Zesty Green Smoothie

by | Jan 19, 2021 | Beverages, Breakfast

Nothing beats a quick and easy smoothie that’s jam-packed with nutrients like vitamin C, mineral-rich greens, and tastes delicious to boot. Enjoy this immune-supportive smoothie any time of day.

I’ve been on an orange juice kick for the past few weeks. I haven’t bought juice in years because I always felt that it was too sugary, but one day last month I was absolutely craving a cold glass of orange juice and I decided I was done with that food rule! I made sure to pick some up the next time I went grocery shopping and since then I’ve been enjoying a glass every once in a while, including in this smoothie.

I’m not always a big smoothie drinker this time of year. But between my creamy Banana Cinnamon Smoothie and this super fresh, zesty green goodness I’ve actually been whipping them up a few times a week.

This smoothie has a really fresh, bright, and zesty flavour from the ginger and orange. It’s packed with vitamin C and is the perfect immune-supporting blend this time of year.

How to Make a Zesty Green Smoothie

This recipe is actually really simple. All you need is:

  • banana
  • frozen pineapple
  • fresh ginger
  • baby spinach, kale, and/or chard (I buy a fresh package of these 3 greens mixed together)
  • 100% orange juice, not from concentrate
  • chia seeds
  • water
  • ice

The orange juice is what really helps add that nice zingy flavour we all love from citrus fruits. Combined with ginger and pineapple, this smoothie has such a satisfying fresh flavour that reminds me of all the lively fruits and veggies I enjoy in the summer. If you’re unsure of how all the greens taste in this recipe, you won’t even notice ’em! I always feel so energized after drinking this!

That being said, this smoothie is a touch on the sweeter side. You can either enjoy this in one regular-sized serving, split it up between you and your partner or kids (or store extra in the fridge for later), or just use a little less orange juice. Usually I make this smoothie and split it up between myself and Sean.

Alternatively, if you wish to use a fresh whole orange instead of orange juice, that would work too.

Zesty Green Smoothie

A fresh green smoothie made with pineapple, ginger, orange juice, and a big handful of greens.

Course Breakfast, Drinks
Keyword smoothie
Prep Time 3 minutes
Author Meghan


  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup 100% orange juice
  • large handful baby spinach, kale, and/or chard
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 ice cubes


  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds. Enjoy right away!

Recipe Notes

Store extras in airtight jar for up to 2 days.

Let me know if you give this recipe a try by leaving a rating or comment below!

by Meghan Livingstone

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Meghan Livingstone, CNP

Hi, I’m Meghan. I’m a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, blogger, and YouTuber with a passion for healthy, simple living. I’m here to inspire you to listen to your body, eat wholesomely, and create a fulfilling life.