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Green Smoothie 101 + 3 Recipes by Breakfast Criminals

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We love this Green Smoothie tutorial by one of our favorite recipe blogs, Breakfast Criminals! Enjoy!

Green smoothies can be intimidating, but they can also be fun, really delicious, easy to make, nutritious, and satisfying. As an intuitive cook, I rarely follow any recipes or rules, but—let me confess—after a few not-so-successful experiments with green smoothies that ended up tasting like a soup of greens, there are some rules that I never fail to abide.
So, what is a green smoothie? Basically it’s a smoothie that combines a liquid (I recommend nut milk or coconut water), fruits of choice, and dark leafy green vegetables (I go for kale or spinach, usually frozen). Simple, quick, easy to digest, versatile and energizing, when done right green smoothies could become your favourite breakfast.

Here are my top five ingredients for green smoothie success, as well as three of my all-time favourite green smoothie recipes.
1. Frozen banana: my freezer is always full of very ripe frozen bananas. They are my #1 ingredient for a creamy green smoothie.
2. Nut or seed butter: 1-2 tablespoons of nut butter (almond or cashew are my favorites), seed butter (sunflower, pumpkin or tahini can do no wrong) with give your green smoothie thickness and great nutty flavor.
3. Tropical twist: sweet fruit like pineapple, mango and grapes are also a great ingredient for a green smoothie, and add a refreshing tropical taste.
4. Chocolate + mint: a combo of raw cacao and green mint was meant to live in a green smoothie. You won’t even taste the greens.
5. Sweeten it up: if you prefer your greens to be on the sweeter side, add 1 tablespoon honey or agave.


Directions: blend all the ingredients in a blender, then serve with toppings of your choice. Welcome to the green life—there’s no way back now!


  • 1.5 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup kale
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin butter (I’m utterly in love with raw vegan sprouted pumpkin seed butter fromDastony)
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp matcha for energy (optional, I use Got Matcha)
  • Mint leaves for decoration


  • 1.5 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup frozen green grapes
  • 2 kiwis
  • 2 stems mint
  • 1 tbsp tahini (nothing beats Al Arz or Dastony brands)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1.5 tbsp maca for energy (optional)


  • 1.5 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 stem mint
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp maca (optional)

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