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Green smoothies are one of my favorite ways to lose weight quickly. I have been drinking them almost every day for over 4 years and still like to use them when I’m feeling bloated or feel a cold/flu coming on.

Also called detox smoothies, fruit smoothies or vegetable smoothies, these easy green smoothie recipes make a deliciously easy way to get all your nutrients… through a straw!

The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases, and these recipes are a great way to get those servings (1).

Even kids love green smoothies! My daughter loves the Crazy for Kale Smoothie (recipe below) and of course has to have her own jar.

How to Make a Green Smoothie

Green smoothie recipes are really easy to make.

Directions:

Step 1 – add all ingredients to blender

Step 2 – blend until smooth

Step 3 – enjoy

If you like your green smoothie colder, you have two ways to do that:

  1. Freeze the fruit, or buy frozen fruit.
  2. Add 1/2 a cup of ice.

To make a green smoothie smoothie, all you need is a blender, and not even an expensive one, I’ve been using my $20 blender for a number of years and try as I might I haven’t broken it yet!

The 10 Best Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss:

Here are some of the best green smoothie recipes I have found. I encourage you to try different ingredients and find the ones you especially like, because the goal is to drink these green smoothies as often as you can.

#1. Metabolism Boosting Green Smoothie

This is a twist on a classic green smoothie recipe. It’s a spinach smoothie recipe which blends perfectly with the delicious flavors of strawberry and oranges (always a yummy combination). Smoothies with spinach are some of my favorite green smoothie recipes.

The metabolism boosting secret is the almond milk, which contains extra protein and creaminess. Studies have shown that protein increases the thermic effect of food (TEF) due to the extra calories required to digest it. This causes a rise in your metabolic rate (3).

Metabolism Boosting Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 orange peeled
  • ⅓ cup strawberries
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk

#2. Scrub Yourself Clean Green Smoothie

This is one of my favorite recipes for a detox smoothie flush. Not only does it taste really delicious, but it also helps boost your metabolism, too!

Broccoli is an extremely healthy vegetable, often referred to as a “super veggie”. It’s high in many nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, potassium and iron. Broccoli also contains more protein than most other vegetables, which gives you an extra metabolic boost (4).

Scrub Yourself Clean Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup pineapple
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup almond milk

 

#3. Purple Passion Green Smoothie

 

This Purple Passion Green Smoothie recipe is a spinach smoothie recipe that’s full of antioxidants thanks to the strawberries and blueberries. The flavors all blend perfectly into a really delicious, mellow, creamy weight loss smoothie that’s also got a fun purple color.

Strawberries are packed full of vitamin C, naturally increasing metabolism. They are also a natural anti-inflammatory, making them perfect for enjoying after a workout, reducing muscle soreness, opening up breathing passages and reducing bloat (5).

Purple Passion Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water

#4. Grown Up Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

 

This is another really good recipe if you’re just starting out with green smoothies. The flavor is divine, and you can hardly taste any of the spinach, since smoothie with spinach tend to be milder tasting. You mostly just taste the banana and strawberry flavors with a hint of vanilla. Fruit smoothies recipes generally taste mostly like fruit, and this is one of the best green smoothie recipes I know.

Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious. They provide several essential nutrients, and have benefits for digestion, heart health and weight loss (6).

Grown Up Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

#5. Apple Pie Green Smoothie

This is a really healthy vegetable smoothie recipe that has a very unique taste thanks to the apple pie spices and vanilla. It’s one of my favorites to make in the Fall to remind me of apple pie.

Apples are high in fiber, vitamin C and various antioxidants. They are also very filling, with a relatively low calorie content. Studies show that eating apples can have a lot of health benefits (7,8,9).

Apple Pie Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 apple peeled and cored
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water

#6. Electric Green Boost

 

This is a delicious green smoothie recipe that has a really bright green color. It’s full of vitamin C thanks to the double dose of pineapple and oranges.

Pineapples are a good source of many nutrients, such as vitamin C, manganese, copper and folate. Pineapples also contain a plant compound called bromelain, which is associated with many health benefits, such as improved immunity, fighting cancer, faster wound healing and better gut health (10).

Electric Green Boost Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup pineapple
  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk

#7. Sweetie Pie Green Smoothie

 

This Sweetie Pie Green Smoothie is one of my favorite green smoothies recipes when I want to change up my greens. It tastes amazing and is full of antioxidants and other nutrients.

Peas are very good for you. Due to their high fiber and protein content, they are very filling. This may reduce how much food you eat and can lead to weight loss in the long term (11).

Sweetie Pie Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweet peas
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon honey

#8. Crisp Mango Cucumber Green Smoothie

 

This is really tasty fruit smoothie that’s got a light creamy texture and great flavor. It contains lots of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients.

Mangoes contain soluble fiber and a wide range of antioxidants, as well as high amounts of vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and vitamin C (12).

Crisp Mango Cucumber Green Smoothie Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup mango
  • 1 orange peeled
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 cup spinach

#9. Green Tropical Sunrise

 

This is another fantastic recipe that is full of antioxidants and vitamins. It has a slightly sweet flavor, with a little tanginess from the pineapple and orange.

Carrots have a number of health benefits. They are a good source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, antioxidants and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health (13).

Green Tropical Sunrise Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup pineapple
  • 1 orange peeled
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 cup water

#10. Crazy for Kale

This is my #1 favorite green smoothie recipe for my family. Not only is is delicious and KID FRIENDLY, but it’s full of antioxidants thanks to the cherries and blueberries.

Kale is one of the healthiest and most nutritious plant foods in existence. It has a low calorie content, it’s an excellent source of vitamin C, and even helps fight cancer. (14)

Crazy for Kale Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cherries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh kale
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 cup almond milk

I recommend you use fresh ingredients for this green smoothie recipe, but you can also use frozen fruits and vegetables if fresh isn’t available. Just be sure to get organic both in frozen and fresh produce for your fruit smoothie recipes. If you’re cleansing your body, you don’t want to be adding in pesticides while you do it!

Author: Heather Condon

As Third Door Media's paid media reporter, Heather Condon writes about many topics. With more than 15 years of working experience, Heather has held both in-house and agency management positions.

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