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The Simplest Green Smoothie

by jenny sansouci on December 2, 2011

Ok, listen. I’ve posted a few different green smoothie recipes here on Healthy Crush –  most of them have included superfoods and sometimes ingredients you haven’t heard of. That’s all good and fun, but sometimes I really don’t feel like putting 20 ingredients into a smoothie. I just want something delicious, satisfying and EASY (and full of health benefits, too).

So lately the green smoothie I’ve been making is super simple, with only 4 ingredients (5 including ice).

Simplest Green Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 spoonful of almond butter
  • Coconut water or almond milk (amount depending on how thick you want the smoothie)
  • 1 handful of kale
  • ice (optional)


If you don’t have fresh kale or greens on hand, you can use a green powder. I like Vitamineral Green and Amazing Grass. When I was at my parents house for Thanksgiving, I brought some green powder with me, and I had no excuse not to throw together a quick, nutrition-packed smoothie in the morning –– which made me feel GREAT, especially since I knew I’d be indulging in some holiday treats.

Total win.

Need something even EASIER?

Ok. Just get ANY fresh greens or green powder and throw it in a blender with ANY liquid (even water) and ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT (fruit, veggies, superfoods, nut butters, whatever! just make it taste good, ok?)

You can really do anything. I just like the recipe above because it tastes freaking awesome.

Some of my other fave ways to get greens:
(you can substitute any other greens for kale in these recipes)

Green Mango Smoothie

3 Easy Ways to Eat More Kale

Massaged Kale Salad

Lemony Kale Salad

Garlicky Kale

kale loves you.


Get free shipping on a Vitamix blender (the best, best BEST blender for making green smoothies) by using coupon code 06-005020 when you order one from the Vitamix site.

Do you have a favorite easy green smoothie?

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Lorin W December 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

Hoping a vitamix is in Santa’s Sleigh this year! Otherwise my credit card will be maxed out after I buy one for myself!!

Bruce February 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm

I don’t have a juicer, but do have a blender and extractor. So, here goes!!
Sounds like food! Thanks Jenny,

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