Simple 4-Ingredient Healthy Green Smoothie

Simple 4-Ingredient Healthy Green Smoothie

Vibrant, nutritious, and insanely delicious: these are just a few of my favorite ways to describe the Best 4-Ingredient Healthy Green Smoothie. Packed with superfoods like frozen fruit, spinach, and Greek yogurt, this refreshing and simple green smoothie is the perfect way to start your day.

Healthy Green Smoothie in a short glass with a glass straw. Smoothie is topped with 3 banana slices and chia seeds.

My favorite holiday season just ended and I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use a little green smoothie detox after all the Christmas cookies I pounded down. Between this healthy Green Smoothie, Immune Boosting Ginger and Turmeric Shot and Wellness Lemon Ginger Shot, I’ve got a week full of healthy elixirs lined up.

 

Luckily, a green smoothie detox does NOT have to mean starving yourself and eating nothing but leaves for a week! Can you imagine? Hard Pass. This Super Green Smoothie Recipe is a fun and delicious way of replenishing your body with the nutrients it craves.

 

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier foods, you’re in the right place. There are only 4 ingredients in this healthy Green Smoothie recipe, but when combined they make the perfect nutritious cocktail. It really is the best green smoothie recipe. 

 

Green smoothie ingredients in a tall plastic Ninja blender glass. Ingredients include coconut milk, pineapple, spinach and flax seeds.

This recipe is my go-to for a healthy green smoothie because it’s super easy to whip up and is bursting with flavor. Between the sweetness of your favorite frozen fruit and the creamy texture of the Greek yogurt, you won’t even notice the spinach—you’ll just reap the benefits!

How to Make A Green Smoothie

With the help of your trusty blender, this smoothie comes together in a matter of seconds. All you need to do is follow these 3 simple steps:

 

Step 1- Add the frozen fruit, spinach, plain Greek yogurt and coconut or almond milk to a blender.

 

Step 2 – Blend until smooth, checking the consistency and adding more milk if needed to thin it out.

 

Step 3 – Finish with your favorite toppings (extra fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.) and enjoy!

Green Smoothie Benefits

Though the ingredient list is short and sweet, each of the ingredients play a huge role in providing our bodies with the vital nutrients it needs to flourish.

 

Frozen Fruit. You can choose any of your favorite frozen fruits, but you can never go wrong with berries, pineapple, and mango. Berries are the lowest in sugar, but they all have impressive amounts of vitamins and minerals.

 

Spinach. It’s no secret that leafy greens are the key to good health, but spinach is a true powerhouse of health benefits. It’s packed with nutrients, high in antioxidants, and helps to regulate blood pressure.

 

Greek Yogurt. High in protein and packed with probiotics, Greek yogurt provides a wide range of benefits to our gut and overall health. The high protein in this ingredient makes this healthy green smoothie the perfect treat for repairing your muscles after a workout!

 

Dairy-Free Milk. I highly recommend using either coconut or almond milk for this smoothie, but the choice is totally up to you. Coconut milk is higher in fat and calories than almond milk, but it’s also higher in protein. Both are packed with vitamins and minerals that make them the perfect addition to our smoothie. You could also use orange juice, apples juice, etc. to amp up the fruit flavor. 

Green smoothie topped with 3 banana slices in a small glass with a glass straw.

HEALTHY Green Smoothie Add-Ins

The below simple green smoothie recipe is our basic go-to super green smoothie recipe. It’s the perfect Green Smoothie recipe for beginners. Depending on what I have available, and my mood, I often throw in a bit of this and that. Add-in options we like:

 

Protein Powder Extra boost of protein

Collagen Powder – promotes skin, hair and nails growth and gut health

Ground Flaxseed – healthy boost of Omega 3’s and protein

Chia Seeds – healthy boost of protein

Raw Cacao Nibs – extra boost of magnesium and chocolate flavor

Coconut Oil – Extra Healthy Fat, keeps you fuller longer

Matcha Powder  – superfood that adds Antioxidants and natural energy through minerals.

Nut Butter – Extra boost of protein and healthy fat

Coconut Flakes – added flavor

Spices – Cinnamon and Ginger are great anti-inflammatories

Honey/Agave – add a bit of natural sweetness

Extracts – Mint extract is my favorite!

What Greens To Put In A Smoothie?

Most greens will work as the other additions mask the flavor of the greens, but you’ll still reap the nutritional benefits. Here are a few we’ve tried and liked:

Spinach

Kale

Beet Greens

Lettuce

Arugula

Micro Greens

Green Smoothie Fruit Options

Pineapple is my go-to fruit for green smoothies. One $3 pineapple lasts all week and it does a great job of masking the bitterness and earthy flavor of the greens. Pineapple not your cup of tea? Try these frozen fruit options:

 

Berries- Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberry, Blackberry

Mango

Peaches

Cherries
Citrus- Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines

Healthy Green Smoothie in a short glass with a glass straw. Smoothie is topped with blueberries and coconut flakes.

Best Blender For Smoothies

Many sites will tell you the Vitamix Blender is a must have. It’s not. While nice, the price tag isn’t as much. We use our little NutriBullet Blender with ease. Zero issues. Sure it can only make one at a time, but I’m okay with that. Most of us don’t need another large appliance hogging valuable space in the kitchen anyway.

Can You Make Green Smoothies Ahead of Time?

Yes and no. You can prep the ingredients, minus the liquid, and store in the freezer in a small Ziploc bag. Throw the contents of the bag in the blender and add liquid when you’re ready to make. I usually prep a weeks worth of smoothies at a time. Or you can make the entire smoothie and keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

What Happens To Your body when you drink green smoothies?

Green smoothies are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and energy. They help enhance the immune system and rejuvenates the body.

Is It OK to drink a green smoothie every day?

Yep. It’s really just eating your fruits and vegetables in liquid form. Just make sure if you’re adding natural sweeteners or sweetened liquids you watch your sugar intake, if that’s important to you.

Now that it’s 2021, stop Googling “Green Smoothies Near Me” and start making your own green smoothie recipes. 

 

## I’d love to hear from you! Use the hashtag #foodieandwine when you’ve made this recipe and post to social media! Leave a comment with your favorite green smoothie add-ins!

Green smoothie topped with 3 banana slices in a small glass with a glass straw.

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4-Ingredient Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

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Delicious simple and healthy green smoothie recipe packed with superfoods like fruit, spinach and other flavorful and healthy ingredients.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Almond Milk, Breakfast Recipe, chia seeds, Coconut Milk, Flax Seeds, Frozen Fruit, Green Smoothie Recipe, Healthy Breakfast Recipe, Smoothie Recipe, Spinach
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Person
Calories 166kcal
Cost $1.50

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Frozen Fruit (*Note 1)
  • 1 Handful Spinach (*Note 2)
  • 1/2 Cup Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt (*Note 3)
  • 1/2-1 Cup Almond or Coconut Milk (*Note 4)

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a high power blender and blend until smooth (about 15 seconds).
  • Check consistency – add extra coconut or almond milk to thin out if desired.
  • Pour into a tall glass, add toppings (if adding) and enjoy immediately.

Notes

Note 1 – Use any frozen fruit that you like! Berries, mangos and peaches are great.

Note 2 – Use any healthy greens that you like. Kale and micro greens are great. 

Note 3 – Want a Vegan Green Smoothie? Replace the greek yogurt with avocado.

Note 4 – Add up to an extra 1/2 cup of liquid if you want a thinner consistency. 

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 2909IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 1mg

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Wellness Lemon and Ginger Shot

Wellness Lemon and Ginger Shot

Welcome the day with an immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory elixir comprised of just lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper. Throw in an orange to amp up the nutrition of this immunity shot, if desired. These wellness lemon and ginger shots take just minutes to make.

Photo of three clear glass bottles filled with lemon and ginger shots. A knob of ginger and half a slice of lemon are next to the bottles.

Every winter I load up on nourishing immunity shot recipes, such as this Lemon and Ginger Shot and our Immune Boosting Ginger and Turmeric ShotsMinimal ingredients are required and they’re MUCH cheaper than those found in stores. These wellness shot recipes, Healthy Green Smoothie and  Instant Pot Bone Broth recipes are made often come January.

Ginger Shot Recipe

These lemon ginger shots require just three ingredients to make – four if you’d prefer to tame the spicy kick of the ginger by adding an orange. This small immune booster shot packs a huge nutrition punch. 
 
I use an inexpensive Hamilton Beach Juicer, but a high speed blender will also work. Instructions for both are included below.

Photo of three clear glass bottles filled with lemon and ginger shots. Squeezed lemon and orange rinds are nearby as well as a stick of ginger.

HOW TO MAKE Ginger SHOTS

If using a juicer, this spicy ginger shot recipes can be made in only five minutes in 4 short steps:

 

Prep the Produce – wash the ginger and lemon with a vegetable brush or toothbrush.

 

Juice the Produce – Juice the ginger and lemon (and orange, if adding). 

 

Add the Cayenne Pepper – Add the cayenne pepper to the juice and stir to combine

 

Enjoy – throw back this bad boy and reap the rewards.

Ginger Shot Benefits

As detailed in our Ginger Turmeric Shot recipe, ginger is a powerhouse of nutrition. Think rich with antioxidants, natural inflammatory, immune system booster and more. Head over and read up if you’re not familiar with all the benefits of ginger. Ginger shots for colds and ginger shots for weight loss are two reasons we incorporate these into our diet. 

clear mason jar with ginger shot juice next to a mesh strainer, empty glass mason jar and knob of ginger.

When Should You Take Ginger Shots?

Preferably in the morning. The ginger will help boost your metabolism and sooth any belly issues you may wake up with. 

**DISCLAIMER** I am not a doctor and am not offering up medical advice. These are just benefits I’ve personally researched. 

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Kick off your week with an immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory elixir comprised of just lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper. Throw in an orange to tone down the spice and amp up the nutrition. These wellness lemon and ginger shots take just minutes to make each morning. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Cayenne, Ginger, Healthy Shots, Juice Shots, Lemon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Shot
Calories 64kcal
Cost $1.50

Ingredients

  • 2 Lemons (*Note 1)
  • 1 2″ Piece of Fresh Ginger (*Note 2)
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

OPTIONAL:

  • 1 Large Orange (*Note 3)

Instructions

JUICER:

  • Wash the ginger with a vegetable brush or toothbrush and juice with the juicer.
  • Remove the peel from the lemons and juice with the juicer.
  • If adding an orange, remove the peel and juice with the juicer.
  • Add the cayenne pepper directly to the juice and manually stir to combine.
  • Enjoy immediately or store in airtight containers in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

BLENDER:

  • Juice the lemons (and orange if using) and add it to the blender followed by the ginger (skin removed) and cayenne pepper. Blend for 30 seconds, on high. If the mixture is too thick, add a tablespoon of water. Repeat a tablespoon at a time until the mix gets going.
  • Strain through a small fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag.
  • Enjoy immediately or store in airtight containers in the refrigerator up to 3 days. (*Note 4)

Notes

Note 1 – If using a juicer, peel the lemons before adding them to the juicer. If using a blender, keep the peel on so you can juice with ease.

Note 2 – If using a juicer, you can leave the ginger skin on. If using a blender, make sure to remove the skin first.

Note 3 – We love the spice of ginger and cayenne and don’t add anything extra. If you want to tone it down a bit, add an orange to the mix. It will add a ton of Vitamin C as well. If using a juicer, peel the orange before adding it to the juicer. If using a blender, keep the peel on so you can juice with ease.

Note 4- I make three batches at a time and store in these little  2 oz. glass bottles.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Shot | Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 114mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

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Immune Boosting Ginger and Turmeric Shots

Immune Boosting Ginger and Turmeric Shots

Immune boosting and anti-inflammatory ginger and turmeric shots recipe. Only 4 ingredients and 5 minutes is all you need to enjoy turmeric shot benefits. 

Close up of two small glass bottle holding ginger and turmeric juice. Squeezed fresh lemons off to the side.

Enjoy the benefits of immune boosting and anti-inflammatory ginger and turmeric shots without the high price tag you’ll find in the stores. This healthy and vegan turmeric shots recipe is loaded with spicy ginger and turmeric and lemon and black pepper. 

 

Having had nodular melanoma and regular melanoma this year, I’m loading up on all-things-healthy to help avoid new cancer growth and other ailments. 

Turmeric Shot Recipe

This is my go-to daily wellness shot recipe to help curb gut issues, reduce inflammation and help ward off colds. It’s comprised of just 4 ingredients: turmeric, ginger, lemons and black pepper. My Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe and Instant Pot Bone Broth are the other healthy elixirs I can’t get enough of.

How To Make Turmeric Shots

When using a juicer, this ginger turmeric shots recipes can be made in just 5 minutes in 4 quick steps:

 

Prep the Produce – wash the turmeric and ginger with a vegetable brush or toothbrush.

 

Juice the Produce – Juice the turmeric, ginger and lemon. 

 

Add the Black Pepper – Add the black pepper to the juice and stir to combine

 

Measure – This wellness shot recipe makes two shots. Divide the juice into two servings and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

Ingredients needed to make a turmeric shot including turmeric, ginger, lemon and black pepper. Also shows two small glass bottles to hold the finished products.

Turmeric Shots Benefits

Wondering what are turmeric shots good for? Benefits of turmeric, ginger and lemon are plentiful. Here are a few reasons to incorporate this Ginger and Turmeric Shot into your daily routine.**

 

Benefits of Turmeric

-Rich with powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals.

-Natural anti-inflammatory.

-Stimulates the body’s natural detoxifying process.

-Aids in digestion.

-Improves blood circulation and clotting, helping reverse the heart disease process. 

-is Curcumin, the yellow pigment in the spice, kills and stops the growth of melanoma skin cancer cells in a recent study.

 

Benefits of Ginger

-Rich with antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Only pomegranates and select berries have more.

-Natural anti-inflammatory.

-Aids in the digestion of food. 

-Helps relieve nausea and upset stomach, especially morning sickness.

-Boosts the immune system.

-Supports metabolism health.

-is a Lowers blood sugars and improves heart disease risk factors. 

 

Benefits of Lemon

-Helps prevent buildup of plaque and progression of heart disease.

-Antioxidant properties proven to reduce inflammation.

-Helps lower blood pressure.

-Helps to prevent kidney stones.

-Improve digestive health.

TURMERIC AND BLACK PEPPER

The absorption of Turmeric is heavily minimized when black pepper isn’t present. Black pepper contains a compound called Piperine, a substance that enhances the absorption of Curcumin (a product of turmeric) by 2,000%. (source)

How Many Turmeric Shots A Day

The recommended daily dose is 60-80 ml. I purchased these 2 oz. glass bottles that holds slightly shy of 60 ml and kick back one per day. You can select a larger size if you prefer more in each dose. Turmeric Shots Amazon cost about $3 each, which adds up quickly.

How Do You take Turmeric Shots?

I just knock it back with nothing else to wash it down. I enjoy the taste of spicy turmeric and ginger, but not everyone does. If that’s you, follow it down with a bit of juice or water or milk. You can also dilute it in a glass of cold water before drinking. 

**DISCLAIMER** I am not a doctor and am not offering up medical advice. These are just benefits I’ve personally researched. 

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Enjoy the benefits of store-bought immune boosting ginger and turmeric shots without the price tag. This turmeric shot recipe is loaded with spicy ginger and turmeric and lemon and black pepper.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Ginger, Healthy Shots, Juice Shots, Turmeric
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 shots
Calories 180kcal
Cost $5

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Turmeric (*Note 1)
  • 4 oz Ginger
  • 2 Large Lemons, Peeled
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Wash the turmeric and ginger with a vegetable brush or toothbrush.
  • Juice the ginger and turmeric. (*Note 2)
  • Remove the skin from the lemons and juice via the juicer.
  • Add the black pepper directly to the juice and manually stir to combine.
  • This recipe makes two shots – divide the juice into two servings and store in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator immediately before you’re ready to enjoy. (*Note 3)

Notes

Note 1 – Turmeric will discolor anything it touches, including your hands. We keep a wet nap nearby to immediately clean up spilled turmeric juice. 

Note 2- Dry the leftover pulp and add it to other juices or smoothies for an added flavor and health boost. 

Note 3- The recommended daily dose is 60-80 ml. I purchased these 2 oz. glass bottles that holds slightly shy of 60 ml. You can select a larger size if you prefer more in each dose.

 

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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