Sneaking leafy greens into meals is nothing new. In fact, it’s a pretty awesome way to get extra nutrients in your diet—cheesy kale chips, anyone? But sometimes adding greens to smoothies can taste like your mouth has collided with a grassy knoll.
Fortunately, green smoothie recipes have improved by leaps and bounds since stepping into the health limelight. And while you can buy a slurp-worthy spinach smoothie, making your own is so much better (and cheaper). You can experiment with flavors, make adjustments if the taste of the greens is too potent (or not potent enough), and control the amount of sugar, protein, and anything else you’d like to monitor more closely.
To get started, try one of these nine green smoothie recipes. Healthy, full of flavor, and ranging from simple to oh-so adventurous, they’ll have you sneaking superfoods into every meal—and loving the way it tastes and makes you feel.
If oatmeal and cereal are your breakfasts of choice, try transitioning into the smoothie world with a smoothie bowl. With kale, mango, microgreens (or alfalfa sprouts), hemp seeds, and almond milk, it’s hard to beat how healthy and tasty this wonder bowl is. We also love adding fresh raspberries to the top for an extra antioxidant kick.
Double trouble is more like double the fun in this smoothie. The two layers combine to create an antioxidant-rich powerhouse meal, with superstar ingredients, such as coconut water, strawberries, spinach, and pomegranate. The blogger uses banana for extra thickness, but we like using Greek yogurt in its place in the strawberry layer to cut back on sugar—the berries are sweet enough.
Cranberries are amazing as the sugary sauce that accompanies turkey, but the tart superfood tastes great in smoothies too. With only five ingredients (including water), it’s super simple to make and one of the healthiest ways to start your day. For extra flavor, use coconut water or unsweetened almond milk in place of tap water.
And this whole time we thought the snickerdoodle flavor was only meant for cookies. How silly of us. Made with avocado, cinnamon, spinach, banana, and almond milk, this smoothie is a great way to hold onto holiday flavors while getting back into healthy habits. Tip: Use unsweetened vanilla almond milk for extra (and much appreciated) sweetness.
This name isn’t kidding: This meal will help you kick some serious a$$. Whether powering through a long day, grueling workout, or even a day off, this smoothie will keep you energized and full for hours. The ingredient list may seem intimidating, but it’s well worth stocking up and freezing leftovers to enjoy later. Feel free to pass on the algae oil, but we think it adds a nice touch—for those who care for the unique flavor.
With only five ingredients (and the addition of a few ice cubes), this recipe is a perfect option for busy mornings or a post-workout snack. Made with fresh spinach leaves (kale works too!), frozen mango chunks, banana, coconut milk, and a splash of orange juice, it’s both refreshing and filling. Plus, all you have to do is blend, and it’s good to chug.
When we hear the word leprechaun, the first thing that comes to mind is Lucky Charms, a childhood favorite and cereal sugar bomb. But here the term refers to how green and healthy this smoothie is. The blogger uses fun ingredients, such as fresh mint, avocado, pistachios, and protein powder, to create a green meal like no other. If it’s too heavy as is, use half the recommended amounts of avocado and protein powder.
The blogger got it right when she said, “If you close your eyes, it tastes like a beautiful, tropical, sunny beach vacation.” Though the recipe isn’t quite magical enough to transport you the tropics, it’ll leave you feeling awake and full of life—just like a real vacation. We also love that there are tons of options to change up the flavor, so feel free to play around with fruits and your milk of choice.
We might’ve saved the best for last. Inspired by the flavors of one of our favorite sandwiches, this super-delicious smoothie is chock-full of greens (you won’t even miss the bread). We know the name has peanut butter in it, but this drink tastes great with any nut butter addition. Our personal favorite: good ol' almond.
Originally published December 2014. Updated April 2016.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.See the full story at Tara Fuller