10 Delicious Green Smoothies With 5 Ingredients or Fewer
Kale is amazing. We know that. It fuels us with iron; vitamins A, C, and K; calcium; and powerful antioxidants. It’s good for our hearts and our skin. But sometimes, kale tastes a little too much like kale—especially in our morning smoothies. So, we’ve rounded up a collection of green smoothie recipes that will both excite your taste buds and keep you energized until lunch.
These shamrock-colored health treats all have five or fewer ingredients, or at least five or fewer required ingredients, so they are never too difficult to make. If you’re in a pinch, we’ve discovered that a kale (or spinach)–pineapple-banana combo is always a safe bet. Just add water, blend, and enjoy your morning meal. If you have a little more time, these delightfully refreshing (and surprisingly filling) recipes will have you keeping green all summer long.
Protein, good carbs, and healthy fats make up the ideal trifecta for a pre-workout snack. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on this spinach-filled apple-banana smoothie, and your gym-boosting beverage starts tasting a bit like a chai latte. Simple Green Smoothies calls for oats and coconut oil as well, but we think these ingredients, while great sources of fuel, can be left out for a lighter, more cardio-friendly snack. Click here for the recipe.
You can use spinach or kale as your base for this revitalizing meal. Other ingredients include kiwis, frozen bananas, fresh mint, and citrus (your preference of lemon or lime). Just add water and ice, if desired, and your banana-kiwi creation is ready to enjoy. If you have coconut water in the fridge, you can swap that in instead of filtered water for an extra tropical flavor. Click here for the recipe.
Mango is the secret ingredient in this creamy concoction. Add some kale or spinach, a cup of pineapple, and a banana to your mango base, and enjoy. The recipe calls for two bananas, but in consideration of your sugar intake, you may just want to use one. We love garnishing with mint. Click here for the recipe.
Are you a green-smoothie master? Share your favorite healthy combo in the comments!