Green Monster Smoothie

This green monster smoothie is packed with delicious fruit and you won't even be able to tell there is a healthy green leaf in here!

This green monster smoothie is a great way to sneak some greens into your day

Okay so I gave in. And I’m kind of hooked on this green smoothie sensation. When the whole green thing started, you know, like doing shots of wheatgrass..and then adding green leaves to your smoothies. I was so opposed to it. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to try it, it was because I was scared I’d taste the spinach or taste something completely disgusting.

Well, after seeing thousands of bloggers (this number is slightly exaggerated) post their own versions of green smoothies and how none of them croaked upon drinking it, I decided to give it a try. Uh, yeah, I’m hooked. I’ve been having one every day for breakfast.

If you’re scared like me of tasting the leafy greens, I realized this: all the fruit and stuff you put in this drink, the ratio of spinach to fruit/nuts/oats, is like 10/90, therefore, the fruity-ness completely takes over the entire taste. It tastes like a REGULAR smoothie. This is so deceiving and I love it. If I had a kid, I’d force him/her to drink it cause it’s good nutrition. I don’t care if the green scares them, I’d be like “it’s sweet and it’s green because Big Bird says G is for Green which means good for you,” surely that’ll work, right?

You can literally throw anything in this smoothie. I’m going to start throwing flax seeds & oats in them so the protein and fiber will keep me fuller for longer. I know some people use peanut butter and other nut butters, which you can do too, but I haven’t tried that yet.

Be green. Drink a green monster and be invincible! Ok, those aren’t accurate claims, but you’ll feel better about yourself :)

Green Monster Smoothie
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins

A great way to sneak greens into your smoothie - and you can't even taste it!

Servings: 2
  • 2 cups frozen fruit (I used mixed fruit that included pineapples grapes, strawberries, mangos, and peaches)
  • 1 banana broken into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Large handful of spinach
  1. Throw everything in the blender and blend until a smooth consistency. If it gets stuck, turn it off, and use a spatula to break it up and start it again.
Recipe Notes

Like I mentioned, you may add oats or flax seeds to this for more protein and fiber. You can also add any type of nut or nut butter or use Greek yogurt.



Posted on May 14, 2012

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 05/14/2012 at 9:14 am

    You’re gonna make me do it aren’t you? It’s time for an intervention. Someone get the bacon!! ;) I’m totally scared of the green smoothie trend.

  2. 05/14/2012 at 9:24 am

    I am quite scared of all these green smoothies although I’ve started having a cup of hot water & lemon first thing in the morning so I feel my conversion to smoothies isn’t far away… Thank you for the reassurance though that it doesn’t taste too green!

  3. 05/14/2012 at 9:38 am

    they’re so good, right? i was scared at first too, but they’re so good.

    i’m having one for breakfast with almond milk, strawberries, cocoa, and spinach.

  4. 05/14/2012 at 9:57 am

    Did you get a blender?! Now you need to make those margaritas, girl!

  5. 05/14/2012 at 10:06 am

    Do you think you can use a food processor instead of a blender to make this?

  6. 05/14/2012 at 10:31 am

    Lovvvvvve green smoothies! And love your cute green polka dots in the background! :)

  7. 05/14/2012 at 10:38 am

    i still haven’t tried a green smoothie because … they’re just so green! i love my pretty pink smoothies every morning but might have to try one of these soon. they’re popping up everywhere!

  8. 05/14/2012 at 11:08 am

    Okay, okay…I might just have to try one of these out. Wish me luck!

  9. 05/14/2012 at 11:23 am

    Definitely not scared to try, in fact, I want to try these so badly but I don’t have a blender! Agh! I hope I win the KA one!! :)

  10. 05/14/2012 at 11:34 am

    I was totally scared of these at first too, but like you said, you really can’t taste the spinach at all! Mine is never as pretty as yours though since I add cocoa powder – it’s usually an ugly brown color :)

  11. 05/14/2012 at 12:44 pm

    What a funny name for a tasty looking smoothie!

  12. 05/14/2012 at 1:06 pm

    I tried a green smoothie not too long ago and it was pretty tasty! Thanks for your recipe!

  13. 05/14/2012 at 1:20 pm

    Julie- i LOVE green monsters. :) I usually freeze my banana chunks, which makes the smoothie SO thick – almost like a milkshake. My go-to is frozen bananas, frozen mangos, frozen strawberries, spinach, vanilla greek yogurt, and almond milk. I might have to try grapes sometime!

  14. 05/14/2012 at 2:36 pm

    This looks delicious :) I haven’t made one, but I think I may jump on the healthy green bandwagon soon!

  15. 05/14/2012 at 3:19 pm

    i guess i have to try this! i was the same with you on trying the green smoothie, but since another blogger has claimed how delicious this drink is…i gotta have one!

  16. 05/14/2012 at 3:24 pm

    I keep forgetting to try this lol! One of these days ;)

  17. 05/14/2012 at 4:31 pm

    Some mornings I don’t want a sweet smoothie – so I mix spinach, V8 juice, buttermilk and Tabasco – it’s really quite yummy!

    • Sherri
      04/29/2017 at 11:12 am

      I LOVE the v8, spinach, buttermilk and tabasco!

  18. 05/14/2012 at 5:13 pm

    I am so in love with green monster smoothies!

  19. 05/14/2012 at 6:23 pm

    Mmm, I have a green smoothie just about every day. Loooove them!

  20. 05/15/2012 at 12:39 am

    I totally love the green juice! (I juice my fruits and veggies instead of doing smoothies…just as good!) But this smoothie sounds totally good with the almond milk! Yum!

  21. 05/15/2012 at 1:30 am

    You know I trust you 110% so I will definitely try this out, despite my fear of green smoothies!

  22. 05/15/2012 at 9:18 am

    I absolutely love this!! I always add spinach, but I never use almond milk – I’m going to try your version!!

  23. 05/15/2012 at 10:49 am

    I love this post! Smoothies are one of my favorite things to make

  24. 05/15/2012 at 3:47 pm

    I love green smoothies! They make me feel so good about myself! And you’re right the fruit overtakes the spinach and so the flavor is just like any fruity smoothie!

  25. Look at you going to town with smoothies, now that you have a blender! I am still nervous, but I will have to give it a try sometime!

  26. 05/15/2012 at 8:59 pm

    I’m so not very “granola” however, I love a cold green smoothie. With a side of chocolate chip cookies.

  27. 05/18/2012 at 12:53 am

    So glad you finally tried them! I was skeptical at first too, but they are actually good!:)

  28. 05/18/2012 at 7:15 am

    Mmm.. love a good green monster smoothie :)

  29. Brittany
    05/19/2012 at 3:00 pm

    Love green smoothies!! Next up, try kale instead of the spinach.

  30. 05/19/2012 at 11:01 pm

    Never tried these smoothies before, but I want to try one with a lot of apples and pears so that it will taste like apple Great post and thanks for sharing.

  31. 01/03/2013 at 1:10 pm

    Oh man, these look amazing, refreshing, healthy. Definitely gonna try ’em! Thanks for the inspiration. Found you on NoshOnIt, and am looking forward to reading more. :)

  32. 01/04/2013 at 3:40 pm

    I started making smoothies this year (ha, only for the past few days!) too. Totally can’t tell there is spinach or lettuce in my drink!

    Oh, I make the little one try it because it’s green like The Incredible Hulk. =)

  33. Courtney Wells
    02/19/2013 at 9:59 am

    I too, have jumped aboard the Green Machine Express! I tried one this morning and fed it to my 5 kiddos. They were very scared and I threatened to take away Smoothie King….and that was a wrap! All love it and that made me so happy. Oh, I love it too. The real test, sad as it may seem will be my hubby.

  34. Susan
    02/21/2013 at 8:29 pm

    Can you use frozen spinach instead of fresh ??

    • 02/21/2013 at 9:48 pm

      I guess if you’re in a bind, you could, but I personally wouldn’t because there’d be a lot more liquid content unless you thawed it out & squeezed out the water.

  35. Vicky
    01/02/2014 at 10:30 am

    If the color is your main issue, use a lidded take-out cup and a straw. Honestly, you can’t taste the “green”, whether spinach or kale or another green vegetable.

  36. BOB
    05/08/2016 at 7:47 pm


  37. Andrea
    07/26/2016 at 1:50 pm

    Tried this recipe right away as soon as I saw it. My blender just broke, but I had a brand new food processor just sitting around, still in the box! I noticed this Hamilton Beach food processor has a built-in spatula that automatically scrapes the sides-Bonus!
    I used that and threw in my favorite protein powder, fresh pineapple, frozen strawberries, almond milk, and a large handful of spinach. I left out the banana. It was delicious and actually pretty pink. I think I will add some kale next time.

  38. Anna
    04/04/2017 at 1:40 pm

    I like simple smoothies. Just pinned it.

  39. Nancy
    05/28/2018 at 4:11 pm

    Hi! Don’t fear the Green Smoothie!!! It’s refreshing, filling, EVER so good for you & DELICIOUS! I add cayenne pepper – just a smidgen- to mine for additional fat burning properties and sometimes a spritz of lemon or lime juice for tartness. Yum!

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