Green Smoothie

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This cool cucumber Green Smoothie combines raw fruits and veggies that are blended up in the most delicious way. It not only tastes amazing, but with all those vitamins, it also leaves you feeling fantastic! 

Cool Cucumber Green Smoothie with a slice of pineapple on the rim and a blue straw.
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  1. The Health Benefits of a Green Smoothie
  2. Healthy Green Smoothie Ingredients
  3. Blending the Best Green Smoothie
  4. Pump Up This Smoothie With a Few Variations
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Making Ahead and Storing Green Smoothie Recipe
  7. Other Yummy Smoothie Recipes
  8. How to make a Green Smoothie
  9. Cool Cucumber Green Smoothie Recipe

Let’s get ready to jump back into healthy habits, recharging our body with this simple green smoothie recipe! This green smoothie pumps my body full of nutrients and helps benefit me with vitamins, bone strength, and digestive health. It is a great way to help with losing weight and fighting food cravings!

Another great drink to help with weight loss is our famous weight loss magic smoothie. With both of these smoothies, your health journey will become a little easier to navigate (and yummy too) this year! See how simple these smoothies are to make, the benefits, and how to make ahead to prepare you for the week. Green smoothies are healthy, full of flavor, and have all the nutrients you need to feel good!

The Health Benefits of a Green Smoothie

It is always time for a healthy start to the day with this green smoothie. Make this healthy smoothie year round when you are feeling like you need a bit of a pump up. Have an instant healthful feeling when you drink your first green smoothie!

With fresh fruit, healthy greens, and a creamy base that is low in fat, this green smoothie gives you energy and recharges you. It is amazing how fruits and vegetables make you feel good inside and out. This nutrient-packed smoothie gives you more energy to do the things you love. Here are some benefits to drinking a healthy green smoothie.

  • More energy to get things done, focus on tasks, and accomplishing them.
  • Think more clearly, process thoughts and actions appropriately and don’t have brain fog.
  • Mood for exercising, walking/running, and moving around. Not wanting to sit and be sedentary.
  • Skin feels better, hydrated, with a smooth and shiny appearance.
  • Vitamins and minerals give your body a boost from the inside and out.

Healthy Green Smoothie Ingredients

Seven fantastic ingredients that are sweet, savory, and citrusy to help blend raw and sweet flavors together. The pineapple and strawberries give the green smoothie so much flavor and sweetness. The kale and leafy greens add a lot of nutrition to the smoothie, and the bitter flavor is covered up by the fruit.

  • Almond milk – Smooth and creamy liquid base with a nutty flavor! Choose from unsweetened, sweetened, or vanilla almond milk flavors.
  • Apple juice – This is a pleasantly sweet juice that has all natural sugars to help aid in keeping this smoothie healthy with the sweet flavor.
  • Cucumber – Peel and slice the green cucumber for a slightly sweet taste. Cucumbers have a high water content that will leave you “cool as a cucumber”. It is light and delicious!
  • Banana – Slice or add in whole without the banana peel. Bananas add in creaminess as well as sweetens the smoothie.
  • Frozen strawberries – Rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants, strawberries are full of juicy goodness!
  • Pineapple – One of my favorite fruits! Fresh tropical flavors that give you that citric taste and flavor.
  • Leafy greens – I did a combination of spinach, kale, and chard. Use your favorite greens and what what you have in your home. These will turn the drink green, but also give it that raw taste.

Blending the Best Green Smoothie

Taste the deliciousness in a matter of minutes! This green smoothie is a blend of savory, sweet, and all things healthy! You will love the flavor combination and how refreshing this smoothie is. Grab a cup and straw and get ready to enjoy one of your favorite green smoothie recipes!

Depending on your blender, you can add them all in whole, or you’ll need to slice the fruit first and add it in. Either way, this smoothie is simple to make and a great green smoothie recipe! First, add liquids to blend together. Add in remaining ingredients until smooth. No ice cubes required!

Pump Up This Smoothie With a Few Variations

This smoothie is only 250 calories, but it actually makes a ton and leaves me feeling full. For even more sustainability and added protein, add a little peanut butter. Also, feel free to substitute any of the fruit for your favorites. This healthy green smoothie is going to be your favorite yet!

  • Milk – Skim milk, coconut milk, or low-fat/fat-free milk will work in replace of the almond milk.
  • Protein – Protein powder, raw peanut butter, or nut butters are delicious add ins.
  • Healthy greens – Use spinach, chard, kale, turnip greens, or lettuce for your greens. All of these are perfect for making a healthy smoothie.
  • Yogurt – Greek yogurt or vanilla, plain yogurt are all great ways to add thickness and more nutrients.
  • Juice Orange juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, or cranberry juice are great substitutions to make and will keep the nutrients in the smoothie.
  • Fruit – For extra cold smoothies, use frozen fruit! Grapes, blueberries, mango, apple slices, blackberries, raspberries, or peaches are all great varieties of fruit to make different variations of green smoothies.
  • Spices – Cinnamon, parsley, and basil are great combinations with certain fruits.

“So cool and refreshing! Thank you for a great recipe!”

-Melissa

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it okay to drink a green smoothie every day?

Everything is best in moderation! A green smoothie can be healthy and nutritious to drink on a daily basis, but it is best to enjoy other healthy foods along with this drink. A balance of whole grains, heart healthy fats, lean protein, fruits and raw vegetables are best.

What are the best greens to put in a smoothie?

Really any healthy, raw greens are delicious to add into the green smoothie recipe. Pairing with sweet fruits help give the smoothie a sweet balance of flavors and helps disguise the bitter taste of greens.

What are the benefits of green smoothies?

A green smoothie is full of health benefits! It is one of the healthiest smoothies. Start with your digestive health, fiber from leafy greens, bone strength, immunity support, lower risk of chronic disease and cholesterol are some health benefits when drinking a green smoothie.

Overhead view of Cool Cucumber Green Smoothie with blue striped straw.

Making Ahead and Storing Green Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies tend to be easier to make the day of or a few hours in advance. This green smoothie recipe is okay to make a day ahead. Store the healthy smoothie in the refrigerator or freezer in a covered drink container or in an airtight container. Let thaw or sit out at room temperature until it reaches a smooth consistency and can be drank through a straw.

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Other Yummy Smoothie Recipes

We have several smoothie recipes that are both healthy and delicious! And if you’re looking for a great way to cool down in the summer, these are a great place to start.

How to make a Green Smoothie

Cool Cucumber Green Smoothie with a slice of pineapple on the rim and a blue straw.

Cool Cucumber Green Smoothie

5 from 11 votes
This Cool Cucumber Green Smoothie combines raw fruits and veggies that are blended up in the most delicious way. It not only tastes amazing, but with all those vitamins, it also leaves you feeling fantastic!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

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Equipment

  • Blendtec Blender

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add liquids to the blender first, then add all the remaining ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Makes one serving (250 calories)
  • Alternatives- eliminate juice to make it 65 calories less, or add 1 tablespoon raw peanut butter for protein (add 90 calories).

Notes

What are the Health Benefits of a Green Smoothie

  • More energy to get things done, focus on tasks, and accomplishing them.
  • Think more clearly, process thoughts and actions appropriately and don’t have brain fog.
  • Mood for exercising, walking/running, and moving around. Not wanting to sit and be sedentary.
  • Skin feels better, hydrated, with a smooth and shiny appearance.
  • Vitamins and minerals give your body a boost from the inside and out.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 185mgPotassium: 982mgFiber: 7gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 1085IUVitamin C: 155.7mgCalcium: 208mgIron: 1.7mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. Cool Cucumber Smoothie

    Although I like almonds not a big fan of Almond milk. Can I use regular skim milk by any chance?

  2. i made this without the kale and pineapple and strawberries it looked rly healthy and it for sure tasted healthy probably should put all the ingredients in next time

    1. Yes, the pineapple and strawberries do give the smoothie so much flavor and sweetness. The kale adds a lot of nutrition to the smoothie and the bitter flavor is covered up by the fruit.

  3. 5 stars
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