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basic green smoothie

Basic Green Smoothie

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This basic recipe is ideal for green smoothie novices. The same formula can be used for any fruits or greens to make a delicious smoothie every time.

Total time:  01 M  10 S
Servings:  5
Calories:  77


  • 3 cups cold water
  • 3 cups leafy greens*, packed
  • 3 cups fresh and frozen fruit**

*If you're a green smoothie beginner, try romaine lettuce and spinach because they have a mild taste. As you adjust to the taste of green smoothies, try Swiss chard, collard greens, kale, and even dandelion greens.

**One of our favorites is 1 banana, 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks or frozen peach slices, and 1 cup frozen mixed berries or frozen blueberries.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 8 fl. oz.
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 28mg
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 1g


  1. Add water and leafy greens to FourSide or WildSide+ jar and secure lid.
  2. Press "Pulse" 4–6 times to chop greens.
  3. Add fruit and secure lid. Select "Whole Juice" or blend on a Medium to Medium-High speed for 50-60 seconds.



The ratio in this recipe is 1 vegetable to 1 fruit, which may be too sweet for some people and not sweet enough for others. If it’s not sweet enough, try adding more fruit or a little noncaloric sweetener (such as stevia).

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  • I make the same thing everyday and it does help with weight loss and being in better heath.

    kim on

  • I really Ike the new wide mouth jar. My machine works so much better and quieter!

    Abe on

  • (such *as stevia)
    ; )

    Drew on

  • you can buy Kale in bulk…it freezes beautifully!

    Jain on

  • Can you email me recipe with not so much sugar? I’m diabetic.

    Lisa on

  • My favourite is 4 pineapple spears 1 1/2 cups frozen mango, 2 cups spinach with 3/4 cup of apple juice. Yummy!

    Patty Kennedy on

  • We’ve been making these for a couple of years since we got our Blendtec and stopped taking expensive Vitamin supplements as all we need is right here. Nails are stronger and hair is fuller. We rarely get sick. We fill 1/3 of the 5 side jar with 1/3 fresh pineapple, green grapes, a small banana and a scoop of Chia powder, then pack it tight with, spinach, sometimes mixed with Swiss Chard or Kale and a scoop of ice. Delicious!

    Jackie Andre on

  • I use this basic 1 to 1 ratio all the time and it makes great smoothies. I usually use 3 fruits to 3 veggies and mix it up with whatever I have in the house at the time. Start with 1 c liquid (water, milk or juice). Throw in an extra large spoonful of Greek yogurt then any 3 veggies (1 carrot, 1 large celery stalk and 1 c greens); then 3 fruits (1 orange, 1 kiwi, and 1 c frozen anything [berries, peaches, bananas, etc]). Toss 1 Tbsp of sugar on top and blend away! This makes a lot and fills my four side jar.

    Marta on

  • Yum!! Even my 8year old son loved it! 1c kale 1cup spinach 1 carrot( could’t find another green leaf) 1banana 1 apple 1/2c strawberry 1/2 grape.
    Cant’t live without Blendtec!

    Ross on

  • A good balance for vegetable to fruit is 3 to 1, 3 veggies to 1 fruit. This helps balance alkaline foods to acidic foods.

    jill on

  • Great juice.. yum

    Willowisp on

  • This is great as a breakfast smoothie. I add agave nectar to mine.

    Trey on

  • Should I suspect that any blender can get rid of raspberry seeds? Just got the blendtec and thought they would be gone…Am I doing something wrong?

    Mom on

  • In general our blenders break down raspberry seeds. If the seeds are an issue, you can blend the raspberries alone to break down the seeds and then add the rest of your ingredients to finish your smoothie.

    Blendtec on

  • Why is a vinegar or fruit wash necessary if you wash the produce and it’s organic? Also, what proportion water to vinegar in a vinegar wash?

    Moishe on

  • I make this at least 3 times a week. My husband and I love it as a light lunch!

    Ruth Revitte Cropper on

  • Organic Produce is whats wrong with the future of America.

    SammyC on

  • I have pancreatic cancer for 4 years had surgery that made me diabetic 1 since I started juicing and smoothie kale or spinach i noticed my diabetic BG level has been great.

    Stanley Massey on

  • I pushed the whole fruit button instead of the smoothie button and my drink is all froth. I just got it. Why did it do this?

    Mariellen Pepperdine Ostwald on

  • Sorry, followed directions exactly, but….don`t work. Germs didn`t mix with chicken, and the machine overheated.

    MeHi Mbdexp on

  • There may have been too much liquid to cause the froth. Try decreasing the liquid or use fruits without high moisture content.

    Blendtec on

  • Now that’s a power smoothie!

    Jay L on

  • I use 1c spinach;1c kale; medium avocado; 1 frozen banana; 5 dates pitted;
    1t spirulina; 1t chlorella;1/2 t maca; 1/2 t cinnamon; 1/4 t Himalayan sea salt, it will make 2 servings and replace the need for coffee

    john on

  • You tried to blend chicken?

    Chicken Sally on

  • Yes

    Y2K Blackout on

  • Can I use my wild side jar for this recipe?

    Crystal Thorne on

  • Green smoothies are good. But you don’t want a lot of fruit added in. If you eat kale, rhubarb, or spinach. This could cause kidney stones especialy if you had them before. Sometimes you can get too much green.. the Greens can be replaced with broccoli, green peppers, and cucumbers. Strawberries are low in sugar,so are lemons, and cantaloupe.Fruits high in sugar are mango,Banana’s, and grapes. Make sure u keep greens to a 3:1 Ratio! By using too much of high sugar fruits you aren’t getting the best nutrients. You can sabotage a health drink into a sugar drink.

    swanduckling on

  • "If you decide to use vinegar, research has shown that a 3 part water to 1 part vinegar is most effective."

    — http://www.bestfoodfacts.or…

    Dan Lund on

  • I’m looking for a recipe with beets in it. Is there one here on the website? thanks

    Monica on

  • What makes the foam on top? I notice some pictures have and others do not. Is it an ingredient, setting…??

    Susan on

  • The calorie count for this smoothie is way off. I medium banana is 100 calories. How do you add another cup of pineapple or berries and end up with less the the calories for the one banana.

    Madje on

  • Hi, Monica! We have a recipe for a Savory Beet Soup, you can find it here: http://www.blendtec.com/rec… Happy blending!

    Blendtec on

  • The calorie count is per serving. The nutritional information specifies the serving size and how many servings are in the recipe. This recipe has 5 servings of 8 ounces.

    Blendtec on

  • do you use the whole apple and orange. or do you core/peel these fruits before adding?

    susan on

  • Hi i just got my blendtec.I use what i had in the house. Tomatoes cucumber celery half banana 3grapes for liquid ..water with lime juice.heavenly taste really good going to get fresh spinach from the garden for tomorrow. Iwill have to resort to local fruits as i live in Trinidad so i will have to do my own blending. I know it will be fun as i used to juice before but the best stuff was wasted and besides cleaning is so easy with blendtec.

    rihana on

  • Can I use beet or carrot greens in this?

    Marni on

  • We recommend coring the apple and peeling the orange.

    Blendtec on

  • Sure! This recipe is meant to be a guide for you to create your own smoothies from. :)

    Blendtec on

  • Thanks for the info.! However, the high nutrients in the fruits far out way any bad. So to deplete your body of bananas, grapes, mangos I think would be more of a dis-service then a service.
    Everything in moderation, and anything too much — is too much of a good thing!
    Read Denise Austin’s books, she explains it really well!

    MinMN on

  • we love smoothie, our recipe. 4 spoons coconut milk (unsweetened), 1 cup yogurt, 1 cup mixed frozen berries, 1 cup greens, 1sp. cinnamon powder, 1sp raw coco chips, 1sp vanila, 1sp honey and 1 cup water. Some time we add 1 banana or avocado. My wife and I drink this slowly from morning until noon.

    Pradeep on

  • My brother (uses a Vitamix) created a green smoothie concoction that I’ve used for years. I first struggled making a "sludge" using a Ninja until using my new Blentec. A world of difference!
    This version of my green smoothie sounds disgusting, but really is incredibly healthy and will do wonders to your body and the resultant bloodwork will provide favorable results:
    3/4 c Almond milk, 1 t ginger, 3 chunks ea frozen tropical fruit (pineapple, mango) 1/4 c blueberries, 1/4 apple, 1/2 t cinnamon, 1 or 2 mini peppers, 1 carrot, 1-1/2 inch english cucumber, 2 heaping t flax seed, 1 celery stalk , 3-4 grape tomato, 1 c spinach, 1 c kale, 1 banana and a couple of ice cubes.
    Pulse a few times to break down and then select smoothie.
    Yields 2 large glasses. I’m not hungry until around mid afternoon. This is probably the most nutrition you can get in a glass and your body will react in a very positive way.

    Capon on

  • The term organic is sometimes confused with "no pesticides". Organic fruits and veggies are often sprayed with natural pesticides. For example, crysthanthenums have strong pesticide properties. This is why it’s important to wash them with vinegar before using.

    LSS on

  • Not to mention bacteria or other material that may have been in contact with the fruit and veggies while growing.

    Scamper on

  • @blendtec is there a difference between frozen and fresh fruit? I prefer fresh and try and stay away from frozen.

    Pathway on

  • I was told that the only fruit that could be combined w/ veggies is an apple. Otherwise it does not digest well. These combos sound good but i am questioning the combination

    faith on

  • I only have a wildside jar… Any changes I need to make?

    Kabeelee on

  • You can use fresh fruit! Just be sure to add some ice to your blend to make it a smoothie. Otherwise, it’ll be more of a juice.

    Blendtec on

  • No changes needed, you are good to go! Happy blending!

    Blendtec on

  • I am quite healthy, have never used anything but water to clean veggies and fruit for a smoothie

    Rosie on

  • Hi Monica , I always use Raw beets along with Ginger , Large orange , Spinach ,Pomegranate ( half ) juice of lemon or lime .Not only is the colour amazing it tastes Fab , Also some water and ice

    Nicky on

  • Yes, the smoothies are good for up to 24 hours, however, they won’t taste as fresh.

    Blendtec on

  • Can this smoothie be made the night before, I am usually up early. I have Mason jars to store if that makes a difference. Thanks

    MrsRBD on

  • I just tried that and it still didn’t break down the seeds :(

    Libby on

  • Just bought my blendtec and can’t wait to try this drink for my 5 yr. old. Did you add any water or ice?

    Karen on

  • My long time nursing friend started me on green smoothies for breakfast. I noticed Jamba Juice has one with fresh ginger so decided to add fresh grated ginger (approx. 1 tsp.) to a blender full of green smoothies. It is awesome! A whole new flavor profile is introduced when this is added. I also substitute 1 C. of OJ for 1 C. of water & add 1/2 banana for sweetness; frozen peaches & frozen mango (1/2 C. each). Fresh pineapple is great as an addition too.

    Jolene Kraft Anderson on

  • You have some hard-core raspberry seeds!

    Alan3008 on

  • I grow raspberries in my back yard. Come on you got to be kidding raspberry seeds is an issue. I love the seeds. This is getting kind strange.

    charles reinhardt on

  • Nice recipe but, for me, I need it a little sweeter so I use a Tspoon of organic blue agave, a low glycemic sweetener, about 30 calories, and it works for me.

    shellyfx on

  • Small seeds like blueberry and raspberry seeds get under my dentures and it hurts and causes sores so seeds can be an issue. Have a great day!

    Laurie on

  • I just tried your recipe, minus the spirulina and chlorella because we didn’t have any. I also had to substitute the 1/2 teaspoon of macadamia nuts with 1 tablespoon of unsalted cashews. My first attempt failed because I didn’t know I was supposed to add water, since you didn’t mention it. Anyway, my niece suggested. I found adding 1 cup of water and 1 cup of ice was perfect for taste, but I needed to add another cup of water to make it less thick. Anyway, thank you for the recipe as it was delicious.

    Vicky Diamond on

  • That’s great! It’s all about making it your own. :)

    Blendtec on

  • 5 servings of 8 fl oz. For future reference, this can be found in the nutritional information section of each recipe. Have a happy day!

    Blendtec on

  • how many servings is this?

    Judi Barton on

  • No problem – ask us questions any time!

    Blendtec on

  • thank you. I should have read more. after sifting thru your site (this was my first visit) I figured that out! Thank you!

    Judi Barton on

  • Me too. I have been juicing for almost 10 years and have always used water only to wash my fruits and veggies.

    Linda Ngozi on

  • Why does this recipe blend using the "Whole Juice" rather than the "Smoothie" cycle? I understand chopping the greens with "Pulse" but not "Whole Juice" to make a smoothie….

    Jim on

  • If it break down guava seed it will break down rasberry seeds come on you are not doing something right.

    Barbara Sappleton on

  • I have used flex seed in my smoothie and i find that my smoothie is very thick, anyone ?

    Barbara Sappleton on

  • In the last 2 years, I have lost over 70 pounds, in part to green smoothies. I started out with them for a few months and I think it helped my body build itself back up. Then I began to use green thickies, which is more like meal replacements. Green smoothies and thickies are a game changer.

    Teresa Trimm on

  • We just had our first smoothie. Here is what i used. 1/4 cucumber, zucchini, carrot, 1/2 red apple, 1 cup of water. Tried to blend but needed to pulse I guess first due to the carrot. It was okay but warm. Going to get some ice in it tomorrow.

    Carol L Foutz on

  • Happy to hear how green smoothies have made a difference in your life, thanks for sharing!

    Blendtec on

  • Sounds good. I have to get the greens then I’m going to try it

    Syd on

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