Green Smoothies for beginners

How to make the perfect green smoothies - green smoothies for beginners
by Liz Eustace

Green smoothies for beginners:

They are an excellent choice for an easy healthy breakfast and perfect for fueling up before or after yoga practice. Once you start making green smoothies you’ll wonder why you waited to so long to make it a regular habit. We’ve put together a green smoothie guide that will have you blending up healthy breakfast drinks in no time.

Our guide to green smoothies + Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie recipe:

What is a green smoothie?

Green smoothie are a healthy mix of leafy greens, veggies, fruit and water, nut milk or juice. We also like to add superfoods (maca, camu camu, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc.), protein powder and/or a healthy fat (flax oil, nut butter or coconut oil) to create a perfect meal in minutes.

Keep it simple and organic

There are a lot of fruits, veggies and superfoods just waiting for you to give them a whirl in the blender, but we suggest keeping it simple to start. Organic spinach is the best starter green. Its mild flavor makes it practically tasteless in smoothies (making it a great option for kids). Seriously, one of the simplest smoothie recipes is 2 cups of organic spinach, a cup or so of water, half a banana and an organic apple. Blend it and BAM – easy green smoothie. When you’re ready to move on to other greens (like kale, collards and dandelions), here’s a great nutrition info guide for dark leafy greens.

Ready to blend

A good blender makes a world of difference for a great green smoothie. For no chunks and lumps, a high-powered blender like a Vitamix is great. Yes, it’s an expensive piece of equipment, but it will change your life (seriously). Use our exclusive code 06-008536 for free shipping ($25 value!) at Vitamix. If it's just not in your budget at the moment, we know a few people who've had luck with the Magic Bullet and Ninja blender.

Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie recipe

This is a quick and easy one that we love for breakfast or after yoga. Try to keep peeled and frozen ripe bananas handy to add instant creaminess to your green smoothies.

Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie (makes 1 large or 2 smaller servings)

  • 1 ½ c. pure water or nut milk
  • ½ c. frozen or fresh organic cherries, pitted
  • 1 scoop (serving suggestion) vanilla protein powder, we like Sunwarrior Classic Brown Rice Protein or Vega Sport French Vanilla Protein (both vegan, gluten and soy-free)
  • 2-3 LARGE handfuls (approx. 2-3 cups) of organic spinach, kale or a blend of the two greens
  • ½-1 ripe frozen banana (make sure you peel before you freeze!)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 tsp. spirulina or blue green algae (optional)

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite glass or to-go cup and enjoy.

For more recipes and tips:

If you’re ready to give green smoothies a go, try Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie (GGS) it's a little more labor-intensive but well worth it and Kimberly’s got great tips on how to make amazing smoothies every time.

If you get bored easy and need to mix it up, check out the recipes and articles on Incredible Smoothies.

About the Author

Liz Eustace

Present: Leadership coach, author, presenter, brand expert and momma of two!

Inspiration: my kiddies, laughter, countless yoga teachers, my creative hubby, my youthful mom & dad, my wacky sisters, kindness, my unpredictable brother, stillness and Prudence Bruns. 


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