The Stripped Green Smoothie


Stripped Green Smoothie | Nutrition Stripped, green smoothie, raw green smoothie

In a previous post, Green Smoothies 101, we discussed all things green smoothies. Today I share with you the signature green smoothie of Nutrition Stripped. Introducing the Stripped Green Smoothie! The Stripped Green Smoothie is my daily go-to green smoothie every single morning, especially pre or post-workout for easily absorbable nutrition. It’s loaded with dark leafy greens, sweet fruits, citrus, and a couple other delicious secret ingredients. Freshly made fruit and vegetable smoothies are especially great in the morning to give our digestion a rest and continue with the detoxification process during the night before.  It provides energy I need (and will for you too!) throughout the entire day with easy to digest fruits, vegetables, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, protein and more!

Get stripped.

What exactly makes this a “stripped” smoothie and what does this mean?  The Stripped Green Smoothie is simply this: a high quality, nutrient dense, easy to digest green smoothie stripped from anything else but organic, raw vegetables, greens, and fruits. The Stripped Green Smoothie can be used as a “base” for other ingredients to build upon, which I commonly do. For example, I will add in extra vegan based protein powders post-workout, extra fruit, sometimes extra add-ins as well. Enjoy this green smoothie as a base or simply drink in it’s pure form, have fun!

Stripped Green Smoothie | Nutrition Stripped, green smoothie, raw green smoothie



It’s unique…

These ingredients make the stripped green smoothie unlike any other smoothie- all of them have a special purpose and role in making this THE detox smoothie you’ll want to keep on hand.

  • Cinnamon // Natural blood sugar stabilizer, perfect to match with the amount of sugar from the fruits in this smoothie.
  • Turmeric // A powerhouse of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and other health benefits I note in this blog post about Turmeric.
  • Cayenne // just a little dash will do! Stimulates digestion, metabolism, boost immune system, prevents stomach ulcers, and fights inflammation.
  • Parsley // Tastes refreshing, but also a rich source of antioxidant nutrients with chemoprotective compounds (a.k.a. anti-cancer!)
  • Cilantro // Great to incorporate into your smoothies if you eat fish daily or weekly to help release the body from heavy metals.
  • Brazil nuts // High in selenium to combat the large amounts of raw kale used in this smoothie. Brazil nuts are incredibly high in selenium, which supports iodine levels, which in turn support a healthy thyroid. Selenium is also a crucial mineral in the conversion of T4 to T3 (an active form of thyroid hormone, low T3 may indicate hypothyroidism). Just 1 brazil nut/day meets 137% of your daily value for selenium!

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  • Freshness: Ideally, when making this smoothie or any fresh smoothie containing raw vegetables and fruits, the best time to consume it is directly after making to ensure less nutrient loss.

    • Although you lose some nutrients (minimal) during the blending and storing process, this is far better than not drinking this glorious smoothie at all!
  • Storage: Therefore, when making this in a batch, I highly recommend storing it in airtight containers with minimal space left at the top for trapped air. Another alternative, you may store it in the freezer and thaw it out in the refrigerator the evening before drinking it.
  • Tip: when making a large batch of this, sometimes I’ll keep all the fruit out of this recipe, store in airtight containers, and then once I’m ready to enjoy the smoothie, I’ll re-blend, add the fresh or frozen fruit, and enjoy!
  • Texture: To have the optimal texture, using a high-speed blender is vital! It’ll create a velvety smooth texture that makes drinking greens enjoyable and delicious. If you don’t own a high-speed blender remember these tips:
    • Add water first followed by the most water-rich fruits and veggies first, blend one at a time until smooth, then continue adding more ingredients.

Stripped Green Smoothie | Nutrition Stripped green smoothie

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Stripped Green Smoothie
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The signature green smoothie of Nutrition Stripped full of raw fruits and vegetables. Raw, VGN, GF
Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 2 or 4
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cup of coconut water (or double the filtered water)
  • 1 large bunch (5 heaping handfuls) of organic lacinato kale/regular kale
  • 1 large head of organic romaine
  • 5-7 large stalks of organic celery, chopped
  • 1 organic apple, cored and chopped
  • 1-2 bananas, chopped
  • ½ cup organic cucumber, chopped
  • ½ cup of cilantro
  • ½ cup of parsley
  • Juice of 1 lemon/meyer lemon
  • 4 brazil nuts
  • dash of cayenne (optional yet recommended)
  • dash of cinnamon (optional yet recommended))
  • dash of turmeric (optional yet recommended))
  1. Using the Vitamix or a high-speed blender, pour filtered water(s) into the blender.
  2. Add chopped celery stalks and romaine lettuce first, and turn on low speed to puree.
  3. Gradually increase the speed and add chopped kale.
  4. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until creamy!
  5. *At this point you may add more water to achieve your desired consistency!
  6. Pour into individual airtight mason jars or other airtight liquid container.
Nutritional information is for 1 banana not 2.
Recommended but optional // cilantro and parsley
To make sweeter // add more banana or stevia to taste
To decrease sugar // use half the amount of fruit and add stevia to taste
To make thicker // use less water, add ice
To make thinner // use more water
Optional // add fresh mint
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ Calories: 155 Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 32 (net 24) Sugar: 15 Fiber: 9 Protein: 5

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Stay tuned for many other variations on green smoothies and non-green smoothie recipes in the future! How do you like making your green smoothies? Is this your first time trying? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences! Comment below. If you’re interested in making your own smoothies with the same blender I use, Vitamix is the one for me (and for you too!).

xx McKel

*Stripped Green Smoothie design by Trent Nicholson, Nicholson Design.

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  1. Melissa M says

    Blendtec>Vitamix :) Just ordered our Blendtec Designer Series last week and have been able to make a variety of things! I’ll admit, i’ve been a bit intimidated of the “GREEN SMOOTHIE” because i never know what ingredients to throw in to have it keep a delightful taste. Thanks to you Mckel, i’m printing this recipe and making it tomorrow morning! Thanks so much for the great post! So happy for you and your Nutritious ventures! xoxox You would have fit in so well in Colorado!

    • says

      Hey Melissa!
      Hope all is well! I’m so glad you made the “big” purchase for a blender, it’s so worth it! Let me know how you like the smoothie! If it helps, starting out I’d add a little more fruit until you get “used to” the flavor of green smoothies. I’ll be posting more smoothies along the way. P.S. Colorado is still on my list of place to live ;)


  2. Samantha R says

    Sorry not sure if you have answered this already, though can you juice this instead of blending them? Is there much difference in nutritional value?

    • says

      Great question! Yes, if you’d like to juice this recipe you can certainly do that! Actually you’ve given me a fantastic idea, keep your eyes posted for a potential future post. Juicing is great and so is drinking smoothies for different reasons. Smoothies contain the fiber and nutrients, juice just contain the water and nutrients. Both equally great. I will go in depth with this topic soon, I promise :)

  3. Yvette says

    Hi! I’m new to making green smoothies. If I were to just make a serving for myself every morning how much should I taper the recipe? I always feel like I end up making too much and wasting it. Thanks! Can’t wait to try it out.

  4. Miranda says

    So how long do the left over smoothies typically last in the fridge? I’m very excited to finally try these stripped smoothies. Everything about your blog I find very inspiring!

    • says

      With the Stripped Smoothie, if kept in an air tight container you can keep in the refrigerator for the maximum of 4 days. Ideally you want to make green smoothies and consume them right away, but we all don’t have time for that! That’s why I will make large batches and freeze 2 servings and keep the remaining 2 in my refrigerator. The night before I want to have the frozen green smoothie, I simply let it thaw out in the refrigerator and then reblend the next morning to combine the ingredients once more. I hope that answers your question and thanks for stopping by, come back soon! :)

      • Susanne says

        Have you also found that the taste of green smoothies often changes when kept in the fridge for another day? I find that they often attain a hint of bitterness they didn’t have when they were fresh. Any suggestions to stop this change of taste? Thanks.

  5. says

    Obsessed with your Instagram account, so had to check out the infamous stripped smoothie recipe- looks and sounds amazing! I usually made a green smoothie for breakfast with almond milk + spinach + add-ins but this base sounds even better!

  6. Angela Cash says

    Got my vitamix today! If I were to make a batch of the green smoothie according to the recipe and divide it into 4 servings could you use the portions in your fridge as a base for other smoothies for the next 3 days? In other words, take the green smoothie mixture, dump it back in the blender and add pineapple or some other frozen fruit to sweeten it up a little?

    • says

      Hey Angela! Wonderful! Did you find the coupon code for the Vitamix? To answer your question, yes! That’s exactly what I do (if you follow me on instagram that’s what I always refer too: the stripped smoothie + something + something + etc.) but there are many days I simply drink it in the original recipe with nothing added extra. Let me know how you like it!

  7. Elly says

    What would be a good replacement for Banana? I am allergic to them, so I have been avoiding recipes with them in it, but if I can use a good replacement which does the same in providing sweetness and creaminess that would be even better. Your recipes look delish!

  8. Heather says

    I was told to try a blueberry , strawberry , red apples infused water …Any advice! cause I am trying to lose weight and try to stop drinking some much pop and more water , but dont like the taste of plain water…I do think i would like the blueberry,strawberry and apple water…but could I do something like cherries and banannas ….I love taste of them too

  9. Roxanne says

    So, I have been making variations on the green smoothie for a few months now. They have been awesome, delicious, amazing, incredible (etc) ways to start the day. The past few weeks, however, I have been experiencing extreme discomfort after drinking my smoothie, sometimes just 1/4 or 1/2 way through. I get terrible stomach pains/cramps that are completely debilitating. I try to drink enough water to flush all the fiber and stuff out of my system, but it just doesn’t seem to help. I tried leaving out the celery and cucumber I usually put in my smoothies and lowering the amount of greens, attributing the pain to consuming too much fiber all at once. I still get the pains. It is so bad that I am seriously considering stopping my smoothie consumption for awhile, which is super sad to me because I was raving not too long ago about how amazing they are. Do you have any experience with this or insight as to why this is happening?

      • Erica says

        Hi McKel! I also get stomach pains after drinking smoothies. I’ve heard green/veg smoothies are rough on people with digestive issues, as raw vegetables are tough to digest. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, you should avoid raw veggies most of the time, especially if you have a certain body constitution and/or it’s cold outside. It’s a shame, because I LOVE them, but I don’t think my gut can handle them :( Guess I’ll have to stick to “soup” smoothies!

    • Lola says

      It could easily be the smoothies and is probably the cause of your stomach complaints. It also could mean that you have an underlying stomach condition. For those of us with gastro problems green smoothies can be a terrible choice. With most gastro conditions the amount of protein and fiber within these smoothies plus the fact that they are made with dark leafy greens which are extremely hard for a person with a gastro problem to digest. In many cases those of us who are in a flare of our gastro problems are told to not eat any raw fruits or vegetables until our symptoms subside. That being said green smoothies are an excellent source of nutrients. I personally love them but when I make them I cut them down quite a bit so that I’m not shoving every vegetable possible into them which is a sure fire way to make me sick. Instead I do kale and apple or kale and banana or kale and blueberries and so on. I find that by limiting the ingredients my body stands a much better chance to digest them. Though if I could drink them without consequence this stripped smoothie is what I would go for. It sounds excellent.

  10. Alice Williams says

    Hi Mckel!
    I literally just made your stripped smoothie recipe just now (but replaced the romaine with spinach) and my boyfriend and I both love it! My boyfriend normally hates green smoothies with a passion but he was so impressed with this.
    I’ll definitely be using your recipe forever haha :)

  11. James says

    Hi McKel,
    I just made your smoothie and found it to be better than expected, in other words it was quite good! Anyway just thought I would mention that I followed your directions implicitly (as I am a man) and found that I had the cucumbers and Brazil nuts left over. It seems that this was omitted from the instructions (at least the version I had read). Would you suggest I add the cucumbers at the same time as the kale? Also when would you suggest to add the Brazil nuts and should they be crushed before being added?

    • says

      Hi James!
      I’m so glad you experimented and tried the green smoothie- glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you just add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! If you have a high speed blender, it will take care of chopping everything with no work for you- if you have a standard blender I would suggest adding in ingredients one at a time to make sure it’s all smooth.

  12. Misha says

    Hello! Thank you so much for posting this! I just discovered your site and started following you on instagram.
    I am really passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and would love to start drinking your stripped greeen smoothies. The calorie content is 155, and you mentioned that you drink this for breakfast after workouts, so I was wondering, do you eat something in addition to this for breakfast?
    I don’t want to eat less than I should, and a breakfast of 155 calories seems low.

    Thank you!

  13. lara says

    Hey you :)
    I just have to say that you have such a great blog. I just fell in love with it. The Recipes are amazing and you’re just inspiring. Thanks for sharing this with us.
    And I definitely are going to try out a green smoothie!!!

  14. says

    I can’t wait to try this! One question though, can the banana be substituted with anything else? I can’t eat uncooked bananas without getting a terrible stomach ache. In some of my other smoothies I’ve used avocado instead. Would this work? I LOVE your blog, just stumbled upon it through the Chalkboard Mag website…you are truly an inspiration!

  15. Kayleigh stevenson says

    Just made my first green smoothie I was a bit worried I wouldn’t like it but I love it!!! Tastes so good. As a dairy gluten free er I love your recipes thank you! X

  16. Tasha says

    I’m embarrassed to say that I’m just now trying your stripped smoothie. It was similar to something I was already making so I figured it was basically the same.
    Boy was I missing out!!!!
    It is so delicious.
    It maybe the only thing I want all day long.
    So, so very good!

  17. Annabelle says

    Hi :) I just wanted to say that your blog is amazing and is the only one i ever use.
    I noticed that you changed the format for accessing the recipes. I was wondering if you could format the recipes in a list also, i have difficulty finding the recipes in the current format. Only a suggestion :)

  18. zosia says

    Brazil nuts: High in selenium to combat the large amounts of raw kale used in this smoothie.
    I don’t understand the reasoning behind this. Can you please explain?
    What is raw kale high in that the selenium needs to combat? (Is it the whole goitrogenic effect of raw cruciferous vegetables? …and if so – how does selenium help with that?)
    (also and if it is to do with the goitrogenic effect – according to my naturopathic doctor – the effect is very minimal and a better way to avoid suppressing the thyroid is to drastically reduce fluoride consumption…)

    Thanks and I look forward to your response.

    Love your blog by the way. It is beautiful

    • says

      Hi Zosia,
      Selenium is incredibly important in thyroid and metabolic health- check my nutrient directory for a bit more information on selenium. The raw kale is a goitrogenic food as with other goitrogenic vegetables/foods, therefore I use brazil nuts as a protective measure especially if ones eating raw kale in large amounts daily alongside with other raw goitrogenic foods. As I note, for most healthy individuals, it’s nothing of concern. Thank you for your kind words and hope that answers your ?!

  19. Meredith says

    Thanks for reviewing both these blenders. The recipe looks awesome too! I’m surprised the fat content of the smoothie is 0. Brazil nuts have a fair amount if fat in them. :)

  20. Lauren says

    Hey there!
    I was just wondering what model of vitamix you have? I have been looking into buying one for a long time but I want to know what the most common model is to buy. Thank you :)

  21. Justine says

    Hi McKel! First off, just wanted to say how obsessed I am with your blog/website/recipes, etc! You’ve seriously been such an inspiration to me in so many ways.. but I’m sure you hear that ALL the time :P

    Secondly.. I have a couple of questions.. and I’ve kind of weeded through previous questions/answers and don’t really see mine on there so I thought I’d go ahead and ask! 1.) I’ve made a couple of batches of your stripped green smoothie and absolutely love it, but just wondering.. when you add the cilantro/parsley, do you stick a whole bunch in the blender or do you pull just the leaves off first? (sorry.. semi-stupid question) and 2.) I know you say you lose some of the nutrients by blending and also if you wait to drink it, but I’m wondering how MUCH nutrients are actually lost? Is it only like 10% or more like 50%? Just curious.. and again, thank you for all your help and for all of your amazing recipes!!!


    • says

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I use the stems with the cilantro and parsley because I use a vitamix and it can handle breaking them down- anytime you add them is fine. NEGLIGIBLE amounts of nutrients are lost, I can’t even come up with a percentage, it’s on the cellular level and nothing in comparison to cooking methods. Enjoy! :)

  22. Sabrina says

    Just made my first green smoothie today – it was delicious! I´ve got one question:I read that eating raw spinach is unhealthy because of the oxalic acid – is this true? Would that mean that all smoothies with raw spinach are unhealthy?

  23. Kate says

    Stumbled across your blog yesterday, baught a blender today and just made my very first green smoothie, sipping it while I am typing this! It takes so good! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  24. says

    I’m on my second day with this smoothie (going to try to have it every morning for the next 60 days, taking advantage of all the farmers market produce and the warm weather) and I just have to say – I feel amazing! The celery is tough for me to deal with but I’ve found that blended rather than juiced is the way to go for me. Love the addition of brazil nuts – I can taste them just slightly, and that plus the cinnamon is great. Thanks!

  25. Cate says

    I have tried so many green smoothies and as much as I like them, I incorporated this one into my diet last year, and I would have to say that I think it may be a bit of an understatement to say that this has become my life blood! I love the addition of the cinnamon and tumeric! Again, McKel, fabulous! Thank you so much!!!

  26. Jessica says

    I cannot believe how good this is!!! I really don’t like celery or cucumber at all, and I hate lemon. Honestly, something magical must happen in the blender because all the flavors REALLY work. Thank yoU!!!


  1. […] in turn, long-lasting energy from raw fruit and vegetable juices. Once you start incorporating my Stripped Green Smoothie and even the Stripped Green Juice (recipe to come, hint hint), you’ll be in LOVE with your […]

  2. […] The Stripped Smoothie (In honor of all this heat, try this super smoothie instead of a huge meal at lunch to keep you going without bogging you down! Can be made ahead. Thanks to Nutrition Stripped for this recipe and more.) Ingredients: 1 cup of filtered water 1 cup of coconut water (or double the filtered water) 1 large bunch (5 heaping handfuls) of organic lacinato kale/regular kale 1 large head of organic romaine 5-7 large stalks of organic celery, chopped 1 organic apple, cored and chopped 1-2 bananas, chopped ½ cup organic cucumber, chopped ½ cup of cilantro ½ cup of parsley Juice of 1 lemon/meyer lemon 4 brazil nuts dash of cayenne (optional) dash of cinnamon (optional) dash of turmeric (optional) Directions: 1.Using the Vitamix// high speed blender, pour filtered water into the blender 2.Add chopped celery stalks and romaine lettuce first, and turn on low speed to puree. 3.Gradually increase the speed and add chopped kale. 4.Add all remaining ingredients and blend until creamy! 5.*At this point you may add more water to achieve your desired consistency! 6.Pour into individual air tight mason jars or another air tight liquid container. (Recipe from Nutrition Stripped) […]

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