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:

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  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!

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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.

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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

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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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