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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011


Glowing Green Smoothie via Linda Wagner

One of my absolute favorite things is a Green Smoothie.  It’s a fast, easy, and delicious way to get a big dose of vitamins and minerals, plus it tastes FANTASTIC!!

The Green Smoothie Detox

Don’t let the color’s fool you!! It is sweet and filling – even the kids love it!! They love to name it the “Monster Smoothie” or “Shreck Smoothie” or some other fun name but believe me, kids go crazy for it!! And it’s a great way to sneak in some powerful green nutrition into their diet.

Glowing Green Smoothie via Linda Wagner

Glowing Green Smoothie

It’s super fast to make and a great breakfast or snack option, especially for people on the go and those looking to lose weight. It takes about 1 min to make, literally!!

This recipe is super simple. All you need is a blender and the following ingredients:

  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • a couple handfuls of spinach
  • water

Add just enough water to blend and enjoy, that’s it! Forget the dehydrating morning latte and get the glow with a Green Smoothie instead.

I’ve have clients who have literally changed their lives just by adding Green Smoothies into their routine. Great for weight loss, digestive health, supporting the immune system, and as a healthy and filling snack. After a couple of weeks you’ll have that ‘Glow’ – glowing skin, hair, nails, even eyes get brighter! Who doesn’t want that?!

Try any combo you like, all you need is a base of bananas, fruit of your choice and a couple handfuls of your favorite green (I like spinach as it has a really mild flavor that blends well). Go ahead, try it, I know you want to!! It may just change your life!!

You can see all of my delicious smoothie recipes here. If you’re interested in doing a fast, effective 7 day cleanse with smoothies, go here!

Glowing Green Smoothie via Linda Wagner

Green Smoothie FAQ:

  • People always ask me what kind of blender I use and recommend. I make all my smoothies using a VitaMix which is a super awesome, state of the art, amazing, must have high speed blender. They are the ONLY blender that will get you the creamy consistency that you desire.  I love, love, LOVE my VitaMix and highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily! If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, Hamilton Beach makes some great budget friendly blenders that you can get at your local Walmart or Target.
  • If you can not do bananas for any reason simply leave it out or substitute any other fruit you like. If you want a creamier consistency, you can substitute avocado or coconut meat/flakes instead of the banana.
  • If you cannot have the fruits listed, simply use any fruits that you CAN have. Same goes for the spinach. If you can’t use spinach, you can substitute any green leafy vegetable of your choice; swiss chard, kale, romaine, arugula, etc. The basic recipe is fruit + greens + water.
  • If you want the smoothie to be BRIGHT green as pictured, use only lighter colored fruits like pineapple, green grapes, kiwi, green apples, yellow raspberries, pear, orange, etc. If you add darker fruits like strawberries, cherries, etc your smoothie will turn out to be more of a brown color – still DELICIOUS, just not as vibrantly green as in the pictures above.
  • Can I add yogurt or milk to my green smoothie? I am a firm believer in proper food combining. Dairy does not combine well with fruit and will cause fermentation, yeast, digestive issues, and will not aid in weight loss. That’s the reason I don’t recommend adding yogurt or any other dairy products. Believe me, you will be satisfied with the smoothies, the recipe will make about a quart which will definitely fill you up!!
  • If you have blood sugar issues, use avocado and/or coconut meat/flakes and semi-sweet fruits like grapefruit, berries, green apples, and add stevia to taste. I strongly recommend purchasing through iherb.com. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE iherb!! They’ve got the lowest prices ANYWHERE (often up to 40% below retail) and I can get absolutely anything I need from supplements & superfoods to shampoofacial cleanserbath salts and laundry detergent - you name it, they’ve got it!! I love you guys, so please feel free to use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 – $10OFF your first order + free shipping!
  • If you are constantly rushing out the door in the morning, you can make your smoothies the night before. They will last in the fridge for up to 24hrs.
  • If you are REALLY pressed for time, you can make all your green smoothies for the week then freeze them. Each night remove one and let thaw on the counter or in the fridge so that the next morning it’s ready to go.
  • This recipe will make approximately 32 ounces. You can have as little or as much as you need to feel full!
  • A lot of people ask how many calories are in the Green Smoothie. I don’t EVER worry about calories! When you’re eating whole foods, especially raw unprocessed fruits and vegetables, you don’t have to!! That’s what is SO LIBERATING about it!! If you must know, you can use an online calculator like fitday.com but know that those details don’t matter when you’re eating whole foods! I go into a lot more detail about this in my one-on-one sessions if you’re interested in learning and understanding more :)

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Glowing Green Smoothie for Weight Loss
 
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It's super fast to make and a great breakfast or snack option, especially for people on the go and those looking to lose weight. It takes about 1 min to make, literally!!
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Recipe type: Breakfast, snack
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1-2 bananas
  • ½ cup frozen peaches
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • a couple handfuls of spinach
  • water
Instructions
  1. Add just enough water to blend and enjoy, that's it!

 

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607 Responses to “Green Smoothie for Weight Loss?”

  1. Mercedes March 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    I have been drinking a green smoothie every a.m. for the last several weeks and I couldn’t agree more! Definitely glowing, more energy, easy to make, nutrient dense and delicious. I use almond milk in place of H2o….

    • Linda March 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

      Keep Glowing Mercedes!!!!

      • Becky January 30, 2012 at 11:02 am #

        For somebody low on iron most of the time, adding fresh spinach to smoothies would be a great way to get your iron in.

        • Kimberly April 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

          Kale is a great green to add if you’re looking to get more iron. :o)

    • Kristina January 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      I am wondering if I can use fresh peaches and fresh mango in lue of the frozen, is does the frozen add something to it?

      I am so excited to try this recipe. I think my 6 yr old daughter will love it, because it’s a funky color. Awesome way to sneak in some goodness to her as well!

      • Linda January 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

        sure!! I like frozen because it gives it a nice creamy consistency :)

        • Lacee May 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

          Hi! I used the above recipe but it didnt come out as bright/light green as yours pictured! I love that color! Did you use the peaches and mangos to get that color? I didnt add too much water, could that be it? hmm

          • Linda May 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

            I addressed this in the FAQ at the bottom of the post :)
            “If you want the smoothie to be BRIGHT green as pictured, use only lighter colored fruits like pineapple, green grapes, kiwi, green apples, yellow raspberries, pear, orange, etc. If you add darker fruits like strawberries, cherries, etc your smoothie will turn out to be more of a brown color – still DELICIOUS, just not as vibrantly green as in the pictures above.”
            Enjoy!! xo

    • Queen of Couth June 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

      I have a Ninja and it is a great blender, however, my spinach stays “leafy”. Any ideas how to get that texture out? More water? Juicier fruit? Thoughts?

      • Linda June 5, 2012 at 9:48 am #

        It really has to do with the blender more than the ingredients…blending longer should help! Maybe saving up for a VitaMix in the future!! :)

        • Suzette Taylor June 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

          I take the fresh spinach and throw it in the freezer. For some reason that helps when using a regular blender. Good luck

  2. Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul March 23, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    I also drink green smoothies nearly everyday. I’m a waitress at a busy vegan restaurant in NYC, and I find that our “Green Power” smoothie–loaded with spinach, spirulina, banana and orange juice gives me the energy I need to shine! I love your use of frozen peaches and mango.
    At home I throw in kiwi and frozen berries, and I love to mix spinach and swiss chard.

    And on top of all that, I love your blog : )

    • Linda March 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

      Thanks Jenne!! Your combo sounds delish!!

    • Enrique July 23, 2011 at 7:29 am #

      What other green fruits/vegetables do you recommend? Do you have the exact portions on how to makea green smoothie? Thank you. It sounds delicious.

      • Linda August 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

        You can use the recipe listed above or modify it with any fruit of your choice!

  3. lazare March 23, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    great job, im green with envy at this time

  4. Jaclyn March 23, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    oh! awesome i love green smoothies!

    you seriously do not taste the greens at all.

    your pictures are gorgeous to, i run this site: http://www.healthfreakfood.com, it’s sort of like a tastepotting type site but for health freaks. check it out and see if you’d like to submit :)

    • Linda March 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

      Awesome Jaclyn, I’ll check it out!! Thank you!!

  5. Sara March 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Awesome. I am not turned off by the color at all, I love it! I just saw a recipe from Whole Foods that also has some spinach in the smoothie, I definitely have to try it now.
    Thanks.

    • Linda March 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

      Yes Sara, definitely try it, you’re gonna love it! Let me know what you think!!

      • chris September 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

        I get up really early in the a.m and cant wake the house up with blender noise, can I make it the night before?

        • Linda September 17, 2011 at 11:19 am #

          Yes absolutely! Smoothies are typically good for about 24hrs in the refrigerator :)

          • cameron November 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

            Thank you! Ya’ll read my mind…I can make it for school and throw it in the school fridge…willing to bet no one will drink my bright green smoothie hehe ;)

    • Amanda November 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

      I LOVE this smoothy!! I recently had a baby and every morning wake up with such pain in my feet that I cant walk and hobble like an old lady. After about half hour the pain is gone but if im off my feet it happens again and standing too long they KILL. I take all kinds of suppliments with no relief until the green smoothy! I dont think its a coinscidence at all and will continue this yummy treat regularly. I add ground flax for added nutrients! I love it and how its making me feel! my ( year old like sit too!

      • Amanda February 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

        Amanda,
        Hate that your feet are so sore, but based on your symptoms it sounds like plantar fasciaitis, if you get a chance to talk to a dr about it, ask about stretches and exercises you can do before getting out of bed to help ease some of the pain. :-) Glad the smoothies are helping, too!

  6. e March 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    I love a green smoothie and I try to have one everyday. Kale is a must in every green smoothie I drink. Kale is King! I also add either spinach or collard greens along with the kale, banana, chopped carrot, and blueberries.

    • Linda March 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

      LOVE Kale!!! Especially in my green juices!

      • Denise January 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

        What is Kale? Is there a specific taste?

  7. Jimena March 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Yum! Love the flavor combo. I invested in a Blendtec this past weekend and have started having a green smoothie every day. You are so right on how delicious and nutritious they are. I add some ground flaxseed to mine and it seriously keeps hunger at bay for 4-5 hrs. Love it! Will be giving your recipe a try =)
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    • Linda March 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

      Awesome Jimena! Yes, GS are totally satisfying and keep you full four hours!! xo

      • Carolyn June 10, 2012 at 8:17 am #

        Do I find flaxseed in a health food store? I am Type 2 Diabetic, and just started juicing this a.m. Today was my last cup of coffee and tomorrow will be green tea.How do I keep my sugar from dropping too low while juice fasting? My hubby lost 65 pounds last year while strictly juicing.I want to lose 20 pounds, but more because of health.I would love to not be Diabetic anymore, and heard that juicing can do that…Have a beautiful day!
        Carolyn in New Hampshire

        • Linda June 11, 2012 at 9:15 am #

          Yes, Carolyn, flax seeds can be found at your local health food store :)

        • Danielle August 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

          I’m a type 2 diabetic, but have never used medication and have had a normal A1c reading since being diagnosed. Every person is different, but what has helped me is to minimize my grain/starch intake. How much? Well, test post prandial and you will know. I’ve lost 100 pounds and can handle carbs better now. I eat real food and follow primal type diet, but you don’t have to do primal. Just be careful with your grain/starch/sweet fruit intake and test. If you break it down to smaller meal – it would help. So, if you chose to eat whole grains, you may need to eat half a cup vs a full cup to keep your glucose in normal range. Your glucometer is your best tool. As far as green smoothies go, keep your fruit intake lower than your greens and lower sugar fruits like berries may be a better choice. Again, everyone is different. Two bananas n one shake may be too much, but 1/2 a banana and some berries plus greens may be just fine. I hope that helps. T2 can often be reversed or improved with diet changes and exercise.

  8. Nancy @SensitivePantry March 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    This looks so good! The color is amazing…and I’m sure the flavor is amazing, too.
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  9. tinycook March 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    try adding a teaspoon of matcha powder! It’s really really good for you and with all the fruit, you’ll barely be able to taste it. Some people find matcha bitter, but the taste tends to balance when mixed. It’ll add to the green-ness and give a kick of antioxidents

  10. Nicolette April 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    I started drinking a type of this smoothie today. I used 2 bananas, spinach, mango, pineapple and water. It is defiantly delish and a great add to the day when taking care of 4 boys.

    • Linda April 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

      Awesome Nicolette! It’s such a great way to start your day!! I love them as a snack too! Did you give any to your boys? Kids LOVE them! Just tell them it’s a “Hulk” or “Shreck” shake and they’ll go crazy for it!

      • Nicolette April 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

        My boys loved them but my nephew wasn’t on board because it was green. My oldest (almost 4) said “ew green” I told him to just try it and he loved it. My middle son David loved it right off and kept wanting more. And my youngest Isaac is almost three months so he cant have any yet but when he can I hope he loves it. Oh and hubby enjoyed it too lol I want more :D but have to wait til I get to go to the store (thursday) lol

        • Linda April 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

          Awesome! I knew they would love it!! What a great mom you are! Keep up the great work!

  11. GirlonRaw April 6, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    AMEN sista! I love my Green Smoothies too and this is a great recipe combination. I also find only using mango or banana or avocado is a great idea for the creaminess. If someone doesn’t like banana I advise avocado and again it’s a really mild flavour too :)

    • Linda April 7, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      Yes, GirlonRaw, avo is a great substitute!!

      • BARB June 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

        WILL YOU STILL GET THE MAX EFFECT IF YOU SUB SOMETHING FOR BANANAS? I SEE ALOT OF SMOOTHIES HAVE BANANA. IM NOT CRAZY ABOUT BANANA FLAVOR. WOULD PREFER SOMETHING ELSE. BUT I CAN EAT IT IF IT IS MORE BENEFICIAL.

        • Linda June 5, 2012 at 9:48 am #

          sure, you can use any fruit you like!

    • Kimberly April 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

      Avacodo is the absolute best if you want the creamiest smoothie you’ve ever had. I use Kale for my green, mango and Almond milk because I’m lactose intolerant and it is absolutely fantastic! I also use flax seed and chia seeds. So good! :o)

  12. Maria April 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    I was looking online for different type of smoothies and came across the green smoothie OMG. I hate vegetables, but this sounded so good I had to go out and buy fruits, spinach and romaine which they said you should start with. I just made my first green smoothie today and loved it. I used spinach, bananas, mango, black cherries, little orange juice and water oh and added just a teaspoon of honey since I was not sure how sweet it was going to be since its my first one. I will be making these in the morning for my way to work, instead of my latte. I’ve also ordered a couple of recipe books.

    • Linda April 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

      Awesome Maria!! So glad you liked it, I see many more green smoothies in your future!!!

  13. Maria April 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I was looking online for different type of smoothies and came across the green smoothie OMG. I hate vegetables, but this sounded so good I had to go out and buy fruits, spinach and romaine which they said you should start with. I just made my first green smoothie today and loved it. I used spinach, bananas, mango, black cherries, little orange juice and water oh and added just a teaspoon of honey since I was not sure how sweet it was going to be since its my first one. I will be making these in the morning for my way to work, instead of my latte. I’ve also ordered a couple of recipe books.

  14. Maria April 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Oh absolutely. Trying to get my husband and kids to try it now. Wish me luck

    • Linda April 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      Good Luck, they’ll love it!!

  15. Cristina Ione Lopez April 18, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    YUM!
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  16. Jana April 29, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    GREAT blog, I love it for the colours, your energy and all the good ideas…tomorrow for breakfast I will have a green smoothie:-)))
    sunyn smiles from tulipland!

    • Linda April 29, 2011 at 9:34 am #

      Thanks so much for the kind words Jana!
      xo

  17. Cynthia May 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Linda, I just stumbled on your blog and I absolutely love it!! I am depserate to lose weight and get healthy again. I hate vegetables!! I know they’re good for you but I really hate them. However, because I want to get healthy and lose weight, I will give it a try. I will be going to the store right now for the ingredients and trying it in the morning.
    it doesn’t say how much water, so I would love to know that before morning if possible. Thank you for this blog! I am in Austin also! cynthia

    • Linda May 20, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

      Hi Cynthia, just add enough water to blend, enjoy!!

      • Cynthia May 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

        Okay, I did try the green juice this morning for the first time and I liked it. I want to love it… so I’ll have to get “used to it” because that’s not usually my thing, but I want the benefits.

        I also purchased your LocalLiving deal, so I’ll be meeting you and seeing you soon!

    • Cynthia July 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

      I can no longer say I hate vegetables – thank you Linda, you’ve changed my life! My first session with Linda was on June 14th and started drinking Green Smoothies on June 16th according to Linda’s suggestion. It took just a couple of times and I got used to them, and now I’m totally in love with them!! I have bought more spinach since June 16th than I have ever bought in my entire life… loving it… and can’t go without! I use two very large hanfuls of spinach for my smoothies and don’t even taste it! I don’t even need to use Stevia to sweeten it because it’s already sweet enough from the frozen fruit added, along with the bananas… especially when you use very ripe bananas! I hated spotted bananas (would never touch them), and now I can’t wait for them to get spotty for my smoothies because they add so much sweetness! I now love vegetables with my meals and my husband can’t believe this is coming from the person he used to urge to eat more vegetables, but never succeeded! Linda, I am loving our sessions together and what I am learning from you… I am amazed at myself and I have you to thank.

      • Linda July 23, 2011 at 9:12 am #

        Cynthia,

        You are a rock star and I am SO proud of you!! You have absolutely come a long way and I am so excited to help you to keep moving forward on your journey!!

        • Cynthia July 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

          I couldn’t have gotten this far without you Linda! :-)

  18. Cynthia May 21, 2011 at 12:25 am #

    Thank you!

  19. Rochelle May 31, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I just made my first green smoothie! Husband refused to try it until I told him it was called a Monster Smoothie. It seems I married a kid. :)

    • Ann Alexa July 3, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

      Haha, I think I’m going to do that when I make it at my boyfriends place! I love fruit smoothes and have been looking up recipes for these “Green Drinks” for a while. Has anyone had success trying to make them with the Magic Bullet (or the knock off versions of it?) if so, How much fruit, greens and stuff do you add?

      • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

        Hi Ann,
        Yes you can use the Magic Bullet; any blender will work :)
        I usually use 1 banana, about 1 cup of frozen fruit, a handful or two of fresh baby spinach, and enough water to blend.

        Enjoy!

  20. Emily June 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    This looks and sounds good really want to try it im really looking foward to see if this can help me lose some weight.How much peach and mango do I add ?

    • Linda June 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

      0.5 cup of each would be fine, you’re gonna love it!!

  21. Rose June 12, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Can I use frozen spinach for this? The fresh stuff wilts on me three times as fast as I go to the grocery store. I’d think it would be okay, but I’ve heard something about frozen fruits and vegetables not being as healthy/vitamin packed/ nutritious…?

    • Linda June 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

      Hi Rose,

      Fresh is always best!! I’ve never tried it with frozen spinach so if you do, let me know how it tastes!

      • Carolyn June 10, 2012 at 8:26 am #

        When my husband was juicing, he would use frozen spinach and frozen broccoli with green apple, lemon and ginger.It was delicious and really cold because of the frozen ingredients.We also use frozen berries because supposedly frozen fruit/veggies are flash frozen and retain their nutrients. I know he felt amazing and lost 65 pounds.I have to do less fruit because of my Diabetes… Bananas make my blood sugar too high:(
        I am so glad I found your site!

    • Jessica June 28, 2011 at 12:01 am #

      I wash and freeze FRESH spinich. LOVE It. I can’t run to the store very day to keep the fresh on hand. I also throw anything in the freezer that is about to go bad and I always freeze my bananas.

    • Kelli December 8, 2011 at 1:03 am #

      I know I’m a little late to the question, but if you do a quick search you will find that most frozen veggies retain more vitamins than their older fresh counterparts (i.e. flash frozen spinach is probably much more full of nutrients than that stuff that has been in your fridge for three or four days). I make almost all of my “monster drinks” with frozen greens (the fresh stuff just doesn’t stay fresh long and I can’t go to the grocery store everyday with two small children and a deployed husband).

  22. bailey June 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    I do smoothies a lot too…my husband and I did a 3 week detox by Dr Junger who wrote the book Clean. We did the book version instead of the internet version and it was fantastic. Afterwards though, I started reading that when you juice veggies you shouldn’t mix them with fruit because of the different enzymes needed to digest it all. Do you know if that is true and if so is it the same for smoothies as well. It seemed a little crazy to me because we eat fruits and veggies together all the time, but I know it’s a lot of extra nutrients when you’re juicing/smoothieing.

    • Linda June 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

      No, there is no problem making juices/smoothies with fruit!! Enjoy!

  23. Cassie June 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    So want to try, gonna have to wait until tomorrow though to go shopping :(

    A little question though, is it possible to say bulk make this for a few days at a time? (I’m a smoothie novice, and have no idea about how long they last )

    • Linda June 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

      You can make your smoothie in advance. It should be good in the refrigerator for up to 24hrs :)

  24. Sashiko Yuen June 23, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    I’ve been drinking smoothies for the past couple weeks and already lost a few lbs. I’ve been using a banana, organic plain yogurt, vanilla soy milk, a little honey and my choice of frozen fruit.

    But this green smoothie is intriguing me. Definitely going to try it out. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Linda June 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

      Your welcone Sashiko! Omitting the dairy will definitely help you loose weight faster :)

    • Wilma July 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

      Heyyy! So how many times a week/day do you have to drink this lovely green drink in order to lose those nasty pounds? I’d really love to know!!!

      • Linda July 19, 2011 at 8:41 am #

        Wilma,

        You can have it everyday for breakfast, as a snack between meals, or a meal replacement if you’re on the go!

  25. Kim, Rambling Family Manager June 29, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    I was introduced to green smoothies in a raw “cooking” class a friend took me to. I didn’t like that one (too grassy) but I’ve had a lot of them since then that I love. I’ve come up with a couple of recipes for variations (on my blog) and I do, indeed, use frozen greens. (Another commenter asked about that.) The frozen greens work really well for me; I can only get decent fresh greens at Whole Foods but the store is far away and I can’t get there often. The local grocery has TERRIBLE fresh greens but they carry frozen, so that’s what I’ve started to use. Better frozen greens than no greens! The only problem now is the arguments with my husband- he likes to blend smoothies until they are smooth and runny, but I like my smoothies thick with chunks. (And if he’s in charge of the blender, he’s not stopping for anything until it’s the way he likes it- argh!!) ;) Oh, and try adding some blueberries to see the change in color, or, umm, don’t look; great anti-oxidants, but the color is less than appetizing when you mix green and blue. Tasty, just not visually appealing.

  26. Sophie June 30, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    These look great! I’m a student and can’t afford loads of fresh fruit and veg (or at least, not as much as these would need and still have some for breakfast/lunch/dinner – I’m vegetarian) so I was wondering: can you use tinned peaches etc in juice instead? They, and frozen fruit/veg, are much cheaper so I was wondering if they would be good too? Thanks :)

  27. Daniel June 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Man im going to have to try this and soon. The green might throw people off but I think this looks delicious. What other fruits have you tried?

    • Linda June 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      Hi Daniel, you can use any fruit u like!!! Have fun trying different combos!

  28. Catie June 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    My dad and I make “green” drinks- we put spinach, broccoli and asparagus. I kid you not, using a banana severely cuts out the asparagus/broccoli/spinach. Apples and oranges do wonders. We juice the veggies/fruits, then later add frozen berries and yogurt and blend!

    • Linda June 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

      Sounds delish Catie!! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Kris July 1, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    I add 1 T of ground flax seed. I have also used kefir as the liquid–frozen blueberries with blueberry kefir and kale, chard and lemon balm. Frozen strawberries with strawberry kefir and greens. Don’t forget mustard greens, turnip greens and even dandelion greens are supposed to be very nutritious. Carrot juice goes well with frozen mango. I also sometimes add 100% cranberry juice to red fruits. Red and green and blue don’t look nice together. I’ve not tried it yet, but I bet that broccoli sprouts (or other sprouts) would add a nutritious punch!

  30. Nancy Lewis July 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Love this recipe, so delicious! Thanks for posting it!
    http://www.squidoo.com/the-dangers-of-msg-in-our-food

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

      Thanks Nancy, so glad you like it!!

  31. Christine July 3, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    what if you don’t eat bananas?

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      Hi Christine,

      If you don’t like bananas, just use more mango or any kind of fruit. You could even use avocado instead to give it a creamy texture!

      • Ashley July 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

        I’ve been scrolling through the comments with this question in mind! I can’t stand the taste of bananas and my boyfriend is intolerant to them. Avocados to the rescue!

        • jackie October 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

          Thanks! I’m allergic to bananas and was wondering the same. Most smoothies have bananas as main ingredient!

          • Linda October 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

            yep, mangos make an excellent base and peaches are really nice too! You can actually use any fruit combo you like!

  32. Michelle July 3, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I love green smoothies. My friend and I add kale and celery to them, extra veggies! :)

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      awesome Michelle, I love kale too!

  33. Sarah July 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Going to start drinking this in the mornings.
    I really want to cut back/cut out coffee all together.
    I put too many sweeteners in it, and it’s really not healthy.
    How much does this recipe make, roughly?

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

      This recipe will make around 24-32oz. The perfect amount for breakfast or a snack!

  34. Healthyberries July 4, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    mmmm Thanks for the tip this looks delicious cant wait to throw some acai in there!!

  35. Emma July 4, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    ahh! perfect for weight loss, while keeping a nutritional balance. can’t wait to incorporate these smoothies in to my diet!

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

      Hi Emma, yes you will love them!

  36. Jennifer Minar-Jaynes July 4, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    I’ve been drinking green smoothies for years & love them! My one-year-old twin sons drink them too. They’ve favorite version is in the form of a smoothie pop. =)

    Great post–thanks!

    Jennifer

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

      Awesome Jennifer, what a great mom you are!!

  37. Luci July 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    I just stumbled on this and I love it! I recently brought my blender with me to college so I know on-the-go smoothies will be my thing during grad school. I love this idea! It looks so yummy- and if it fills you up, then even better!

    How do I subscribe to your blog?

    Oh and my main question…what on earth are those things on the straw???

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

      Hi Luci,
      So glad you like it!! The straws are made from hand-blown glass. The little dots are just colored glass that help keep the straws from rolling. This way they don’t roll off the counter and break!

      If you would like to subscribe to this blog just enter your email address in the box at the upper right hand corner of the page :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  38. elizabeth alessi July 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    would love to try this :)

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

      Try it Elizabeth, you’ll love it!!

  39. Vanessa Nicole July 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    I hear that you can’t taste the spinach when blended! But if so, what are some alternative greens that I can use to satisfy this portion of the recipe?

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

      Hi Vanessa,
      Spinach really does have the most mild flavor but you can try any kind of green: romaine, green leaf lettuce, kale, parsley, chard, arugula…the possibilities are endless!

  40. Drake Metz July 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Great for refueling after a hardcore workout!

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

      Yes, Drake, absolutely!!

  41. Alexis July 7, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I simply LOVE green smoothies. In our house they have been named “swamp smoothies” by my sisters. We use the banana base as well but instead of water we add light vanilla soy milk. Its a great way to get the added calcium and the vanilla takes the edge off any bitterness that’s added by berries or greens. I haven’t tried any other greens besides baby spinach but I will buy some kale to try next time I go shopping!!

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

      awesome Alexis!!

  42. sulla July 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    why frozen fruit and not fresh ?

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

      Hi Sulla,
      Frozen fruit makes it creamier and provides a better flavor.
      Plus there’s no need to wash, chop, peel, or add ice so makes it a lot faster and easier!

  43. Katherine July 7, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    I just made this and it was VERY good!

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

      Yay!! Katherine, so glad you liked it!

  44. Cierra July 8, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    I don’t like spinach but I’m gonna try it anyways, looks good. (:

    • Linda July 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

      Hi Cierra,

      Start with a small amount then build up from there. You won’t even taste it!

  45. Kris July 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Someone mentioned ingredient cost. Mustard greens, lettuce, kale, etc are easy to grow in a pot or garden. Nutritious dandelion greens grow free all around, just be sure they’ve not been sprayed with pesticides. I also just tried adding 4-5 stevia leaves to my smoothie and these really sweetened it! BTW, Dr. Oz has a different, but great green smoothie recipe (serves 3-4):
    2 apples (cored, but leave the skin on them)
    2 BIG handfuls of spinach
    1 medium cucumber
    3 ribs/sticks of chopped celery (if you’re using Vita-mix, you only need to cut the celery rubs into thirds)
    1/2 inch or teaspoon ginger root, peeled
    1 bunch parsley
    Juice of 1 lime
    Juice of 1/2 lemon

    • Linda July 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Awesome Kris, thanks for posting this!! xo

  46. Kimberly July 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Do you have any suggestions for a spinach substitution? I am allergic to all things spinach and spinach – like….kale, beet greens, etc. This drink looks so good!

    • Linda July 11, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

      Hi Kimberly,

      Are you allergic to all green leafy vegetables? Could you substitute something like romaine lettuce instead?

  47. Sophie July 9, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Thanks for the link, I’m reading it now!

  48. Jay Scott July 11, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Very interesting! I’m going to have to try this – I would need to add some unflavored whey protein of course!

  49. Nikoya July 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    I love the green smoothie too! Being vegan I drink these alot. It’s a good way for me to sneak in some protein powder too, since I hate the protein powdery taste. Thanks for this recipe!

  50. Tash July 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    WOW.
    I tried this, and it is just AMAZING!
    although I didn’t use mango, because I didn’t have any ;P

    • Linda July 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

      Awesome Tash!! So glad you loved it!!

  51. Charlotte July 12, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Love this idea! Sounds delicious…I have a question, though–in my part of the world, it is sometimes hard to find fresh spinach. Could frozen be used?

    • Linda July 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

      Hi Charlotte,

      Yes, you could use frozen, although fresh is always best! :)

      Enjoy!

  52. Geri July 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    My boss drinks green smoothies all the time and has lost a lot of weight – absolutely swears by them. (I think he is addicted and may turn into Shrek or the Hulk!)

    His are rather a green slimey sludge colour though, and that puts me off. I may give it a go – perhaps with not too much green stuff.

  53. Jemma Nelson July 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Can you taste the spinach? I hate spinach, but so many people seem to love the recipe.

    • Linda July 19, 2011 at 8:45 am #

      Hi Jemma,

      You can’t taste the spinach, it gets masked by the taste of the fruit. If you are nervous, just try using a tiny amount at first and then build up as you get used to it, Enjoy!

  54. Liana July 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    If you want an extra green boost, my nutritionist recommended Very Green powder. I’m in love with this stuff. I get mine at Trader Joe’s. It has tons of good stuff in it, from broccoli to alfalfa sprouts, and a tablespoon gets you about a serving of veggies. It has a really mild flavor, I’ll sometimes still add a bit of spinach in with it too but will only use that when making smoothies for super picky little ones (or big ones…)

  55. Shannon July 15, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    What fruits could you replace the mango and peaches with? I love veggies. I just don’t like most fruits/fruity tastes (I don’t like most fruits). If something like this may help me get a few servings of fruits in a day, that’d be great. How many servings would this be? I’d be the only one drinking it in my house and I don’t want to waste it. Would it still work if you stored whatever leftovers?

    • Linda July 19, 2011 at 8:44 am #

      Shannon,

      You can use any fruit you like, you could even make a blended salad if you prefer veggies. Green Smoothies will last about 24hrs in the fridge :)

  56. Angela July 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Where do you get your cool straws?

    • Linda July 19, 2011 at 8:43 am #

      Angela, the straws are great, right?!

      I get mine at http://glassdharma.com/

      • Angela July 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

        The straws are so cool and I have stopped using plastic straws since they are so wasteful. I love glassdharma! Will be placing an order soon.

  57. Mason July 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I just made it with orange juice instead of water. Is there any benefit or drawback to doing it that way? Am I adding or losing nutritional value? The one obvious downside was the brown color from the orange juice and spinach mixing instead of the pretty vibrant green in your photos. :)

    • Linda July 19, 2011 at 8:39 am #

      Hi Mason,
      Orange juice adds more calories and more sugar. I always stick with water, you can use stevia if you want to sweeten it up :)

  58. Angela July 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Thank you so much for this!! I am absolutely hooked! Made my first one this morning and am now having my second one of the day – delish! I recently had gastric bypass surgery and have been craving fruits and veggies as those are the last foods allowed after the surgery because of the digestion process. This smoothie completely satisfies that craving and I have had no problems digesting it! I can’t believe how simple it is, yet so incredibly yummy. It also kept me satisfied for several hours throughout the day which is unusual after the surgery because the stomach is so small, one usually gets hungry every couple of hours. This is a new staple in my diet!

    • Linda July 19, 2011 at 8:37 am #

      Hi Angela, so glad you are enjoying your smoothies!! One of the most important factors to feeling satisfied is having adequate minerals. Green Smoothies are LOADED with minerals so help to keep you full for hours!! Enjoy! xo

  59. Christine July 17, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    This green smoothie sounds awesome and nutritious I can’t wait to try it. I even love the idea of calling it a “Shrek Smoothie” so I can get me kids to drink it. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Linda July 19, 2011 at 8:36 am #

      Your welcome Christine!!

  60. Kelly July 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    Just ‘stumbledupon’ this green smoothie. Looks hmm.. interesting :) I’ve never been one for fruit/veggie smoothies but the raves have me interested. What is your feeling on adding something like kefir to this? I mix most of my smoothies with kefir for a bump in probiotics and protein. Just curious. I’ve been struggling to lose weight (forEver) and so I’d be looking around for other ideas to do so in a healthy way.

    • Linda July 19, 2011 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Kelly, you could add a small amount of Kefir if you like. Keeping the smoothie as simple as possible will help tremendously with weight loss!

  61. Toni July 18, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    i tried this today with 1 banana, a 1/2 c of frozen blueberries, 1/4 c orange juice & a handful of baby spinach. . . the color leaves a little to be desired (husband saw it and said omg what are you drinking?) but the taste is good :) and much less calories than my normal smoothies!! (which included 1/2 c almond milk or skim milk and 1/4 c cottage cheese)

    • Linda July 19, 2011 at 8:33 am #

      Awesome Toni! Don’t let the color fool you, Green Smoothies are delicious!!

  62. Kaela July 19, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    Would adding a protein powder change the flavor too much? I think that with maybe egg white protein powder this could make a pretty decent meal replacement. What are your thoughts?

    • Linda July 19, 2011 at 8:31 am #

      Hi Kaela,

      You can add protein powder, I typically use hemp protein as it’s less acidic and easier to digest :)

      • Kaela July 20, 2011 at 11:19 am #

        So I just tried it and it is amazing! I used frozen bananas and it came out with a milkshake consistency. I wish I had known about it earlier! Perfect summer breakfast. Thank you!

  63. Molly July 19, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    So, I’d love to try this, but I’m allergic to bananas. Is there something else I could use as a base?

    Thanks!

    • Linda July 19, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Molly,

      Mangos make a really nice base, ultimately you can just use a combo of any fruit you like! Enjoy!!

  64. kate July 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    The recipe calls for a frozen peach and mango, will I be missing out on anything if I opt for the fresh version of these products? I’ve been drinking smoothies for about a week and this recipe sounds delicious! I’m defiantly going to try it!

    • Linda July 23, 2011 at 9:21 am #

      yes, you can definitely use fresh! I like my smoothies nice and cold which is why I opt for frozen but I do use fresh fruit too, especially in the summer when there are so many amazing fruits in season!!

      • kate July 25, 2011 at 8:22 am #

        Thanks! I tried the recipe and it is defiantly one of my favorites, thanks for sharing it!

        • Linda July 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

          So glad you like it Kate!! xo

  65. Cindy July 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Are those Snails on the straw?

    • Linda July 23, 2011 at 9:19 am #

      they are little circles of red glass to prevent the straw from rolling!

  66. Linda July 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I made this for the first time this morning and as everyone has said “It was amazing!” Instead of plain water I used 0 calorie melon flavored vitamin water. I will definitely be making this again and again and again; and recommending it to all my health conscious family and friends. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. P.S. Can you tell me how many calories are in this smoothie if made exactly as written?

  67. Erik July 22, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    I stumbled upon this site about 3 weeks ago and have been drinking a Green smoothie everyday ever since. I definitely notice a big difference in my energy levels and overall, I feel much brighter and happier. I’ve added a couple different ingredients to your recipe though. I started adding a couple teaspoons of mint toothpaste to the smoothie as well as a dash of parmesan cheese! The toothpaste really gives the shake that minty freshness and parmesan just tastes amazing!!! I think everyone should give this a shot a find out for yourself. Thanks for turning me onto to this Linda. You Rock!!!

    • Linda July 23, 2011 at 9:17 am #

      Erik, I realize that you are being sarcastic and totally mocking me but your comment made me laugh so hard!! Thank you for putting a smile on my face!

      • Erik July 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

        Linda, glad I could put a smile on your face! In all seriousness, I actually do drink the green smoothie every morning (minus the toothpaste and parmesan). I stick to the recipe you have posted and truly appreciate it. Starts my morning off right!

  68. Hannah July 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Another good one is spinach, kale, mixed berries, banana, kiwi and ground flaxseed…You taste the fruit more than the other ingredients. Can’t wait to try this one too for variety! :)

  69. Selin July 23, 2011 at 5:50 am #

    Looks delicious :”) the color does not bother me at all, will try definatelly when i have chance. i love bananas.

  70. Emily July 23, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Are those snails on that straw?

    • Linda July 23, 2011 at 9:10 am #

      no they are little circles of red glass to prevent the straw from rolling!

      • Pook July 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

        I thought it was snails too. I was quite certain!

        • Linda July 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

          So funny that so many of you thought they were snails! Would be really cute if they were!! ;)

  71. Corinna July 24, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    Loooove my smoothies! Add spirullina, organic fiber, flax seed to boost the goodness and I throw in a couple pitted dates for sweetness. Use ANY combination of fruits and veggies and enjoy! I prefer mine cold so I try to buy my fruit and prepare it before hand. Cutting it up and freeing . Then I can pull out my baggies and throw them in. Wonderful in the summer. :)

  72. Nikki July 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi Linda
    This looks really great! I usually do a banana/chocolate/peanut butter smoothie but I know that I need to change it up if I want to have luck with weight loss. I find I’m most successful when I’m counting calories. Do you have an idea of how many calories would be in this smoothie? I’d probably halve the recipe as I use a magic bullet size blender.. Thanks!

    • Linda July 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

      If you want to lose weight, ditch the pb and add those GREENS!!!

  73. hello July 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Hey,

    I had a question … is it somehow possible to enhance it’s longevity? I used to make these, but it’s not possible to drink the same batch after an hour. I would somehow want to have this for breakfast and then take to work for lunch time a well … suggestions?

    • Linda July 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      If you keep it refrigerated it should last 24hrs!

  74. Yu (YuFit) July 26, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    I love green drinks! Thanks for the wonderful pictures!

    I will definitely be sharing your sites with my clients!!

    -Yu

  75. Pamela July 26, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    This sounds good and I need to lose about 50 lbs. I quit smoking a couple years age and gained alot of weight from size 10 to 16 :-( so I’m trying this. Thanks for the recipe.

    • MP August 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

      don’t worry, quitting smoking is a huge goal! Congrats on that! :) You’ll get back to size ten!

  76. Spring Cleaning July 26, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    This looks great…with all fruit I bet it still tastes great too!

  77. Sandy July 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I also stumbledUpon this about 2 wks ago and have had 3-4 since.
    I use a mixture of spinich, peaches, a little low fat yogurt (plain or vanilla), a dash of almond milk and any where from half a banana to 1.5 , and mine never looks as brightly colored as yours ( it tastes fantastic still but I am a little envious lol ) , any thoughts ? Mines more like a pea soup green.

    • Linda July 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      Hi Sandy,

      It’s probably the yogurt and almond milk that are affecting the color. I just use water, fruit, and greens. Also, the more spinach you use, the greener it will be! :)

  78. Jessica August 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    I stumbledupon this as well and just had to try it. I threw in some flax seed and used coconut water. Yummy. I will be experimenting with different fruits to lower the banana flavor which I’m not a fan of. :)

    • Linda August 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

      Hi Jessica,

      If you don’t like bananas you can use any other fruit. I really love mango, peaches, and/or pineapple as a base for my smoothies. If you are trying to stay away from too much sugar you can also use avocado.

      I hope that helps! :)

  79. Amariah August 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    I StumbledUpon this. It looks amazing but I’m allergic to bananas. Any ideas for a delicious potassium filled substitute?

    • Linda August 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

      Hi Amariah,

      You can use any other fruit. I really love mango, peaches, and/or pineapple as a base for my smoothies. If you are trying to stay away from too much sugar you can also use avocado.

      I hope that helps! :)

  80. Chris August 8, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    I have no doubt that if you do this, you will have gorgeous, gorgeous skin in a few weeks time. Once I ate tons of peaches all day every day because my mom had an overload (you know how it is when parents have a lot of something, they cram it on ya) and within two weeks time I had the most gorgeous, glowing complexion you could ever ask for.

    • Mia Lynn December 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

      Well if that’s true I won’t hesitate to try this out! I’m having a hard time with my complexion. :P

  81. Laura August 9, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    I just made my first green smoothie (I’m drinking it as I type this) and it is SO GOOD!! I LOVE spinach, but never thought about putting it into a smoothie with fruit! I think I have just found my new favorite drink!! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

    • Linda August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      Awesome Laura!!!

  82. Ali August 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    This looks so tasty! I’m such a kind in that I still hate eating spinach What better way to disguise it than in a smoothine!

  83. Jenni August 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    I also love green smoothies – and so does my toddler! We drink one everyday, and they are usually very similar to your recipe above. I love that they are an easy to make and fast to clean up after meal that I don’t have to think about at all – great for busy moms!

    Also, love your uplifting and informative blog… subscribing right after this post :)

    Love and light

    • Linda August 17, 2011 at 10:01 am #

      Thanks Jenni!! xo

  84. tania August 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Hi Linda, been making these smoothies for a year now. Where did you get your cute jar in the picture? thanks for the blog… :)

    • Linda August 16, 2011 at 10:14 am #

      Hi Tania, The jar is actually an old pickle jar!!

  85. KurlyD August 15, 2011 at 6:01 am #

    I have a bad case of IBS and was wondering if that smoothie will help me out at all? It seems that everything I try new ends up being another painful trip to the bathroom.

    Thanks,
    KurlyD

    • Linda August 17, 2011 at 9:59 am #

      Smoothies are fantastic for supporting healthy digestion!! Of course, it always depends on the individual but try 16oz for breakfast or anytime as a snack and see if you notice any improvement. Good Luck!

  86. Gabrielle Blanca August 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    spinach and fruits ? did I read correctly ? and what beautiful pics…

    • Linda August 17, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      Hi Gabrielle,

      Yes, you read that correctly!! You won’t even taste the spinach. The flavor of baby spinach is really mild and once it’s blended with the sweet fruit you can’t taste it at all!! Try it and let me know what you think!!

  87. alicia August 16, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    You can find some interesting articles on calotor.com also you can find out how many calories you burn every day. Knowing this value will tell you how many calories you should in order to maintain weight, or how many calories you need to lose weight.

  88. Debbie August 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    this is quite informative but will smoothies give same result as juice fasting would?tanks

    • Linda August 17, 2011 at 9:52 am #

      Hi Debbie,

      You asked “will smoothies give same result as juice fasting would?” It depends, what results would you be expecting? Weight loss, better digestion, more energy? If so, then yes, GS could support all of these things! Typically a GS “fast” would be a more gentle/less intense cleanse.

      GS are incredibly nutritious and can be had anytime. Some people have done “smoothie fasts” where all they consume throughout the day are various green smoothies. Some people also opt to have smoothies for breakfast and lunch and then a large salad or veggie-based dinner. It all depends on what your goals are and what you’re trying to accomplish.

      I hope this answers your question!

  89. Callie August 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    just made one and love it but….it wasnt as green as your picture so i was a little sad because i love that color. any advice?

    • Linda August 17, 2011 at 9:47 am #

      Hi Callie,

      If you want the smoothie to be more green just add more greens! I use a LOT of baby spinach (about 3 very large handfuls)!! Just keep in mind that some people will find the taste a little over powering at first. If you need to, start off slowly and then build up over time :)

  90. Adobe Man August 17, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    Hello, I have been suffering with IBS for the last 12 years and I was hoping that this shake will help with that, will it? Please let me know!

    Thank you,
    Adobe Man

    • Linda August 17, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      Smoothies are fantastic for supporting healthy digestion!! Try 16oz for breakfast and anytime as a snack, you will love the way they make you look and feel!!

      • Adobe Man August 17, 2011 at 9:57 am #

        Ok I’ll give it a try even though I’m not a big spinach eater. Thank you for your reply!

        Thanks,
        Adobe Man

  91. Marie Young August 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Sounds delicious. Looking forward to my natural glow!

  92. julia August 20, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    i just made it mine doesn’t look as green as yours but it is great! thanks:)

  93. Mandy Spaulding August 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    This looks delicious – I have a couple of questions.

    First, if I wanted to add carrots, do you think they’d work in a blender, or would I have to juice them first?

    Second, did you post the nutrition information and I missed it?

    I used to blog about health and fitness, but my life got a little out of control – now I’m trying to get back to it…

    Thank you so much!

  94. nityakapoor August 22, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    i also love green smoothie

  95. MP August 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    looks yummy. Do you have to use frozen fruits?

    • Linda August 29, 2011 at 9:44 am #

      No, you don’t have to use frozen. I just like the creamy texture from frozen fruit, and the convenience as well!

  96. lynnette September 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    WOW this looks amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  97. C. Baker September 6, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Try adding some aloe vera to it. You can buy the sheaths in many supermarkets now.

  98. BBakeca Vicenza September 8, 2011 at 5:15 am #

    It looks great…a refreshing drink for summer days

  99. Taylor September 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Fantastic Smoothie! Try adding just a bit of grapefruit it gives the smoothie just a hint of tart!

  100. Modern Ink Mag September 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    My husband & I love to juice! This smoothy looks yummy. It is amazing how great you feel when you juice! I love pineapple & beet juice…sounds weird, but it is so refreshing.

    If you have a second check out http://www.moderninkmag.com – we feature creative & passionate people like you. Let us know if you are interested. I think people would love to hear about your approach to health & nutrition!

  101. Vicki September 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    I love the idea of this, but I was just wondering if the quantities listed in your recipe are just for one person, or for more? I thought it would be a good idea to ask in case I made it and ended up with an enormous vat of smoothie. :)

    • Linda September 12, 2011 at 10:49 am #

      The recipe listed will make about 32oz :)

  102. Jenn September 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi! I really want to try this for a quick breakfast, but I’m not much of a morning person… More of a “make the night before person.” Do you know if it will keep overnight? Or maybe, if it will keep for a couple days if I make a large batch of it?

    • Linda September 17, 2011 at 11:22 am #

      Yes absolutely! Smoothies are typically good for about 24hrs in the refrigerator.
      If you need to make several in advance just freeze them and then put in the fridge the night before to thaw out :)

      Enjoy!
      xo

  103. Vanessa West September 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    I literally am sipping on my green smoothie right now! I love being able to play around with the ingredients.. How did you get yours to be such a vibrant green!? (I don’t really mind either way) Mine turned out to be a darker green. But I am already in love. I found this on stumbleupon.com and I just ran to the store to get ingredients!! YUM

    • Linda September 17, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Vanessa, yay for green smoothies!! I add quite a bit of spinach to mine which makes it really vibrant and green!

  104. african mango on dr oz September 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    fantastic blog. I actually learned new stuff from being here. Thanks!

  105. Jamal September 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Man that looks really good LOL. I started juicing a couple of months ago. I went on the 10 day Reboot juice fast just to infuse my body with nutrients and now I juice daily. I’m definitely going to try this recipe. I love spinach..especially since I found out all of the nutrients it contains. Thanks for posting this!

    • Linda September 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

      Thanks Jamal!! Behold, the power of green juice!! :)

  106. Stephanie September 26, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Linda, I had my first smoothie today. I had to sub strawberries for the mango because I can’t find frozen mango at my grocery store. This is such qa great way to start the day. I feel like I have vitamin overload. Thanks so much for the idea!

  107. Janett September 30, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    i will try it out when i get home from college, an then i’ll come back and comment if i liked it, i think i’ll use mangos instead of bananas

  108. Ashley October 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    I was a little leary about trying this but after reading this recipe I went to the store and bought the spinach and banana and some frozen fruit ( strawberries and raspberries). Although, it looks more like shreks mud hole than the beautiful green that you have pictured, it tasted great! I am thinking the color has to do with the fruits i chose? Anyways, thanks for the recipe it is a keeper!

    • Linda October 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

      Haha Ashley! Yes, you’ve got to stick to lighter colored fruits like mango, pineapple, peaches, pears, green grapes, etc. to get the bright green color. If you add anything red like berries it will be brown!! Glad you enjoyed it, they are delish!!

  109. Gretta D. October 7, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    I LOVE these smoothies. I use Kale and Spinach in mine also! I first tried it with blueberries and was not surprised but a little disappointed at the dark color instead of the bright vibrant color from your photos. I tried your recipe to the T and it was beautiful and DELICIOUS. I have to mix mine in a bowl because I only have an emersion blender, but I use a bowl with a spout and pour it into my glass. I throw in all of my vitamins and herbs in the morning, takes the yuckiness out of swallowing!

  110. susan said so October 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    Hi!

    Someone posted this on pinterest and I had to hop over to check out the ingredients – it looks gorgeous and sounds delicious! One question, though: what are the brown things on the straw? Crazy q, I know, but my curiosity is killing me!
    :)

    xox,
    Susan

    • Linda October 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

      Hi Suzan, it’s ok, several other people have asked as well! I used a glass straw and the red circles are just glass “blobs” that are there so the straw can’t roll off the counter and break! :)

      Enjoy your smoothies, you will love it!

  111. Tiffany Barry October 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I drink smoothies and liquid vitamins every day… I’m thinking I need a pretty glass straw, too!

    Pinned and bookmarked this page so I can try this one later on this week. Great recipe!

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  112. Casey Wright October 12, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    I was just wondering if Collard greens were ok to use. I mean I am sure they don’t hurt anything but do they have good nutritional value? I accidentally bought them instead of kale, oops. Also my store has spinach bundles, like full grown spinach not baby spinach, is this good in nutrition also?

    • Linda October 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

      Hi Casey,

      You can try collards. I don’y particularly like them in my smoothies but I know some people who use them all the time. It really is a personal taste preference so just try it and let me know what you think!

      • Casey Wright October 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

        I used collard greens because it was what I had and I liked it. This was my first time making this smoothie so I didn’t have anything to compare it too but I liked it and can’t wait to try spinach or kale.

  113. HealthyAnswers Girl October 13, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Linda, just came across your blog. Beautiful blog!! And this smoothie … I had this smoothie a few times bought from Wholefoods. Taste really yummy although it’s green. My four year old also loves it. Now I know I can make it at home to. Thanks for the blog!!

  114. Tiffaney October 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    I just stumbled across this on pintrest and had my husband run straight to the store! It turned out so good!!! I loved this smoothie!!!! Thank you! I can’t wait to see what the rest of your blog is like!!!

  115. Sarah October 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Linda, is there another fruit I can use for the base? I’m allergic to bananas, but this smoothie sounds amazing!

    • Linda October 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

      you can use any fruit you want!

    • Linda October 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      Sarah,
      You can use any combination of fruit. Mango, peaches, apples, berries, ect! You could even use avocado as a base if you like!

  116. Molly October 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Would this be okay to only eat for breakfast? i have trouble finding something to eat for breakfast..i usually get nausea’s.

    • Linda October 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

      Molly, green smoothies are the PERFECT breakfast!!

  117. maggie October 17, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    hey was just wondering if yogurt could be added instead of water to add some dairy and extra calcium? or does that take away from it?

    • Linda October 17, 2011 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Maggie,
      I am a big believer of proper food combing so I wouldn’t add any dairy to the smoothie – esp for weight loss purposes. If you want to add almond milk that would be fine but the smoothie is delicious and EXTREMELY nutritious without it!!

  118. Becky October 18, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    A friend of mine was telling me about the benefits of green smoothies, and I found your recipe when googling. I sliced up the banana and froze that too, which seems to make a more thick and frozen treat. And on my friend’s advice, I used coconut water instead of plain water. It was awesome! I sipped it during my morning commute, and by the time I arrived at the office I had so much energy that I scared my coworkers! LOL

  119. Cheryl October 18, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    I found this on Pinterest last night and decided to give it a try this morning. Wow! I don’t really care for veggies or fruit much, but I have to say, this smoothie is soooo goood! I am impressed! I used one handful of frozen spinach, frozen banana, frozen mango that I had pureed & froze and pineapple slices with coconut water. I added some Fiber One vanilla yogurt to it as well. It’s a great way for me to get in my fruit & veggies for the day! It came out bright green just like your photo! This is now going to be a staple for me daily. I’ll add more spinach to it tomorrow to see if I can taste any difference. I’m a Weight Watcher and I hardly ever get all my fruit& veggies in on a daily basis.

    Thanks for this recipe!

  120. Annie October 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Just wondering, what setting of the blender do you use? I made one this morning, and it was delicious but it was very thick and I almost couldn’t handle the consistency, What would you recommend to make it thinner? :) Thanks!

    • Linda October 19, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      I use a VitaMix but if you want a thinner consistency try adding a little more water to thin it out :)

  121. Giovanna October 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    I thought the green smoothie was fabulous! Loved the taste and how I felt. I was craving one the next few days!
    Is there anything I can add or eat additionally that will provide more energy?! I always find myself running out of steam.
    Thanks! Great blog too!

  122. Alyson Ainscough October 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    I’m shocked at how delicious this is. Day One of Green Smoothie for breakfast and Chocolate Banana Smoothie for a snack: love it!

  123. bree October 24, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    I was linked to your page through Pinterest and I love your site. You are very informative. My grocery list yesterday consisted of alot of your ingredients. I blended up the Green Smoothie last night. After reading everyone’s comments I was expecting the bright green “monster” smoothie. I was disappointed because mine came out very much puke green color and the texture was weird. I’m not sure if I used too much spinach or didn’t blend the ingredients in the right order. I was thinking for the next time I make it that I’ll blend the water and spinach up first and add the rest of the fruit afterwards. The smoothie was very filling. I replaced breakfast with it this morning. Have you ever had this result? I’m going to try it again tomorrow but with the berry mix.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Linda October 24, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      As long as you follow the recipe exactly as it is written it will be bright green. Lighter fruits like bananas, mango, peaches, green grapes and pineapple with greens will create the bright green color. If you add berries or any colored fruit the color will be brown. There is no need to blend the spinach first. If the texture was not smooth then you need to blend longer. I use a high speed VitaMix blender. If you don’t have a high speed blender make sure that you blend long enough so that everything is blended thouroughly. I hope that helps!

  124. Jessica October 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone has tried freezing the smoothie itself, not just the ingredients? I live in a college dorm and don’t have a blender yet, but I can still make up a big batch at my mom’s house on weekends (that is, if I can find a way to preserve them for longer than 24 hours). This sounds like a great breakfast idea for a full time student on the run. Thanks!

    • Linda October 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

      Yes, you can absolutely freeze ahead of time!

  125. Cheryl October 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    Loving the green smoothie! I’ve been making them and freezing them to have one for my snack during the day! Took one out of the freezer yesterday afternoon and thawed it just enough to eat with a spoon! Yummy! Filling & energizing! So glad to have found this site! Thanks! :)

  126. danielle October 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    I just had my first GS…..WOW!!! I think this will be my new breakfast on the go!! My 4yr old even liked the “shrek smoothie”. Can this also a meal supplement….replace my lunch too? That’s for a healthy smoothie receipe!!!

    • Linda October 27, 2011 at 10:44 am #

      Sure, you can have a green smoothie for lunch too!

  127. Melissa Knight October 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Love the green smoothies! Had my first one today! Banana, peaches, and spinach. Trying strawberries tomorrow. Ready to lose weight and be healthier!! I will be trying your other recipes also!!

    Thanks!!!!!

  128. Jonel November 4, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    Pinned this on pinterest. Kicking myself I didn’t buy spinach tonight (shouldn’t have listened to the bf) got kale instead but saving that for something else. Going food shopping this weekend, can’t wait to try it.

  129. Tasha November 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    This may be a silly question, but are you using fresh spinach leaves or frozen spinach?

    • Linda November 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

      Fresh, always fresh!!

      • Kelsey November 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

        Can you use frozen spinach though and get the same results? I had to buy frozen instead of fresh! :S

        • Linda November 16, 2011 at 11:37 am #

          I’ve never tried frozen…so let me know!

  130. Mindy Muller November 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Wish I had a vitamix! I’m keeping my eye out for a good used one. One thing of note about spinach…. My neighbor bought a big bag of spinach and a live baby frog hopped out of it. Don’t forget to sort our you could have a gremlin green shake!

  131. Christine Atkins November 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    THANK YOU!! My 4 year old son who loves fruit but is not big on veggies (except carrots) drank this sucker down & asked for seconds! Then I actually had to tell him “that’s enough spinach for tonight!” This makes my heart sing! :)

  132. Christine Atkins November 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Oh, p.s., instead of water I used just maybe 1/4 cup of light vanilla soy milk.

  133. Mallory November 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    How many calories are in the green smoothie?

  134. Sammie November 11, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Does the fruit have to be frozen? I can find frozen peaches, but not frozen mango at my local grocery store.

    • Linda November 16, 2011 at 11:41 am #

      No the fruit can be fresh or frozen. I prefer frozen because it provides a nice smooth texture and is easier to keep on hand.
      Enjoy!

  135. Cerise November 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    What do you think about adding a scoop of protein powder to the Green Smoothie?

    • Linda November 16, 2011 at 11:40 am #

      That’s fine, I would use a plant based protein like hemp or pea.

      • Cerise November 28, 2011 at 11:22 am #

        What about soy protein?

  136. Allyson November 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Can you use anything other than banana’s? I can’t stand the smell or texture of bananas. Also can you give the exact nutriant values?

    • Linda November 16, 2011 at 11:38 am #

      You can use any fruit you like. Literally, ANY fruit! Mangos and peaches are excellent!
      If you need to know exact nutrient values just plug your ingredients into an online program like fitday.com :)

  137. Christine Atkins November 16, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    I have to say though, Linda, if you use strawberries the color will not be nearly as pretty :) Made it an ugly brownish green. So I try to stick to more colorless fruits like pineapple, mangoes, etc…..

    • Linda November 16, 2011 at 11:43 am #

      That’s right, you have to use lighter colored fruit if your want the bright green color; mangoes, peaches, pineapple, green apples, pear, green grapes, ect!

  138. Christine Atkins November 16, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Oops, sorry, that was for Allison :)

  139. Amber November 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Just found your blog through pintrest & I’m in love! We do green smoothies as well, my 2 year old son is anemic & it seemed the easiest way to get iron in him and I swear we’ve all had less colds/sniffles so far this year as well. I make a concentrate by blending up my spinach with berries (makes it deep purple for those that have the issue with the color) & freeze it in ice cube trays, then I use a handful of cubes & whatever fruit I have on hand, some ice & water in my Magic Bullet. So helpful for busy out the door mornings! My 4 year old daughter won’t drink the smoothies but I freeze it into popscicle forms & she loves that she gets to have one for breakfast! I look forward to reading more on here!!

  140. Karen November 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    I have a question…what is that black ball inside of the straw? Just curious. It looks like it would clog up the straw. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow!

    • Linda November 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

      it’s actually on the outside of the straw. It’s a red glass blog that keeps it from slipping!

  141. Thobeka November 17, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    This looks great. I’m allergic to bananas though – what can i replace these with?

  142. Nicole November 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    I make green smoothies every day for breakfast. Started out using spinach, but now I’ve switched to kale! It has a little stronger flavor, so you definitely have to get used to it. I also put a scoop of vanilla protein powder in my smoothies. In the autumn spirit, I’ve been substituting about a 1/2 cup pure pumpkin in place of frozen fruit. Add a little cinnamon and some pumpkin pie spice and it is SO good!! The pumpkin makes it really creamy, too. Give it a try!

  143. Kim November 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    I was curious as to how many calories are in the smoothie?

  144. Carson November 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    What exactly about the smoothie promotes weight loss?

    • AnneMarie B November 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

      I’m not a doctor, nor a health food genius, but I’m going to go ahead and guess that it’s the fresh veggie, fruit, water, (flaxseed in mine) and the lack of sugar, oil or fat in the smoothie. Having this instead of something like a java chip frapp and muffin from starbucks is way better for you and keeps you full longer.

  145. Marisa November 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Linda,

    I also found your site through Pinterest and I am so excited to drink my Green Smoothie in the AM. I made it tonight (soooo not a morning person) and stuck it in the freezer to grab and go. I already had some frozen berries, so mine didn’t come out the lovely green color, but it still tasted great! I am planning a trip to my bulk store for big bags of frozen fruit and grapes to freeze. Your site is really inspiring, and I am very glad to have found it!

  146. Alberto November 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Hey Linda,
    My friend and I are really considering trying the Green Smoothie and we were just wondering how many times you recommend taking the smoother a day?

  147. jacquie November 27, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    how much water do you add in the smoothie? i’m excited to try it!

  148. jacquie November 27, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    how much water do you add in the smoothie? I am so excited to try it!

  149. AnneMarie B November 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Hey!
    I also found you through Pinterest (re-pinned with a link to your blog)

    I have to say I balked at first seeing spinach in a smoothie, but I am trying to lose weight, so I thought I’d give it a try!

    I LOVE IT!! Mine was tweaked a bit, we have starwberries and blueberries frozen that we grew, and I bought the fresh spinach (great deal at Sam’s, $3 for a big 1lb container of spinach) and got frozen peaches and pineapple. I also added 2 scoops of flaxseed.

    This will definitely be on my menu from now on! Thanks for the recipe!! :)

  150. Aliciapdx November 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I made this with berries so it had a more appealing color (and I got the fruit on sale too) it was delicious. My $20 blender was struggling and my immersion blender failed, but it is so good it’s worth upgrading to a better machine+ as someone mentioned adding some OJ would make it easier to blend. This is my weekly breakfast plan…waking up the neighbors! Thanks!

  151. Lauren November 28, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    I see that the recipe makes 32 oz? Is this one serving size and should we drink the it only once a day or is it okay to split up into two meals or other snacks for weight loss?

    Thanks!

  152. Angelique November 28, 2011 at 2:03 am #

    I also came here via Pinterest and figured I’d pop in and answer everyone’s questions about calories. I plugged in the “recipe” in the post (using the full 2 bananas) on MyPlate and got
    Calories Fat Cholesterol Sodium Carbs Sugar Fiber Protein
    342 0g 0mg 25mg 88g 46g 8g 3g

    One banana instead of two cuts out 121 calories (and, naturally, this is all approximate)

    Here’s the Myplate recipe link, so you can track this food if you use Livestrong: http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/meals/diosabellissima/green-smoothie-linda-wagner/#ixzz1ez8DWgMP

  153. Sylvia November 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    I have a three week old, and I am nursing. Does anyone know enough about the ingredients to know if this will be okay for my daughter in my milk? I know that it is all natural, but I’ve been told to avoid some natural things, and am trying to avoid things that would promote gas.
    Thank you in advance!

    • Jennifer January 17, 2012 at 1:10 am #

      This would be a great nutritional addition for you nursing. Some babies are sensitive to what Mommy eats while nursing so as with everything just pay attention to any changes with your baby. I know from nursing 2 kiddos that nursing can really take a toll on you if you don’t get the proper nutrition. I also know it’s really hard to do this with a little one and all the work that takes. A green smoothie is an easy way for Mommy to take care of herself and pass on the benefits to baby!

      • Linda January 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

        Jennifer, yes!! So great for nursing mom and babies and a great introduction to solid foods for baby as well!!

  154. lupe November 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    how many calories are in the green smoothie, i love it by the way!

  155. Jenny November 30, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    I came across this post a few weeks ago and was enchanted by the bright green smoothie. I fell in love when I made my first one. Now my boyfriend and I have a smoothie 3-4 times a week and we’ve turned other family members onto it as well. Add a little orange juice to it and it gives it a little kick of fruitiness! Love it!

  156. Nicole November 30, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    I decided to incorporate spinach into my regular smoothie recipe, which is awesome! I was shocked that it was still so good. I use non-fat plain yogurt, banana, strawberries, and peaches in mine….and of course now a handful of spinach. Love it! Thanks for the idea.

  157. Niah December 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    i found this site some time ago and thought i would give this recipe a try since i am a huge fan of spinach. This recipe takes the cake from any other green machine recipe! i love it!!!! my co-workers and i are trying a healthier way of living and i introduced this to them. some were skeptical at first but fell in love at first sip. i follow your recipe to the “T”, but since i have been under the weather with a cold, i do one part water and one part OJ just for some added Vitamin C. Thanks for sharing this. It is one of the great wonders of the world. i swear by it! Lol! :-) Btw, we call it our Princess Fiona smoothie since it bright green and gives us energy. Also said to give you great skin (due to the liquid spinach and all the vitamins).
    Last but not least, i have a 10 year old daughter and she requests this smoothie every morning on her way to school. gotta love it!

  158. CoCo December 6, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    OMG!!! This is the best smoothie ever! Thank you so much … I tried it with strawberries and it was the BOMB!!! This will be a part of my daily routine and hopefully I can ditch the coffee.

  159. Sherry December 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I combine spinach and gala or fiji apple(skin off). Perfect combo! Sometimes I will throw mango or blackberries in it.

  160. mandy December 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I make a smoothie very similar to this nearly everyday. Instead of water and ice I add Simply brand orange/mango juice and also about a 1/3 cup of plain greek yogurt and frozen pineapple chunks. The juice and yogurt keep the smoothie from getting watered down and give it a creamier texture. Try it out!

    • Linda December 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      Sounds good Mandy, just a side note: if you are aiming for weight loss, the juice adds a lot of extra calories and sugar which will promote yeast/candida in the body. The combo of proteins in the yogurt plus fruit can also promote candida! Just beware of that since candida can really slow or even stop weight loss!

  161. Myda December 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    I made this today after I found it on Pinterest! It is wonderful! Thank you! My 2 year old daughter liked it too!

  162. Loren December 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I’m wondering how this would be with spinach, banana, some cocoa powder and a little peppermint oil. A little honey would make it sweeter, but might not need it. I could see that taking care of a milkshake craving.

  163. Leanne December 9, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    How many times a day do you drink it? I was thinking once in the morning but just curious. I was gonig to go shopping tomorrow and get the ingredients.

  164. Maggie December 11, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    I also saw this on Pintrest! I tried it today using strawberries and blueberries instead of the mango and peaches. Delicious!!!! Thank you!!

  165. Deanna December 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    Found this via Pinterst…. had to make it. I love it!!!! I will be making this every day.

  166. dee December 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Found you via Pinterest…. Just tried your green smoothie (I used coconut water though) IT WAS DELICIOUS!!! thank you!

  167. Katie December 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Found this through StumbleUpon and tried it this morning (with Bananas, blueberries, raspberries and baby spinach). Absolutely loved it! It gave me enough energy to want to start exercising again. I have been trying to lose weight since May and when I got back to school I let my weight loss slide. This is so easy to make that I know when I go back to school in January, I will be able to continue. Thanks so much for sharing Linda and your blog is AWESOME. Definitely going to subscribe!

  168. Amanda W December 22, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    Hi Linda! Love your blog, I found it about two weeks ago and I’ve already tried the Green smoothies and the Stewp! I love both. I do have a question though. I’ve been drinking the Green smoothies for about two weeks now, and while drinking one at work the other day, I had a customer tell me I’d never lose weight with the drink because of all the carbs in bananas, apples, and pineapples. (I’ve been playing with the recipe). Is that true? Should I add more things like strawberries to limit carbs? Thanks a ton! Keep up the awesome blog! Oh, and btw the Green smoothies and stewp are making me feel great!

    • Linda December 22, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      Hi Amanda,

      Yes, there is more to weight loss than just green smoothies alone, however, the “carbs” from the fruit are not going to keep you from losing. In fact, I have had numerous clients who saw results from the green smoothies alone without any other changes. They are such a powerful tool for remineralizaton in the body. This plays such an important role not just in our overall health but in our mood, cravings, and energy levels as well. I’m so happy you are noticing those changes!! Having a green smoothie for breakfast and snacks will help tremendously with your weight loss efforts but clean eating at the rest of your meals is also crucial! Take a look at the recipes section for ideas! xo

  169. Mia Lynn December 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Wow it was so tasty! I have a feeling I put too many blueberries and mixed berries though because mine turned completely purple and not green at all (even with two handfuls of spinach). However, I’m not discouraged and I’m sure I just need less fruit since I guesstimated in the first place.

    My one question would be: since I am a collegiate athlete, would this be healthful as a meal by itself for a very active person, or more like a snack before/after? Being so active can make me very hungry, and I’m afraid if I just had this I wouldn’t be satisfied. Any thoughts?

  170. Renee Lammers December 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    I am going to give these green smoothies a try. I am a professional artist. I was going strong painting till mid December then no painting! So maybe I could use some extra nutrients. It is worth a try. I will let you know if it gets me holding a brush again!

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  171. Emma January 1, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    I made my first green smoothie this morning, and I think it’s awesome. I’m a high school student and have been looking for an energizing alternative to coffee. This is perfect!

  172. Sandra January 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    Tried my 1st green smoothie today and gave one to all 4 of my kids! they all loved it i’m so motivated we are going to make this a daily must for our family! THANK YOU

  173. Jenn January 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this! Bought all the ingredients today. Do you only really drink it in the morning?? Also, since you all seem to drink it daily, would it work to make a big batch one day and have it for several? Just wondering. I would probably still make it daily:) Thanks!!

    • Linda January 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

      Jenn, the smoothies will last about 24hrs in the fridge and yes, you can enjoy them every day! :)

  174. D January 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Would this smoothie be good for diabetics?

    • Linda January 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      I would use 1 avocado, 1-2 handfuls spinach, 1 cup berries, NuNaturals stevia to taste and water :)

  175. CJ January 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Do you add protein powder to your smoothies???

    • Linda January 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      Personally, I don’t but you can if you want to. I would go with a plant based protein like hemp or pea. I don’t recommend soy or whey. Vega is a great brand to try and available at your local health food store :)

  176. Leanne January 9, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    I tried making it this morning…. do you use fresh spinach? Mine is still really chunky.. more like a smoothy salad, ha ha. and I cant get the color :( I love the green! I used 1 banana, two handfuls of spinach and maybe a cup of fruit and of course water. Any suggestions?

    • Linda January 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      Yes, I always use fresh spinach. If your smoothie is still chunky, you need to blend longer!! I use a high speed blender called VitaMix, it will change your life!! But any blender, even a $25 Hamilton Beach blender will do the job! Just make sure you blend it long enough so that you get a creamy texture! :)

    • Linda January 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

      Also, the color will depend on the type of fruit you use. Only light fruits will give you green color ie mangos, pears, pineapple, green apple, green grapes, peaches, etc. If you use berries or any darker colored fruits the smoothie will turn brownish. Still delish but just no the same bright green.

  177. Dawn January 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Linda, this smoothie is amazing. I haven’t been able to make the exact color yet but I am trying! How much water do you think you add? I seem to be adding 2 cups at least and then I think its a bit watered down. Is there something I am missing or a better way to be able to blend it?

    • Linda January 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      I typically use about a cup of water, maybe even less? Just add enough so it will blend but no more, otherwise you will have that watery consistency!

  178. Erin January 13, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    I just have to say…I was SUPER skeptical about this smoothie…how could it possibly taste good with spinach in it, and would I even notice a difference after adding them into my health routine? Well, first of all, my two girls can NOT get enough of them…they beg for green smoothies. I was afraid they would scoff at the color…just the opposite! So now, I send my first grader to school with a belly full of spinach instead of sugary cereal…win! Secondly, my skin has NEVER looked better…no more breakouts (at ALL, I mean not ONE), my skin tone is brighter and just overall, prettier, if I do say so myself :) Now this one really amazed me…my morning coffee intake has gone from 4-5 cups a day down to MAYBE one…I often don’t even finish the one. Best part of all, the results were almost instant..we’ve only been drinking the smoothies a few weeks! I would HIGHLY recommend :)

    • Linda January 13, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      I just had to share your comment on my FB page!! So awesome!! If the gorgeous skin isn’t reason enough to make the switch to green smoothies, I don’t know what is!!! Kids DO love the smoothies, no one ever wants to believe that but they do, they actually BEG for them!! Thank you for your wonderful comment Erin, you made my day!! xo

  179. kylie January 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    ive been drinking something close to this for a few days , it is really yummy! however , i cant have banana , what is toher good subsitute ? i use soy milk, orange juice and spinach only . what else would you suggest to add on to make it more filling ?

    • mandy January 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

      To Kylie
      If you can’t do banana, you could try protein or fiber powders. You could also do other frozen fruits like pineapple, mango or melon. Or even yogurt or frozen yogurt to thicken it up. Also, have you tried Almond milk? In my opinion it’s a better lower calorie milk alternative. Just a thought. If you have a juicer, I’d toss in some juiced carrots, celery etc too (they don’t do as well in the blender alone).

  180. Marty January 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I addes 2 Cuties (baby oranges) and that made the taste all the better. I have my family and friends hooked too.

  181. Robyn Rasmussen January 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    This recipe has changed my life forever! Your blog is FANTASTIC and I am so glad I found you through Pinterest. I have created a link to you on my blog on my post today, come check it out! :)
    http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinterest-kitchen-week-6.html

    • Linda January 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      Awesome Robyn!!! Thank you so much for sharing and I’m so glad this recipe is a life changer for you!! xo

  182. April January 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Can you give the nutritional information for the green smoothie if we make it just like it is listed here? I tried it and we love it!!
    Thanks so much :)

    • Linda January 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi April, you can plug all the ingredients into a free online calculator like fitday.com :)

    • Linda January 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      April, I don’t ever worry about calories! When you’re eating whole foods, especially raw unprocessed fruits and vegetables, you don’t have to!! That’s what is SO LIBERATING about it!! If you must know, you can use an online calculator like fitday.com but know that those details don’t matter when you’re eating whole foods! I go into a lot more detail about this in my one-on-one sessions if you’re interested in learning and understanding more :)

  183. Erin January 17, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    I made this last night and left it in the fridge to drink this morning. I LOVED it! It will definitely become a regular addition to my day. I’m wondering though if you have the breakdown of nutritional content (calories, carbs, protein, fat)?

    • Linda January 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

      Hi Erin,

      I don’t ever worry about calories! When you’re eating whole foods, especially raw unprocessed fruits and vegetables, you don’t have to!! That’s what is SO LIBERATING about it!! If you must know, you can use an online calculator like fitday.com but know that those details don’t matter when you’re eating whole foods! I go into a lot more detail about this in my one-on-one sessions if you’re interested in learning and understanding more :)

  184. veronika January 17, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Picked up all the ingredients today. Going to swap my addiction to peppermint mochas with this green smoothie!!!! I was hoping you can tell me ( and i apologize if this was covered in previous comments, didn’t have a chance to read them all) could you freeze all the ingredients in a ziploc bag and then just pull one out each day? and also, would you happen to have the nutritional info to go with the recipe.. just curious to see what and how much of everything is in it!! thank you!!!!

    • Linda January 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Veronica, yes you can freeze! :)
      I don’t ever worry about calories! When you’re eating whole foods, especially raw unprocessed fruits and vegetables, you don’t have to!! That’s what is SO LIBERATING about it!! If you must know, you can use an online calculator like fitday.com but know that those details don’t matter when you’re eating whole foods! I go into a lot more detail about this in my one-on-one sessions if you’re interested in learning and understanding more :)

      • veronika January 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

        oh no no i didn’t mean calories.. i meant nutrient wise… i know spinach is a powerhouse.. so i am sure it covers your daily requirements for pretty much everything lol

  185. Cindy C January 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Hi I am new to your blog, found some of your recipes for smoothies on Pinterest and I had a question, if I am out of mango and peaches and substitute 1 cup of strawberries is that okay? Also on some of your other recipes it calls for parsley and I HATE parsley, could I sub spinach instead?

    Thank you! Love your blog!

    Cindy

    • Linda January 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Cindy!
      Yes & Yes!! If you use strawberries, the color will not be bright green as it is in the pic but it will still taste delicious!!

      • Cindy C January 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

        Great thank you so much!!!

  186. Callie January 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Thanks for posting this!! Can someone tell me the exact amount of water to use or a round about estimate in measurements? Like 1/2 cup? etc? I’m a weirdo of sorts and like to know more of an exact amount, not “add enough water to blend” lol….I stress out about such as that, that i may add to much or not enough. I also plan on maybe using skim milk in place of the water….anyways..thanks for a wonderful blog and recipe..I have all the ingredients, now just awaiting an answer about the water amount. God Bless :) …Calllie

    • Linda January 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

      Callie,
      Try using 1 cup of water. You can always add more if it won’t blend. I wouldn’t recommend using skim milk. Fruits and animal proteins do not digest well together and you will lose the benefits of the smoothie by adding dairy. Just stick with the water, it will still be delicious!

      • Rachael January 25, 2012 at 10:28 am #

        I’m glad I saw this.. I was using milk to get added dairy in my diet b/c I don’t drink a lot of milk but good to know that you don’t recommend combining it with the fruit. Thanks!

  187. Callie January 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Linda…..Thank you so much for your quick response. wow, I would’ve never guess one full cup of water so thanks a bunch for telling me :) I didn’t know about the digestion thing, I’m not a healthy person at all, way over weight. I’ve always known the basics, more fruits and veggies and exercise to lose weight but not anything in depth. This was the only part of your blog (that I found via pinterest) I had read, other than the other version of this green smoothie, to change the color. But, while awaiting a response I was so excited to see the juicing recipes!!! My hubby bought me juicer (jack lalane pro) when I was pregnant with our youngest son (18 months old) because I craved tomato-y type juices like v8 but because the store bought stuff was so high in sodium and my blood pressure ran high during my pregnancy, the doctor told me to quit drinking it so we got the juicer (which i had been wanting for a while after seeing the infomercials, lol)…needless to say…after the pregnancy, i’ve not used it but MAYBE once. I have no will power to speak of and I’m getting older (35, this may) and I know I need a more healthy lifestyle. I love fruits and veggies and i LOVE juice AND smoothie type drinks, so when I saw that vibrant green color of the smoothie on pinterest, it sparked an inner health kick, if you will, for me to TRY to get healthy. I LOVE spinach and i’m excited about the first step of me trying to get healthy. I have absolutely no energy to the point the doctors are running tests to find out why so my plan is to just start with replacing one meal a day with this smoothie and a little exercise and then from there, who knows…but i HAVE to START somewhere. After finding this recipe and blog, i went two days later and purchased a 600 watt blender so i would be able to make this recipe. I say 600 watt because I was wanting the highest wattage possible for all that grinding and i couldn’t afford the ninja one that was 900 watts at walmart but lucked up and found a digital GE 600 watt blender around 40 dollars. I know, I know, I talk a lot but I just wanted to say THANK YOU for igniting the flame for me to begin my journey to get healthy. Be Blessed my new found friend!! :) <3

  188. julia January 20, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Just made this for the first time and it is, indeed, better than expected as so many others have said. I did use kale instead of spinach.

    I was on a “green juice” kick last year and juiced 2-3 greens (much more than a handful of each), 2 apples, and a lemon everyday.

    Question: What’s better? Juicing or blending? Any pros/cons to either?

  189. Diana January 20, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Found this post from a link in Lauren Conrad’s blog… love this! Cannot wait to try it as soon as I get home from work today!

  190. Veronica January 20, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    This sounds easy to make! My dad makes green smoothies but uses nopales (cacti) he adds orange juice or whatever fruit he has at hand, sometimes pineapple. He started drinking them a couple years ago because he round out he had diabetes and wanted to be healthier. He no longer has any symptoms of diabetes!

  191. Carla January 20, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    What can I do to replace the bananas? I love the look of this recipe, but I’m allergic to bananas! Thanks!

    • Linda January 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      Hi Carla,
      You can substitute any other fruit; pineapple, green grapes, or peeled clementines would be lovely!! If you like a creamy consistency you could also use coconut meat/powder/flakes or avocado :)

  192. Sarah January 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    You’re a complete knock off of ‘Oh She Glows’.

    • Linda January 20, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

      Hi Sarah, Thank you for stopping by. I’m curious, what about me is a knock off? The Green Smoothie? Other than a shared passion for inspiring others to live healthy lives, how am I a copy of Oh She Glows?

      I’ve looked at her site and while we both have “healthy living” blogs, we are in fact, quite different. She is a vegan which I am not. She also uses tofu abundantly in her recipes. I, however, strongly discourage the use of soy as it is extremely estrogenic and is known to aggravate hormonal, digestive, AND thyroid issues. With the rampant instances of hormonal cancers and illnesses in our society I steer clear of anything that could possibly upset this delicate balance in the body. She also uses whole grains in abundance where I feel that, especially women, should use in very small quantities. I promote a vegetable-centric diet, meaning predominantly vegetables – not considerable amounts of grains, soy, or processed food replacements. Anyone can be a vegan or vegetarian but only those that focus on an abundance of mineral dense vegetable foods in the diet will experience the health benefits that come along with a truly alkaline body.

      Perhaps you are referring to the Green Smoothie as a knock off? No one invented the green smoothie, in fact if anyone did “invent” them it was the raw foodists of which I have followed for years and am very familiar. Shazzie and Victoria Boutenkou have been making green smoothies and sharing them with the world online and in their books since 2000, way before Oh She Glows even existed.

      The reason I am sending this long response to your comment is because I want to remind you that the message and desire to HELP people is what is TRULY IMPORTANT. I am not a knock off, I don’t follow Oh She Glows simply because I don’t follow the same dietary principles that she does. I think what she and thousands of other healthy living sites online do is absolutely wonderful because she/they are working to inspire others to live healthier lives. That is the most important thing. Instead of using our energy to put people down we should be focusing our energy on lifting others up. My mission is to help others find physical, emotional health by sharing my knowledge, recipes, and ideas and doing my best to continually inspire others. I’ve been in dark places, food and nutrition is what got me out. That’s MY MESSAGE and that is the message I will continue to share :)

      • Amanda January 21, 2012 at 12:35 am #

        I love your blog Linda! The green smoothie recipe I came across on your site inspired me so much, that I ran to the library and have been devouring books on eating raw ever since. (Although I know you don’t eat a solely raw diet). Victoria Boutenkou and her family have some of my favorite books. I also really love Raw Food by Erica Palmcrantz and Irmela Lilja. I’ve slowly started this diet into my life in mid December and as of today I’ve lost 11 pounds. I feel amazing, and not in the fad diet kind of way. My skin is better, I’m never hungry and I can feel my healthiness inside and out. I watched the video “Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead” on Hulu last Saturday and found it very moving. Between that and your blog I would love to start a Juice Feast very soon. Your list of recipes will be very helpful. I find your site very uplifting and fun; I check it almost every day. I love that you are truly here to help others and not just make money off of it. Thank you for your blog, I love it!

        • Linda January 23, 2012 at 11:01 am #

          Sounds like you are doing great Amanda!! I am so glad you are finding inspiration here!! Lots of love to you!! xo

      • Mandy January 21, 2012 at 6:49 am #

        I love this response. It is true!. Blogging is a way to share your own experience, to get support, or inspire others, or whatever the reason. Obviously people love your blog! Thank you for the ideas!

        • Linda January 23, 2012 at 11:04 am #

          Thank you Mandy :)

  193. Sara J January 24, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Found this TASTY smoothie on Pinterest this past Sunday AM; I’ve already made this smoothie twice in 3 days, both as post-workout drinks. I added in a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder after first tasting it… I wish the protein powder didn’t change the delicious flavor of this smoothie so much, but alas I still gobbled it up. Any suggestions for a “complimentary” protein booster??

  194. Leanne January 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    I have a quick question..

    Can the banana’s be substituted for another fruit? I’m allergic to them.
    Thanks!

    • Linda January 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

      Yes, any fruit is fine!!

  195. Rachael January 25, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Is is ok to add some protein powder to the smoothie?

    • Linda January 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

      It is ok but certainly not necessary :)

  196. Christine January 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I found it a tiny bit tart, but I only used one banana. It’s more of a sludgy green color than bright green. It’s not bad, though. I will probably use two bananas next time. :)

    • Linda January 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

      If you want the smoothie to be BRIGHT green as pictured, use only lighter colored fruits like pineapple, green grapes, kiwi, green apples, yellow raspberries, pear, orange, etc. If you add darker fruits like strawberries, cherries, etc your smoothie will turn out to be more of a brown color – still DELICIOUS, just not as vibrantly green as in the pictures above.

  197. Rachael January 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Do you recommend using protein powders? If so, Is there a particular one that you recommend? I use EAS whey protein sometimes but didn’t know if iherb offered a better one. I LOVE your website! I’ve shared it with many friends and will continue to do so. Thanks for all the knowledge and inspiration!!

  198. Sandra January 29, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Would it be ok to add a tablespoon of coconut oil? I’ve been hearing a lot about its benefits lately

    Thanks!

  199. AbbyWarm January 29, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    I made Green Monster smoothies for breakfast this morning for myself, my 6-yr-old daughter and my 5-yr-old son. My son is notorious for taking one look at something and declaring he doesn’t like it – before he’s even tried it. Surprise, surprise, he decided he didn’t like the smoothie as soon as I handed it to him. I told him to just try it–I promised he’d like it. I turned back to do the dishes and before I knew it, he was asking if he could have more Green Monster. Shocked, I asked if he had finished it. He begrudgingly answered, “Yeah…I kinda love it.” SCORE!

    • AbbyWarm January 29, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      Oh, and by the way, we’ve decided {since my son is so beating the “bad guys”} that when you finish your smoothie you get to declare that you’ve “Killed the Monster!”

  200. Becks January 30, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    I really want to make this but only have the magic bullet single servings – how much would I need of each ingredient to make one glass??

    • Linda January 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      No idea what the size of the magic bullet is, just try cutting the recipe in half. It’s all about improvising and experimenting!! That’s the fun of it! xo

  201. edith January 31, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    Hey linda.
    i love your green smoothie recipe.
    but i have one question. my mom tells me that eating bananas everyday is bad because of potassium.
    since the recipe includes bananas. i don’t know what to do?

    • Linda January 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      What is bad about potassium?!?!

  202. Wendy January 31, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    I have been loving these smoothies all week for lunch, and am packing them on the go as well! I have found they really are helping me with my constipation issues, which really makes me feel better. I have been switching the fruits out, and loving them with pineapple, berries ans pomegranate. The thing I’m wondering is if I can incorporate the spinach into other smoothie recipes, I’m particularly thinking of pumpkin and orange. I don’t taste the spinach, and like the ‘green’,but I do to some degree associate colors with certain foods. Also, i know fresh is best, and eat little canned food, but wondering if you think canned pumpkin is bad for you?
    Thanks! Love the feedback!

    • Linda January 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      Yes, you can absolutely use spinach in your other smoothie recipes!!

      I’m ok with using pure canned pumpkin on occassion but I do prefer fresh foods,. My issue with canned foods is how old are they? Even though they are edible, what kind of nutrients are still in tact? How is that food going to make me feel? It may fill me up but it doesn’t make me feel ALIVE! Personally, that’s how I always look at food. Maybe you could use a fresh baked sweet potato instead? I’ve done that before with some almond milk, vanilla stevia, cinnamon and nutmug, it’s devine!! I think it would be lovely with citrus too!!

  203. Stephanie January 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I would like some more recipes on what others have tried…I am new to this and would like some help with recipes! Thanks in advance!

  204. Stephanie January 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Please email me if you have anything that you have tried and liked :) stephanie020703@yahoo.com

  205. Kathleen February 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I am in love with this smoothie!! I don’t like very many veggies or fruit.. but I am trying to get healthy. I found the smoothie on pintrest and I knew I had to try it. I will be having one every day now and trying other veggies and fruit in it to. Any ideas on what other veggies have a mild flavor that I could use? Now just wish I could get my boys to drink some. They didnt like that it was green.

  206. Andrea February 2, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    Hi Linda,
    I found the recipe for your green smoothie on pinterest and I wanted to tell you that I love it!! I go to weight watchers and this is a great no points snack or b’fast!! I was a little sceptical when I saw the color but it is so tasty!! and I am pretty sure my skin is looking better as well!! Thanks so much, Andrea

  207. Kristin February 2, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Hi, I havent tried green smoothies, but i am def going to! It looks and sounds delish! I do have a question, would i be able to drink one for every meal instead of having a regular meal and lose weight? Im looking to loose 20lbs. any help would be great! Thanks.

  208. Tonya February 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I recently started weight watchers and can’t wait to try this. Can I use the magic bullet blender? Is that powerful?

    • Linda February 4, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      sure, it’s worth a try!

  209. Stephanie February 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Are you ever concerned getting enough protein in your diet? I use True Vitality Plant Protein Powder in my green smoothies. It adds 15 g of protein to the smoothies. I use to add greek yogurt to my smoothies for more protein until reading your blog about food combining. thank you

  210. Sarah February 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    These look so good! I really don’t like spinach.. but I like baby spinach leaves (like for salad).. can they be substituted?

  211. Billi February 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    If I follow your recipe how many calories / ounces

    • Linda February 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      please see the Q&A at the bottom of the post :)

  212. Teresa February 6, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    I’m curious; has anyone who’ve tried this notice weight loss? That’s the main reason why I want to try this! Plus, it looks super yummy and it’s healthy!! I just don’t want to spend money on fruits (they can be expensive) and have it not work! I’m in college so I’m busy most of the time. I don’t really have time to work out so I was wondering if this can help me lose some unwanted lbs! Thanks =)

    • Linda February 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      It is fabulous for weight loss!

  213. Katie February 6, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Do you use raw spinach or frozen spinach?

  214. Brandy February 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    I love the idea of this except for one thing…i hate bananas, i REALLY hate them….is there anything I can substitute for them??

    • Linda February 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

      Yes! Please read the Q&A at the bottom of the post! :)

  215. Stephanie February 6, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    what are your thoughts on adding peanut butter (I like better n butter) for a little protein?

    • Linda February 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      I am a firm believer in proper food combining. Proteins do not combine well with fruit and will cause fermentation, yeast, digestive issues, and will not aid in weight loss. That’s the reason I don’t recommend adding yogurt or nut butters. Believe me, you will be satisfied with the smoothies, the recipe will make about a quart which will definitely fill you up!!

  216. Mandy February 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Ok – this is the second time I’ve seen a comment like this and I have to ask; how do I learn more about food combining? Please and thank you! :)

    • Linda February 7, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      Hi Mandy, I cover food combining in detail with my clients but it’s too lengthy and detailed a topic to go into on the blog. You can google it but I’ve found most of the info out there can be quite confusing. This is why I spend a lot of my time going over it with my clients. Let me know if you are ever interested in a session :)

  217. Stephanie February 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Thanks for the insight. I would also like to learn more about food combining. Also, I figured someone else might have written a comment like this but there were so many I just didnt have time to read through them all. :) Thanks again!

    • Linda February 7, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      Hi Stephanie,
      I cover food combining in detail with my clients but it’s too lengthy and detailed a topic to go into on the blog.

  218. kim February 7, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    I disagree with not combining dairy and fruit. I do this every single morning by adding 3tbsp of yogurt to my green smoothie. It’s the only way I can tolerate yogurt. Plus, how do you explain all those people (and yogurt companies) that put fruit in the yogurt?

    • Linda February 7, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      Kim,
      That’s fine if you disagree. But I would encourage you to educate yourself first. No one thing is right for everyone but food combining has been a total God send for me and my clients. Until I tried it, I had no idea what a profound effect it would have on my life!!

      Have you ever tried food combining? Do you ever have gas/bloating/indigestion/skin issues/fatigue after meals/trouble losing weight? If so, you may want to look into it!

      • Suzette Taylor March 25, 2012 at 7:35 am #

        I have to agree with Linda here. I was one of those people who combined yogurt with fruits and veggies. I was so sick and I could not imagine why. I went to several doctors and no luck and only to find out by reading this and experimenting that the combo was so wrong for me. I do green smoothies and no more bloat/gas/indigestion etc. Thank you Linda!

        • Linda March 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

          Yep, I agree Suzette! I’ve found that your body will always let you know if it likes what you’re doing or not!! :)

  219. Abel Ayala February 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Excellent guide and suggestions. Looking forward to lose a few excess weight. I’ll present some comments soon after i test this. Thanks a lot!

  220. Pat February 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Got any smoothie ideas for people with Chronic Kidney Disease? This Glowing Green one looks yummy, but I am restricted on many of the ingredients: bananas, spinach, mango… General restrictions: protein, potassium, phosphorous, sodium. The kidney diet is carboholic heaven, except that I’m NOT a carboholic! It is incredibly difficult to manage weight and to feel healthy on the diet that protects my kidneys. Definitely a challenge!

  221. Stephanie February 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I don’t know if you have answered this yet, but I have found on a couple websites that you should not each spinach every day because of oxalic acid. I put a couple handfuls in my smoothies each day but didn’t know if I should be rotating the spinach with another leafy green.

    thanks.

  222. Kelly February 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    First of all, I have to preface this by saying that I HATE greens. The greenest leafy veggie I can stand is romaine lettuce if that says anything about my sting aversion to greens. Anyway, I’ve read that I really need to get rich leafy greens into my diet daily, but I have had the hardest time getting them in because I can’t stand the taste. I very cautiously tried your recipe tonight and honestly thought I would not like it. As soon as I poured it, I took a deep breath and took a tiny sip. I was absolutely amazed that I could not taste the two handfulls of spinach ( I bought for the first time on my own) at all! I couldn’t even taste a hint of spinach. This is going to be my way to get in my greens. Maybe I’ll even become brave enough to try darker, stronger greens. Thank you for this recipe!

    • Linda February 10, 2012 at 9:00 am #

      AWESOME!! This is exactly what the green smoothies are for!!

  223. Alice February 10, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    What is the recommended serving size for a smoothie?

    • Taylor Bowyer February 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      I have the same question! what is the recommended smoothie size? How often should you drink the smoothie? And is it to be used as just a snack and not as a meal itself? I just made it, and I LOVE it!
      Thanks! :)

      • Linda February 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

        please see the FAQ at the bottom of the post. You can have your smoothie anytime you like!

    • Linda February 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      please see the FAQ at the bottom of the post :)

  224. April Storm February 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Looks great! I’ll let you know how it works for me!

  225. Stacey February 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Stupid question….do you drink all 32 oz in one sitting? So is this my breakfast or is the 32 oz two/three/four servings? Sounds great and would love to try this tomorrow morning as my husband bought me a Vitamix for Christmas. First time visitor to your website. FANTASTIC. This is going to be a super wonderful long term ‘friendship’!

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      Yes, I drink all 32oz!

  226. Stacey February 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I guess I’m replying to my own question…lol. Had the smoothie this morning and it was delish! Husband even liked it. I can easily drink the 32 oz., it’s not too much at all! What I really appreciate about this smoothie is that it’s not too sweet. I added a 3rd handful of spinach and 3 Tblsp. of Udo’s 3-6-9 oil. The color green was spot on with yours Linda. My acupuncturist told me to be careful with smoothies because of all the sugar, but your GS is PERFECTION! Thanks Linda!

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Awesome Stacy!! So glad you liked it!! Yes, have as much as you need to feel satisfied :)

  227. D'nae February 21, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I am drinking this yummy deliciousness as I type and I am IN LOVE! I went to the grocery store and spent $70 on fruits and veggies alone and I am sooo excited to start the juice/smoothie “feasting”! I have an awesome juicer and blender that I recently purchased and I’m also on a pretty extreme work out regimen. I am soo stoked about your blog and all of your yummy looking juice/smoothie recipes! Me and my husband are starting our weight loss/healthy lifestyle adventure with this smoothie and so far we love it! Even my two year old loves it! Can’t wait to try more!

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

      AWESOME!!!!

    • Linda March 2, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  228. Stacey February 29, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    I am anxious to try this….however to lose weight, do I just substitute this green smoothie for breakfast??

    • Linda February 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      yes and have anytime as a snack!

  229. Krista March 1, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Hi, I was just wondering if you use this drink in place of a meal? Love the drink so does my three year old!

  230. Gabrielle March 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Wow I love this recipe! BUT I am terribly allergic to mangoes (and kiwis, pineapples and papayas…) what would you recommend as a substitute?
    Thank you!

    • Linda March 2, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      no problem, please see the FAQ at the bottom of the post :)

  231. Lorie Betz March 2, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    I too have a Vita mix and I love it. I have always made my veggie and fruit smoothies with yogurt. You are so correct, far easier to digest without the yogurt and doesn’t seem to affect my blood sugars as much. Thanks so much!

    • Linda March 2, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      you’re welcome!! xo

  232. Janie March 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    AMAZING!!! Funnily enough I bought a bag of baby spinach yesterday with a view to using it in a smoothie, and then I see your pic on Pinterest this morning. I used banana, blueberry & spinach – it was divine!
    I have posted the pic on pinterest too, please let me know if that’s a problem
    Janie x

  233. gayle March 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    We tried making this today and I’m sorry to say it wasn’t that good. What are we doing wrong? It would be very helpful if we knew how much water and ice to add and is it one or two banannas?? My husband said it was better before he added ice. Now he is playing around with it adding sugar and fresh pineapple. I don’t want to have to do this. I need something fast and low cal because I am trying to lose weight. Also I need to know exactely how much water/ice, banana to add. Thanks

    • Linda March 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      If you look at the recipe, you’ll see I don’t add ice to my smoothies. I use frozen fruit so there is no need to add additional ice, that will only dilute the flavor.

      As for the amount of water, it’s all according to taste. If you want a thin, more watery smoothie then add more water. If you want a thicker smoothie add less.
      There is no “exact recipe” that’s the beauty of it. You can adjust it to your tastes and find the perfect combo for you. I would start with 1/2cup water. If that’s not enough to get it to blend then just keep adding a little more until it’s perfect. I hope that helps!

  234. Lorinda March 4, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    just had my first monster smoothie… and although i don’t normally eat bananas, i added it and it was great! I have prepared 6 bags of frozen fruit portions and fresh spinach so that i could have them ready. I would very much like to be able to have this smoothie everyday, but preparing the fresh spinach is very time consuming and i am really stuck for time. Do you think its less healthy and nutritious to use frozen spinach. I am so weary of frozen fruits and veg, don’t they lose their benefits? It would be very easy to use frozen spinach, at least when i don’t find good quality spinach.

    • Linda March 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      I wouldn’t use frozen spinach. Fresh is always best :) I just buy the large pre-washed tubs of fresh spinach from the grocery store. No prep time at all; just grab a few handfuls and go!

  235. Laura March 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I’m drinking this right now and it is delicious! Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it with other fruits.

  236. Michelle March 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    I feel compelled to join the other folks who are raving about you’re smoothie. I found this on pinterest and I had to try it. It was so delicious! I am a student and I am also trying to shed a few pounds and its so hard to get in your fruits and veggies and nutrients when you are on the go all the time. This smoothie is quick, easy, and most importantly tasty. I can’t wait to try all of your other healthy recipes.

    • Linda March 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

      awesome Michelle!!! xo

  237. Kate March 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    Can you add protein powder? Is there something to subsutute the banana for?

    Thanks!

    • Linda March 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      Hi Kate, the answers to your questions are answered in the FAQ section at the bottom of the post :)

  238. Dawn March 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Am I missing something? I don’t see anything in the FAQ about protein powder?

  239. Suzette Taylor March 23, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    SO I am a bit concerned we are head out to the Grand Canyon in June where the heck am I going to get a green smoothie everyday? My husband and I have been having one each everyday for well over 6 weeks and can’t miss a day or we feel terrible. Any suggestions…

  240. carmen April 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    if i can’t have bananas…..how many Avacados should i use??? thank you

    • Linda April 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      1-2 depending on the size of the avocado :)

  241. Allison April 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi Linda,

    I really do love your website, and I’m very passionate about green smoothies and health in general, and it is a great encouragement to websites such as yours!

    Allison

    • Linda April 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Thank you Allison!! xo

  242. Meagan April 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    try adding garlic, it makes it very meaty – and if you haven’t tried it, start off with just a little, and add more next time if you like it. Watermelon is good as well, except you do need to just use the flesh. The rind is good for you and edible, however it tastes revolting. I have been told to be careful not to use the same green every day, too much of one type can be harmful, so its a good idea to rotate the greens. If you are game also roquette is great, but only if you like that type of thing.

    • Linda April 6, 2012 at 11:43 am #

      Garlic, really?! I add garlic to my blended soups but not fruit smoothies!!

      There is no problem with eating the same greens every day. I’ve been consuming kale, spinach, and parsley on a regular basis for the past 6 years!! Would love to see some research/studies to back up that statement!

      • Suzette Taylor April 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

        I am confused by this…I use a spinach base everyday, are you telling me that its going to harm me? I am 25 lbs down on this green smoothie and I am not about to change it unless it is a fact spinach is going to be bad for me. I wondered how a spinach, garlic, tomato, carrot, celery, cucumber combo would be….

        • Linda April 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

          No problems with eating the same greens over and over. They are NOT TOXIC. I’ve been having spinach in my smoothies every day for 6 years…I feel AMAZING!! No health issues or problems here!!

          The “smoothie” you described with tomato and veggies is more like a blended soup. I make them all the time, they are delicious!! Check out my soups tab here http://lindawagner.net/blog/recipes/soups/ the 5 min corn chowder and tomato soup are fantastic!!

        • Farina May 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

          Hey Suzette,
          I would really appreciate if you could go a lil in depth with your weight loss journey. Can you tell me what exactly you ate, how much and did you workout ? Can you also brief me a lil on the smoothie that you were drinking and how many cups each day and when ?Also, how many weeks did it take to lose 25 pounds ? Will really appreciate your reply as i have to lose 30 pounds and I’m very frustrated wiht my weight :(
          Thanks

  243. marina April 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Hi linda!
    That sounds like a tasty smoothie :) ill try it tomorrow def! I just started a really necessary and long term weight loss goal. I usually drink my green smothies with peaches or mango, strawberries and pineapple. I add spinach, orange juice and coconut milk?

    I know coconut milk comes from within the coconut, but what do you think about this? It is pretty healthy and has a lot of good nutrients. Do you think its ok to combine it with all the other fruit?

    And also, today I ran out of spinach… do you know how would the smoothie taste if I make it with baby lettuce?

    Thanks a lot :))))

    • Linda April 7, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      I would skip the oj and coconut milk if weight loss is a goal. Just use water, you’d be surprised, it still tastes delicious!! You can add stevia to sweeten it up if you like! Try the baby lettuce and see! Each green will have a slightly different taste :)

  244. Joanna April 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    This is absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
    I’ve found that using natural OJ instead of water gives it a little extra flavor boost.

  245. Jillian April 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I’m so addicted to pinterest.com & that is where I discovered you! I am totally excited to try this green smoothie recipe. :) Thanks for sharing <3

  246. MyLushBoxBarbs April 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    What a great blog! Was given a whole bag of spinach today so will be sure to try this out! Do you buy the frozen mangoes and peaches or do you freeze them yourself?

    xx

    • Linda April 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      I buy them frozen :)

  247. Joanni April 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Hi linda!! I’m new in all this, but because my sister gave me to try one of her green smoothies that I really like it. I’m trying to change my food habits and I would like to know if your receipt will help me to have a better digestion, since I remember is being really bad. Plus a had a baby 1 year ago I gain so much weight n I would like to loose it. Your smoothie or you know any kind of smoothie that will help me .. Thanks

    • Linda April 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      all the smoothies will be fantastic!!

  248. April April 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    I’m so happy I came across this site. I made the chocolate milkshake smoothie for breakfast (used chocolate flavored whey instead of cocoa powder….still fantastic!) and have been thinking about this green smoothie all day. So much so, in fact, that I literally could not wait until tomorrow’s breakfast to try it. I just whipped one up (lucky I did it early, anyway, as my blender isn’t that hot and needed some extra time to blend the frozen fruit) to put in the fridge for tomorrow morning and had a few sips just to try it out.

    This smoothie is not only awesome tasting but it’s gorgeous! It looks so neat in a mason jar in the fridge that it will almost be a shame to drink it!

    • Linda April 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      Yes!! Green Smoothies and Chocolate Smoothies are my absolute fave!! So glad you like them both!! xo

  249. jeaneth April 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    i was wondering…. ca i make a whole batch for the week or is it a daily thing?

    • Linda April 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      They will last about 24hrs in the fridge. If you need to make several of them ahead of time you can keep them in the freezer :)

  250. Shawn April 24, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Great blog. Stumbled upon it a few weeks ago. Bought the fruits frozen. Came out nice and green. Even used waters. The fruit balances out the taste, not leaving a strong veg taste either. Having some this morning. I would like to drink this regularly in the morning and wondering if there plastic cups w/ tops and straws to purchase somewhere. ;) Would make a to-go drink!

    One post mentioning about strawberries, coming out brown. I used FRESH blackberries the first time. It came out black. Not gonna do that again!

    Happy, healthy drinking!

    I

    • Linda April 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      It’s ok if the color is dark. It will still taste fine…it’s just not as pretty to look at!!

  251. Rose April 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I have been an individual who tries to do low sugar when I can. I love green smoothies but is the banana keeping me from losing weight? I can’t figure it out. I don’t like the taste without the banana though =( Please help!

    • Linda April 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Hi Rose, you’ll see in the FAQ at the bottom of the post that I recommend subbing avocado and/or fresh coconut meat for the bananas. You can also omit them and just use frozen fruit and add stevia if you feel you need it. I hope that helps!

      • Linda April 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

        Awesome Samantha!! I use the 32oz mason jars and I’ll drink anywhere between 8-32oz depending on my appetite :)
        Have fun with your new juicer!!!

  252. Nicole May 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Love your site! What is your opinion on using almond milk, or protein powders as far as the food combining?

  253. Glenda May 10, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Can you make a batch of this and freeze it or just put it in the frig? I want to try this and it sounds yummy just didn’t know if it would keep if made in a large amount

    • Linda May 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      I answered this question in the FAQ at the bottom of the post :)
      “If you are constantly rushing out the door in the morning, you can make your smoothies the night before. They will last in the fridge for up to 24hrs.
      If you are REALLY pressed for time, you can make all your green smoothies for the week then freeze them. Each night remove one and let thaw on the counter or in the fridge so that the next morning it’s ready to go.”

      Enjoy!! xo

  254. Felicia May 11, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Thank you so much for this recipe – It is absolutely delicious and energizing….My 3 year old and 5 year old love them too and help me make them daily…A smoothie without dairy is wonderful..I will never go back!

    • Linda May 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      yay!! So glad you like it Felicia! xo

  255. Nikell May 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    I saw this on Pinterest and the green color made me curious. I will definitely be trying this!! Thanks for sharing (^_^)

  256. mindy May 26, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    i have been drinking green smoothies on and off for for three months and the past two week i was drinking 2 quarts a day. I recently got into a horrible car accident and got hit 3 times and the airbags went off. I had barely any pain and bu the third day i had no pain…Im not sure its because of the smoothies but i really think it is, everyone is shocked im not injured. green smoothies rock

    • Linda May 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      So sorry to hear about your accident but happy to know that green smoothies are helping you heal quickly!! xo

  257. Wayne May 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I’ve been drinking smoothies from Georgia Southern (also calledCreole collards), broccoli leaves and dandelion leaves from my garden for about a year. Sometimes I quick steam the collards to improve their bile acid binding ability (a surprising natural way to control/lower cholesterol) I add a little orange juice (frozen) and blend….walla!….super healthy way to give one’s body the nutrition it needs. I love making smoothies from my garden since I know I’m not ingesting pesticides with my daily smoothie. I feel great, I have much more energy that before I started adding smoothies to my diet

  258. Bryon Lichtenberg May 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Bon truc. Merci. Je reviendrai pour driverrobot apprendre quoi d’autre vous devez dire.

  259. Alfredo Vanmatre May 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    One of the better posts I’ve read today. Do you mind if I post this on my blog? I will do a linkback to your post.

  260. Tammy June 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Hi linda Igot all the ingredients today & the bananas are in the freezer can’t wait to try this in the AM ;) My question is I start my morning with my coffee can I have my coffee

    • Linda June 6, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      Yes, but most people find that once they start having GS, they no longer need/want coffee!!

  261. Mary June 6, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    I’m allergic to Bananas, what is a good subsitute for it?

    • Linda June 6, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      you answer is already listed in the FAQ at the bottom of the post :)

  262. Jen June 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    I would love to try this for breakfast, but usually try to get a bunch of protein first thing in the morning, what do you do for protein?

    • Linda June 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

      you can add protein powder if you like :)

  263. becky June 12, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Love smoothies as well~ in a pinch I use Ultra Energy low glycemic packets of protein and a greens packet, a cup of almond milk or soy,Raw Fiber which includes chia,hemp and a few others and greentea extract if I have it. I just have a small to-go blender.
    What is your opinion on me cheating like this? :)

    • Linda June 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

      If you are feeling good, go for it :)
      Fo me personally it would be little heavy, I prefer the lightness from just fruits, greens, and water. If you don’t feel like it’s weighing you down then don’t worry about it! Always listen to your body! :)

  264. Debra Brandenberger June 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Is it ok if I drink a smoothie before each meal everyday which is 3times a day? And also would tht take my appetite or just kinda feel me up so I wldnt be so hungry thn I wldnt eat quite so much n loose acouple lbs! Wut do u think?!

    • Linda June 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

      Hi Debra, you can have as much green smoothie as you want. You can use it as a meal replacement for breakfast or lunch too, that will help with weight loss. But I wouldn’t recommend adding 3 extra smoothies in addition to your 3 meals. Use it as a meal or snack replacement instead :)

  265. Debra Brandenberger June 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Is it ok 2 drink a smoothie before each meal everyday so it kinda takes my appetite thn I won’t eat so much,do u think that would work?? I would really appreciate your answer!! Thnx -Debra

  266. Mary June 17, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    okay, I finally tried this and it’s really good! Since I’m allergic to bananas, I put in half cup of honeydew and some pineapple.

    • Mary June 17, 2012 at 7:09 am #

      forgot to add, I juiced the spinach and then put it in the blender with the frozen fruit. sooooo good! :)

      • Linda June 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

        awesome Mary, your recipe sounds delicious!!

  267. Danielle Michaan June 18, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    Love this smoothie!!! I have been experimenting with Sunwarriors Raw Vegan Proteins and was wondering if it combines properly with the fruit and greens?!

    • Linda June 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Yes, you can add plant based protein powder to your Green Smoothie :)
      Enjoy!!

  268. Allison H. June 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    is there a way to make a big batch of this that will keep in the freezer or refrigerator? i would like to make it say on monday and have it made for the next couple mornings.. or make it the night before.. any suggestions?

    • Linda June 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      Hi Allison, check out the FAQ at the bottom of the post. All of your questions are already answered there! :)

  269. Natasha June 20, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Hello. I was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had to have surgery. I accidentally found your blog and decided I needed to make a change for the better. I was hooked and ordered a VitaMix right away (rather impulsive my husband said – lol). I received my VitaMix last night and just made my first green smoothie. I absolutely hate vegetables and greens so I was skeptical at very but determined to make it work. Thank you very much for the recipe, much to my surprise, it came out great, very nice color and good flavor. I had one question though, I bought a couple of bunches of fresh organic spinach, can I use all of it? Specifically, can I use the stems or just the leaves?

    • Linda June 20, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      AWESOME Natasha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      You will LOVE your Vitamix!! Yes, you can use ALL of the spinach – leaves and stem!! Enjoy!! xo

      • Natasha June 20, 2012 at 11:59 am #

        Excellent, I felt like I would be wasting those stems. I wish I could send you a picture, it is so beautiful I don’t want to drink it!

  270. Denise June 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I am allergic to nuts so I cannot use almond milk. I am not totally vegan (I do drink milk…specifically Skim Plus as it has more protein/less calories) Should I add that to a morning smoothie? I do have a vitamix and LOVE it but need to start using it more.

    Another question — I have a lot of mixed baby greens that need to be eaten….will they turn a smoothie brown?

    When you drink your smoothie for a meal…how many ounces are you drinking??

    • Linda June 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      No need to add milk, just use water as stated in the recipe!
      The mixed greens may turn the smoothie brown but it’s fine, you can still drink it!
      To determine the calories of your smoothie, enter the ingredients into a calorie counter like http://www.fitday.com :)

  271. Katie June 26, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    I saw your comment about not combining “milk” with fruit in your smoothies… what are your thoughts on almond milk with smoothies? I have a green smoothie every morning but I always add almond milk to it.. I suppose I don’t have to but just wondered what you had to say about it!
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    • Linda June 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      Almond milk is ok but if you are trying to lose weight, have digestive/skin issues I would use water instead :)

  272. Crissy June 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Love the taste!! My family enjoy it and my 6 yr old is always asking for more. She can drink it all day if I let her.

  273. Janet July 28, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Love this! used mixed frozen fruit (peaches, mango, pineapple, strawberry) and I froze a bag of baby spinach (it wont wilt!) and i have a $25 blender and it blended together perfectly! Not a pretty color, but it tasted great!

  274. Tiffany.P August 2, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Hi there,
    there seems to be a huge amount of repeat questions here that you tirelessy are answering instead of people reading through the comments to find the answers for themselves! Anyway, my “blender” is a magic bullet and therefor doesn’t have a lot of room (and last night actually had a hard time processing small frozen banana chunks) and I don’t have a juicer. I’d like to try adding carrots to my smoothie because they are sweet and I think it might be a good way to cut down on the higher sugar fruits (such as banana–everything I’ve read about them seems to indicate you shouldn’t eat too much of them because of the amount of sugar in them), but my bullet could never process raw carrot smoothly. I know there is a huge trend towards raw food right now, but would I still get plenty of benefit from processing steamed carrots to add to my smoothies? Also, for some people, wouldn’t this high concentration of fruit all in one “serving” cause a spike in blood sugar? I’m surprised that this recipe doesn’t call for added protein and fibre to balance it out…

  275. James August 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    I work a split shift, one day, two evenings, and two graveyards most of the time, I am always tired, and because I work those shifts, I usually eat what is not healthy for me. I am going to try this to see how good it is. A customer of mine brought me some, it was good. She had used frozen blueberries as the fruit. She also suggested you chop or freeze the spinach before making the smoothie in a regular blender, it works better.

  276. Justine August 23, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    What about adding in greek yogurt? I am trying to lose some weight and am trying to cut out as much meat as possible, so I need to incorporate as much protein from other sources as possible.

    • Linda September 5, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      This is answered in the FAQ at the bottom of the post :)

  277. Angie August 29, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    a vita mix, although being the best is not by any means the ONLY high speed blender. There is always a competitor. Blendtec has one, In fact some of the Juicing shops such as Jamba Juice use them. Montel Williams also has one called a healthmaster. That is the one I have because I am on a budget and I got it on sale at kohls for 150.00 It does anything and everything I need and want it to do. I make soups and smothies daily. I did a lot of research before buying and even watch an on site vita mix demo 2 times for about 15 minutes, Mine works just as well, the ONLY and I do mean ONLY disadvantage is the variable speed… mine has a pulse button, I would prefer the variable and will one day upgrade but for now I am pleased as punch :-) I hope this helps someone else who might have a budget issue like I do because where I can admit that I would prefer the Vita Mix I just don’t have an extra $500+ tax laying around ;-)…. Sidenote* one of the reasons I bought it at Kohl’s was because they have an OUTSTANDING return policy so I figured if I hated it, or it just didn’t blend well enough I could have taken it back, also, It was on sale for $199 with an additional 10% off, plus I had a coupon for 20% off and on top of that they were running one of their “specials” where for every $50 you spend you receive $10 Kohls cash. Just felt like I should add that in there so others would know that it isn’t a $150 machine! Happy Juicing!!

  278. Kat September 6, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Hi Linda – just started drinking these smoothies for breakfast, delish! Quick question, mine always ends up more like 16oz instead of 32oz, is that normal? Also, I’ve been thinking about doing 2 smoothies a day, that’s 4 bananas a day – is that okay, I’m worried about the sugar :-/

    • Linda September 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      Hi Kat, you can have as much GS as you like. If you are worried about the bananas just use 1 instead :)

  279. Barbara September 10, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Hi Linda – Just found your blog as I was searching online for smoothies for my dad who is undergoing chemo. Ended up taking the Green Smoothie for myself instead. Had it for 2 days already and you’re right – it fills you right up :D Added a touch of ginger and parsley to mine. Thank you! Keep them recipes coming *hugs*

  280. Alka October 6, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Hi Linda,
    I’m just wondering if there is any difference in juicing the greens (eg in an Omega Juicer)instead of a smoothie?is one more beneficial than the other?
    Thanks
    I have been contemplating to buy a juicer or a vitamin blender?any suggestions will be greatly appreciated as I’m confused whether juicing gives more nutrition or a smoothie?

  281. Liz October 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    You don’t have any issues with making them ahead and freezing them I would like to do this on Sundays and just thaw them everyday. Do they still taste good?

  282. Cassandra Marie October 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Question….I live in Uganda. We can not get any peaches. What would be a good alternative?
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  283. Jag October 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi,
    I am over 50 and need to lose 20 lbs. That’s all. I have a consistency issue and juicing is the best way to lose healthy.

    I have cravings for starchy food, not in abundance, but, if I see it, I want it. What type of juice receipt can settle that issue.

  284. Elle October 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Is there anyway to make it without bananas? I’m allergic but I still want to try it.

    • Linda October 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      Elle, please see the FAQ at the bottom of the post :)

  285. kiara November 7, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    i replaced peaches with pineapple…
    1. does this still help in -”glowing skin, hair, nails, even eyes get brighter”?
    2.when all should we drink?
    3.how much weight will we lose approx in a week?

  286. kate December 5, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    This is my favorite afternoon snack!!
    I love your photos!! What kind of camera do you use?

    • Linda December 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

      Thank you Kate!
      For these photos I used a Cannon Rebel T1i but I now use a Canon 60D :)

  287. mare December 10, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    I use a half a cup of water to blend the fruit and greens. I always down the water with lemon juice.(half lemon; half water for one 1/2 cup measurment) It gives a smoothie a hint of lemon and is very delicious!

  288. Sarah Greene January 2, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Thank you so much! This smoothie is really good! I’m a really picky eater when it comes to fruits and veggies (like I like apples and carrots…thats pretty much it). I’ve been wanting to include more spinach and bananas specifically in my diet. Thank you again!

    • Linda January 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      Sarah, so glad you are enjoying the green smoothies!! They are such a great way to get more vital nutrients from greens!! xo

  289. Sarah January 3, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    Tried thus for the first time yesterday and feel in love! So i made two more right away one for the next two days. Started drinking it and half away through my ! Two year old son took it and drank the rest and said “monster drink mommy” guess i need to make two one for me and one for him

    • Linda January 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Yay Sarah!! So glad you and your little ones are loving the Green Smoothies!! They are truly life changing! Just an FYI, I’ve got a downloadable ebooks all about juicing and smoothies with tons of recipes that will be coming out very soon!! Thanks again for your lovely comments, they made my day! xo

  290. Alice January 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi Linda! My blender doesn’t work, can i still make this in some way?
    I really want to try it because I always have trouble finding something healthy to eat for breakfast!
    Have a great day! xo

    • Linda January 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      Alice, unfortunately, you have to have a blender to make the smoothies. Even an inexpensive one from Walmart or Target will do!

  291. Melissa January 9, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I was very apprehensive to try this, because I am a picky person. I know when there is sour cream or cream cheese hidden in my food! :-) But I just tried this smoothie this morning and cannot taste the spinach at all!! It is soooo delicious and I’m completely shocked! I’m defnintely going to drink this everyday! I’m trying to lose 30 pounds, so I’m on a diet and working out (starting 2 days ago). So I’m really hoping this smoothie assists in this! Would it be healthy/safe enough to have this replace 2 meals a day? I would still snack and then have a lunch filled with veggies and protien? I want to lose weight as fast and as much as I can, but continue to be healthy.

    • Melissa January 9, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Oh and I used my Ninja for this and just blended it for like 5 min and it was perfectly smooth! You just have to keep blending!

    • Linda January 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      AWESOME Melissa!!! Yes, you can have this as much as you want!! Stay tuned, I’ve got a “Green Smoothie for Weight Loss” e-book coming out in the nest few weeks!!

      • Melissa January 10, 2013 at 11:14 am #

        Oh cool! Yes I love it and have had it the past two days! Even made one for my husband this morning! I was just curious about having it twice a day, replacing meals, because of the potassium? My mom was really nervous about trying it because of the 1 banana everday because too much potassium isn’t good for you? So if I’m techinically eating 2 bananas a day, that’s not too much and still okay?

  292. Kara January 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    I am curious about food combining. I traditionally put greek yogurt, spinach, milk, a banana, and frozen blueberries in my smoothie. I will have to try leaving out the dairy. Where can I learn more about food combining? What do you recommend I mix with greek yogurt in lieu of fruit, which I often have for dessert?

    Thank you!

  293. Kara January 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    I am curious about food combining. I traditionally put greek yogurt, spinach, milk, a banana, and frozen blueberries in my smoothie. I will have to try leaving out the dairy. Where can I learn more about food combining? What do you recommend I mix with greek yogurt in lieu of fruit, which I often have for dessert?

    Thank you!

    • jessie January 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

      i’m interested in the answer to this as well! Also…how long do you have to wait to eat dairy after having fruite/smoothies? I don’t eat much dairy…had always tried to put yogurt in smoothies to get more dairy because I don’t care for yogurt otherwise!

  294. AshleyL January 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    What about adding raw nut butter? (I have blood sugar issues) :)

    • Linda January 10, 2013 at 8:22 am