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An Addicting Paleo Green Smoothie Recipe

UPDATE: this smoothie has gotten so many incredible reviews! I am so grateful! But you all have also wanted to know where I got my metal straws. Here they are: metal straws. They are fun and durable. Thanks for all the love on this post. Love!

As detailed before, I am not a breakfast person. In fact, I am an early bird. My mornings are out-of-control productive. It’s not that I choose not to eat breakfast – it’s just that I look up at the clock and it’s 11:00 and I’ve just forgotten.

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This is very bad. Bad. Bad. I know. I can hear everyone in the world, including the little Cheerios bee character thing, telling me that it is the most important meal.

What I did realize is that I have no problem making a big mug of coffee and toting it around with me everywhere I go and sipping it throughout the morning.

So, I came up with a Paleo breakfast smoothie that would help me get my nutrients.

Then, I came up with a mid-morning snack. Mmmm, I love snack time! Especially a snack I can tote around!

It’s a paleo green smoothie.

Addicting Paleo Green smoothie recipe! Perfect for a mid-week pick me up!

Beau and I have tried one too many green smoothies. His response is usually, “Yum! Tastes just like yard work.” So, yeah. Not cool. Do not drink your yard work.

A few tweaks with one that is packed with nutrients and I have found my favorite tasting, go-to paleo green smoothie.

This helps put nutrients in my body but it also helps with my brain. Seeing as I am so overly productive in the morning, I tend to have burn out at work at about 3 or 4.

You should hear me in evening meetings. I’m usually like, “Um, what do you mean when you say this word, ‘Process.’ And what day is it? And how does one turn on a laptop?”  You see what I am saying.

So, this smoothie also helps with my mind. A lot actually. It is brain food. And I can just stick a straw in it and cart it with me wherever I go. Sometimes I run out of cups and put it in a beer mug. Makes it a little bit more amusing. I know. Wild child.

Anyway, one paleo green smoothie, coming your way 😉

Paleo Green Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie has a lot of greens. Kale. Romaine lettuce. Celery. But it also has some citrus and fruit. Like lemons, apples, oranges and a banana.

Go ahead and place 1 1/2 cups coconut water and 1/2 cup coconut milk in your blender.

Why coconut water and milk? It takes away a touch of the rich flavors of the greens (which helps it be more delicious). It also adds a little creaminess and, as we have learned, coconut water is packed with hydrating electrolytes. If you don’t have coconut milk on hand, just use 2 cups coconut water. Or, if neither, just use two cups purified water.

To prep your greens, wash and dry them. Take the kale and remove the rib (the tough, large white vein going down the middle).

kale for paleo green smoothie

Then roughly chop the romaine lettuce, kale, and the celery stalks. Add them to the blender.

greens for paleo green smoothie

Prepare your fruit. Today I used an apple because it is what I had or hand but I HIGHLY recommend using a pear. It is delicious! Remove the seeds and core from your apple (or pear) and roughly chop half of it (save the other half for the next time you make a batch of paleo green smoothie goodness).

Peel the orange. Roughly chop half of it. Save the other half.

Juice half of a large lemon or a whole small lemon.

Add all of this to the blender as well.

I also like to add in 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed, to get my fiber in!

Blend until smooth. Serve over ice!

Addicting Paleo Green smoothie recipe! Perfect for a mid-week pick me up!

Enjoy! What is your favorite green smoothie recipe?!

Addicting Paleo Green smoothie recipe! Perfect for a mid-week pick me up!

Addicting paleo green smoothie that even kids love!


Paleo Green Smoothie Recipe

  • Author: Bri McKoy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 TBS ground flax seed (optional)
  • Juice of one small lemon (or 1/2 large lemon)
  • 1/2 apple (roughly chopped, seeds and core removed) OR 1 pear (roughly chopped, seeds removed)
  • 1/2 orange (peeled, roughly chopped)
  • 3 stalks of celery (roughly chopped)
  • 4 large kale leaves (ribs removed)
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Add all ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth. Serve over ice. Makes 3 servings.


Makes 4 3/4 cups or 38 oz. [br]Can store in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days.

Addicting Paleo Green smoothie recipe! Perfect for a mid-week pick me up!

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  • Wendy SJuly 27, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    Another awesome recipe! I love that I can throw all this in the Vitamix and give it to my kids (ages 1 & 2)and they’ve got tons of fruits and RAW veggies. Easy for me to make, they love it. I’m sold. I added a scoop of protein powder and a frozen banana to the mix and it was delish!ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyOctober 1, 2013 - 7:37 pm

      So encouraging to hear, Wendy! And I love that you added protein powder – great addition!ReplyCancel

  • AbbySeptember 2, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    Delicious! Thanks so much for the yummy recipe. Where did you find the cool straws?ReplyCancel

  • JuliaOctober 10, 2013 - 9:15 pm

    I’m going to have to give this a try. I’m on day 10 of paleo and my breakfasts are starting to get a little…boring.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie MonahanOctober 11, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Which coconut milk works best for this smoothie? The full fat canned or boxed? Looking forward to trying this!ReplyCancel

  • CharissaOctober 18, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    Awaiting more delicious recipes! Miss your posts, friend. xoReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyOctober 19, 2013 - 1:06 pm

      Wow, Charissa! This meant so much to me. You have no idea. I am coming back. Next week. Posting about my absence today. Love.ReplyCancel

  • LorraineDecember 11, 2013 - 4:51 pm

    hi I’m new to paleo and cannot eat eggs in the morning. (it’s just too early, I know I’m weird) is this a good go-to alternative breakfast for everyday? I struggle with breakfast the most as I grew up a toast and peanut butter girl. thanks, I look forward to giving this a whirlReplyCancel

  • StuartJanuary 13, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    Hi Bri!

    Im a smoothie fiend (make my own green smoothies) but recognizing that I need to shed some pounds/fat I will be starting the Paleo diet shortly and want to keep the breakfast smoothie if possible. This looks delish. Is this the sort of drink that can be consumed every day and will give you the quantity of nutrients that you need from your breakfast? Im concerned about too much sugar – what do you think?


    • Bri McKoyJanuary 21, 2014 - 12:24 pm

      Hi Stuart! I wish I could answer all your questions 🙂 I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist. Although I have spoken with many of them and they suggest to switch up the greens you use in green smoothies. Some days use kale, other days spinach and then swiss chard… It is good to keep different leafy greens on rotation! This is what I typically have for breakfast and it fills me up! If you are worried about sugar you can always omit the banana but remember your body does need good, natural sugars! Hope that helps 🙂ReplyCancel

  • RuthFebruary 2, 2014 - 2:48 am

    I’m just going to put this out there – I like your style.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 3, 2014 - 2:53 pm

      Ruth! A simple statement, but it brightened my heart so much 🙂 Thank you, dear!!ReplyCancel

  • StephanieMarch 11, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Mmm adapted this for my breakfast on the go this morning and it’s a keeper, for sure! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • CassieMarch 17, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    I made this smoothie for breakfast this morning and LOVE it! I have been on the paleo diet since the end of December and always looking for fresh new recipes to try. So, I just I love your blog! I just realized your hometown is Colorado Springs as well, which is where my husband and I live. Thank you for the great recipes!ReplyCancel

  • RoxanneApril 6, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    I am getting ready to start Paleo eating for the first time tomorrow and I am searching for a tasty green drink because the article I am reading is recommending to drink one green juice per day for the first two weeks to fortify the body with phytonutrients that aid the liver in detoxification and heal the gut to optimize digestion. Being a cancer survivor that endured Chemotherapy, my gut has been a mess ever since so I need something to help heal that for sure. I am ignorant to nutrition and trying to learn. This recipe sounds good to me…any advice and or recommendations? The article is recommending a green powder called Garden of Life Perfect Food but I have bought a Green Powder before that ended up in the trash. Help…ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyApril 17, 2014 - 8:17 pm

      Hi Roxanne, wow! How wonderful to hear you are a cancer survivor!! I drink this often and never have used a green powder, I generally just switch up the greens to make sure I am getting variety. If you do find a green powder you like please let us know about it!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa McCartyOctober 17, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    This sounds really good. I wanna try it! ReplyCancel

  • MeghanDecember 28, 2014 - 2:34 am

    Do you add a banana to this recipe? It shows a banana in one of the pictures but I don’t see it listed in the ingredients. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyJanuary 19, 2015 - 9:23 pm

      Hi Meghan! No banana 🙂 I think when I was taking pictures I just did one of all the produce I had that day. Great question. Sorry for the confusion.ReplyCancel

  • Noreen DenihanJanuary 6, 2015 - 10:23 am

    Lisa WoodsReplyCancel

  • Vicki ChungJanuary 18, 2015 - 1:43 am

    Sounds great! ThanksReplyCancel

  • pattyMay 14, 2015 - 2:08 am

    I am allegic to oranges anything i can substitute in this green smoothie for it?ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyMay 18, 2015 - 3:22 pm

      Hi Patty – I think any fruit will do. Try peaches or mangoes!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Tassinari HupperMay 31, 2015 - 7:43 pm

    Something to tryReplyCancel

  • CathyJune 3, 2015 - 2:08 pm

    How often can you drink this in a day.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyJune 22, 2015 - 1:47 pm

      Hi Cathy! I only drink this about 2-3 times a week. Everything in moderation is a good rule.ReplyCancel

  • Monica GaleanoJuly 9, 2015 - 8:44 pm

    The ice get blend to or noReplyCancel

  • 9th Street Nutrition & SpecialtiesJuly 9, 2015 - 10:54 pm

    Hey, hey, hey……it’s Green Smoothie Day on Friday…..stop by for a delicious, nutritious treat 🙂ReplyCancel

  • 9th Street Nutrition & SpecialtiesJuly 9, 2015 - 10:54 pm

    Hey, hey, hey……it’s Green Smoothie Day on Friday…..stop by for a delicious, nutritious treat 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Antonieta MonroyJuly 11, 2015 - 9:54 pm

    Soo good, I tried it this morning and I toss some spinach in there and dang, amazingly delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Happy Healthy IdeasSeptember 14, 2015 - 3:13 am

    Good to try…ReplyCancel

  • Nancy RyanOctober 1, 2015 - 4:37 pm

    I can’t wait to make this smoothie!! Looks so good, but where I can buy those straws!! Love them!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny DearbornNovember 18, 2015 - 10:56 am

    Thanks so much for the yummy recipe. Where did you find the cool straws?ReplyCancel

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