Gateway Green Smoothie Recipe

Gateway Green Smoothie Recipe

[Photograph: Carolyn Cope]

If you're new to—or slightly suspicious of—green smoothies, this recipe is the place to start. It's easy to like and every bit as friendly as befits someone from the tropics.


Use baby spinach for a milder-tasting, sweeter smoothie. If you like a brighter, tangier note to your sweets, try the sorrel. Both greens are beginner-friendly since they're not bitter or earthy in flavor.

This recipe does not require a high-speed blender. Just process until it's completely smooth. If your blender needs a little extra water to make that happen, that's okay. And if you're using a regular blender, slice the frozen banana before adding it.

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  • Yield:Serves 2
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 1 frozen banana, peeled
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • Flesh of 1 medium mango
  • 2 packed cups baby spinach or sorrel
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. 1.

    Combine all ingredients in blender and process until completely smooth (see note). Serve immediately.