Green Machine Smoothie

Detox Cred: Starting the day with this nutrient-dense elixir is a delicious way to charge your system with nutrients. Dark leafy greens are extremely alkalizing, meaning they foster a more neutral body environment for better functioning enzymes, compared with acid-forming foods like meats and dairy.
Whole Living, January/February January/February 2012
  • Yield Serves 2
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  • 6 romaine leaves, chopped
  • 4 kale leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped mango
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped


  1. Combine romaine, kale, parsley, pineapple, mango, ginger, and 1 1/2 cups water in a blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (19)

  • Stephanie Austin 19 Aug, 2014

    This smoothie is lacking liquid. Coconut water (without carageenan and NOT ultra-pasteurized) or some orange juice will make it taste less like "you just mowed the lawn." Other than that, it's a great smoothie with lots of bioaccessible nutrients.

  • mkp18 3 Aug, 2014

    We love all these ingredients, and we like funky smoothies, but this was undrinkable. We considered throwing good pineapple after bad to try to save it, but decided it was a waste. Will not recommend, will not make again. Tossed all but a few sips.

  • Ace Maverick 9 Feb, 2014

    "Tasted like I just mowed the lawn"- my girlfriend.
    I basically threw all the fruit we had in the house to save it. After it became a really gross army green color, it tasted WAY better.

  • Denisse Vega 28 Feb, 2013

    3 Comments below...recipes to loose weight. Its great that you're on a journey to loosing weight, However, cleansing and becoming a smoothie junkie should be about life style not lbs. My advice is that you look at it as a life long change. First you will see the inches drop and then the weight all while becoming healthier.

    For recipes go to blendergirl.com or alkalinesisters.com

  • tinyyogi 13 Jan, 2013

    I hate it to say it, but the people complaining clearly have no experience with green smoothies or juices... this tasted similar to all the other ones I have made--aka great! It's definitely an acquired taste, so if this was your first green drink I recommend adding more fruit at first and gradually lessening it over time until you get used to the taste.

  • jamie9793 4 Jan, 2013

    I was VERY scared to try this one, but it was surprisingly delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing. I actually ran this through my juicer instead of a blender and it was a very smooth consistency.

  • Cheryle Elliott 17 Sep, 2012

    I am looking for some other recipes that will help in me and my sister-n-law loosing weight,

  • Terri Equality Goodman 6 Aug, 2012

    Personally, I would use spinach instead of romaine... it has a much more neutral taste. The parsley is sort of strong too so maybe start wtih a few sprigs and work your way up with it. I would DEF add more fruit too . I keep frozen watermelon and use that instead of ice.

  • brprieto 24 Jun, 2012

    I read the review that said that this tasted horrible and got scared haha and I figured the reason was because of the green's residue, so what I did was juice the kale and romaine and blend pineapple, ginger and mango (a whole mango.. oops) and then added the juice to the blender with ice and voila! I know, it's a hassle cause now you have to wash more items but still.

    It was very good!

    So, nobody said that green juices were the best but we have to take them, righ?

  • EKEpling 14 Jun, 2012

    Terrible. Tasted like a liquid salad. Next time, I'll add more fruit and forget the parsley... also, why romaine and not spinach? I always add spinach to my smoothies, disappointed that I bought a whole head of romaine when I could have just used my gigantic bag of spinach...

  • cookiemomsta 17 May, 2012

    The other reviewers that said they had to chew their smoothie just have crappy blenders. I have a Vitamix and this smoothie recipe was no match. I added 1 cup of extra pineapple, used freshly juiced orange juice instead of water, and forgot the parsley. I thought I bought romaine, but couldn't find it, so I substituted spinach. I'm not sure if the ginger I used was just really fresh, but this was a spicy smoothie! Pretty tasty, my 7 year old liked it, so I shared it with her.

  • azhura 14 Feb, 2012

    I didn't have the mango, but I added in two nectarines, 3 golden delicious apples, two handfuls of green grapes, and two heads of iceberg lettuce (for moisture) and it was perfect.

  • sweetpencil 7 Feb, 2012

    I tried making this! Haha - it was tasty - I just need a better blender : check it out : http://www.sweetpencil.com/2012/02/what-is-this-green/

  • Runnergirl1 1 Feb, 2012

    This was good. I substituted about 3/4 cup of tropical carrot juice (no added sweeteners) for some of the water and it was quite good. Might even make it a breakfast staple!

  • Drespes2 31 Jan, 2012

    Loved it, tested even better when I added ice.

  • cindyswett 7 Jan, 2012

    At first I was leery of the bright green color but after a few sips it was really good and filling. I used fresh mango and pineapple. I liked it so much I had it again the next day to use up the rest of my kale.

  • kbouissey 5 Jan, 2012

    I will have to try putting this thru the juicer as well, because I also felt like I was chewing my smoothie. My mango was rotten, so in a pinch I used a banana, which was tasty. I'm not totally turned off from this drink, it will just take some time to get used to.

  • jenniealice 4 Jan, 2012

    (it was more like chewing down a smoothie than drinking it) I felt healthy for consuming my serving in the morning, but didn't particularly like it. No one else in the house would touch it due to the color!

  • Pamela12 3 Jan, 2012

    After I put the whole thing through my juicer this was excellent.