This post includes a delicious dairy-free and vegan Beginner’s Luck green smoothie recipe from Simple Green Smoothies.

Five Rainbow Smoothies

Healthy Smoothies

Today marks the first day of 2016 and you’re certainly not alone if you are interested in making improvements your health this year. I’m in the same boat! Even though I’ve been studying nutrition for over a decade, I still learn something new every day that often results in a tweak to my lifestyle. That’s the fun/challenging/fascinating part, honestly, when I get to experiment on myself and monitor the changes.

Beginner's Luck Smoothie

Simple Green Smoothies

One of my favorite resources that has developed from the smoothie trend has been the Instagram account- turned-best-selling-book Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner.

I was sent this book from the publisher for review, and I’m thrilled to say that it’s a masterpiece of recipes, hints for both novice and expert smoothie-makers, and gorgeous photography (the photos in the book and in this post are credited to Lindsey Johnson):

Simple Green Smoothies book review + giveaway

I’m featuring one recipe from the book today. The recipe is called Beginner’s Luck and Jen and Jadah write, “We’re kicking off this rawkstar party with our all-time favorite recipe. Yes, this is the best green smoothie recipe we’ve ever created, and we still wake up craving it after all these years! Ready for your first delicious plant-powered green smoothie? May today be the beginning of a new phase in your life – where health and happiness take center stage.”

I’m not kidding about this book being a masterpiece. I adore how inviting it is, inclusive to those with food allergies and sensitivities (all the recipes are dairy- and gluten-free), and just plain fun to read.

This is the perfect smoothie to start with because it’s so easy and the ingredients can be fresh, frozen, or a mix of both.

Here is the printable recipe:

Beginner's Luck Smoothie

Beginners Luck Green Smoothie

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MBA/MPH
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This post includes a delicious dairy-free and vegan Beginner’s Luck green smoothie recipe from Simple Green Smoothies.

Reprinted from Simple Green Smoothies by Jen Hansard & Jadah Sellner. Copyright (c) 2015 by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.



  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped mango*
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple*
  • 2 bananas*
  • *Use at least one frozen fruit to make a cold green smoothie.


  1. Blend the spinach and water until smooth.
  2. Add the mango, pineapple, and bananas and blend again.

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: Healthy


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 175

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