Apple Ginger Green Smoothie

Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

This vibrant apple ginger green smoothie is full of fresh flavors and has plenty of protein to give you lasting energy all day long.

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Planning is vital when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. From weekly meal planning to creating an exercise schedule to making sure you have healthy snacks on hand, you must think ahead. A lot of people only do this with dinner, but I meal plan all of my meals! It makes it easier that most of my breakfasts are a smoothie. But prepping in advance can make something as simple as a smoothie that much simpler! Today’s smoothie is a delicious Apple Ginger Green Smoothie that’ll help you get in some important greens for vitamins and minerals, as well as packed with protein to keep you feeling full.


  • Kale: While raw kale can be slightly bitter, it’s hidden well in this smoothie by the fruit and ginger, giving you all the fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and iron.
  • Apple: I like to use a granny smith, holding true to the “green” theme of this smoothie, but you could use a fuji or gala apple if you don’t like it as tart.
  • Celery: Basically flavorless, but packs a punch full of vitamins and nutrients.
  • Banana: Bananas are my favorite way to naturally sweeten a smoothie.
  • Parsley: In addition to being full of vitamins and nutrients, it is a natural detoxifier and adds a subtle grassy, peppery note that pairs well with the sweet apple and spicy ginger.
  • Lemon juice: Adds some brightness and acidity to the smoothie.
  • Ginger root: A bit spicy, peppery, and sweet in taste, ginger is great for you digestive tract and immune system.
  • Protein powder: Plant based or whey based, adding protein powder is the secret to keeping you feeling full until lunch after drinking this smoothie.

How to Make an Apple Ginger Green Smoothie

Adding apples and bananas to blender

Start your apple ginger green smoothie by adding your banana and green apples to your blender.

Celery added to blender

Next add the chopped celery.

Adding parsley to smoothie

Next add the first of your leafy greens with a bundle of parsley.

Adding lemon juice to smoothie

Followed by the fresh lemon juice.

Adding protein powder to smoothie

And a scoop of your favorite protein powder.

Cutting ginger root for smoothie

Then take your fresh ginger root and cut it into small pieces and toss it in the blender.

Adding kale to smoothie

Stuff in the bunch of kale to finish her off.

Blending green smoothie

Put the lid on and blend until smooth, adding water and ice to get to your desired consistency.

Pouring smoothie into glasses

Once it’s blended smooth, pour evenly into glasses.

Apple ginger green smoothies

Serve and enjoy your Apple Ginger Green Smoothie!

Make It Your Own

  • Swap the veggies. Anything green would work well. Use spinach instead of kale, or cucumber instead of celery!
  • Swap the fruit. If you don’t like bananas, you can double down on the apples or even try apple sauce to make it creamier!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is raw ginger in a smoothie good for you?

Yes! Ginger has all sorts of health benefits, including being anti-inflammatory and good for digestion.

Does ginger burn belly fat?

While ginger itself doesn’t help you burn fat, it helps your digestive system so you feel fuller, have less inflammation, and can reduce fat absorption.

Is it okay to have a smoothie everyday?

Yes! Smoothies are a great way to start your day and get all the nutrients you need.

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Apple Ginger Green Smoothie

4.50 stars average
This vibrant apple ginger green smoothie is full of fresh flavors and has plenty of protein to give you lasting energy all day long.
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes


  • 2 cups kale (loosely packed stems removed)
  • 1 medium apple (core removed cut chunks)
  • 2 stalks celery (quartered)
  • ½ large banana
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 inch piece ginger root (quartered)
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 cup water
  • Ice to taste


  • Place all ingredients except for the ice in a high speed blender and puree until smooth. Add ice to taste and pulse until creamy and smooth.


Serving: 1glassCalories: 347kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 32gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 211mgPotassium: 1384mgFiber: 14gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 16496IUVitamin C: 188mgCalcium: 534mgIron: 7mg

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72 responses to “Apple Ginger Green Smoothie”

  1. Rachel Avatar

    Recipe Question: When you note “1 in apple”, what exactly does that mean? Was it supposed to be “1 apple” and there is a typo? I am very much looking forward to trying this recipe, and I appreciate your willingness to share it and take the time to answer questions/respond to comments.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes one apple – sorry about that all fixed! Enjoy!! :)

      1. Rachel Avatar

        Thank you for replying to promtly, Liz. I am going to try this smoothie as written in a few hours. I am going to try it with parsley (I always try recipes as written first). However, I was wondering…how do you think this would turn out with cilantro or basil? Both very different flavors than parsley, I understand. I was just curious if you had ever tried either of these variations. I have used cilantro in a smoothie before, but it was paired with peach, pineapple, and pear. It was very good, but those fruits are a different flavor profile than what you have here.

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          Yes I love adding cilantro to smoothies as well as fresh mint!

      2. Rachel Avatar

        I am drinking this now, and it is very good! You have to understand how much I cannot tolerate celery in a smoothie. I used the 2 stalks called for in this recipe, and the smoothie is still very tasty. I love the fact that you did not add an entire orchard and vineyard worth of fruit in this smoothie. I only used a small apple with the 1/2 banana and 1/2 cup of blueberries, and I found it sweet enough even with my greens, banana, blueberries, and celery were frozen/partially frozen (the colder something is, the sweeter it needs to be for our taste buds to register sweet).

        This part is going to sound odd, and it was the only change that I had to make to the recipe: I replaced half of the water with 2 large eggs to add some fat/protein to this since I do not use protein powder. No eggy flavor at all believe it or not and no strange consistency.

        Thank you again for sharing such a unique and awesome recipe, Lix!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          I’m so glad you liked it and made it your own!!! :)

  2. Trish Avatar

    I didn’t use parsley or banana because I didn’t have them on hand, substituted spinach for Kale and thought it was yummy. Can’t wait to try it with parsley and banana:) It was a good change from my normal fruits:)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. JozieLee Avatar

    Not my thing. Little too pungent for me. I’m used to fruit smoothies, and this was too radical a change too fast for me.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So sorry you didn’t like it!

  4. Laura Avatar

    I was looking for a smoothie with ginger in it and this is delicious with the lemon and ginger combination, but there is no way it will be green with the blueberries in it. Mine is more of a murky reddish brown. Still tasty though.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Well my smoothies change in color depending on the type of apple, fresh or frozen blueberries – but like you said delicious either way!

  5. Emily Avatar

    Hi there, do you use fresh or frozen blueberries?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Either work!

  6. Jeanenne Avatar

    This is my go-to-smoothie! Oh, so healthy and so delicious! I follow it exactly as given. Will use spinach and maybe a different fruit sometime. Thank you! I have oodles of smoothie recipes, but this one is the best and the one I use every day!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so thrilled you love it!!

  7. Christine Avatar

    This is surprisingly good! I kept adding the ingredients as directed, fearing I’d have to dump the whole thing out. It just sounded so impossible. Cinnamon in a green smoothie??? I mean, come on! ;)

    But it came out delicious, and I’m thrilled with all the greens AND protein.
    This one’s a keeper for sure. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you took the risk and make it!! Good right? I wouldn’t mislead you!

  8. Chrystal Avatar

    The smoothie sounds delicious and looks gorgeous but does it really stay that green with the blueberries? I find whenever I use them it changes the color of smoothies to blue or yuck brown. Just curious if I can expect the same results. Thanks! – I found your smoothie on Pinterest.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      The reason it’s so green is that I used a granny smith apple. :) But of course don’t let the color deter you – it’s delicious no matter what kind of apple you use!

  9. Kelley @ Chef Savvy Avatar
    Kelley @ Chef Savvy

    I need this smoothie to get back on track after all of my holiday eating! This looks amazing.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s perfect for that!! Happy 2015!

  10. Dave Avatar

    Thanks for the recipe. Made it today, was pretty delicious.

    However, the whey protein that you recommend actually inhibits the antioxidant activity in the blueberries.

    I would recommend a rice/pea protein blend… great amino acid profile without the junk in milk!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Glad you liked it! I’ll definitely check out another type of protein powder.

  11. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh I love parsley in my smoothies and juices :) this looks beautiful!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Isn’t parsley the best?

  12. Peg Avatar

    Where is the best place to purchase protein powder?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I order it on Amazon – do you see the link I share in the recipe? That’s the one I buy and love!!

      1. Peg Panici Avatar
        Peg Panici

        Thanks… I missed that. Just ordered. Enjoyed you on Eight West on a ” snow day.”

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          Oh I’m so glad you got to catch the segment Peg!

  13. Jessica Avatar

    Thanks for the recipe! Today I made one with spinach, blueberries and bananas. Heading to the grocery store now and planning on getting ingredients to try out this delicious concoction. Also found two more recipes I’m excited to try, one with chard and one with Kale.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That sounds delicious Jessica!!

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