It’s not easy being green.

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But it can be tastier than you think.

I try to get at least one green smoothie down the hatch each day. I love them in the morning as a natural energy boost and quick breakfast-on-the-go that keeps me full until lunch.

Last month, I picked up a Bella Rocket Extract Pro blender at Walmart. It’s a Nutribullet dupe at almost half the price, and so much better than my countertop blender: it easily grinds nuts and seeds, blends quickly and smoothly directly into durable BPA-free plastic tumblers (with convenient travel lids) and is super easy to clean.

{Because let’s face it, if it’s not convenient, I’ll just end up at Chik-fil-A for breakfast.}

I buy fresh organic spinach, bananas, and frozen fruit in bulk; and I keep a stock of coconut oil, ground flax, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and protein powder to mix in. For some reason, imagining I’m working with a sundae bar keeps me motivated. ;-)

I try to make different smoothies every day to keep things interesting, but lately, my favorite combo is a couple cups of spinach, a banana, 5-6 frozen whole strawberries, a little peanut butter, lots of ground flax, a tablespoon or so of honey, and cacao nibs blended with a splash of skim milk and ice.

If you’re new to green smoothies, here’s a helpful recipe chart to get you started!

Simple Green Smoothies - The Simple Green Smoothie Formula
{ source: simplegreensmoothies.com

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42 Comments

  1. The next type of juicer is called a masticating juicer because it extracts juice using
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    Posted 1.15.15 Reply
  2. Ah, I love green smoothies and am a big fan of the ladies at Simple Green Smoothies! Thanks for the tips :)

    Posted 10.10.14 Reply
  3. annacarew wrote:

    thank you so much for this!!!

    Posted 9.28.14 Reply
  4. Thank you for this post! I’ve been looking for a new blender to get back on my smoothie kick. I currently have a Ninja, which is too big and not so easy to clean. I’m going to get that Bella Rocket this weekend.

    Posted 9.18.14 Reply
  5. Great formula for a yummy smoothie! I’m a huge fan of green smoothies myself. :-)
    xo~ J.Frost
    http://www.fashionablyfrost.com

    Posted 9.17.14 Reply
  6. I love the smoothie and that outfit!! so cute!!!
    super cool your blog!
    Cheers!

    Posted 9.17.14 Reply
  7. carmenkmchen wrote:

    Yummmmm! Easy clean up = definite win in my books!

    Posted 9.17.14 Reply
  8. Mel wrote:

    Need to get a blender and definitely need to try this! I was looking for easy ways to make smoothies, and I found it here! Thanks!

    Melania
    http://melschoice.wordpress.com

    Posted 9.17.14 Reply
  9. Love morning green smoothies. Fresh and healthy start of the day

    Posted 9.17.14 Reply
  10. ljorahilly wrote:

    Amazing!! Thank you for sharing this! I really need to get onto green smoothies, this is the motivation I’ve been looking for.. Thank you!!

    Posted 9.17.14 Reply
  11. What tends to be your favorite liquid base? I used to use green tea but the flavor of the tea over powered everything else I put into the smoothie. I would like a base that adds some flavor but allows me to taste the other flavors as well.

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
    • I usually use water, but sometimes I’ll use skim milk if I need a little extra protein. My dad uses coconut milk in his and really likes the flavor!

      Posted 9.17.14 Reply
  12. melmoyle wrote:

    I love green smoothies! I try to have one a day. Have you heard recently how they say you need to drink it with a straw to protect your teeth?

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
    • I hadn’t heard that, but I use a straw for everything! ;-)

      Posted 9.17.14 Reply
  13. Carolina E. wrote:

    I know that this is healthy and sure looks good !

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  14. Recipie chart is great! Thanks for sharing!

    Alanna
    missaLAnnis.com

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  15. Great post! I do this at home for the whole fam, but I wing it and don’t measure and the results can be hit or miss! I like the measurement guide…so my family doesn’t have to wonder–is it going to be good today or too much of something!

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
    • Haha! There have been many trial-and-error experiments in my smoothie journey. I think it helps to start with specific measurements until you get the hang of it.

      Posted 9.17.14 Reply
  16. brittney wrote:

    Love this! I’m a smoothie fan too, and green is the way to go. Sometimes I like to add frozen mango or pineapple to sweeten it up. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  17. Oh Cool! Good timing! I just brought a new blender and have been looking for good breakfast smoothies to try with it. (and to use up the bulk pack of Chia seeds I brought on an optimistic whim last month!!)

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  18. I really like the idea of having all your smoothie needs stock piled. I definitely need to jump on the green smoothie train. I love smoothies and sometimes I have a hard time eating breakfast, so this would be a great alternative

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
    • I’ve made it part of my morning routine, and having everything stocked and organized definitely helps when I’m rushed in the AM!

      Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  19. MyOwnPace wrote:

    LOVE green smoothies! Got into juicing a couple of months ago, but this little blender you found is a great replacement for smoothies to go! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
    • A lot of my friends juice, but I just can’t get on board with the cleanup. This blender makes everything really smooth, and it’s SO easy to clean!

      Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  20. I love juicing and doing the same every morning however i have frozen broccoli too :-)

    xxx
    https://beautyfadfiltered.wordpress.com

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  21. Great ideas! Really helpful to have it broken down like that :)

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  22. Thanks for the tip!

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  23. I’m curious- do you continue this throughout the fall and winter? I get cold so easily, I don’t know that I could! Granted, Texas still has a month or so until the cold really sets in, so I’m going to be using this chart soon.

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
    • I do! But I’m in Florida, and the coldest it gets is 50-ish. Usually when it’s cooler out, I drink them at home in the evenings when I can cuddle up with a blanket. This fall I might have to break out some pumpkin smoothies: http://skinnyms.com/pumpkin-spice-smoothie/

      Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  24. Cute shorts! Will try the smoothie too!

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
    • Thanks! They’re a few years old now; LC Lauren Conrad from Kohl’s.

      Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  25. sndrury wrote:

    I’m going to try this! I keep hearing about green smoothies, and have been curious. Unfortunately, my curiosity has only led me to add some protein to my coffee, which at least keeps me full. This sounds good though, and a lot healthier than protein/coffee.

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  26. going to have to try this out.

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply
  27. Ooh, creating a cute bar with lots of choices for your smoothie is a great means for encouragement! I may have to try that!

    Posted 9.16.14 Reply