Recipe Directions

  • 1. Add all ingredients to blender. Place soft ingredients like bananas in first, because that's what I was taught!
  • 2. Blend in your high-speed blender until nicely smooth.
  • 3. Your green smoothie is ready! Pour green smoothie into cup(s) or a large mason jar for on-the-go goodness.

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

I have been a raw vegan for over two four years. And for breakfast almost every single day I have a green smoothie. And I am still not sick of them yet, if you can believe that! I can make them super quickly, and I always keep the main ingredients on hand.

If you have any trust in me believe me when I tell you that in order to make a tasty green smoothie you absolutely must have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec. Otherwise it'll be chunky and grainy and downright disgusting and you'll have to pinch your nose to get it down. When it comes to green smoothies texture is everything and high-speed blenders are going to take a slightly disgusting chunky mixture and turn it into a silky smoothie like the one in this photo that actually tastes delicious--like a treat. Texture is everything when it comes to this green smoothie recipe.

This may not be the most exciting green smoothie recipe in the world, but it's what I have for breakfast almost every morning so I figured that you'd like to know what I have for breaky! What I like about it as well is that it's not too expensive, since bananas are inexpensive here in Canada.

To clean your blender: Add 1-2 cups of water into your blender immediately and blend again to aid in cleaning process. Take carafe to sink and finish rinsing/cleaning blender right away. I am not a good housekeeper but the one rule in my house is to NEVER let the Vitamix carafe sit uncleaned. NEVER! Why? Because then if I'm lazy later on and it's not clean then I won't use it, then I won't know what to make, and I'll just eat nuts for dinner because I'm too lazy to clean the blender.  NEVER store recipes in your blender for this reason. :)

This recipe makes quite a large green smoothie, it's a perfect breakfast for 1 person. This is my go-to breakfast.

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Nutrition Facts

Nutritional score: 94 out of 100
  • This recipe is very low in Calories, Fat, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Carbohydrates.
  • This recipe is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
  • This recipe is a good source of Vitamin B6, and Vitamin K.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Dietary Fiber, and Riboflavin.

Amounts per 240 g (8 oz) suggested serving

NameAmount% Daily
Calories 141 6 %
Protein 2.1 g 4 %
Fat 0.53 g 1 %
Carbohydrates 36 g 11 %
Dietary Fiber 5 g 15 %
Sugars 20 g
Calcium 42 mg 4 %
Iron 0.67 mg 5 %
Sodium 11 mg
Source: USDA, The Rawtarian

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:)

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So, I'm preparing for my transition to 100% raw in feb. I decided to use this recipe as my first homemade green smoothie. I forgot to add the cinnamon, and dont have chia seeds, and was worried how my blender would handle it...My goodness it is soooo good! super smooth and silky and yummy! Not as pretty as yours but its close! Can't wait to do more of your recipes!

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I like the green smoothies too …and I too don’t have a vita mix yet ! But I found that juicing my greens first and then adding them to my blender with the other ingredients works great!

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That's a great idea as a temporary measure Holli. Thank you for sharing. I don't even have a juicer so I think you're off to a great start :)

However, I do imagine that you'll find it far less time consuming once you can do it all in one step with a high speed blender.

Keep up your enthusiasm! Talk to you soon and bye for now

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I am allergic to bananas and they make me so sick! Any suggestions for alternatives that will give you the same creaminess!

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Try 1 avocado instead of the bananas

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We change the smoothies up depending on what organic foods are available, but mostly it's apple, carrot, celery. Some common vegetable additions could be any of cucumber, kale, chard, collard. Some common fruit additions are cranberries, blueberries, pear.

A really strange combination I discovered out of desperation was celery plus pineapple. Equal amounts of each. So strange! Yet refreshing, and treat-like.

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Celery + pineapple - never tried that one but it sounds like it WOULD be very refreshing!

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My (and my whole family's) fave green smoothie to start the day is in the Vitamix blend together
2 cups of fresh carrot and beet juice (takes extra time but you are worth it)
1 avacado
BIG handfuls of kale, chard, broccoli etc from garden
a couple of dates
some hemp hearts
frozen fruit of choice, for me frozen organic grapes
Sooooooo good.

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Mmmmmmm frozen grapes, I could never put them in a smoothie b/c I love them too much as they are! :)

Sounds yummy Liz, thx for sharing. That fresh carrot/beet jc sounds good too.

Believe it or not I don't have a juicer. I am scared because they seem time consuming to clean

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Green smoothies really rock! I've been drinking one everymorning for more than 5 years and love the way they set me up for a great day. I mix up the greens and fruit with the seasons and never get tired of them. They are so easy and loaded with nutrition. If you're not already enjoying green smoothies I recommend you give them a whirl. Cheers!

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Wow, after 5 years and you're still not sick of them! I think what's great about them is switching up the flavors a bit so it's not the same every time.

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I'm about to transition to a vegan and part-raw lifestyle, but don't have the cash to drop on a high-speed blender right away. Do you think using a food processor to make smoothies would be better than using my regular speed blender?

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A friend of mine gave me a Ninja. My smoothies come out a bit grainy, but my Ninja blends anything from ice cubes to nuts to kale without complaint.

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Awesome Troy! Smooth smoothies are the best :)

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I know I am about two years late, but the nutribullet is great and not too expensive.

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Sarah, fortunately I had a pretty good income tax refund and was able to purchase a vitamix, however, I might suggest that you start off with a nutribullet. I saw it compared against the vitamix and it did a decent job. I think you can purchase one for about $100 and you can probably break up your payments in 3rds.

I can guarantee you that a regular blender will absolutely not work...been there done that. Since the nutribullet is smaller, you will have to either make a smaller batch or blend ingredients separately though.

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I LOVE my Nutribullet@! I have begun walking (tip-toeing) down the path of raw food-dom and my Nurtibullet@ hasn't let me down. I juice two meals daily and it has blended all the greens perfectly! I tend to like the pulp a bit, it makes for a fuller stomach! :)
My only issue, the Nutribullet is small, and it often takes me alittle longer to juice in bulk. I try to juice that night, for breakfast and lunch (mason jars, RULE)!

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I couldn't afford a Vitamix, So I invested in a Ninja 1100 its awesome ans works great!. Im in Canada, but they r much cheaper in the States.

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I always use a cheapo blender for my smoothies as I can't afford to buy a good one, like a vitamix. I blend my smoothie until it is a creamy green using almost the same ingredients as this one. You can use a cheapie blender but it will not last for very long, maybe 3 months. I plan on buying a Ninja. They have 1000 watts of power, and are about a hundred dollars at Target HTH!

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Cheapo blender is certainly better than nothing! I did burn out a few of my cheapos before getting a VM

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Try freecycle or craigs list free, ebay or other auction sites.
I got a champion juicer from freecycle last year, delivered to my kitchen counter. They weigh 45pounds. My motto is: nothing ventured nothing gained. Be patient and repost several times,
have fun playing with raw foods
Becky

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I bought a stainless steel, hand blender by Cuisinart. It does a really good job especially if you blend in a deep container. It allows you to really churn up the stuff so that your smoothie actually comes out smooth. I use the blade attachment - not the whisk. I think they're about $40 and it's also great for blending soups, etc.

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I also have the Cuisinart hand-held immersion blender that I bought to puree soups. It is a treasusre ar that price! But I did not think of using it for smoothies; thanks I will try your suggestion.

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I also have a green smoothie every morning and do not have a high speed blender. It does a decent job on the texture. It doesn't look quite like Laura Jane's, but you're definitely not getting chunks of greens in your mouth. I have had an twice where I used collards or kale as the greens, and the thicker stems got caught and the blender started smoking. Never had an issue with spinach though.

A fav of mine is: 3/4 C each of pineapple and dark cherries (fresh or froz), 1C nut/seed milk (almond, hemp, flax..) 1 C water, cinnamon, splash of vanilla, & 2 handfuls of greens. (optional additions are 1 t spirulina, wheatgrass shot, ground flax, salba seeds, chia seeds, a little stevia to taste...you get the idea. Anything goes!) Enjoy!

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