Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Smoothie, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

The Green Machine


I had this Apple, Spinach, Cucumber & Mint Smoothie on a sunny, 86° day. Before you write this off for its quite green color, try this hydrating drink on a hot, summer day.  I originally made this with kale, more celery and no mint, and it tasted like I was drinking grass; the smoothie turned out waaaay too green. However, baby spinach has a much milder taste, and the mint added a fresh kick. When I make this again, I would add frozen banana instead of the yogurt. This was a different take and a welcomed departure from the classic fruit smoothie. Before you dismiss the green smoothie for its color, give it a try!

Ingredients (makes 1 smoothie).

  • 1/2 large apple (like Gala or Fuji), cored and peeled
  • 1/4 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 c packed spinach
  • 2 inch small celery stalk, chopped
  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • 1/2 frozen banana (–or– 2 generous spoonfuls of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt for dairy option)
  • 1/4 c water (or coconut water!)
  • 3-4 large ice cubes


  1. Chop apple and cucumber into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer smoothie to a glass and enjoy!

Adapted from “Kale, Apple and Cucumber Smoothie” in Giada’s Feel Good Food.


Shown with nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt, but I enjoyed the sweetness that the banana added much more when I made this a second time.


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