The Best Green Smoothie Recipe is made with a simple combination of fresh fruits and veggies including sweet mango, peach, and nutritious spinach. Healthy and refreshing, green smoothies are perfect for breakfast or as a post-workout snack.
The Best Green Smoothie Recipe
With endless varieties and mixtures, smoothies are my breakfast BFF and never get old. After all, they’re one of the easiest and most delicious ways to pack a ton of nutrients into a simple and delicious, 5-minute drink that can be transported just about anywhere.
My personal favorite is this green smoothie (or, as my 5-year-old says, “the green one”). They’re simple and made with just 6 ingredients – milk, yogurt, spinach, frozen peaches, frozen mango, and banana.
Aside from being amazing and 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.
How to Make a Green Smoothie
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 (if using).
Process until the frozen mango and peaches are fully blended and the spinach is completely processed.
And more milk or yogurt as needed.
Leftovers will keep for about two days when stored in the refrigerator. There will be some natural separation, simply shake well before drinking.
With this said, it’s best to enjoy smoothies right away. They’re never as cold, icy, or as thick after a day or so hanging out in the refrig.
Green Smoothie Variations
I find this green smoothie to taste pretty perfect as is, but if you’re looking for variety, here are several ideas to get you started.
- Add some grains: rolled oats or cooked quinoa.
- Try a different veggie: kale (my top choice), celery, beet or carrot greens, chard, or even fresh ginger.
- Think about different fruit combinations which would include: berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries), pineapple, cherries, oranges, avocado.
- Switch up the liquid: use anything from dairy milk to almond, coconut, oat, cashew, or rice milk. You could also replace milk with orange, apple, or pineapple juice.
- Finally, don’t forget about the add-ins: nut butter, protein powder (vanilla or chocolate would both work, simply pair the fruit accordingly), chia seeds or flaxseeds, collagen powder, or acai powder.
Are Green Smoothies Healthy?
This depends. If you decide to add loads of sugary yogurt, fruit juice, and tablespoons (plural) of nut butter, then perhaps your smoothie becomes more of a healthy-ish dessert rather than a feel-good snack.
Nevertheless, 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.
Recipe Notes and Tips
- 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, then 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.
Looking for more easy smoothie recipes? Try these reader favorites:
- Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
- 3-Ingredient Roasted Strawberry Peach Smoothie
- Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
- Tropical Carrot Smoothie Recipe
- Easy Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Have you tried making this Easy Mango Smoothie Recipe?
Tell me about it in the comments below! I always love to hear your thoughts. And tag me #theforkedspoon on Instagram if you’ve made any of my recipes, I always love to see what you’re cooking in the kitchen.
Mango Peach Green Smoothie
- 1½ cups vanilla yogurt (or yogurt of choice)
- 1½ cups milk ((cow, soy, almond))
- 2 large handfuls fresh baby spinach
- 2 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- 1 cup mango (frozen)
- 1½ 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.
- Adding yogurt to smoothies helps make them extra creamy. In this particular recipe, I added full-fat vanilla yogurt instead of any added sugar or sweetener. Feel free to add plain yogurt or another preferred flavored yogurt if you prefer, or leave the yogurt out altogether..
- You may add milk (cow milk, soy, almond, coconut, oat, etc) or fruit juice as the liquid choice for this smoothie.
- 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).
- Peach and Mango are my (personal) favorite fruit combination for this smoothie. With just the right amount of sweetness, you can really pack in the greens.
- Although bananas aren't a must-have, they add great creaminess, especially when they're blended from frozen.
- I make all of my smoothie recipes in my Vitamix 780. I have owned it for years and years and love it!
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)