Morning Green Smoothie Recipe (Dairy-Free!) - Real + Vibrant (2024)

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A delicious and simple 5-ingredient sweet and tangy morning green smoothie that can easily be customized. Made with fresh spinach, tangy lime, and sweet banana, this smoothie is perfect for busy mornings or as an afternoon snack. Either way, this smoothie won't disappoint.

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Editor's note: This recipe was originally published on February 18, 2016. Since then, it’s been freshened up with new pictures, commentary, and made even more delicious.

This is a classic green smoothie with enough sweetness but a little tanginess from the lime. It's a great way to start the day. The chia seeds add a little boost of protein and fiber.

And it's pretty easy to customize. Don't care for bananas? Use another fruit. Don't care for fruit? Use cauliflower or zucchini instead! Experiment (and keep experimenting) with various options until you have a few of your favorites on hand.

Here are a few more reasons to enjoy a green smoothie:

  • Great way to add more servings of greens into your day.
  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Easy to prep and store for the week.
  • They taste delicious.
  • They can be extremely filling.
  • You'll never get bored as long as you keep experimenting with different ingredients.

How to make the perfect morning green smoothie

You'll need the following ingredients to get started:

  • Spinach
  • Banana, sliced
  • Almond milk
  • Water
  • Lime, juiced
  • Chia seeds
  • Medjool dates

Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

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Top tips and variations

  • Blend the greens first: If you don't have a high-speed blender, blend the greens and liquids first. This will lead to a smoothy, velvety smoothie after you add the remaining ingredients.
  • Freeze bananas: Bananas had natural sweetness and fiber to smoothies. I prefer to slice them up and freeze them in advance. That way they are cold and I don't have to worry about slicing them up in the morning.
  • Soak dates: If you're going to use dates, soak them beforehand, for about 30 minutes. You don't need to do this, just helps them blender smoother, and this step isn't needed at all if you have a high-speed blender.
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Morning Green Smoothie

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Prep time: 10 minutes minutes

Total time: 10 minutes minutes

Servings: 2

Calories: 204kcal

Author: Sapana Chandra

A delicious and simple 5-ingredient sweet and tangy green smoothie that can easily be customized. Made with fresh spinach, tangy lime, and sweet banana, this smoothie is perfect for busy mornings or as an afternoon snack. Either way, this smoothie won’t disappoint.


  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 Medjool dates, optional, for added sweetness
  • ice


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender.

  • Blend until smooth and creamy.


Calories: 204kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 192mg, Potassium: 595mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 2887IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 271mg, Iron: 2mg

Course: Smoothies

Cuisine: American

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About Sapana Chandra, MS, CHC

Sapana Chandra is a certified health coach, author of Plant Power Bowls, and founder of Real +Vibrant. Here you’ll find simply delicious vegetarian recipes with step-by-step photo instructions – recipes you’ll be excited to enjoy and share with your loved ones.

Reader Interactions


  1. Megan says

    I've been making this smoothie for 2 months now and it's seriously the best. Thank you!Morning Green Smoothie Recipe (Dairy-Free!) - Real + Vibrant (9)


    • Sapana Chandra says

      So happy to hear, Megan!


  2. Chilly says

    Yummy!! I’ll try tomorrow morning thank you for sharing. I will hashtags to let you know how goes going.


    • Sapana Chandra says

      I hope you loved it, Chilly!


  3. Sarah says

    This is exactly what I needed! Thanks!Morning Green Smoothie Recipe (Dairy-Free!) - Real + Vibrant (10)


    • Sapana Chandra says

      I hope you loved it! It's one of my favorite go-to smoothies.


  4. Karla says

    Im excited to try this!!! I have Stage 4 Breast Cancer Metastasized to my Bones and never have really eaten healthy! I love sugar! My weight is 191 and Im 5’3”.... I’d love to loose but Im low in energy. My Dr. said Im not allowed to exercise! Just walking.. when the weather warms up maybe. 🙁


    • Sapana Chandra says

      Hi Karla, I hope your treatment is going well. Wishing you healing and strength.


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Morning Green Smoothie Recipe (Dairy-Free!) - Real + Vibrant (2024)


Is it good to drink a green smoothie every morning? ›

The answer is yes, absolutely. Green smoothies are still a great way to get the nutrients your body craves.

What is the dark side of green smoothies? ›

Concerningly, green smoothies may also have adverse effects on the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland requires the mineral iodine to produce thyroid hormones. Cruciferous vegetables—common ingredients in green smoothies—contain compounds called glucosinolates, which inhibit iodine uptake by the thyroid.

How do you thicken a smoothie without dairy? ›

Choose high-fiber fruit + veg

Fruits like bananas, mangos, pineapples, and peaches have a thicker flesh and result in an incredibly smooth consistency. Veggies like carrots, cauliflower, celery, and spinach are high in fiber, mild in taste, and add body to smoothies.

Do green smoothies reduce belly fat? ›

Green smoothies can be a great source of nutrients. They can also help you to feel full and encourage your body to burn fat. The best green smoothies for weight loss are low in calories and high in fiber and protein. They may include ingredients like spinach, almond milk, blueberries, and avocado.

Can you lose weight by drinking a smoothie every morning? ›

Yes and no. While most weight loss experts don't recommend substituting smoothies for every meal of the day, drinking them here or there (or even daily) can support weight loss goals. It all depends on what they contain and, of course, their portion size.

What are two potential risks of smoothies? ›

In conclusion, smoothies can be a great way to increase intakes of fruit and vegetables in our diet, which would have many health benefits. However, they may contain large amounts of added or natural sugars, which can contribute to dental problems and obesity.

What is the healthiest green to put in a smoothie? ›

The best green vegetables to add to smoothies in terms of flavor profile and nutritional value include spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, zucchini, cucumber, and avocado (which is technically a fruit but is more commonly used as a vegetable).

Are green smoothies better with milk or water? ›

Smoothies made with water and juice tend to come out more liquidy and less full than those made with milk. Juice is also higher in acidity and typically has more sugar than most milk. Milk is higher in calcium which is good for your bones, heart, and muscles. It also helps to give your smoothie a creamy consistency.

What does Kate Middleton put in her morning smoothie? ›

Apart from caffeine, matcha is rich in antioxidants and amino acids, and has been associated with a lowered risk of liver disease and cardiovascular issues, according to Healthline. The remaining ingredients are fresh produce: Spinach, kale, romaine, cilantro, and blueberries (the lone non-green ingredient in the mix).

What does Jennifer Aniston put in her smoothie? ›

Jen's favourite smoothie (and the one she's making here) is a blend of:
  1. 1 cup chocolate almond milk.
  2. 2 scoops of Vital Proteins Chocolate Collagen Peptides ⁣⁣
  3. Cherries and Banana 🍒🍌⁣⁣
  4. A few drops of Stevia ⁣⁣
  5. Antioxidants.
  6. 1 cup of ice⁣⁣
  7. Spinach.
  8. Pinch of cinnamon.
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What does Martha Stewart put in her green smoothie? ›

Here are the ingredients you will need for Martha Stewart's Green Juice:
  1. 1 green pear (such as Anjou)
  2. 2 celery stalks with leaves.
  3. 1 Kirby or mini cucumber.
  4. 1 bunch parsley.
  5. 1-inch piece fresh, unpeeled ginger.
  6. 2 orange wedges.
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How do you add non dairy protein to smoothies? ›

If you're eating vegan or avoiding dairy, tofu is a surprisingly great addition to a smoothie. Since it is virtually flavorless, it will boost your protein intake without changing the flavor. A half cup of tofu contains about 10 grams of protein—creamy silken tofu is best.

Do chia seeds make smoothies thicker? ›

"If you're usually pressed for time when you make your smoothies, prepare a batch of chia gel in advance to store in the fridge and add 1 or 2 tablespoons to your smoothie when needed." You can also blend a tablespoon of chia seeds in with your smoothie for a faster thickening effect.

What does a green smoothie do for your body? ›

Green smoothies are also a great source of B vitamins. The B vitamins found in leafy greens, like folate, vitamin B6, and niacin, help your body release energy from food and can promote a healthy nervous system.

What are the benefits of drinking green drinks in the morning? ›

Alkalizing effects

Consuming your green juice first thing in the morning is the best way to kick-start your day. That's because our bodies are usually more acidic in the morning and consuming your green juice made of fresh leafy veggies and fruits can dramatically balance your PH levels and keep you energized for long.

Do green smoothies lose nutrients over time? ›

Oxidation occurs when fruits and vegetables are cut and exposed to oxygen. The loss of nutrients by oxidation is not going to be great, regardless of how long a smoothie is blended, because oxidation takes time.

How many times a week should you drink a smoothie? ›

Include one or more sources of protein like yogurt, kefir or milk, as well as healthy fats from nuts, seeds or avocado. Both adults and children should consume smoothies no more than one portion per day.


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