Garden Green Smoothie
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 2 (1 cup servings)
I used to take it for granted that everyone knew how to make the perfect smoothie. By perfect I mean just the right amount of liquid to solids. This smoothie is naturally sweet and it's oh-so-creamy. Below, you'll find my tried-and-true recipe, but if you want to change things up, read on for my suggested tweaks.
  • ¾ cup 100% orange juice
  • ½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup baby spinach or kale leaves
  • 3 to 4 fresh mint leaves
  • One 2-inch piece English cucumber, sliced
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • ½ peeled large ripe banana
  • 1 drizzle honey or agave nectar to taste, optional
  1. Place the juice, yogurt, spinach, mint, cucumber, mango, and honey as desired in a blender, and blend until well combined.
  2. Pour into individual glasses and serve with a straw. Yield: Two (1 cup) servings
Want a sweeter smoothie?
* Add another half banana
* Add 1 to 2 pitted dates (first soak in warm water for 10 minutes to soften)
* Drizzle in more honey

Want a thicker smoothie?
* Add ½ cup orange juice vs. ¾ cup
* Add more yogurt
* Add 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Want a greener smoothie?
* Add another ½ cup spinach
* Toss in a few slices of peeled kiwi

Want to change up the flavor?
* Add some grated fresh ginger root
* Sprinkle in some dried cinnamon
* Use almond or cow's milk instead of orange juice
Recipe by Lizs Healthy Table at