Admit it: Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to eat your vegetables. If you’re bored of the same old salads, let us introduce you to our favorite green smoothie recipes. But just because a drink is labeled a smoothie does not mean it’s healthy, so we’ve sipped around to find the most nutrient-rich and delicious recipes made from real whole foods. Need a filling breakfast or a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up? These creamy concoctions from our favorite food bloggers (plus a few of our own!) will take your taste buds for a spin. And all you need to get started is a blender. So, get mixing and raise a glass to good health!
1. Matcha Pear Green Protein Smoothie Recipe
Move over, kale — matcha is the hot new green in town. The finely ground green tea powder delivers caffeine, while protein powder ensures you’ll stay full long after guzzling down this tasty, refreshing shake.
2. Spinach Orange Smoothie
Orange you craving a thick, and creamy drink? Citrus flavors can give you a boost of energy sanscaffeine, so try blending this recipe up before you head out the door. Pro tip: Cut up the banana and freeze it the night before, and you won’t have to use ice.
3. Orange Kale Protein Juice Recipe
Life is hard. Why should you have to choose between a protein shake and a juice? With 30 grams of protein, plus pulverized kale and fresh orange, you can have it all with every smooth sip.
4. Ginger-Orange Green Smoothie
Five ingredients are all you need for this sunshine-in-a-glass smoothie. Make sure to blend the spinach and romaine first, then add the banana, oranges andginger.
5. Blueberry Mint Green Smoothie
Don’t be fooled by the purple hue! This violet blend is chock-full of delicious nutrients that’ll make other smoothies green with envy. The extra kick of color — and flavor — comes from a full cup of antioxidant-rich blueberries, nutrient powerhouses that are a significant source of vitamins K and C, fiber and manganese.
6. Spring Detox Green Smoothie
Give ‘em kale! This veg-tastic smoothie has a mix of savory and sweet flavors, thanks to cilantro, honey, ginger and pineapple. Plus, you’ll get just the slightest boost of caffeine from green tea.
7. Flax and Oats Smoothie
If it’s too hot for oatmeal but you still want some whole grains, try this emerald shake that’s got a hearty amount of raw rolled oats. Sprinkle on some homemade granola if you like some extra crunch.