Wannabe Green Smoothie*

Let’s head back to elementary school shall we?

Red + Green = …..gross brown

I have been terrified of the infamous “Green Monster” (i.e. a green colored smoothie made with spinach) for over a year. Spinach DOES NOT belong in smoothies! I read many a blog claiming you couldn’t taste the spinach. That instead of adding flavor, it just added a vibrant green color and lots of good vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein to your smoothie.

Of course I didn’t believe it. How would you not taste the spinach? Popeye didn’t look to thrilled when he had to gulp down that can of spinach and I sure as heck am not going to be the one choking it back through a straw.

But then I got on the scale the other day, and all of the baking I am doing for a big project has caught up with me. I can’t stop the baking (due dates suck), but I can make sure what I am eating the rest of the day is ass friendly. So I decided to bite the bullet and try these scary spinach smoothies.

Ummm…so you totally can’t taste the spinach. Seriously. I couldn’t freakin’ believe it!

While many people can make gorgeously green vibrant smoothies (see here or here), apparently I can’t. I now realize why all the “Green” smoothies are made with white or yellow fruits like bananas, pineapple, green grapes and some citruses. Because RED and GREEN make BROWN. I added raspberries, strawberries and 3 oz of baby spinach to my smoothie this morning.ย Instead of green, I got brown sludge…but at least they weren’t lying, I really couldn’t taste the spinach!

:::raises right hand:::

I solemnly swear to always add a few big handfuls of spinach to my smoothies, even if it makes them ugly, from this point on. Pinky swear.ย 



Wannabe Green Smoothie

Yield: 1 extra large smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

Recipe Note: Feel free to switch up what fruit is frozen and what fruit is fresh. But make sure to keep some of the fruit frozen to ensure that icy smoothie texture!


1/2 cup fat free plain greek yogurt
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 (fresh or frozen) banana
4 large fresh strawberries
3 oz (appx 2 large handfuls) fresh baby spinach


Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a giant glass and serve immediately.

For entire smoothie: Calories: 267. Fat 1.8. Carb 52.6. Fiber 10.3. Sugar 29. Protein 17.1.
Nutritional information calculated using SparkRecipes.com.

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48 Responses to “Wannabe Green Smoothie”

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 22, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    i’ve never tried a green smoothie because i seriously am petrified of tasting the GREEN part..like spinach or whatever green the recipe has. but, now that you have tried it and you were scared of the taste and you got zero, i’m more determined to try it!!

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    Lindsay {Life and Kitchen} — March 22, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    I’m still not 100% convinced… but you’re helping me get there!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — March 22, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    I need to try this. My smoothie would look like grossness too, since it’s strawberry season here. LOVE smoothies, but haven’t been brave enough to try the infamous green smoothie!

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    Sue — March 22, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Dr. Oz has a great green smoothie recipe that I’ve served to company and no one will believe me that there is spinach in it.


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    Cassie — March 22, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    I love this, and your commentary about it. I need to do this more often!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — March 22, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    So glad you came over to the dark side ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stick with spinach for awhile, kale can get a bit…chewy…

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — March 22, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Looooove green smoothies! I love using blueberries and raspberries and whatever other fruit is in my freezer. You should see the color of some of the ones that come out of my kitchen – so nasty! But they always taste good ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Windy — March 22, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    Ok as a self-professed sugar addict, I trust you. If you say you can’t taste the spinach, I’m so doing it. Now we’ll see if I make any officemates gag when it comes out a yucky brown color, cause I like red berries! Tee hee.

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    kerri — March 22, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    add a handful of blueberries and it turns a more pleasant purple/pink color… :)

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    Eat Good 4 Life — March 22, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    I use fresh spinach almost every time I make a smoothie and my kids can’t even tell. It’s the greatest thing :-)

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    Melissa — March 22, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    I have the same issue, all my green smoothies turn brown because I use strawberries. My co-worker today told me it looked pretty gross. It was delicious though!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — March 22, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    Whether you taste it or not, I’m still not sure I can get past the color!

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    Samantha — March 22, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    I love that you tried it! I’m glad you didn’t die because you would have blamed me (and about 15 other people on twitter!)

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    Erin — March 22, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    So glad you finally tried it! I have them several times a week. Never thought I would go through so much spinach.

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    Joanne — March 22, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    Haha i actually kind of like the taste of spinach so I probably wouldn’t mind if the taste were more prominent. But I’m a weirdo…and I know it. I also don’t mind berry-licious smoothies! Yum.

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    DessertForTwo — March 22, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    Yay! You did it! :)

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 23, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    So glad you finally tasted green smoothie! My usual combo would be almond milk, spinach, a banana and some flaxseed meal or protein powder. It’s amazing!!! Haven’t taste spinach in it, at all ๐Ÿ˜€

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    thelittleloaf — March 23, 2012 @ 5:26 am

    Haha love this post! Whatever your smoothie looks like, I’m sure it tasted delicious :-)

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    Shelley — March 23, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    I didn’t believe it either! A girlfriend of mine has been doing these for a year and I thought she was lying. Just after the new year I decided to try it….and found that you REALLY can’t taste the spinach. I now make these every morning for myself & my hubby.

    Two tricks for you to try….

    1 – Use frozen fruit….makes them thick and cold

    2 – Throw in a handful of blueberries. Not only are they super good for you, but also make your smoothie a nice shade of purple (instead of baby poop brown).

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — March 23, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    I love these, I put Greek yogurt in too, I need the protein. Sometimes I use kale instead of spinach…but that you can taste, but only a little!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — March 23, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    I’m a convert too. It’s really helped in my weight loss.

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    Cbuffy — March 23, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    And if you want the flavor of strawberries, but a pretty green color, try substituting kiwi! YUM!!!!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 23, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    My mom used to make me spinach-apple smoothies. I’ll be honest with you – it was the most disgusting thing ever. I would throw it in the trash when my mom was looking (I don’t know why I didn’t just flush it down the toilet) and she caught me doing it too. It was bad.

    But if only she could see me now drink your spinach smoothie! Granted it has plenty more fruits compared to her disgusting version but still!

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    Ann — March 23, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    I gotta be honest with you – it looks like a chocolate milkshake! …and I like chocolate milkshakes!

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    Kim Bee — March 24, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    I love that it looks like a McDonalds chocolate shake so it makes me wanna dive right in. But I cannot do spinach. Any other rocking ingredients I could add to keep my ass, er, friendlier??? Goodness knows the ass could use some help.

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    ThisMamaThing — March 24, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    I was scared, too! But I tried a green monster for the first time this morning, and it was not at all terrible. Mine was really simple (spinach, almond milk, chia seeds, banana, ice) so not super-flavory, but yay for not feeling like I chugged liquid spinach for breakfast! Looking forward to experimenting!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — March 25, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    I love green smoothies and make a variety of different ones. I love this combination. I think I may be blending this one up tomorrow morning. :)

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    Jen — March 25, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    Ass friendly haha I wish my baking would go somewhere else like the bottom of my soles or behind my ears.

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    Nikki — March 25, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    Welcome to the “green” side! Wa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ When I posted my Green Monster Smoothie, I actually made a point to add a disclosure about using red fruit and that it will make it an ugly brown. lol! Still tastes great, though!! Glad you approve!

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    Baking Serendipity — March 26, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    I was a total skeptic too. And when I finally caved, I was ridiculously sheepish about how much I loved these silly things for a while :) Hope your baking projects go well!

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    Maria — March 26, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Yay for making a green smoothie! I am in love with them!

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    kita — March 26, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    I’ve never had a taste for fruit… We didn’t have any in my house when I was growing up, but for the last three weeks I have been forcing myself to drink smoothies every day. My first one wasn’t such a win, too much spinach, too chunky, too everything. No idea what went wrong. After that a little peanut butter, banana, some berries, and now Im even tossing yogurt – another thing I’ve never had. I know, living on the edge.

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    Raquel — March 27, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    I love your website, you made me want get back on my blog!! Keep doing what you do!! Love it!

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    Jean — March 27, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    We add 1/4 tsp Mint Extract to our spinich smoothies…YUM!! My two sons drink these daily and feel they are getting a “special” treat!!

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    Jenn — March 28, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    I just started making green smoothies last week for the same ass friendly reason lol I love them! And my husband demands them too so bonus points for us. I want to get brave and try other green veggies in them, llke kale, but right now spinach is working just fine for us.

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — March 29, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    I love green smoothies – what a wonderful way to sneak in some veggies at breakfast or snacktime! I even got my 11 year old brother to drink them!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — March 29, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    Gross brown or not, the ingredients still sound good!

    Sooooo…you making a cookbook? ๐Ÿ˜€ Because if the big project isn’t, you should.

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    Amy Eastlack — March 29, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    My nutritionist turned me on to green smoothies last summer and I make them all the time now. While she’d prefer I did a greener version with less fruit I find one like you made to be so delicious and nutritious and YUMMY that this is usually what I stick with. My kids love them and still drink them after I confessed I put spinach in them! Love your blog – I’ve learned so much from you – thank you!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 31, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    My green smoothies are also usually a nice poopy brown color. I just have to cover the taste of the spinach though, so strawberries are a must for me!

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    Krissy's Creations — April 2, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    I haven’t bit the bullet either and made the green smoothies. But you might just have convinced me :)

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 2, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    I might actually have to give in and try it. I have been the ultimate skeptic about spinach. Mine won’t be pretty though, I like strawberries and pineapple in mine!

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    TastefullyJulie — April 6, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Haha! My “green” smoothies always come out brown, too, because I love using strawberries. Spinach is so mild, it’s great to start out with. Kale is yummy, too, but has a bit more pungent of a flavor.

    Try beet greens!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — April 6, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    The smoothie looks healthy and the recipe calls for all sorts of deliciousness so the brown color doesn’t bother me one bit! Looks tasty! I just found you on Tasty Kitchen – so glad I popped in! Looking forward to seeing more of your recipes.

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    Sues — April 8, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    Somehow you still managed to make this brown drink look pretty… Must be your awesome photography skills! And your sweet glass :) So crazy that you can’t taste the spinach, right??

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — April 9, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    Thanks for reminding me that I need to make some smoothies soon. Yours looks yummy! I also wanted to let you know that I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award here: http://evabakes.blogspot.com/2012/04/hersheys-chocolate-mint-dessert-aka.html

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    Sarah O. — June 18, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    That’s funny, mine are never brown. I usually use soy milk, a handful of spinach, a little pineapple and a few strawberries. They usually are a dark pink. And no spinach flavor. :]

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    The Novice Chef » Texas Cheese Fries — January 14, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

    […] the start of a new week — and I was determined to make it a week of smart choices.ย I had a green smoothie (which was actually brown again because I used too many raspberries and strawberries) and even […]

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    Patti — July 23, 2015 @ 7:32 am

    I recently graduated from spinach and now use kale and watercress in my smoothies! I also include the almond coconut milk and some flax seed meal. Then I throw in half a banana, raspberries and blueberries. What a feast!!!! And it’s fun to watch it change from a beautiful shade of red for the first few minutes to this nasty-looking greenish-brown stuff! Does not effect the flavor at all, and I can say that at least one of my meals was healthy.

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