Green Breakfast Smoothie
Start your day the feel-good way with this green breakfast smoothie. It will keep you energized all morning long, and it actually tastes good! It couldn't be easier to make and it's ready in minutes.
If you're a fan of healthy smoothies, try our tofu smoothie with fruit, mango smoothie, or our green goddess smoothie bowl.
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This green breakfast smoothie is how we like to start our day. Like, every day.
It's the best, even on those days when you don't feel like eating breakfast. We take this green breakfast smoothie to go and it feels good to fill our belly with something healthy. It's also jam-packed with nutrition that gives us energy that lasts until lunch.
Despite what you might think about green smoothies, this one actually does taste delicious and kids love it, too. Plus, it only takes 5 minutes to make and we can sip it as we're getting ready!
It's a fool-proof recipe that tastes great as-is, but like all smoothies, it's really versatile. Feel free to experiment and add ingredients to suit your tastes and nutritional needs.
Are breakfast smoothies healthy?
Yes, they are! When breakfast smoothies, like this one, are jam-packed with good-for-you ingredients like greens, fruit, and healthy fats they're healthy and generally low in calories.
Are smoothies good for breakfast?
Healthy smoothies are a great idea for breakfast because they're easy to digest and you can pack a lot of nutrition into them. They're also quick to make, and you can take them to go.
It's important that smoothies with high-sugar fruits are balanced with healthy fats and proteins (like he,p hearts) so they don't spike your blood sugar. This helps keep your energy stable so you don't crash mid-morning.
Why you'll love this breakfast smoothie
- It's quick and easy to make (so no excuses for skipping breakfast)
- You'll get your daily dose of fruits and veggies in one serving
- It's well-balanced, giving you long-lasting energy
- It tastes great!
How to make a breakfast smoothie
This healthy breakfast smoothie recipe is easy to make. We like to make it in a high-speed blender so it's super creamy. If you don't have one you can still make this smoothie, just know that it won't be quite as smooth. Here's how to make it in three simple steps:
- Add all the ingredients to your blender.
- Blend on high until smooth, adding water as needed to thin it to a consistency you like.
- Pour it into a glass and enjoy!
Full recipe instructions are in the recipe card below.
Green breakfast smoothie ingredients
Here's everything that goes into this healthy breakfast smoothie:
- Spinach or kale – we pack a couple of handfuls of spinach or kale into this smoothie. Greens are a healthy source of folate, fiber, and a range of other vitamins and nutrients.
- Pineapple – pineapple is high in vitamin C and contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. It's a great fruit for your immune system and your gut!
- Banana – banana adds sweetness and a creamy texture to this smoothie. Bananas are also naturally high in potassium and healthy fiber.
- Apple – apples are incredibly nutritious, and any variety of apples will work. Feel free to substitute with a pear if you prefer.
- Hemp hearts – hemp seeds are a rich source of protein and healthy omega-3 fats. They have a milky, nutty flavor and add creaminess to this smoothie when blended up.
- Water – we use water but you can also use non-dairy milk like almond milk or coconut water. Avoid using juice because there's already a good amount of sugar from the fruit.
Green breakfast smoothie add-ins
Here are a few easy add-ins to give this fruit smoothie a boost:
- Mix up the fruit – any fruit goes like kiwis, mango, strawberries, blueberries, or even avocado.
- Add a protein boost – use your favorite protein powder, Greek yogurt, or a tablespoon of chia seeds.
- For a sweeter smoothie, add a Medjool date or a touch of maple syrup or honey.
- Nut butter adds healthy fat and protein. Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or even pumpkin seed butter all work great.
- Make it extra hydrating by using coconut water in place of regular water.
Like all smoothies, this one is best enjoyed right away. Store any leftovers in your fridge in a jar or sealed cup for up to a day. You'll need to give it a good shake before drinking it as it will separate if it sits in your fridge for a while.
Yes! Frozen fruit (especially frozen bananas) will give this smoothie a thick, cool texture. You may need to add more water to help with the blending.
If you like the texture of oats in a smoothie, you can certainly add them. We prefer to cook oats into oatmeal because it makes them more digestible.
We have lots! We also love this peanut butter smoothie and our almond butter smoothie.
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Green Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
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- 2 cups spinach or kale leaves, see notes
- 2 cups chopped pineapple
- 1 medium banana
- ½ apple, chopped
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts, sub flax seeds or chia seeds
- 1-2 cups water, see notes
- Put spinach or kale, pineapple, banana, apple hemp hearts, and 1 cup of the water into a high-powered blender.2 cups spinach or kale leaves, 2 cups chopped pineapple, 1 medium banana, ½ apple, 2 tablespoons hemp hearts, 1-2 cups water
- Blend for 1 minute until very smooth. If you'd like a thinner smoothie, add more water.
- Pour your breakfast smoothie into a glass and enjoy it right away.
If you love smoothies as much as we do, check out all of our smoothie recipes!
How much should you drink at a time is the whole plastic cup to much ??
This recipe makes 2 servings – but it’s best to listen to your body and eat/drink as much or little as it needs.
Hi I’ve got magic bullet I’m making smoothies with kale I’ve still got kale bits in it is that right ?
Unfortunately, a magic bullet isn’t strong enough to really blend up kale – we’ve tried!
i use a handfull of baby spinach, 2 celery stalks, 1 cup of coconut water, table spoon of coconut oil. (helps to stay in ketosis) 1 apple as a base. than i add pineapple, mangos or berries(depending on season) . way better for you than a bacon egg n cheese bagel, thats for sure!
I went hunting for a green smoothie to help me get over being sick and I found this recipe. It’s amazing!! I am addicted! I did like it a little bit so I’ll added the juice from the pineapples in my pineapple chunk can and then added the 2 cups of water on top. Delicious!
Made this for breakfast, every one loved it.
1 cup of greens is most definitely not “all of my daily fruits and veggies in one serving” it is only 1 of the 5 recommended servings. Very misleading for people who don’t have much knowledge regarding nutrition.
This smoothie provides 6 servings of fruits and vegetables – or 3 servings if you’re sharing it (which I almost never do). It’s a very healthy way to start your day. 🙂
I scaled it up to 3. The taste was nice, tasted just like a smoothie but for some reason didn’t bland well and some ingredients got separated and there were little white bits in my smoothie. They were only small grains so I didn’t mind. The biggest thing is the slimy texture which really put me off. I made quite a bit so I’ll struggle through it but the slimeyness coated the roof of my mouth and made me gag a bit. Apart from that the smoothie would have been perfect. I’m not sure what caused the slimeyness
It sounds like tripling the recipe was too much for your blender. Maybe try making a single portion next time so that your blender and blend it properly.
Hi there! I just made this and it was pretty thick. I’m not sure why. I used a ninja blender. Any suggestions.
Just add a little water and it will thin it. 🙂
Thank you so much for this article. I have been wanting to do a green smoothie for breakfast for some time. I do a 3 day green juice cleanse every 10 – 12 weeks along with the Whole 30 that I have been doing for about 2 years but it just wasn’t enough. And now I am definately fuller longer and I feel better. Also it is so easy letting it do its job and not keep going back to the kitchen munching all morning. I do have one question though. How did you choose this combo?
When making this smoothie (delicious by the way) it makes so much. Do i drink all
this is one sitting? Thanks.
If you’re making it for one I suggest using half of all the ingredients. That will give you a 2-cup smoothie, which is about the right size for one serving. 🙂
A couple of things please, you said you always add the Vega. First what is the Vega and why is it not listed in the ingredient listing.
Another person asked about making it at night to drink in the morning. It has been my experience that if a green juice is not consumed immediately, it dies. Usually by the time I finish drinking my smoothie, small signs of degradation are beginning to appear. Given that the blended fruits and greens degrade so quickly, I don’t think that an overnight smoothie would be healthy.
And finally, I would like to recommend using collard greens in smoothies. I have never eaten collards in my life until I used a recipe for a smoothie that called for them. Collards are naturally sweet. I had no idea. They are a great addition to any smoothie.
Many years ago (when the recipe was first published) I used Vega in my smoothies. Now I prefer to eat real food which is why it’s no longer listed in the ingredients. 🙂
Great recipe. But I am just wondering how many ml would you consider a cup to be? And how many servings is the recipe for?
Hi Joanna. This recipe makes 2 16-ounce servings. 🙂
If it is for one breakfast just for myself, can I reduce the ingredients by half only?
You sure can!
Can i use yougurt instead of water? I am worried it will be to watery.
It’s not watery but you can definitely use yogurt instead. 🙂
I have made this smoothie a few times now. Tasty, thanks!
I’m so happy you like it!!
This is my go to smoothie recipe now. Sometimes I’ll add in some extra fruit if I have some in my fridge that I need to use. It’s always so tasty!
So happy you found your go to recipe!!
Exactly how much is 1 serving of this smoothie? 1 cup or more?
It’s half the recipe, which will end up being about a cup and a half. Hope that helps!
Hi Kristen –
quick question for you… I’m looking into the Vega products, and there are a couple of different options. Do I use the Vega One Shake or the Vega Protein & Greens?
thanks so much!
I love the Vega One. I personally prefer the natural flavour as I find the others a little too sweet, but then I’m really not a fan of sweet drinks. I just love knowing that I get so many servings of fruits and veggies; it makes me feel great for the rest of the day!
thanks so much!
No problem at all!
I’ve been making a similar smoothie for about three years. My proportions are a bit different and I add half a mango. I make a blend of all the seeds, mix them together, and then just scoop out 2Tbs of the mixture each time. For the water I use coconut water which adds some nutrients and very few calories (or coconut milk which adds a few more calories).
Great idea to make a blend of all the seeds you use! I think I’ll follow suit to save some time. 🙂
Made this today for 1st time mines turned out purple didn’t taste bad at all I added small piece of fresh mint ? maybe put to many blueberries in but I did follow the recipe
Strange it turned out purple and not green! I always add the Vega in which is a bit green so that might be the colour difference. Or maybe the blueberries you have are extra potent in their colour. Purple smoothies are fun too!
Do you add anything for protein?
The hemp hearts and flax seeds give lots of healthy protein. Sometimes I’ll add a scoop of almond or peanut butter too to keep me full even longer 🙂
Thanks so much for your recipe, Kristen! It looks delicious — I can’t wait to try it out. I shared your smoothie on my blog today with a link back too 🙂
Thank you so much, Amanda!
Sounds good, but you should rotate your greens and not consume the same greens weekly. This can cause a toxic buildup from the alkaloids. Everything in moderation is always a good rule.
You’re absolutely right! When I said I eat this every single day I really meant that I have a smoothie every single day. This morning there were cherries, spinach, avocado and a bunch of other yummy stuff. Thanks for pointing that out!
This looks delicious! What kind of blender do you have?
I have a Vitamix. It was definitely a splurge but worth every penny 🙂
This looks just like what I’ve been looking for. However, is it possible to blend it up the night before and leave it in the fridge and just shake it up before you drink it. My husband works shifts and the blender would wake him up in the morning.
I haven’t made this the night before but I suspect it would work just fine. Make sure NOT to add the flax, hemp or chia seeds though as they will cause the smoothie to thicken and become gloopy. If you want the nutritional value of them you could always just shake them into the smoothie in the morning. ?