If you're not careful, even green smoothies packed with healthy ingredients like kale or bananas can easily turn into sugar- and calorie-bombs. Follow this simple formula for a healthy power smoothie every time.
Ultimate Green Smoothie Formula

The sky's the limit when it comes to smoothie combinations you can whip up in your blender. You don't always need to follow a recipe, but if you're not careful even green smoothies packed with things like kale or bananas can easily turn into sugar- and calorie-bombs. So we've done the calculations for you to get a super-healthy, delicious green smoothie every time.

Try one of our suggested green smoothie combos below-and check out our other green smoothie recipes-or create your own favorite flavor!

1. Liquid ( 1/2 cup)

You'll need some liquid to get everything whirring in your blender, but choose wisely. Skip juices-they're high in sugar (even when they're 100% fruit juice).

Try these:

  • Unsweetened almond milk or other unsweetened nondairy milks (soy, rice, hemp)
  • Low-fat milk
  • Coconut water
  • Water

2. Frozen Banana (1 cup)


Pictured Recipe: Pineapple Green Smoothie

For natural sweetness and always rich, creamy (not icy) body, frozen banana slices are a must. Another bonus: bananas are a relatively inexpensive fruit.

3. Frozen Fruit (1/2 cup)

Frozen fruit makes a frosty smoothie without added ice (some blenders can't handle ice cubes). Buy already frozen fruit or freeze your own.

Try these:

  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Apples
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Grapes

4. Protein (1/3 cup)

Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

To give your smoothie staying power add protein. Protein slows the digestion of carbs, keeping you full longer.

Try these:

  • Nonfat or low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • Nonfat or low-fat cottage cheese
  • Silken tofu

5. Greens (1 cup)

Add 1 cup of greens to help meet your daily veggie quota without overpowering your smoothie.

Try these:

  • Baby spinach
  • Kale (stemmed and chopped)

6. Health Boost (1 Tbsp.)

Throw in chia seeds or flaxseeds, for a boost of omega-3s and fiber. Or add nut butters for healthy fats and a little more protein.

Try these:

  • Chia seed
  • Flaxseed
  • Hemp seed
  • Peanut butter
  • Almond butter

7. Optional Sweetener (up to 2 tsp.)

Have a sweet tooth? Add up to 2 tsp. liquid sweetener like maple syrup or agave.