The absolute very best Green Smoothie ever! Everyone, including teeny tiny kiddos, will love this fruit and veggie packed mango, peach, and spinach Green Smoothie Recipe.
The Best Green Smoothie Recipe
Smoothies are basically the best food ever invented. Endless varieties and mixtures, smoothies are my breakfast bff and never get old.
My personal favorite is a green smoothie (or, as my 5-year-old says, “the green one”). Made with milk, yogurt, spinach, frozen peaches, frozen mango, and banana.
Aside from being completely delicious, this family-favorite green smoothie is the only way my child will eat spinach– and not just eat it, but beg me for more! Freeze leftovers (if you have any) into popsicles or into ice cubes and pop them into your next smoothie concoction.
Green Smoothie Ingredients
- Yogurt – I love adding yogurt to smoothies as it helps make them dreamy, creamy, and filling. In this particular smoothie recipe, I added full-fat vanilla yogurt instead of any added sugar or sweetener. That said, feel free to add plain yogurt or another preferred flavored yogurt if you prefer.
- Milk – I’m a big fan of adding milk to just about any smoothie I make. Whether its regular cow milk, soy, almond, coconut, or any other, milk is the best liquid choice for smoothies.
- Spinach – If you’re new to green smoothies, I recommend starting with spinach before moving on to something like kale which typically has a grassier taste (though still delicious). Don’t worry, with all these other ingredients, you’ll hardly even know it’s there!
- Peach + Mango – My (personal) favorite fruit combination for all green smoothies. With just the right amount of sweetness, you can really pack in the greens.
- Banana – While banana isn’t exactly a must have, I love adding one just for its extra creaminess. Plus, they taste pretty good too (and they’re loaded with potassium which is super healthy).
- Chia Seeds – Rich in omega 3’s, antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium, chia seeds and super healthy tiny little seeds that virtually taste like nothing.
How to Make the Best Green Smoothie Ever!
Smoothies are one of the easiest and most delicious ways to pack a ton of nutrients into a simple, delicious, 5-minute drink that can be transported just about anywhere.
For best results, I recommend that you use a high-speed blender. This is the one I own and love.
Add all ingredients to the bowl of a large blender. Start with the liquids- yogurt and milk first, followed by the spinach, frozen fruit, banana, and chia seeds.
Process until frozen mango and peaches are fully blended and the spinach is completely processed.
And more milk or yogurt as needed.
Keep leftovers stored in the refrigerator for up to two days (note- there will be some natural separation, simply shake well before drinking).
Green Smoothie Variations
The best part about green smoothies (aside from tasting so awesome!) is that you can mold them to be exactly what you want.
Add some grains:
- rolled oats
- cooked quinoa
Try a different veggie:
- kale (my top choice)
- beet or carrot greens
- swiss chard
- fresh ginger
Or different fruit combinations:
- berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
Switch up the liquid:
- Dairy-milk (my personal favorite)
- Almond milk
- Coconut milk
- Oat milk (second favorite)
- Cashew Milk
- Juice – apple, orange, pineapple, etc.
Don’t forget the add-ins:
- nut butter
- protein powder – vanilla or chocolate would both work, simply pair the fruit accordingly.
- chia seeds
- collagen powder
- acai powder
Are Green Smoothies Healthy?
So we know about the ingredients and some fun variations, but are green smoothies actually healthy?
The answer to this is somewhat more complex than a simple yes or no. Should you add loads of sugary yogurt, fruit juice, and tablespoons (plural) of nut butter, then perhaps your smoothie becomes more of a healthyish dessert rather than a feel-good snack.
Nonetheless, keep an eye on the sugars and all those “extras” and green smoothies are a magical way to give your body all the fuel it needs.
Tips and Tricks
- Always add the liquid and “soft” ingredients to the blender first. Fortunately, my blender allows me to add everything at the same time (still starting with the liquid first), but I don’t have to blend in stages. That said, should you have a less powerful blender, I recommend blending the yogurt, milk, and spinach first, followed by the frozen fruit, adding additional liquid as needed.
- Before adding loads of added sugars (like honey, agave, or granulated sugar), try your smoothie first – especially if you added vanilla yogurt. Vanilla yogurt already comes loaded with lots of sugar, so between that and the fruit, it should be on the sweeter side.
- Frozen fruit is better than ice. Do you love super thick, super cold smoothies? Add frozen fruit (especially bananas) instead of ice. There is one exception- if you know you will be enjoying your smoothie right away, a little ice is OK and won’t risk watering down your smoothie.
- If this is the first time you’ve ever made a smoothie, measure your ingredients– at least roughly. The last thing you need is a smoothie without enough liquid that it’s impossible to blend.
- Fresh spinach is best. Now, I have nothing against frozen spinach however when we’re talking smoothies, fresh tastes best. Somehow you can taste the difference.
More Smoothie Recipes,
If you try making this Green Smoothie, please leave me a comment and let me know! I always love to hear your thoughts.
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Mango Peach Green Smoothie
- 1.5 cups vanilla yogurt
- 1.5 cups milk ((cow, soy, almond))
- 2 large handfuls fresh baby spinach
- 2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- 1 cup mango (frozen)
- 1.5 cups peaches (frozen)
- 1 small banana
- Ice (optional)
- Add all ingredients to the bowl of a large blender, starting with the liquids (yogurt and milk) and ending with the frozen ingredients (frozen fruit).
- Process until frozen mango and peaches are fully blended and the spinach is completely processed.
- Best served immediately.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)