Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Favorite Green Smoothie


The best Green Smoothies shouldn't taste "green" at all! - recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Orange juice, green grapes, a banana and a generous handful of spinach combine to make this the easiest (and possibly the tastiest) green smoothie we make. If you are new to green smoothies, this is the place to start. This was the first green smoothie that I tried and my whole family has loved it from the start.

For over four years now, this has been our go-to green smoothie. My kids all love it and this is easily the most frequently made smoothie in our home. I PROMISE that you can not taste the "green" in this green smoothie! My four year old has been requesting this smoothie since he was 18 months old, pulling the spinach out of the fridge and setting it next to the blender pitcher.

If you are looking for more smoothie inspiration, check out this collection of 50 Healthy and Delicious Smoothie Recipes or view all of the smoothie recipes here on the blog. I may not share the recipes as frequently as I did when we first started the blog, but my kids are still every bit as much in love with their breakfast, lunch, or snack smoothies.

Favorite Green Smoothie
Yield: (2) 10 ounce smoothies
(printable recipe)

1 cup orange juice
1 very large handful baby spinach leaves
1 cup green grapes, frozen
1 medium banana, frozen

Layer the ingredients into the blender in the order listed. Puree until completely smooth. Enjoy!

Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe - the best green smoothies don't taste "green" at all!

{originally posted 08/28/11 - recipe notes and photos updated 2/3/15}

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18 comments:

  1. Awesome recipe! I'm going to make it in the morning!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  2. I love the color. So refreshing and the flavor combo is great. Shall try in summer.

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  3. Your kids drink this? Not that I doubt it's yummy, I just know how some kids I know would react to a green drink. But I'd like to give it a go. Loving the smoothie posts!

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  4. My kids drink every single smoothie I have posted. If it doesn't pass the kid test, then I don't post the smoothie. :) That said, they've been drinking smoothies for years and probably are more open to them than some kids might be.

    This particular smoothie is their favorite. It is pretty sweet and you don't taste the spinach a bit. They think the green is just plain "cool" and they like that. This really is an excellent combination to try if someone is new to green smoothies.

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  5. ooo nice. orange juice, grapes and banana sounds like an interesting combination. thanks ;)

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  6. I'd be surprised if kids refused this. 50g of sugar. That's more than a can of coke.

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  7. Anonymous - I'm sure that contributes to why we enjoy it so much. For what it is worth, 20oz of soda contains 65g of sugar and plenty of chemicals. I'll happily feed my kids a 1/2 cup of OJ, spinach, grapes and a banana and call it healthy.

    I'd rather my children and I consume our sugars via natural fruits than sodas, so I'll accept this and the sugars it contains. Obviously, it isn't for everyone, but it works well for us.

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  8. What's up with anon comment people??? I make my nearly daily green smoothie with spinach, milk,and frozen mango...oh and a little honey.

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  9. Just got a Vitamix and I've been making green smoothies for my little one--she's a great eater but I love that I can pack in greens and she have her gulp them down!

    You have some fab smoothie recipes--thanks for posting them.

    Also, like you said, "sugar" via grapes/bananas/orange juice is much preferred over other sources. Kudos to you to nourishing your family with real food.

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  10. I started using this recipe after spending Thanksgiving with your sister! To cut down on the sugar/calories since I'm trying to lose weight, I started using almond milk instead of OJ and I actually like the drink better!

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  11. This is quickly becoming my favourite too!

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  12. Becky, I'm so glad that you found a perfect smoothie for yourself. Glad you had fun with Jen too, the girl sure does love her smoothies these days.;)

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  13. This is really good. I forgot to buy grapes so I used strawberries instead. I put in a pretty good handful of spinach and all I taste is the banana and a hint of the berries. Nice healthy bfast, and probably a great thing to have if you're hungover!

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  14. I am going to try this in the morning! It will be first green smoothie! :)

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  15. This is the first green smoothie I ever tried. I make all types of different ones now but this one is still my favorite. I always make sure to have bananas on my counter and grapes in my freezer so I can throw it together

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  16. This is such a pretty green color, great recipe!

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  17. wow! this smoothie recipe look healthy, but i don't like spinach leaves :(

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    1. You really can't taste the spinach in this smoothie, Ahlun. I doubt that we'd enjoy it nearly so much if we could!

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