green smoothie in mason jar with metal straw

My go-to smoothie recipe was years in the making. I really like the coconut water in it. I finally tried this alternative after not wanting the liquid base in my smoothie to be dairy or non-dairy milk. I try not to have too much dairy and non-dairy milk has a lot of additives I want to avoid. Plus non-dairy milk comes in such large containers that it often goes bad before I can use it all. I only do a few frozen berries to sweeten it some, because I don’t want it too sweet or mostly fruit-based.

This smoothie is a great way to consume a bunch of greens without it tasting grassy or having to eat a bowl full of spinach. For my protein powder, I prefer a plant-based one. Sunwarrior is my normal go-to because it tastes pretty good for a non-dairy protein powder. Both the vanilla and chocolate flavors are good. Chia seeds add some good fat. Sometimes I will add a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra flavor or a tablespoon of coconut oil for more good fat. 

Not necessary, but I find it tastes a little better when I drink it out of a mason jar with a reusable metal straw. That is my preferred way to have it.



Jen G’s Green Protein Smoothie

Serves: 1

Total time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • Small handful of ice
  • 2-3 frozen strawberries
  • 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds


Combine all ingredients in a blender* and blend until smooth.

*The blender I use is made by Breville. Great quality and not as pricey as a Vitamix or Blendtec.


breakfast, chia seeds, coconut water, drink, green, lunch, smoothie, spinach, under 30 minutes

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