5 Easy Tips For Making The Best Green Smoothies

5 Easy Tips For Making The Best Green Smoothies

I think green smoothies are one of the easiest drinks you can enjoy to improve your health and increase your energy. If you don’t know how to make a green smoothie the following list of ingredients and easy instructions should help you start creating delicious nutrient-dense smoothies that will fill your body with important nutrients for good health.


 5 Easy Tips For Making The Best Green Smoothies


Here are the ingredients you can use to create your own tasty green smoothies:


Liquid Base: Filtered or spring water, nut or seed milks, coconut water, fresh vegetable juices, organic milk kefir, raw milk, and coconut kefir are all good options for the liquid. Use a minimum of 2-3 cups of liquid depending on how many servings you want to have.


Leafy Green Vegetable  and Herb Base: Kale, baby lettuces, spinach, swiss chard, romaine lettuce, arugula, red and green leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, beet greens, bok choy, mache, parsley, cilantro, dill, basil, and watercress are all excellent choices for your leafy greens and herbs. Use a minimum of 2-3 cups of leafy greens and at least 1 ounce of herbs. Please note: if you use watercress or arugula you need to only use 1 cup of these peppery greens and blend with 1-2 cups of a milder green like baby spinach or romaine lettuce.


Organic Fruit Base: Apples, apricots, acai berries, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cucumbers, pineapple, mango, papaya, pears, peaches, figs, plums,  grapefruit, nectarines, pomegranate seeds, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, oranges, tangerines, grapes, watermelon, kiwis, cantaloupes, honeydew melon, and guava are all good choices for your fruit. Use a minimum of 1-2 cups of fruit depending on how many servings you want. Freeze fruit like the berries, peaches, pineapple, and bananas if you want to enjoy cold creamy smoothies without adding ice to your drink.



Organic Vegetables Base: broccoli, beets, peas, carrots, cauliflower, cooked pumpkin, cooked sweet potatoes, fennel, cooked butternut squash or other winter squashes are all good additions to your smoothies. Using frozen broccoli, peas, or cauliflower is a great way to utilize vegetables in your drinks especially when you run out of leafy greens.


Natural Sweetener: Stevia, coconut (palm sugar), dried pitted dates, dried mulberries, goji berries, golden berries, yacon syrup, raw honey, maple syrup, Lakanto, and lucuma are all good choices for healthy sweeteners. Your fruit may have enough sweetness for you so taste your smoothie before adding a natural sweetener. If using a sweetener choose the one that meets your health needs and taste. Each of these sweeteners has a different level of sweetness so sweeten to taste.


Healthy Fats: Avocado, all sprouted or raw nuts and seeds, nut or seed butters, coconut butter/oil. Use 1 small avocado, 1/4 cup of nuts or seeds, 1-2 tablespoons of nut or seed butters, or 1 tablespoon of coconut butter/oil per recipe.


Superfoods and Protein Powders:  Navitas Naturals, E3 Live, Healthforce Nutritionals, Nutiva, Garden of Life, Vega, Essential Living Foods, Amazing Grass, Vivapura, Boku, and VitaForce all have excellent superfood and protein powders that you can use to boost the nutrients in your smoothies.


Organic Whole Grains: rolled oats, quinoa flakes, cooked quinoa, cooked millet, or cooked amaranth can make your smoothies more filling and are great additions during the colder winter months. Use 2 tablespoons rolled oats or quinoa flakes or up to 1/2 cup cooked grains per smoothie.


Flavor Boosters: 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice.


To create quick and delicious smoothies follow these instructions:


In a high speed blender, add the frozen or fresh fruit, followed by leafy greens and or herbs, superfoods or protein powders, natural sweeteners, healthy fats, 1 cup of ice if using, and the liquid last and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy! If using other vegetables  like carrots or whole grains add them in right after the fruit.



High speed blenders are really the key to blending smoothies into creamy, smooth perfection! These blenders can make ice, frozen fruits, and leafy greens turn into drinks that are similar in texture to a milkshake. Click on the blender link to see my favorite blender that I personally own and use on a daily basis.


I have many easy recipes for my favorite green smoothies on my site so take a look around and try some of these delicious blends.



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  1. Tried your tips and they worked great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Green smoothies (and juicing) are both a power house of nutrients and vitamins. I do tend to shy away from them however as I’ve not yet found an enjoyment of many of the undertone notes that green veggies carry. You’re list is interesting though and I think it will give some folks great tips. Good note about the sweeteners as they are all very different and when it comes to stevia often vary by brand!
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    • Hi Kim, I agree with you green smoothies are chock full of nutrients. Try using milder greens and one banana and all you will taste is the fruit.

      • What would be the milder greens?

        • Shelley Alexander says:

          Hi Natalia, Milder greens include baby spinach, butter lettuce, romaine lettuce, baby lettuces, and red or green oakleaf lettuce. These greens are high in nutrients and will blend well with fruit.

  3. First of all congratulations for the fotos! before reading the post I always want to try the drink! It is the 1st time a see a drink based on greens and want to try it, as a matter of fact I might try the recipe to day and let you know how it tastes;) Thanks for sharing this post

  4. Love green smoothies and especially love the photo. But have always just used water – thanks for the tips on liquid bases!
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    • Hi Bunny, try making your smoothies with nut or seed milks instead of water you will love the taste and creamy texture. I’m glad you like the picture and love green smoothies!

  5. Powerful list of ingredients, I feel healthier just reading through them! Still kinda stuck on the green stuff, but I’m willing to keep my mind open and always ready to try new things. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Marquita, the ingredient list is powerful and will help transform your health for sure. If you try the new smoothie recipe I just posted, the blueberries vivid dark color changes the smoothie from green to purple so it might make the transition easier for you. Give it a try and let me know what you think 🙂

  6. Nathalie Villeneuve

    Hi Shelly, I have to say that I have never tried juicing of making smoothies like the way you do…This looks like such a powerful way to get great nutrition and also to have fun with it. Yes to me it seems time consuming at first but I do think that once you get started with it, have the tools and get into a habit of buying the ingredients needed, I think this can be something one needs to add to a healthy lifestyle… Thank you! ~ Nathalie

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Nathalie, making green smoothies is pretty easy and you get the benefits of all the fiber which is removed when you juice. All you need is a good blender and you add all your ingredients and blend! In no time you are enjoying a nutrient-packed drink that will make a big difference in your health. I hope you give it a try 🙂

  7. I agree that you definitely have to have a fruit base. This is what brings the yumminess 🙂 I try not to add any extra sweeteners. Usually a banana will do the trick. (and I love coconut milk/water)

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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Roxy, I agree the fruit does bring the yumminess! I only add a natural sweetener if needed in my personal smoothies, like when I use a strong leafy green like arugula.

  8. I didn’t know that green smoothies can look as appetizing as the one in your pic))
    Thanks for all the wonderful tips on making green smoothies you’ve shared with us. Now I know that this energizing drink is easy to make and I will definitely try to do it

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Diane! I drink green smoothies every day and they really fill my body with so many nutrients and supercharge my energy. I try a different leafy green every day to mix it up and vary my fruits and I never get bored with the taste. Let me know how you like the smoothies when you make one!

  9. I love green smoothies, or juices as I call them although I also use blend it all together. There are so many great varieties. One vegetable that I love, but turns the green smoothie into red is beet. It contains greatness for your body and is delicious! 🙂
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  10. Katarina Johansson says:

    I’ve never made green smoothies. Have just made one with plain yoghurt, banana, blueberries and a little orange juice, which my son also likes a lot. 😉 Would it be ok to use plain youghurt when making a green smoothie?

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Yes you can use plain yogurt Katarina. I like organic Greek yogurt and when I add it to my green smoothies I usually use 1/2 cup per smoothie recipe. For the recipe you mentioned that you make you could just add 2 cups of spinach or romaine lettuce to the recipe and it would be good.

  11. Katarina Johansson says:

    Thank you! I will try that! 🙂

  12. Great breakdown! I’ve been seeing Yacon Syrup in different recipes for a while but not in the store. Where do you buy yours? 🙂
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  13. Hi Shelley,
    thanks for the great suggestions.

    You provided a great list of ingredients to choose from!

    What are your thoughts on adding good Vitaminc powder so the greens won’t oxidise?
    Does food combination come into it when you create juices?

    To Well Being!
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    • I was happy to share the info Yorinda! You could add a good vitamin C powder to the smoothie for additional health benefits. The greens shouldn’t oxidize if you consume the smoothie when you first make it or you can freeze the smoothie and drink it later. I like combining fruits and greens that complement each other so that the smoothies taste delicious. For example, when I use earthy tasting greens like kale I use sweet fruits like pineapple or mango to balance out the flavors.
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  14. Thanks for this post. I see you mentioned using a superfood powder. I use the formulated powder because i want to make sure I get all the vitamins and minerals I need but I love to add other ingredients for texture and to change up the flavour. Thanks

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