The Green Smoothie Challenge: How Long Can You Stay Strong?

The green smoothie challenge is a simple enough concept: drink just one green smoothie a day for a week or a month (maybe even 3 months?) in an effort to improve your diet, increase your health, and lose weight. If you’re willing to give it a try, then add those dark, leafy greens to your shopping list and bookmark this article for 10 of our unique, health-focused green smoothie recipes. For increased energy, for heart health, for sharing with your kids and more—read on to get more than enough ideas for a 7-day green smoothie challenge, and then see just how long you can stay strong in drinking one green smoothie every day.

Try the green smoothie challenge (with recipes)!

Our Top 10 Gorgeous Green Smoothie Recipes

Here are 10 of our specially designed green smoothie recipes that you can pick and choose from even if you’re planning to go on a 30-day green smoothie challenge (mix ’em up!). Using whole foods and healthy fats, each of these simple green smoothie recipes can help lead you to weight loss and better health.

We’ve got smoothies with leafy greens, green matcha smoothies, a kids’ menu of green smoothies, and one truly unique bonus smoothie at the end!

Leafy Green Dreams

These three smoothies contain either spinach or kale (or both!), along with their ingredients list and their own unique benefits. Just follow the title link for step-by-step instructions on how to make each one of these vegetable delights.

1. Green Machine Veggie Smoothie

The Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped and stemmed kale
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1 Persian cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups chilled green tea
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons bee pollen
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax seed
The Benefits

Full of vitamins and minerals galore, this vegetable-dense smoothie will not let you down—it’s practically a salad you can sip! With kale for iron and calcium, spinach with B vitamins and folate, plus celery and cucumber for refreshing doses of vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin K, this smoothie is greener than Kermit the Frog. It also calls for cauliflower for fiber, lemons for antioxidants, chia seeds and flax seeds for their omega-3 fatty acids, plus bee pollen and green tea for boosting your immune system. Some almonds on top for protein, and you’ve nearly covered the entire food pyramid with 1 cup. This machine never stops!

2. Green and Glowing Avocado Smoothie

The Ingredients
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 Persian cucumber, more for optional garnish
  • 1 cup chilled coconut water
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
The Benefits

Find yourself glowing with this hydrating smoothie: avocado, grapes, cucumber, coconut water, and ice cubes bring the moisture to your cup, providing you with not only a refreshing summer smoothie, but also minerals like copper and antioxidants and electrolytes to revitalize your well-being. Spinach for consistency and brain health, hemp seeds for protein and omega-3s, and bee pollen to boost your immunity power. Be radiant with this recipe.

3. Super Greens Veggie Smoothie

The Ingredients
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 teaspoons green spirulina powder
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 cup almond milk
The Benefits

With kale, spinach, and the superfood clincher spirulina bringing you the circulatory health provided by iron, this smoothie also provides vitamin C from banana and pineapple, which aids the absorption of iron in your digestive system. With almond milk to blend some vitamin E into the mix, you’ll definitely feel superior with this recipe.

Matcha Mixers

Matcha is the concentrated form of green tea, bringing you all the life-prolonging health of green tea in a supercharged powder. These next three recipes bring vibrant matcha into the mix.

4. Luscious Green Matcha Smoothie

The Ingredients
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
The Benefits

Matcha mixed with avocado gives this smoothie a creamy consistency. The recipe also calls for some beautifully green pistachio nuts, which are full of antioxidants and supportive of cholesterol health. With kale, almond milk, and maple syrup for sweetness and flavor, this is one decadent drink you won’t believe is good for you…but we promise, it is!

5. The Ultimate Green Smoothie

The Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
The Benefits

With matcha for antioxidants, avocado for healthy fat, banana and pineapple for fiber, and spinach for heart health, this recipe isn’t called “ultimate” for nothing. Coconut milk gives it the right consistency, plus the health benefit of blood pressure support.

6. Matcha Be Crazy Smoothie

The Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut chunks
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 dates
  • Activated charcoal ice cubes
The Benefits

Doubling down on coconut milk with coconut shreds too (which are full of vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, potassium, and fiber), this matcha smoothie also sweetens the pot with dates. Baby spinach brings the greens, and activated charcoal is the secret weapon for detoxification and enhanced kidney function.

The Kids’ Menu

Kids can do the green smoothie challenge too, and may even help keep you on track because once they get one fun blended treat, they’ll definitely remember to bother you for more! These next three recipes are designed with kids in mind.

7. Drink Your Greens Smoothie

The Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup peaches, frozen
  • 1 plantain, frozen
  • 1/4 cup kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
The Benefits

Tasty and fruity, this recipe is perfect for your little ones, with peaches for zinc, carotenoids (they’re what make carrots orange and help our eyes stay healthy), plus polyphenols for an antibacterial boost. We’ve added mini bananas (plantains), almond milk, and yogurt for a milkshake-like consistency. Last up is the green ingredient (of course): kale. The kids won’t even taste it under all the tasty goodness of creamy fruits, and neither will you!

8. Green Monster Smoothie

The Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup carrots
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
The Benefits

Refreshing celery and superfood kale come together with carrots, coconut water, and spirulina to make a seriously healthy smoothie. Pineapple and lemon juice help cut the flavor with their zesty tartness, and provide vitamin C and antioxidant support too.

9. Slime Green Smoothie

The Ingredients
  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup green grapes, frozen
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, frozen
  • 1 tablespoon activated charcoal
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
The Benefits

A food and a toy is this green slime smoothie. Kale and spinach bring the heavy nutrients, while cucumber and green grapes bring that juicy, springy consistency that gives you a slimy treat! Pineapple for flavor and manganese (good for strong bones), plus activated charcoal—it’s a detoxification aid for kids as well as adults.

One Last Unique Bonus Smoothie

10. Fresh Splash Smoothie

The Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup green grapes
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 spirulina capsule
The Benefits

Now for the lightest green smoothie of all, with pineapple, cucumber, coconut water, and green grapes, which can help reduce inflammation and increase your lifespan. Spirulina brings the deep green you’re looking for in a healthy green smoothie, while the rest is juice-like in its lightness and ease.

Smoothie and Easy

Let these recipes be your guide, whether you want to add protein powder to your smoothies, mask the greens with peanut butter or frozen fruit for the kids, or if in your mind “green smoothie” means a green apple drink. If you’re in it to win it with an extra-long 90-day green smoothie challenge, you can’t go wrong with creativity. Any one of these delicious smoothies can help rid your diet of processed foods and give you a head start on a green smoothie cleanse that improves your energy levels and provides you with a ton of health benefits. Even if you’re starting small with a 3-day challenge for your first time, stay strong and know that next time you’ll be ready for this healthy habit to take hold.

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