This is one of the most nutrition-packed green smoothie recipes you’ll find without loads of sugar!
While I love smoothies, I find most smoothies at juice shops far too sweet. For that reason, I tend to prefer green smoothie recipes with a lower amount of fruit. This green smoothie is chock full of healthy ingredients without a ton of extra sugar. It’s an easy, simple recipe that helps kick my day into high gear, almost as much as my beloved morning Nespresso.
Are green smoothies good for you?
Yes! Leafy greens pack powerful vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant which are essential for your body. But, many green smoothie recipes are packed with fruit and oftentimes fruit juice.
Yes, fruit is good for you, but I don’t like to have three servings of fruit at one sitting. And I always pass on fruit juice since it’s high in sugar without the fiber and other benefits of eating a whole fruit.
My smoothie making must-haves
- Vitamix (Truly worth every penny since it’ll last you for YEARS. I’ve had mine for 7+ years and use it almost daily!)
- Vega Vanilla Protein Powder
Can you taste spinach in smoothies?
Truthfully, it depends. If your smoothie contains fruit, then generally, no, you can’t usually taste it. Baby spinach is masked easily, but kale is a little but more bitter. This smoothie is essentially all greens, and I didn’t attempt to mask any flavors.
Don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you though. It may sound a bit crazy, but I’ve have multiple taste testers including one of my employees who says she “hates healthy food” and my husband who has a major sweet tooth. They both gave it a thumbs up.
I love the kick of the cilantro, the avocado makes it super creamy and the pecans give it a warm nuttiness. And, I’ve tried it without dandelion greens and actually prefer it WITH them.
Pro tip–– drink this cold! It is SO much better chilled.
How do I sweeten my green smoothie?
I love to add dates to mine. Dates are a natural sweetener and they are so easy to throw in a smoothie (just take the pits out first!). They also pack a surprising amount of healthy fiber!
How long will a green smoothie last in the fridge?
I’ll drink the whole thing after a long, hard run or I’ll drink half of it on mornings where I have lighter workouts, and then take the other half in a mason jar to work for a snack, but I leave it in the fridge.
It’s always been fine if I finish it the same day…but it gets a little weird looking the second day. 🙂 It will actually last 2-3 days without spoiling but the texture and appearance may change.
Okay, onto the recipe!
Super Green Smoothie RecipePrint
A protein packed smoothie with ALL the greens! Get your hand held salad in 2 minutes with this smoothie.
- 2–4 cups water (add more as needed to make it thinner)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 handful cilantro
- 1 handful parsley
- 4–5 kale leaves (I like lacinato kale), stems removed if you don’t have a very powerful blender like a Vitamix (which, side note, is TOTALLY worth the investment)
- 5–6 dandelion leaves
- 2 handfuls baby spinach
- 1/4 avocado
- 10 or so pecan halves
- handful of ice
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 t vanilla (optional) – I add this depending on which protein I’m using and how strong the vanilla flavor is
Blend 1-2 minutes until creamy.
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 430
- Fat: 20 g
- Protein: 36 g
Keywords: Smoothie, green smoothie, breakfast, snack
If you try this, I’d love to know what you think! Be sure to tag me on Instagram at @afoodiestaysfit or #afoodiestaysfit!