Sweet Green Smoothie

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Ladies and gentlemen… we made it. We actually made it. Deep inhale… slow exhale… and, onto all things new.

Well, I hope this first few days of the new year have been good to you. I’m sure some of you are definitely over seeing and hearing, “New year, new me!” So, for this month’s recipe, I wanted to offer something that’s been somewhat of a staple recipe for me well before my AIP days, or even paleo days for that matter. With all that 2020 laid on us, I figured we could all use a nice and easy pick-me-up! I decided to spring us into this lovely new year with a yummy, energizing green smoothie. 

Most, if not all, of the items that go in this recipe are produce that you often already have on hand: apple, banana, spinach, OJ. I often drink half and put the rest in a mason jar and straight to the fridge for a nice fruity drink for later in the day, maybe the next morning. I have also added grass-fed collagen as an option to give it even more of a boost!

Let’s make a smoothie toast to us all letting go of any 2020 “toxins” and being reenergized, refreshed and renewed in this brand new year. Happy 2021 everyone!

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Sweet Green Smoothie
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Serves: 3 cups
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ banana
  • ½ apple
  • 2-3 heaping handfuls of spinach
  • 2-3 cubes of ice (optional)
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Add a scoop of collagen powder for a bit of extra nutrition.


About Kris King

Kris is a wife and mommy to an amazing toddler boy. By day, she is a high school business teacher; by night, a creative who loves to cook! In 2016, she began chronicling her journey of switching to a paleo diet for fun on Instagram. However, a few years after that, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition called myasthenia gravis. Having recently had her first child, life wasn’t slowing down and neither was she. She gained a new sense of hope when she discover the AIP. That, coupled with her determination to bounce back with renewed strength, she officially made the switch to paleo lifestyle, developing recipes to include many that are AIP-friendly. Since then, she’s managed to decrease inflammation significantly, and has discovered the body’s miraculous ability to heal. Kris is the author of Meals You Deserve, an AIP ebook collection of flavorful and fun recipes. Find more on Kris here: Fashioned2Inspire, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.


  • Tracy Long says

    Could you use an orange instead of 1 cup orange juice? I don’t usually keep juice in the house. Thanks!

  • Patricia Clayton says

    I was a little surprised to see orange juice that has so much sugar in it specially the juice you buy in a store.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Patricia! It is a common misconception that AIP is a sugar-free protocol. While we do recommend avoiding added sugars, occasional use of real food based sweeteners (like OJ!) are fine in the elimination phase.

  • Lisa McKenzie says

    I am just now learning about histamines, and I am looking for more information. I am having a very high pain day. This morning I ate a banana; a friend with MS just informed me that bananas are high in histamines, which are inflammation triggers. I see this recipe features banana and spinach, a high histamine green. Why aren’t histamines a no-no on AIP? Avocado is high in histamines (and the yummiest fruit ever) and yet many AIP recipes on this site and elsewhere often call for avocado oil.
    I guess I want to be told I can keep eating high histamine foods like avocados, bananas, and my old standby spinach. But I wouldn’t be here in the first place if I didn’t also want to be educated about the hidden costs (and benefits) of the food I eat. Help?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Lisa! I’m sorry you are having a high pain day. Histamines can be an issue for some folks, especially those with SIBO. They aren’t an issue for everyone though, and histamine intolerance can actually go away when the underlying reason for it is successfully treated. On AIP we do not avoid high-histamine foods, which is why recipes like this one are on this site. I encourage you to learn more about histamine intolerance here: https://autoimmunewellness.com/could-histamine-intolerance-be-impacting-your-autoimmune-healing/

    • Anupama sareen says

      Can u pls guide what exactly should be avoided in the diet for Ms????

  • Bridget Rice says

    This is very good!! Just made this for my son & I. I used whole orange & added a multi collagen protein powder for us.

  • Hannah says

    Yum! I will have to try this variation. I make one that is very similar but with coconut water instead of OJ and sometimes I add some celery. But that might be a nice treat every once in a while.

  • Carla says

    What can I use instead of an apple? Here in the Philippines, I can’t find any organic apples.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Carla! I would suggest a pear if you can get your hands on one!

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