Ginger Green Citrus Smoothie

Simple and refreshing 7 ingredient ginger green citrus smoothie packed with flavor. And it doesn’t taste green!

ginger green citrus smoothie in a glass

Here’s a mid week pick-me-up for you!

How’s your week going? It’s been lonely in the house with the big Christmas tree gone, but I have to admit… I’m sort of loving getting back in the daily grind. I thrive on routine! I’ve shot 10 recipes in only 4 days, which is complete madness. We’re talking 300 pictures and a whole mess of food. Who wants to come over and help eat it all? I have a cake with your name on it. But first, green things.

ginger green citrus smoothie in a glass with a straw

In between all the hustle, I whipped up a new green smoothie. I make smoothies a few times every week, usually recipes that I’ve already shared with you on my blog. But this week I felt inspired to try something new. New year, new week, new smoothie? Something like that. A little fruit here, a little spinach there. I love this ginger green smoothie so much that I have to share it with you. Like, I’m putting all of the other 9 new recipes on hold just so I can show you this smoothie. Am I completely insane?

Don’t answer that.

First thing’s first. There are only 7 ingredients in this simple green smoothie! We’ll start with a frozen banana. I always have bananas in the freezer because they’re the secret to making super thick, creamy, ridiculously smooth…uh, smoothies. Sort of similar to ice cream. It’s miraculous. In case you haven’t tried it before, go grab a banana. Peel it, slice into chunks, and freeze. Your life is about to change.

ingredients for ginger citrus smoothie

We’ve also got an orange for flavor, some lemon for a little zip, apple for sweetness, and almond milk to thin things out. Feel free to use any milk you love, but I always opt for unsweetened vanilla almond milk in smoothies. Almond milk also keeps this smoothie dairy free, if that’s what you’re after!

Also: ginger. I love this stuff. I slice it up and add it to a pitcher of water along with cucumber and lemon slices. Sip it all day long. Talk about refreshing! Try it sometime. Ginger is also completely fantastic in smoothies, especially paired with a little citrus. Its feel-good, fresh flavor shines through and I think you’ll love it here!

Lastly, spinach. Just enough for a powerhouse nutrition punch, but not so much to make this smoothie taste like salad. There is so much flavor from the banana, orange, lemon, apple, and ginger that you won’t even notice the spinach, I swear.

This is a green smoothie for people who don’t like green smoothies.

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ginger green citrus smoothie in a glass

Ginger Green Citrus Smoothie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Cuisine: American


Simple and refreshing 7 ingredient ginger green citrus smoothie packed with flavor. And doesn’t taste green!


  • 1 banana, peeled then frozen*
  • 1/2 apple, sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 big handfuls spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh ginger (or to taste– I use a little more, I love ginger!)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk)
  • optional for smoothie bowl: the rest of the apple, raspberries, chia seeds, sliced banana


  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the frozen banana and apple. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 2 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  3. Serve and enjoy. Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 8-10 hours.


  1. Banana: Instead of banana, try using 1/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt with a couple ice cubes.

Keywords: ginger citrus smoothie, smoothie

Smoothie bowl style.

ginger green citrus smoothie in a bowl with a spoon topped with raspberries, banana slices, and chia seeds


  1. Natalie Munroe says:

    Your frozen banana trick changed my life– and saved many a wayward banana, lemme just add. I’ve been freezing those bad boys ever since! I’m just curious: when you shoot those fun videos, do you shoot them AS videos, or do you take a bunch of still shots and compile them together somehow? At the end, when the bowl appears with one piece of fruit added at a time (but no hand is seen actually adding them), I’m just imagining you painstakingly placing each slice of fruit on top of the green porridge/smoothie and then pausing to take a picture, then adding another, then snapping a pic, then adding another, and so on, and then splicing them together at the end. In which case, it would probably take you an hour to shoot a 30 second video! Good thing you have that nice smoothie treat to eat up at the end of your work session!

  2. Eliza @ FlourPowerGirls says:

    Hey Sally! This looks absolutely delicious! can’t wait to make some for breakfast tomorrow. However, we are currently out of spinach! Could I use kale instead, or would it get too bitter?
    Thanks for all the great posts!

    1. Kale should be just fine.

  3. I’ve never had a green smoothie I liked before…. UNTIL NOW!!! Ginger definitely is the key. It tastes amazing!!! This smoothie is so fresh and clean tasting. All the other ones I’ve tried are grassy but not this one. Thank you so much for this recipe. My gut is screaming out for delicious goodness like this! You’re the best Sally!!!

  4. I made this smoothie this morning. Very tasty. I must have a cheap Ninja though because after blending for quite some time it was still chunky. I like my smoothies a little chunky though. It makes a lot too. I will definitely make this again.

  5. Love your blog.  The ginger citrus smoothie was delish.  I used 1% milk and added a little vanilla.  We will be drinking this a few times a week.  You and your family are darling.  Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and pics. 

  6. Hi Sally! Question for you…I don’t have fresh ginger only the ground stuff. How much would u suggest putting in? I know it’s more potent already ground. 



    1. Jill, I would start with 1/8 teaspoon. Blend, then taste. Add more if you’d like. I like a lot of ginger flavor!

  7. Anyone know if you these will freeze well??  I loved this smoothie so much when I tried it and would love having a bunch stockpiled for the week!!

  8. Loving this smoothie! I’ve made it several times this week, and I’m definitely not sick of it. It’s great with pineapple and mango too. 

  9. So delicious!!!!  Love it as is …. but also yummy with a sprinkling of cinnamon

  10. Hi Sally, I make my own version of this every day for my kids. I have discovered that adding 1/2 tsp of cinnamon cancels out the taste of the spinach. Magic!!

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