Green Smoothie Recipe

by Chrystal Johnson on February 16, 2012

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I love smoothies during the summer, but lately I’ve been trying to incorporate even more vegetables into our diet. I have been reading a lot about the benefits of green smoothies, so I decided to give it a shot.

While I’ve read that you need a really good blender – like a Vitamix – to make green smoothies super smooth, I figured our Ninja blender could do a good enough job. It blended everything up really well, but I couldn’t get it quite as smooth as I’d like. Maybe we’ll consider getting a Vitamix blender somewhere down the road.

Here’s a basic green smoothie recipe:


  • 2 cups of filtered water (the colder the better)
  • 10-12 cups of chopped organic leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, chard, arugula, etc.)
  • 2 stalks of organic celery, sliced
  • Up to 1 cup of fresh green organic herbs such as parsley or cilantro (optional)
  • 2 organic apples or pears (peeled, cored and chopped)
  • 1 organic banana
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed organic lemon juice


  1. Put water and leafy greens in your blender
  2. Blend, starting on low speed and increasing speed, until the mix is smooth
  3. Add your celery, herbs and apples/pears, and continue blending
  4. Finally, add the banana and lemon juice and blend until smooth

This green smoothie recipes makes about 4 servings. I like to pour it into pint-sized mason jars and store in the refrigerator so it’s easy just to grab a jar in the morning. They should last for about 2-3 days refrigerated.

It takes a lot of people a while to get used to the taste. You can add some ice to your blender as well; the extra chill may help you adjust to the taste.

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Kylie
Twitter: kjworthington
February 16, 2012 at 6:00 am

I keep extra in jars too. :) This recipe looks really good! I’ve never tried herbs, I’ll have to give it a shot! Kale/cilantro sounds really yummy to me!
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2 Chrystal February 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

I love cilantro and it’s a really good herb for detoxing!


3 katy
Twitter: given2fly46
February 20, 2012 at 6:55 am

What a great idea for a smoothie xx
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4 Holly S. February 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

This sounds pretty yummy! Like a salad in a drink.


5 Brittney Minor
Twitter: brittleby
February 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I recently bought a juicer and I have been juicing tons of green veggies :)
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6 Judith Moyers August 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

I absolutely love green smoothies.. Thank you for the recipe.. Blessings.. Judith


7 Carole February 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thanks for linking this in. Sorry it didn’t work the first time. Have a great week.


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