This Green Machine Smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse filled with baby spinach, apple, avocado, pineapple, fresh ginger and coconut water.
This simple green machine smoothie recipe is my go to. I swear it’s the only green shake recipe that you will ever need. It’s vegan, packed full of healthy ingredients and very filling for a quick breakfast on the go or an afternoon pick me up.
I swear by this green machine smoothie recipe. I call it the “green machine” It keeps me full and gives me a great boost of energy but it also keeps everything else moving like a machine…if you know what I mean. When I’m in the habit of drinking one three to four times a week, I also notice a significant difference in the way I look. Softer skin, better hair. I swear, it makes you more beautiful!
This recipe is highly customizable based on your tastes, but I believe it’s perfect as is. I’ll also give you a few substitutions or additions that I’ve used when I don’t have these exact ingredients.
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What do I need to make a Green Machine Smoothie
Baby Spinach – Spinach is extremely nutrient-rich. It packs high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and calcium. It also has high levels of folate, which helps to maintain and repair DNA – great for renewing skin! You can use any leafy green you like in the recipe but I think baby spinach has the best results. Sometimes I swap in kale, but it definitely has a more pronounced taste and doesn’t blend up as smooth as tender baby spinach.
Frozen Pineapple – Pineapple contains bromelain, which is a mix of enzymes that studies show can reduce inflammation and swelling, making it a natural antihistamine. It’s also great for digestion. A single cup of pineapple contains about 76 percent of the recommended daily value of manganese which is essential for maintaining strong bones. It’s my favorite fruit and there is no substitute for pineapple in this recipe, it’s the star and what makes the smoothie naturally sweet. Making sure that it’s frozen is key. That is what will make your smoothie cold as the rest of the ingredients are room temperature.
Fresh Ginger – I always have a sizable chunk of fresh ginger in my fridge. I use it in so many recipes and it keeps for a long time. It’s one of the healthiest spices on the planet. Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s also great for digestion and can help ease nausea or an upset stomach.
Apple – I always buy honeycrisp apples. You can use any kind of apple you like. The sweeter varieties will work better in this smoothie so you don’t need any additional sweeteners. Apples are a great source of vitamin C and fiber. Fiber rich foods help keep you fuller longer.
Avocado – this is what gives the smoothie creaminess. Avocados are packed with nutrients and healthy fats. They also have more potassium than bananas which is great for me as I’m not a big fan of bananas in smoothies. Potassium supports healthy blood pressure levels and can even help relieve any hangover symptoms.
Lemon – Lemons are high in heart-healthy vitamin C and several beneficial plant compounds that may lower cholesterol and reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. Also great for digestion.
Coconut Water – not to be confused with coconut milk which is about 50% fat, coconut water is about 94% water. Coconut water forms naturally in the fruit and has very little fat. It’s super hydrating and full of electrolytes and minerals. I like to buy the smaller cartons as once it’s opened, coconut water only stays good for about 1-2 days. A little carton makes two smoothies so those are just perfect. You can also sub in almond milk or any other kind of non-dairy milk in this recipe. I just feel really hydrated from the coconut water.
Cayenne Pepper – just a dash of cayenne pepper really sets this smoothie off and gives it a little kick. The capsaicin in cayenne peppers may help boost your metabolism! This ingredient is totally optional but if you like the sweet and spicy combination, you will love this.
Add-ins – This is my go-to recipe for a green smoothie and I rarely add any additional ingredients or use any substitutions. If you have a favorite protein powder or swear by any other add-ins like chia or flax in your smoothie, go ahead and experiment. I don’t really use add-ins and feel like this smoothie packs a delicious nutritional punch that stands completely on its own.
Tips for Making a Perfect Smoothie
- Blend the greens and the liquid first. This helps ensure that the greens are fully incorporated. No one wants any random spinach leaves in their smoothie!
- Invest in a high powered blender. I have a Nutri Ninja Pro and it’s great for smoothies and for big jobs like batters and doughs. It’s pretty noisy but it’s totally worth the investment. I drink smoothies several times a week and this gets them smoother than any blender I’ve ever owned and it’s so versatile.
- Smoothies should be served immediately. To cut down on steps, I prep some of the ingredients beforehand like keeping frozen pineapple in silicone bags in portions in the freezer so I can just grab one and lemon slices in my fridge for whenever I need a quick squeeze.
Green Machine Smoothie
- 1 cup packed baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ large or one small apple seeds removed, cut into chunks
- ¼ of a large or ½ of a small ripe avocado
- 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger no need to peel
- ½-3/4 cup coconut water
- ¼ lemon juiced
- dash of cayenne pepper
- In a high powered blender, add spinach and ½ cup of coconut water till greens are liquified.
- Add in pineapple, apple, ginger, avocado, lemon and dash of cayenne pepper and blend on high until smooth.
- Check for consistency and sweetness and add in more coconut water or frozen pineapple to taste. Serve immediately.