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    I make my green smoothie with 2 1/2c kale greens,1 kiwi,1 banana, 1 lime (squeze) which is equivalent to approximately 1-2T liquid, & 1/2c water with a few ice cubes to make it icy. After consuming this green smoothie 21 days straight I have escaped macular degeneration.

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    Pauline Cooney
    June 16, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I am living with under active thyroid , & IBS , putting on lots of weight I started taken smoothies green bout a week ago , kale celery broccoli smal Quarter of both apple & avacado with water & dash of Lemon juice , I feel quiet Nauseated & bloated , would it be to do with my I BS or TThyroid ,
    Thanking you in anticipation of some advice

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