Vibrant, nutritious, and insanely delicious: these are just a few of my favorite ways to describe the Best 4-Ingredient Healthy Green Smoothie. Packed with superfoods like frozen fruit, spinach, and Greek yogurt, this refreshing and simple green smoothie is the perfect way to start your day.
My favorite holiday season just ended and I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use a little green smoothie detox after all the Christmas cookies I pounded down. Between this healthy Green Smoothie, Immune Boosting Ginger and Turmeric Shot and Wellness Lemon Ginger Shot, I’ve got a week full of healthy elixirs lined up.
Luckily, a green smoothie detox does NOT have to mean starving yourself and eating nothing but leaves for a week! Can you imagine? Hard Pass. This Super Green Smoothie Recipe is a fun and delicious way of replenishing your body with the nutrients it craves.
If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier foods, you’re in the right place. There are only 4 ingredients in this healthy Green Smoothie recipe, but when combined they make the perfect nutritious cocktail. It really is the best green smoothie recipe.
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This recipe is my go-to for a healthy green smoothie because it’s super easy to whip up and is bursting with flavor. Between the sweetness of your favorite frozen fruit and the creamy texture of the Greek yogurt, you won’t even notice the spinach—you’ll just reap the benefits!
How to Make A Green Smoothie
With the help of your trusty blender, this smoothie comes together in a matter of seconds. All you need to do is follow these 3 simple steps:
Step 1- Add the frozen fruit, spinach, plain Greek yogurt and coconut or almond milk to a blender.
Step 2 – Blend until smooth, checking the consistency and adding more milk if needed to thin it out.
Step 3 – Finish with your favorite toppings (extra fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.) and enjoy!
Green Smoothie Benefits
Though the ingredient list is short and sweet, each of the ingredients play a huge role in providing our bodies with the vital nutrients it needs to flourish.
Frozen Fruit. You can choose any of your favorite frozen fruits, but you can never go wrong with berries, pineapple, and mango. Berries are the lowest in sugar, but they all have impressive amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Spinach. It’s no secret that leafy greens are the key to good health, but spinach is a true powerhouse of health benefits. It’s packed with nutrients, high in antioxidants, and helps to regulate blood pressure.
Greek Yogurt. High in protein and packed with probiotics, Greek yogurt provides a wide range of benefits to our gut and overall health. The high protein in this ingredient makes this healthy green smoothie the perfect treat for repairing your muscles after a workout!
Dairy-Free Milk. I highly recommend using either coconut or almond milk for this smoothie, but the choice is totally up to you. Coconut milk is higher in fat and calories than almond milk, but it’s also higher in protein. Both are packed with vitamins and minerals that make them the perfect addition to our smoothie. You could also use orange juice, apples juice, etc. to amp up the fruit flavor.
HEALTHY Green Smoothie Add-Ins
The below simple green smoothie recipe is our basic go-to super green smoothie recipe. It’s the perfect Green Smoothie recipe for beginners. Depending on what I have available, and my mood, I often throw in a bit of this and that. I do a similar process when making a Starbucks Medicine Ball. Add-in options we like:
Protein Powder – Extra boost of protein
Collagen Powder – promotes skin, hair and nails growth and gut health
Ground Flaxseed – healthy boost of Omega 3’s and protein
Chia Seeds – healthy boost of protein
Raw Cacao Nibs – extra boost of magnesium and chocolate flavor
Coconut Oil – Extra Healthy Fat, keeps you fuller longer
Matcha Powder – superfood that adds Antioxidants and natural energy through minerals.
Nut Butter – Extra boost of protein and healthy fat
Coconut Flakes – added flavor
Spices – Cinnamon and Ginger are great anti-inflammatories
Honey/Agave – add a bit of natural sweetness
Extracts – Mint extract is my favorite!
Aloe Vera – here’s a great way to make an Aloe Vera Smoothie
What Greens To Put In A Smoothie?
Most greens will work as the other additions mask the flavor of the greens, but you’ll still reap the nutritional benefits. Here are a few we’ve tried and liked:
- Beet Greens
- Micro Greens
Green Smoothie Fruit Options
Pineapple is my go-to fruit for green smoothies. One $3 pineapple lasts all week and it does a great job of masking the bitterness and earthy flavor of the greens. Pineapple not your cup of tea? Try these frozen fruit options:
- Berries- Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberry, Blackberry
- Citrus- Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines
Best Blender For Smoothies
Many sites will tell you the Vitamix Blender is a must have. It’s not. While nice, the price tag isn’t as much. We use our little NutriBullet Blender with ease. Zero issues. Sure it can only make one at a time, but I’m okay with that. Most of us don’t need another large appliance hogging valuable space in the kitchen anyway.
You can also use the blender to make these Turmeric Ginger Shots.
Can You Make Green Smoothies Ahead of Time?
Yes and no. You can prep the ingredients, minus the liquid, and store in the freezer in a small Ziploc bag. Throw the contents of the bag in the blender and add liquid when you’re ready to make. I usually prep a weeks worth of smoothies at a time. Or you can make the entire smoothie and keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
What Happens To Your Body When You Drink Green Smoothies?
Green smoothies are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and energy. They help enhance the immune system and rejuvenates the body. We love eating them with protein donut holes, for a healthy start to the day.
Is It OK To Drink A Green Smoothie Every Day?
Yep. It’s really just eating your fruits and vegetables in liquid form. Just make sure if you’re adding natural sweeteners or sweetened liquids you watch your sugar intake, if that’s important to you.
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Now that it’s 2023, stop Googling “Green Smoothies Near Me” and start making your own green smoothie recipes.
- 1 Cup Frozen Fruit (*Note 1)
- 1 Handful Spinach (*Note 2)
- ½ Cup Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt (*Note 3)
- 1/2-1 Cup Almond or Coconut Milk (*Note 4)
- Add all of the ingredients to a high power blender and blend until smooth (about 15 seconds).
- Check consistency – add extra coconut or almond milk to thin out if desired.
- Pour into a tall glass, add toppings (if adding) and enjoy immediately.