Easy Vitamix Green Smoothie Recipe

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I finally broke down and bought myself a Vitamix blender a couple weeks ago. I’ve been drooling over them for over 10 years. I’ve heard they are great for green smoothie recipes and finally decided now’s the time! Merry Christmas to me! 🙂

green smoothie with spinach and banana in glass jar with straw

Ingredients for Vitamix Green Smoothie Recipes

This morning I made a wonderful green smoothie. The kids are suspicious because it’s green, but it tastes really good and they’re drinking it! (I blamed the green grapes!)

Here’s a basic Vitamix green smoothie recipe:

  • Grapes – control the sweetness of your green smoothie by choosing red or green grapes
  • Orange – the citrus counteracts the earthiness of the spinach. Make sure it is peeled, but no need to remove all the pulp.
  • Fresh pineapple chunks – the core can be blended up as well! The ripeness of your pineapple dictates the overall sweetness of your smoothie.
  • Banana – gives thickness and consistency to your smoothie. I prefer using bananas that are ripe but not too ripe in mine.
  • Carrot – if it is a thick carrot, cut it in half or smaller chunks if needed. Adds sweetness to the smoothie.
  • Fresh spinach – in theory, you could use frozen spinach by I strongly encourage you to use fresh. The taste is totally different and not as good if you use frozen.
  • Apple – quarter and seed the apple but you can leave the peel on if you want. Get in all those vitamins and fiber!
  • Ice – green smoothies are best when served ice cold! If your blender doesn’t do great with crushing ice, add a little bit of water.

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How to Make a Green Smoothie with a Vitamix

1. Place all ingredients in Vitamix in order listed and secure lid.
2. Select Variable 1
3. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then High.
4. Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached.

Serve in a glass jar with a stainless steel or glass straw.

Recipe Tip

If you don’t have a Vitamix, use your regular blender on the smoothie settings or on high. There should be no chunks of fruits or veggies in the smoothie. Make sure it is blended until smooth.

I also love the individual blenders for smoothies on the go. I always have a healthy snack with me!

green smoothie bowl with bananas raspberries and nuts and seeds
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Variations of Green Smoothies

Vitamix green smoothies are easy to change for your personal taste. Experiment with different combinations of fruits mixed with the spinach. Add more or less carrot. I love adding berries and peaches to green smoothies depending on what is in season.

I also love a good smoothie bowl with all the fresh fruit and seed toppings. To make a smoothie thicker, add chia seeds, nut butters, or yogurt. Using frozen fruit (but not spinach!!) will also give you a thicker smoothie bowl.

Can I Make Green Smoothies Ahead of Time?

Smoothies are one of the easiest things to make in advance! Blend them up the night before and they will keep in the fridge for up to 48 hours. I generally use them within 24, though.

You can also freeze green smoothies. Use any freezer safe container and be sure to leave a little space at the top for head room. Frozen, blended smoothies will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Alternatively, put all the ingredients for your smoothie together in a bag and then freeze. This way you have all the prep and portions done already. When you’re ready to eat, just blend everything up straight from the freezer.

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Yield: 2 servings

It's Easy Being Green Smoothie

green smoothie with spinach and banana in glass jar with straw

Packed with fresh fruits and vegetables, even your pickiest eaters will love this green smoothie. It's great for breakfast or an after school snack.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 medium orange, peeled & halved (I omitted this because I didn't have any. I'm curious to see how much better it tastes with the orange)
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks, core included
  • 1 banana
  • 1 carrot, halved
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 medium apple, quartered & seeded
  • 6 cups ice

Instructions

    1. Place all ingredients in Vitamix in order listed and secure lid.

    2. Select Variable 13. Turn machine on and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then High**.

    4. Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached.

Notes

**If not using a vitamix, blend using smoothie settings or on high until ingredients are a smooth consistency. When blended correctly, there should be no chunks!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. Thanks for the healthy encouragement! For our mid morning snack we had this smoothie but used brocolli instead of spinach (that’s what we had) and omitted the grapes. I don’t have a vitamix (yet) but my blender handled it fine and 3 out of four kids liked it. Excellent results in my house!