This apple smoothie is so refreshing and a great afternoon treat or quick breakfast to start the day. It takes just five minutes to make and is full of fresh apples, spinach, banana, and a pop of ginger.
And we interrupt the holiday programming (see: cantucci, crockpot Christmas crack, and all the holiday cookies) to introduce this green apple smoothie. It’s fresh, it’s bright, and it’s the perfect antidote for all of the sugary indulgences that seem to be everywhere this time of year.
It’s also a refreshing pick-me-up to balance out all of the hustle and bustle of the season. It’s been my smoothie of choice for the last few weeks because let’s face it, all the hustle and bustle can be exhausting. I’ve made it in the morning to start the day and I’ve also made it in the afternoon to combat the 3 o’clock slump.
So, if you’re like me and find yourself a little slumpy at times, I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s fresh, bright and loaded with good-for-you ingredients.
5-Minute Green Smoothie
Five minutes, six ingredients and a blender are all you need. Like all smoothie recipes, it’s customizable based on your tastes so feel free to adjust the amounts.
- Frozen sliced bananas
- Chopped granny smith apple
- Fresh spinach
- Fresh lemon juice
- Ginger paste
Pop it all on the blender and whirr it until it’s smooth and creamy.
Apple Smoothie Tips and Tricks
- In case you’re wondering, you can’t taste the spinach in this smoothie. It tastes like apples with a zing from the ginger.
- This recipe makes enough for one smoothie, but you can easily scale it up to serve more.
- I don’t recommend blending the ingredients ahead and storing the smoothie in the refrigerator. It tastes best straight out of the blender.
- For the milk, I use 2% milk but you can use any kind of milk you like including almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk.
- I love to add ginger to my smoothies because it adds a pop of brightness and zing. I add a teaspoon, but you can adjust the amount to suit your tastes.
- The smoothie is pretty tart, so if you want to mellow it a bit feel free to add a little bit of honey to balance it out.
More Easy Smoothie Recipes
- Another one I love to make during the holidays is my Cranberry Smoothie with pomegranate, fresh-squeezed orange juice and honey.
- Or, try my Pineapple Smoothie – it’s like a little glass of sunshine.
- If you love frozen coffee drinks you have to try my Mocha Smoothie. It’s rich and chocolatey with no refined sugar.
- My Strawberry Avocado Smoothie is rich and creamy. You can’t taste the avocado but it adds so much goodness!
This simple green smoothie with banana, green apples, and spinach is refreshingly tart and a great way to start the day.
- 1 cup sliced frozen bananas
- 1 small (5-oz) granny smith apple, cored and cut into pieces
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste (see note)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup 2% milk (see note)
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk to thin the smoothie, if needed.
I love ginger, so if you want it a little less zingy you might want to cut the amount of ginger in half. For the milk, you can use pretty much whatever you like – almond milk, soy milk, whole milk or even half & half (if you want it a little richer) will work great. The nutrition estimate includes 2% milk.
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Blend
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 287
- Sugar: 41.2g
- Sodium: 119.7mg
- Fat: 3.4g
- Saturated Fat: 1.8g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1.1g
- Trans Fat: 0.1g
- Carbohydrates: 64g
- Fiber: 8.1g
- Protein: 7g
- Cholesterol: 9.8mg
Keywords: apple smoothie, green smoothie recipe, apple banana smoothie
The nutrition information in this recipe is an estimate only and was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.