For a burst of energy that is truly addictive, our easy green smoothie recipes provide fast healthy drinks packed with nutritional value and easy to digest. And because very little energy is required for digestion, they are also an ideal meal replacement when recuperating from an illness.
Looking for vegan green smoothie recipes? Not to worry, you will find that most of the following will meet your standards!
A few nutritional facts to consider: though none of our top five nutritional smoothie recipes contain any fat, smoothie calories and carbs increase as you progress down the list. Trying to lose weight? Keep in mind that fruit smoothie nutrition comes at a cost compared to green smoothies.
Anti-Aging Antioxidant Smoothie
The vegetables in this smoothie are full of antioxidants known for their ability to kill free radicals that beat down your immune system, damaging your organs and causing cancer as well as all sorts of skin issues like age spots and wrinkles. Free radicals are also associated with age-related health problems, including mental problems such as those dreaded “senior moments”.
1/2 cup arugula
1/2 cup asparagus
1/2 cup broccoli
1/2 cup spinach
1 garlic clove
2 cups chamomile tea
Blend together 1 cup of chamomile tea along with your arugula, garlic and spinach.
Add your second cup of tea. Blend while slowly adding your broccoli and asparagus till the desired consistency is achieved. Depending on the quality of your vegetables, you may have to add a little purified, filtered water.
* Nutrition per 1 cup: 13 cal, 0 g fat, 1 g protein, 14 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 4 g carbohydrates
Tips: If you want a sweeter flavor, add a half of an orange or an entire green apple. Just remember to add water as well in order to get the desired texture. Using vegetables that are as fresh as possible will lead to a higher water yield from your produce, plus increased nutrients.
Green Tea Smoothie Recipe for Weight Loss
Smoothies make the perfect meal replacement if you’re trying to lose weight. Green tea is used in this recipe instead of water or milk; full of fat-burning antioxidants, it can help ramp up your weight loss.
1 cup watercress
1 lemon, peeled, seeded and sliced
2 cups cantaloupe, seeds and rind removed
1 cup raspberries
2 cups freshly brewed green tea
Add 1 cup of tea to your blender, followed by the watercress, lemon and raspberries. While continuing to blend, add the remaining cup of tea, and finally the cantaloupe.
* Nutrition per 1 cup: 50 cal, 0 g fat, 1 g protein, 18 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 12 g carbohydrates
Tips: Always try to use purified, filtered water whenever you can. Make sure you purchase organic, high quality green tea bags (or use ground green tea leaves if you’re a purist), and let them steep for at least 5 to 10 minutes to extract more healthy nutrients and minerals.
Green Smoothie for Kids
Kids seem to be born with a natural aversion to vegetables and can get really grumpy when forced to eat them, so the earlier you instill good health habits in them, the better. This recipe offers a great way to get them to eat their veggies so they get the nutrients, minerals and vitamins their bodies need to grow healthy.
4 lemons, peeled, seeded and sliced
2 apples, peeled, cored and diced or sliced
1 cup spinach
1 tablespoon organic, raw honey or organic agave nectar
1 cup ice
2 cups green tea
Mix 1 cup of tea with your spinach and lemons. Blend well. Blend in your honey or agave nectar.
Add your remaining 1 cup of tea and blend well. Blend in your apples, adding ice as needed for the right consistency.
* Nutrition per 1 cup: 75 cal, 0 g fat, 1 g protein, 7 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 22 g carbohydrates
Tips: Anything goes when it comes to getting children to love green smoothies. Let the kids pick out their own ingredients when food shopping and encourage them to help make their own smoothies with you. Kids love watching food get liquefied in a blender. The more involved they are in the process, the more these healthy habits are likely to stick with them.
Good Morning Green Smoothie
Perfect for a healthy breakfast on the go, this drink can double up as a busy evening dinner. Spinach and green apples make a wonderful combination if you’re trying to get used to green smoothies, plus they are packed with minerals, vitamins and essential amino acids which makes this particular smoothie as nutritious as it is delicious.
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, preferably organic
2 green apples, peeled, cored and diced or sliced
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup purified or filtered water (replace with almond or coconut milk or coconut water for a healthy boost in flavor)
Add spinach leaves along with half of your water to your blender and blend well.
Add banana with remaining water, blending well.
Slowly add green apples, blending until the desired texture is achieved.
* Nutrition per 1 cup: 90 cal, 0 g fat, 1 g protein, 10 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 22 g carbohydrates
Tips: Play with flavors by adding flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts or almonds, kale, romaine lettuce or any other vegetables or fruit you have available. Add a little more liquid if you don’t like a thick smoothie.
Citrus-y Vegan Green Smoothie
New to the vegan lifestyle? You will love this recipe which combines vitamin C from oranges and grapefruit with healthy fiber, antioxidants and other wonderful nutrients and minerals from watercress and kale.
1 cup kale leaves
1 cup watercress
1 grapefruit, peeled, seeded and sliced
2 oranges, peeled, seeded and sliced
1 banana, peeled
1 cup purified, filtered water
Blend together half of your water, your watercress, kale and grapefruit.
Add the rest of your water, slowly incorporating your banana and oranges and blend well.
* Nutrition per 1 cup: 95 cal, 0 g fat, 3 g protein, 6 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 24 g carbohydrates
Tips: For a heavier vegetable base, swap out one of your oranges with a cup or two of your favorite leafy green vegetable, remembering to adjust water quantity based on the size of your produce. Or substitute with coconut water or milk to achieve the perfect texture.
Spinach Fruit Smoothie
1 peeled orange
1/2 peeled banana
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup water
1 tsp flaxseed
Avocado Green Smoothie
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 avocado, diced
1 cup (2 handfuls) fresh spinach
1/2 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 frozen banana, sliced
Kale Fruit Smoothie for Detox
1 cup organic kale
1/2 cup parsley
1 cup cucumber
1/2 cup pineapple
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup unsweetened green tea
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
Pineapple Banana Smoothie
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 cup cucumber
1/2 banana sliced & frozen
1 stalks celery
1 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup peaches
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 cup coconut water