Don’t get us wrong—we love letting someone else do the work for us occasionally—but making healthy green smoothies at home is such an easy part of your healthy-eating routine. Just make sure to have a few essential ingredients on hand (here are 10 3-ingredient smoothies for inspiration), follow this green-smoothie formula, and mix and match flavors to your liking. So simple! (P.S. – you’ll hardly taste the greens.)
Foolproof Green Smoothie Formula
1. Start with 1 cup liquid
- Coconut, almond or another non-dairy milk (learn how to make your own here) or kefir
- Cooled herbal tea
- Water or coconut water
- Fresh-squeezed juice (stick to veggies if possible—think carrot, or a celery-apple combo)
2. Add 1 1/2 cups greens
Use any combination of:
3. Add 1/2 to 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit for sweetness and added nutrients
Frozen fruit (especially banana) will add a great creamy texture and make your smoothie more “shake-like”—just note that you may end up needing more liquid if you go that route. Some ideas:
For a vitamin K and potassium boost: stone fruits like peaches, plums, cherries apricots or nectarines (pitted, of course)
For extra fiber: raspberries, avocado, pears, apples, bananas
For an immunity and antioxidant boost: peeled fresh orange or grapefruit, blueberries, strawberries
For extra omega-3s (and to keep it low-carb): raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, avocado, guava
4. Nutrition-boosting extras
These aren’t necessary, but can be a nice touch:
For added protein: 1 tablespoon bee pollen, nut butter, raw almonds (preferably soaked), or pumpkin seeds
For detoxing and a metabolism boost: 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, cinnamon or grated fresh ginger, or fresh herbs like mint or basil
For extra fiber: 2 tablespoons chia seeds or chopped dates
For omega-3s: 2 tablespoons raw walnuts or flax oil/seeds
5. Sweeten if desired (optional)
- Liquid stevia (SweetLeaf is our favorite because it comes in so many flavors)
- 1 teaspoon raw honey (try infused)
- Extra banana (the riper the better) or dates to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
To get you started, here’s one of our go-to green smoothies. It has naturally sweet oranges for a vitamin C-rich immune boost, protein-rich spinach, plus a nice subtle, minty finish. Use frozen banana to thicken it up!
Easy Green Smoothie: The Orange Blitzer
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water or coconut water kefir
- 1 cup spinach + 1/2 cup parsley
- 1 orange, peel removed + 1/2 banana
- 5 mint leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Blend and enjoy!53
I really love the graphic, so descriptive thank you!
Nina @waveforwellness.com says
Love the graphic, it’s an all in one reference for when you’re out of ideas, thanks!
Do you add ice and if so, how much? I would freeze the coconut water into cubes if not adding additional ice so it isn’t warm. I think a cold temperature would taste better, but don’t want to dilute the flavors.
Love the graphic! Question: do you normally soak Chia seeds before adding? If so, for how long?
I absolutely love this graphic! I feel like my horizons have been broadened for making the best green smoothie with whatever I have on hand at the moment. Thank you, I can’t wait to try out all different mixes. :)
Millie | Add A Little says
Fantastic tips Dana! I’m a total green smoothie addict!
Dana Raidt says
Glad you like it, and hope it sparks some smoothie inspiration!