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Cold Busting Green Smoothie

5 min


10 ingredients or less

No cook

A vibrant and nourishing green smoothie. It's a great pick-me-up drink to help combat a cold.



5 min


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  • 1
    frozen banana
  • 1
    apple, quartered
  • 1
    orange, peeled, quartered
  • ¼
    cucumber, quartered
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • ½ cup (15 g)
    fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup (4 g)
    fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g)
    fresh ginger
  • ½ Tbsp (5 g)


  1. To a blender, add the banana, apple, orange, cucumber, milk, spinach, parsley, and ginger. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour the smoothie into your desired glasses.
  3. Sprinkle the smoothie with chia seeds, shake or stir the seeds in, and enjoy.


  • Nutrition tip: aim to use plant-based milk that is fortified with calcium.


  • Smoothies are best enjoyed immediately.

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Maryan - July 14, 2024, 2:09 a.m.

Healthy <3

christine shia - May 22, 2024, 7:48 p.m.

I was looking for a feel-good smoothie with a spa-day elegance to it. Love this as it’s not too sweet but doesn’t taste bitter. Just Perfect!

Nikko - April 16, 2024, 2:09 p.m.

As soon as I got a high-performance blender this is the first smoothie I made, coming back to it days later I still like it best - the ingredients are easy to stock up on and it also works with frozen spinach. Thanks for the great recipe ^_^

PUL Team - April 16, 2024, 11:34 p.m.

How exciting to hear about the new blender and that the green smoothie was enjoyed, Nikko! Thank you 🙌

Nicole Mostofa - April 10, 2024, 1 a.m.

Tastes healthy.

Karolina Stridh - March 16, 2024, 2:33 p.m.

I have this smoothie everyday to boost my greens and to reach my omega-3 needs. I double the amount of chia seeds.

Wanda - Feb. 23, 2024, 10:15 p.m.

I almost always tweak a smoothie recipe before I even try it. Decided I would do this one exactly as written to taste it first and I love it. I can taste the parsley just a bit, which I like even more when I'm not feeling well.
Thank you for this one!

PUL Team - Feb. 24, 2024, 2:49 a.m.

So happy to hear that the green smoothie was enjoyed, Wanda - thank you! 😊

Małgorzata Rogowska - Jan. 17, 2024, 10:30 a.m.

You can't taste the parsley or the spinach at all, really good! Also drinking a green smoothie always feels healthy :D

PUL Team - Jan. 17, 2024, 6:15 p.m.

So glad the green smoothie is being enjoyed, Małgorzata, thank you!

Mario Villalobos - Jan. 16, 2024, 1:46 a.m.

Ugh so good! Definitely adding this to the regular rotation. A great, delicious recipe.

Lucile Munster - Dec. 13, 2023, 9:08 a.m.

Absolutely delicious!
I would advise a 1L jug for the blender because it was very tight in our 800ml !

PUL Team - Dec. 15, 2023, 1:32 a.m.

Thanks for the tip, Lucile!

Nemo - Dec. 1, 2023, 2:35 p.m.

Very nice!

Blanche - Nov. 24, 2023, 8:11 p.m.

I work at a school so there is often a bug flying among the population. This smoothie knocked it out of the park. Its healthy, tasty, pleasing to smell and look at. Thank you so much :)

PUL Team - Nov. 24, 2023, 8:14 p.m.

We’re so happy that the green smoothie is being enjoyed, Blanche, thank you! ☺️

rachel barczak - June 30, 2023, 6:24 p.m.

Anne - June 29, 2023, 8:20 p.m.

It’s really yummy and looks so great. I did it several times with different variations of leafy greens (eg lamb‘s lettuce) and I really like it 🥬

Tania Allan - June 9, 2023, 12:27 p.m.

Delicious start to the day. I added about 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower just to give it a bit more body. Will be making it again for sure!

PUL Team - June 10, 2023, 4:45 p.m.

Mmm a delicious idea, Tania, thank you! 🫶

Lilly - April 5, 2023, 6:47 p.m.

I always make this when I feel unwell!

Taral - Feb. 27, 2023, 7:57 p.m.

Love you ❤️

Gabby - Feb. 18, 2023, 12:45 a.m.

When I was looking at the ingredients it was a very intesting combination of fruits and veggies to add in a smoothie. Didn't know how it would turn out. Turned out great, always love a green juice in the morning will be making this one again!

PUL Team - Feb. 18, 2023, 5:15 p.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Gabby, thank you 😃

Michaela - Dec. 20, 2022, 8:29 p.m.

Can i blend the Chai seeds, or is there a reason why i shouldnt do that?

PUL Team - Dec. 21, 2022, 6:38 p.m.

Hey Michaela, you can blend them. They might absorb a bit of liquid so just add more plant-based milk if needed 🙂

Michaela - Dec. 21, 2022, 6:40 p.m.


Michaela - Nov. 22, 2022, 2:05 p.m.

if you have a cold or influenza it will definitivl,pick you up. 3 times and you are back to normal.
Also delicious without any sickness.

PUL Team - Nov. 23, 2022, 4:17 a.m.

Thank you, Michaela, and hope you're staying healthy 🌻

Sheral - Oct. 3, 2022, 5:54 p.m.

This is one of my favorites! Ginger is such a special addition because it gives it a nice fresh zing that wakes me up! I modified by using water as my liquid, but wish I tried it with the soy milk for a little extra creaminess. I'm keeping this one in my kitchen's recipe book so I always have it on hand.

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2022, 2:03 a.m.

Aw thank you, Sheral, it means so much!

Julianna - Jan. 25, 2022, 4:20 a.m.

This was delightful! I made it because I've had trouble kicking a cold and had the expectation of it tasting like something that would help kick a cold. Boy was I wrong! It tasted like a creamsicle! I did add the orange zest as well. Don't know if this changed anything. I'll be making this again!

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 2:25 a.m.

So thrilled it was enjoyed, Julianna, and we hope you feel better soon!

Julianna Bohr - Jan. 27, 2022, 3:28 a.m.

I’ve drank it the past 3 days. I’m totally back to normal!

Luiza Alice - Dec. 8, 2023, 2:37 p.m.


Corrie - Jan. 8, 2022, 2:59 a.m.

This is one of my favorite smoothies I’ve had. I sometimes forget the cucumber, or change it up slightly with what I have on hand. For instance I’ve used mango instead of orange with great results. Definitely do not skip on the parsley or ginger. They are the best part!

PUL Team - Jan. 9, 2022, 7:04 a.m.

A huge compliment, Corrie, we're so glad the smoothie is being enjoyed 🤗

Victoria - Oct. 7, 2021, 5:52 a.m.

This is one of my favorite smoothies yet! I subbed in frozen zucchini for the banana, as Sadie mentions in her Mocha smoothie. Really love the parsley and ginger in here as well.

PUL Team - Oct. 7, 2021, 9:15 p.m.

A lovely substitution, Victoria, and so happy the smoothie is being enjoyed 😊

Kathy - Aug. 4, 2021, 5:11 p.m.

This smoothie is by far my favorite. I just love the parsley and ginger added to the drink. It gives such aa amazing kick to it. All the ingredients just come together so well!

PUL Team - Aug. 5, 2021, 5:41 a.m.

We're so glad you're enjoying the smoothie, Kathy!

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 5:59 p.m.

I'd add just the juice from the orange for I find the skins give it a strange texture, but otherwise it's good! I love that you pay great attention to add fats, seeds and spices in your smoothies - it makes them so much more wholesome and delicious!

PUL Team - June 6, 2021, 12:29 a.m.

We appreciate the review, Cris! Juice as a modification if you don't like the inner skin on oranges is a lovely idea. Using a knife to gently de-pith the oranges may be another option if you're hoping to use the full orange for the added thickness and fibre 🍊

Sophia - April 7, 2021, 11:56 p.m.

Great smoothie! It was so tasty and refreshing. I really appreciate the weight measurements so I was able to get the perfect amount of each ingredient. One note, I only added 1 g (or a sixth) of the ginger the recipe calls for. I am not a fan of ginger and this seemed to be the perfect amount for me as I could still faintly taste it but it wasn't a prominent flavor. This is a smoothie I will be making often!

PUL Team - April 8, 2021, 6:02 a.m.

Thank you for sharing this with us, Sophia! We're so happy to hear 😃