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.

  • 1½-2 cups (360-480 ml) water
  • ¾ pound (340 g) organic romaine lettuce, rough chopped, about 1 head
  • ½ head large bunch or ¾ 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)
  • Place water, romaine, spinach, celery, and optional ingredients, if using, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.

Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 8. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Stop machine and remove lid. Add apple, pear, banana and lemon to the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serving size: 7½ c (1.8 l)



  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.