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Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie in a glass on a white board.

Healthy Green Smoothie made with spinach, kale and fruit.

Ingredients for Green Smoothie

On any given day in my house you can hear the whirl of the blender with someone making a smoothie. Often it’s a fruit and veggie smoothie, but our newest smoothie is becoming a fast favorite – The Green Smoothie! 

Green Smoothies are nothing new, but they just aren’t one that we’ve favored. In all honesty, I think it’s the color that has turned everyone off. It’s not fair to judge a smoothie by its color, but I believe it to be true.

The key to making a great green smoothie is make certain it tastes amazing. This recipe includes spinach and kale, frozen fruit and  a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. You might be tempted to leave out the fresh lemon juice, but don’t do it! It’s what makes this smoothie tastes really great.

The funny part is, you don’t even taste the lemon juice. It just adds a bit of brightness that was lacking when we first tried this green concoction.

A blender full of frozen fruit, fresh spinach, and fresh kale for making a green smoothie.

What are the benefits of drinking green smoothies?

There’s a full cup of spinach and a full cup of kale in here! 

Spinach is high in

  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • Vitamin C
  • Niacin
  • Riboflavin
  • Potassium.

Kale is a very high nutrient dense food – which means it’s low in calories but high in nutritional benefits.

Kale contains high levels of 

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B6
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants

A green smoothie with a blue and white straw

 

What type of fruit do I use?

I used a mixed bag of frozen fruit. It contained strawberries, peaches, pineapple and mangoes. When making this smoothie you can use any of your favorite fruit.

Do I use fresh or frozen fruit?

You can use either fresh or frozen fruit. I used frozen fruit for this recipe because I like the icy cold texture from the frozen fruit. Then frozen fruit also helps add thickness to the smoothie. When I make this with fresh fruit I will often throw in a few ice cubes to achieve that icy texture. 

How do I get my kids to drink a green smoothie?

My kids are all teenagers and are now into this green smoothie. However, it wasn’t long ago they wouldn’t have even tried this healthy concoction. If your kiddos turn their noses up because it’s green, try adding dark colored berries for your fruit. You could use blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. 

Can I freeze this smoothie after it is made?

My kids love freezing their smoothies. They will often make a double batch and eat half of it right away. Then they will freeze the other half and eat it later. It becomes rock hard, but they love scraping it out of the cup with a spoon. As it melts it becomes softer. 

Don’t forget to PIN for later!

A green smoothie in a clear glass with a blue straw

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5 from 3 votes
Green Smoothie in a glass on a white board.
Green Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Healthy green smoothie made with spinach, kale and frozen fruit

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green smoothie, smoothie
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 190 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Place spinach, kale and fruit in blender. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over mixture. Add water. 

  2. Blend until smooth. Add additional water if smoothie is too thick or ingredients won't blend together. 

Nutrition Facts
Green Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Potassium 781mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 28g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 204.4%
Vitamin C 148.7%
Calcium 15.6%
Iron 15.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 25, 2019 at 12:50 pm


    What an interesting use of kale.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 25, 2019 at 5:50 am


    You make an excellent point about the color of the smoothie, Kathy. But the ingredient list in this smoothie sounds awesome! In fact, I wonder if I could get Robbie to drink a smoothie. I’d have to put it another cup (the whole green thing), but he might actually try it. And if he doesn’t, then I know Laura and I would happily finish his cup off. Thanks for sharing this one! Bring on warmer days and smoothie weather! 🙂

  • Reply
    Karly
    March 22, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I probably need to drink smoothies like this more often! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    March 21, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Delicious! I love a good green smoothie! So good for you, and I love the taste!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 22, 2019 at 4:48 am

      It’s sure an easy way to up the healthy food!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 21, 2019 at 6:35 am


    I always have room for another green smoothie in my repertoire Kathy! Now I just have to limit my cookie intake and swap them out for one of these!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 22, 2019 at 4:48 am

      Me too!

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