The No-Excuses Green Smoothie

Oh, fruit smoothies, how I adore you. Your green counterparts...not so much—that is, until I found a simple recipe that delivered all the goods without making me feel like I was drinking pond scum. Well, I shouldn’t take too much credit for it because Doug is actually the one who got us into drinking green smoothies. Regardless of who “discovered” this simple smoothie, though, it goes down easy and packs a mean, nutritious punch.

We have no trouble getting the veggies on the plate for dinner, but getting in several servings throughout the day has proved a challenge. These green smoothies have completely changed that—now, there’s no excuse not to eat your greens. We make ours early in the morning, chill them in the fridge, and slurp them down as a mid-morning snack. Doug takes his to work to drink at the office, Everest enjoys his with his lunch, and I often drink them on the go or when I’m too busy to make myself something to eat. They can keep for a day or two in the fridge, too, so go ahead and make a big batch to save time—I wouldn’t recommend pushing it past two days, though. If you’re looking for an easy way to get your kids to eat their vegetables (and, let’s face it—you, too!) this. is. it.


Makes about 2 adult-sized smoothies


  • 4 cups loosely-packed spinach
  • 4 cups loosely-packed kale (we use dino/lacinato kale)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup cubed pineapple
  • water


  • Fill blender with spinach and roughly chopped or torn kale
  • Add one cup of cold water and blend until liquified
  • Add pineapple and peeled banana
  • Blend again until smooth

These are definitely better cold, in our opinion, so make them at least an hour ahead so they can chill in the fridge. We also prefer to drink ours through straws, and we bought reusable cups from Target that serve as our designated “smoothie containers.” I recommend picking up a straw cleaner if you go this route, because the smoothie can gunk up the straws if you let them sit too long.

One of the “troubles” with green smoothies is that, as good-for-you as it is, kale can make them taste We balance out the leafy taste by making an even split between kale and spinach. We try to keep them in for extra fiber and to minimize waste, but you can also remove the stalks to mellow out the kale flavor. If you still find them to be too strong, increase the ratio of spinach to kale or just stick with spinach, which has a mild, barely-there green taste that practically disappears behind the fruit flavors.

What do you think? Do green smoothies work for your family? Give this one a try and let us know in comments!

Jenna is a writer, educator, wife, and mama living in Colorado with her husband and two children. She founded American Ingenue as a personal blog in 2008 after losing her mother to breast cancer, using the forum as a reminder to live life to the fullest. Jenna loves cooking, dreaming, and adventuring with her family. She has been inspired to share her experiences with others as she navigates this crazy life and strives to have "it all."