So the other day I was googling ‘green smoothies’ because, no matter how hard I try, I’ve never had the ability to create a green smoothie that was actually green.  They always taste delicious, but they come out a gross brown color.


About halfway through my googling, I came across the secret to creating a green green smoothie.

The Simple Green Smoothie’s website’s “Green Smoothie 101.”  In it they outline “The Simple Green Smoothie Formula” which was literally life-changing for me.


It seems so ridiculous because it’s SO simple, but I’m telling you, it made all the difference for me.

Their basic formula is as follows:



I actually modified mine slightly from that basic formula but it still came out great.


I can’t wait to experiment with different varieties now that I’ve got the color thing down…the possibilities are endless!  Not to mention the whole thing takes about 5 minutes from start to finish…hard to beat that for a drink that offers protein, fruits, vegetables, vitamins, minerals and fiber!


4 ingredient green smoothie

Rating: 51

Yield: 2 servings


  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 2 frozen medium bananas (I just peeled, placed in a ziploc bag and froze over night)
  • 1 cup fresh, whole strawberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk


  1. combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth (add more almond milk if the ingredient is too thick for your liking, that will thin it out)
  2. serve with a straw




  1. I LOVE green smoothies! Whether they are GREEN or purple or brown or pink. I love using a green powder in my smoothies sometimes too instead of handfuls of spinach because I feel like I’m getting MORE greens than just the handful or two I can fit in the blender, or more so, in the single serving blender cup.

    • I’ve never tried using a green powder but I know people that SWEAR by it! I say, whatever way you do it – the more greens the better 🙂

  2. Green smoothies are definitely a staple of my day. I start off every morning with one. As long as you have some frozen SUPER ripe bananas and some greens, they always turn out amazing! Sometimes mine don’t always turn out super green though… and that’s normally when I add in things like blueberries and blackberries. There is nothing quite like drinking a brownish/green smoothie 😉

    • Agreed – I definitely think the frozen, super ripe bananas were the key to this smoothie! And haha – I know. I think this is the first really green smoothie I’ve ever made but at least the brown ones still taste delicious – which is really all that matters 🙂


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