The Glowing Green Smoothie® Recipe

Glowing Green Smoothie

Drinking the Glowing Green Smoothie ® (GGS) is a great way to incorporate tremendous amounts of greens into your diet – far more than just eating your veggies. A serving of the GGS contains over 3 cups of dark leafy green vegetables, which is more than many people get in a week! 

Greens have more valuable nutrients than any other food group on the planet. You might be surprised to learn that greens even have high-quality, easily-assimilated amino acids – enough to build the protein that supports the muscle mass of the mighty, greens-eating gorilla, which pound-for-pound is the strongest animal on earth! Blending helps make greens’ full spectrum of nutrition readily available to the body.

Nutrients are encased inside plant cells and getting their benefits requires these cells’ walls to be ruptured. Greens need to be worked down to a creamy consistency, but most people simply don’t chew that much! Blending addresses this problem, helping your body absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your greens. This is the drink that I drink every day, and have all my clients drink to feel and look their best. I hope that it will become part of your daily life as well.

I generally recommend starting out consuming around 16 ounces of the Glowing Green Smoothie®, and then working up to 24 ounces or more. A Vitamix blender is definitely recommended to make this smoothie, so that it’s smooth, silky, and delicious in only a few minutes of prep time and cleanup.

The advantage of making a big batch like this one is time and convenience. Unlike juice, the Glowing Green Smoothie ® will keep in your refrigerator, as long as it’s covered, for about two and a half days. You can share it with your family or roommates, or have it yourself over that time period.


You can also freeze portion sizes of it in glass containers and thaw out the night before in a bind. Ongoing cleansing is a critical way to reach your highest potential of health and beauty. The Glowing Green Smoothie ® retains all of the fiber of the greens and fruit, rather than removing it. In nature, vegetables and fruit are found with both their fiber and juice intact, and we can’t improve on nature. Fiber is critical for ongoing cleansing by sweeping out toxins on a regular basis, helping to keep your digestive tract and body clean, and also keeping you more full so that you tent to eat less heavier and/or acidic foods throughout the day.

Note: I encourage you to mix and match your greens and fruit. Vary this recipe with kale, chard, arugula, and the like. Just avoid melons, as they don’t combine well with other produce. You can get more healthy, delicious recipes from my book, The Beauty Detox Foods.

The Glowing Green Smoothie® Recipe
Serves: 64 oz
  • 1-2 cups very cold, filtered water
  • ¾ pound organic romaine lettuce, rough chopped, about 1 head
  • ½ head large bunch or small bunch organic spinach
  • 3-4 organic celery stalks, halved
  • 1 organic apple, cored, seeded, quartered
  • 1 organic pear, cored, seeded, quartered
  • 1 organic banana, peeled
  • ½ fresh organic lemon, peeled, seeded
  • bunch organic cilantro with stems (optional)
  • bunch organic parsley with stems (optional)
  1. Place water, romaine, spinach, celery, and optional ingredients, if using, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Starting the blender on a low speed, blend until smooth.
  3. Gradually moving to higher speeds Add apple, pear, banana and lemon to the blender and blend until smooth.



  • ApeBrain

    I make mine with one full cucumber, 4 celery stalks, a few handfuls of kale, a pear, and one clove of garlic (occasionally I’ll add a little ginger for a kick). At first they tasted like ass but now I kind of like them.

  • Martha Estrada

    Love this smoothie, I add mint leaves, ginger and lots of lime juice and frozen pineapple. So good!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      That sounds great! I am so glad you are enjoying the Glowing Green Smoothie!

  • Kimberly Snyder

    Let me know how you like it! Be sure to sign up on my home page to get the GGS For All Seasons and to get information on my 14 – Day Glowing Green Smoothie Challenge!

  • Jennifer Moyer

    I am very surprised at how good this smoothie is. I am not a fan of salads so this is perfect. I am going to try this with frozen bananas to get it creamier.

  • Lucy Tonna-Henry

    do you peel the apple and pear?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Lucy, You would not peel the apple or the pear. Just wash them and then cut them into smaller pieces removing the cores and throw into your blender! :)

  • Kimberly Snyder

    Hi Lucy,

    Yes you want to leave the skin on both the apple and the pear as there is important Beauty Fiber in them!

  • Alix

    Hi Kimberly!
    Just wondering if I can freeze the ingredients in portions before blending? Then just throw them in the blender each morning?
    I’ve had this smoothie before and I love it!!
    Thanks :)

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Alix,
      You can totally do that or just make a big batch and freeze the individual portions.

  • Andrea

    I love the idea of freezing it in individual batches however what is the best way to defrost it for you to drink? I find it takes a while to defrost!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Andrea, You can freeze it in a container that fits a single serving size and take it out the night before. This way it will be ready in the morning. You can always throw it back in the blender if it is a little frozen in the middle.

      • Carla

        Hi Kimberly, I ´ll join this answer. Up to how many days can the juice be frozen? One week? Two? Thanks

        • Kimberly Snyder

          Hi Carla, It can last for 1 week if you freeze portions of it.

  • Brittney Stinner

    About how many calories are in one serving of the Glowing Green Smoothie? Thanks!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Brittney,
      I am not a huge calorie counter by any means when it comes to eating whole foods. Calories do not always give you a proper measure of what you are eating. In a 16oz glass of the GGS it is around 150 – 200 calories depending on your ingredients..

      • Brittney Stinner

        Thank you! I am trying to transition to cutting out dairy and have been implementing more Beauty Detox Foods into my diet. In the meantime, I’ve been loosely keeping track of what I eat and the calories but not obsessing. Thank you for the info!

  • Tiffany Rose

    I just can’t imagine this is filling for very long!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Tiffany,
      The Glowing Green Smoothie is packed with Beauty Fiber which is very filling. If you find yourself still hungry you can always increase your intake from 16oz to 32oz. You also could make some steel cut oatmeal as well. xx Kimberly

      • Kecia Newton

        I can say I have this first thing in the morning usually around 5:30 then at 7:30 before my walk I have my protein shake. I give it time to digest.

  • Kimberly Snyder

    You can eye ball it depending if you are using other greens but depending on the size of the pre-bagged spinach you may be able to use the whole bag.

    • Nina

      Thanks for answering! What would you say is the ratio of lettuce to spinach if I’m strictly following your recipe?

      • Kimberly Snyder

        Your welcome Nina. You could do a 50/50 ratio.

        • Nina

          Sweet. Just made my first GGS today. It was delicious :) And this is coming from a card carrying lifetime carnivore.

  • Tiffany Rivera

    Kimberly, This smoothie changed my life for the better. My skin totally improved and it was a perfect transition as I started to wean myself off of coffee. I use to drink only one cup of coffee a day and when I wanted to stop drinking only that one cup…it was really hard and I really went through mild withdrawal symptoms. This was during the same time I started to drink the smoothies and I also started my mornings with my hot water and lemon so it helped me through some of my withdrawal symtoms. Now when I feel a little tired before a meeting I go straight to my smoothie as opposed to grabbing a cup of coffee. It works! It’s amazing!
    Also, I started drinking your smoothie in Dec 2014 and introducing a lot of recipes from your book in my daily diet. I feel amazing and now I’m 7 weeks pregnant and I’m happy that I gave up the coffee and I’m eating healthy for my baby! I’m looking forward to reading your advice about what pregnant women should eat. God Bless you and thank you for sharing your experiences good and bad. BTW, my 2 year old daughter loves the green smoothie too!

  • Kimberly Snyder

    Hi Susan, You can have your protein later in the day. The GGS is perfect to start your day with as it digest quickly and provides you with so many beauty nutrients and tons of fiber to keep you full. You can try my Power Protein Smoothie later in the morning if you are still feeling hungry.

  • Kimberly Snyder

    Hi Sanda, Depending on what blender you have it may not be able to break up the skin and seeds of the lemon, leaving the pieces whole. If you have a strong blender you can use the peeled lemon if you wish.

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  • Tia Guy

    Can you use a juicer to make this

  • Semara Simu Shahin

    Cucumbers and avocado(in place of that creamy texture banana gives) are good options!

  • Jessie Swaffer

    Does it have more of a bitter taste because of all the greens? I have a massive sweet tooth, so I’m not a fan of the more harsh smoothies. Also, just curious, would it be ok to switch the apple and pear for, say, pineapple and kiwi? I’ve tried Apple before in other smoothies and the texture is weird. Thoughts?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Kristen, That is a great question. It is important to blend this as a smoothie because you do not want to remove all the fiber from it. You can blend the ingredients longer and in smaller batches if you blender is not as strong.

      • Jessie Swaffer

        I’m sorry… I think your comment was meant for someone else.

        • Kimberly Snyder

          Hi Jessie, You are correct. Sorry about that. I see you were asking about the sweetness of the smoothie. It is actually not bitter at all between the apple, pear and banana. If you wanted to used another fruit over the apple that would be okay to try. If you have never have the GGS from a Vitamix blender I recommend trying it with the original recipe as it is so smooth you wouldn’t notice the texture of the apple. Let me know how it turns out!

  • Kristen Michele

    Has anyone done this with a juicer? I have a juicer, not a powerful blender. Does it work the same or would I need to make adjustments to the recipe?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Kristen, That is a great question. It is important to blend this as a smoothie because you do not want to remove all the fiber from the smoothie. You can blend the ingredients longer and in smaller batches if you blender is not as strong.

  • Chinwe Obianwu

    I just blended my first ggs this morning. I was rushing to school so forgot to add a banana and celery but it still tastes good. Thank you for this recipe!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      You are welcome Chinwe! Have a great day at school :)

  • Kimberly Snyder

    Hi Allison, Thank you for writing in. That is a great question. I don’t recommend a lot of supplements but the ones I do are important to feeling your best. I don’t recommend any other vitamins but if you are going to take anything I would urge you to take my SBO Probiotics. Probiotics are so important for many reasons but one of them being they help your body be able to absorb all the healthy nutrients you are now consuming! Drinking the Glowing Green Smoothie is also important because it gives your body the needed fiber to flush out toxins from your body and help keep you regular!

  • Kimberly Snyder

    Hi Allison, If you are staying at a hotel you can ask them to make it for you or if there are any smoothie shops where you are going you can ask for them to make a version of the GGS for you. If you can’t have the GGS with one of those options then you could make sure you are eating more greens and having fruit. Be sure to chew really well. It will be important to have your hot water with lemon in the morning as well if you can.