Refreshing Cucumber Lime Veggie Green Smoothie Recipe

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There are two things that almost all health gurus seem to agree that we should do: get more sleep and eat more green veggies. In fact, statistically, these are two things most of us are pretty bad at! I confess, I’m still seriously lacking in the sleep department (thank you sweet teething baby), but I have been making a conscious effort to eat (and drink) my greens.

In fact, when my friend Heather mentioned that she craves greens for a few weeks each spring, I realized that I often did too…but that I hadn’t really paid attention because that is often when our farmers have an abundance of leafy greens, so I was already getting plenty.

Green Smoothies vs. Green Juice

There are two schools of thought when it comes to drinking greens. One advocates green juices, saying that you can consume much more of the nutrients in the form of juice than you can by eating the veggies. This is true, but as green smoothie advocates explain, juices of any kind do not have the fiber that is naturally present in fruits and veggies and can spike blood sugar. Green smoothies solve this problem by combining the two.

Personally, I’ve always been more of a green smoothie fan than a green juice fan, since they seem less wasteful and fruits and veggies naturally contain fiber for a reason. At the end of the day, green juice and green smoothies are both an upgrade from the processed snacks and drinks like soda that many people consume, so veggie on! (And eat some salads too!)

Fruit & Veggie Ratios

I’ve noticed that many green smoothie recipes contain more fruit than vegetables. There’s certainly nothing wrong with fruit (and my recipe contains some) but most of us are already getting plenty of sugar, even from natural sources like sugar and fruit.

I try to always have a 2:1 veggie to fruit ratio in recipes and add a little liquid stevia if needed for sweetness. I usually don’t need the extra sweetness though, especially with the fruit. For a lower carb option, omit the fruit and use a natural sweetener instead.

Getting Enough Greens

It’s always easy to get enough greens in early spring when local markets have an abundance of them. We drink green smoothies often, but also make sure to eat lots of salads and cooked green veggies. We usually try to work in green smoothies with breakfast (or for breakfast). Salads are our go-to lunch, topped with healthy proteins like chicken, grilled meats, or fish. Dinner is a great time to get cooked veggies in as soups or as a side.

The recipe below is one of my favorites, but there are whole books dedicated to green smoothies if you want more ideas.

How to make a green smoothie that actually tastes good

Cucumber Lime Veggie Smoothie Recipe

Make this delicious green cucumber lime smoothie with spinach, cucumbers, lime, kiwi, ginger, and matcha for a nutrient dense green treat.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 222kcal
Author Katie Wells


2 smoothies


  • 2 cups water (or coconut or almond milk for a more creamy smoothie)
  • 1 cucumber (roughly chopped)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 2 kiwi (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tsp  matcha powder optional
  • ½ fresh avocado (skin removed)
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple or fresh plus some ice cubes
  • 1 scoop greens powder (optional, but adds a lot of extra nutrients)
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (optional)


  • Place water or milk, cucumber, and spinach in a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend on high again until completely smooth.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy! 🙂


Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Lime Veggie Smoothie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 smoothie)
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.4g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 51mg2%
Carbohydrates 41.8g14%
Fiber 7.9g33%
Sugar 23.4g26%
Protein 4.8g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


To make it low carb/keto leave out the pineapple and kiwi and use a natural approved sweetener instead. You can also add coconut milk or MCT oil for added fats in this recipe.

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Healthier Smoothie Variations & Adaptions

Like any smoothie, this recipe is endlessly versatile. Here are some variations to try:

  • Gorilla Green Smoothie – This green smoothie variation (and 5 other healthy smoothie recipes) are in my Wellness Mama Cookbook.
  • More Protein – Add a protein powder or collagen powder.
  • Up the Healthy Fats – Want to add more healthy fats? This is especially helpful for satiating kids who are always hungry. Use coconut milk for the base instead of water and add a couple Tablespoons of coconut oil.
  • Lower Carb – Omit the fruit and use a couple drops of liquid stevia instead. You can also use berries in place of the pineapple and kiwi. These are lower carb, but they will change the color.

Want an All Veggie Smoothie?

If you’re looking for my original green smoothie recipe that was all veggie, here it is. Please note that this recipe is not for the faint of heart!

In the blender, combine:

  • one small tomato
  • ¼ of a cucumber
  • one bell pepper
  • one jalapeño
  • ¼ of an onion
  • 1-2 cloves of raw garlic
  • 1-2 stalks of celery
  • 3-4 big handfulls of greens of choice
  • 1 tsp kelp
  • 2 tsp spirulina powder
  • 2 cups water
  • handful of ice cubes

I make my smoothies in our Vitamix, so quantities might need to be adjusted if you have a smaller size blender. If you don’t have all the ingredients, use what you do have and add any vegetables that can be eaten raw. As one reader recommended, I have also started adding turmeric, as this gives additional health benefits.

Blend ingredients until smooth. Smoothie will be thick. I find the easiest way to drink it is like one would do weights at the gym, in sets. I take 5 gulps, chase with water, and repeat. If you don’t handle spicy foods well, omit the jalapeño!

Ever tried a veggie green smoothie like this? What is your favorite type of healthy smoothie? Share below!

A delicious veggie smoothie is an easy way to add some healthy vegetables to your diet. This recipe is an excellent way boost your health!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


99 responses to “Refreshing Cucumber Lime Veggie Green Smoothie Recipe”

  1. Jamie Hudson Avatar
    Jamie Hudson

    Just had this and found it exactly what i have been craving…loved it!!! I find most things way too sweet and this was perfect….i actually added some radishes to mine and somehow made it creamy. Thank you for such a great recipe. I have been wanting something i could have for lunch and during the day .

  2. Deb Avatar

    5 stars
    Wellness Mama, this is why I LOVE your blog! This is exactly what I need nothing but nutrients and no added sugar to throw my body off. Ah! I’m so excited to try this!!! I’m broke as a joke and don’t want to buy a vitamix on credit so I’m saving up for one. In the meantime, I’m entering as many vitamix giveaways as I can!

    1. Zaza Avatar

      If you didn’t get your Vitamix yet, Sur La Table keeps putting REFURBISHED once (with the same warranty as a new one) on line for $249 on and off. I just got mine about 4 weeks ago and since then I have seen it there couple more times again. The sale usually lasts about 24 hrs, so you need to watch for it.

  3. Tina R. Avatar

    I make a great fruit/veggie smoothie using the following:

    1 orange (or 2/3 cup orange juice)
    1 cucumber
    1 banana
    3 cups Kale
    1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

    The recipe makes 2, 16 oz. smoothies–and is absolutely delicious! I realize some may want fewer fruits depending on their dietary needs. However, for me, it assists in my daily goal of eating 8-10 fruits and veggies.

  4. Celia Avatar

    My husband makes a shake for me that I drink daily, I, too, have cancer, and so have researched what ingredients are best for boosting immunity and that work directly to support my wellness. I am excited about your shake because I discovered recently that green onion is highly valuable for me (one of the best veggies to help with my condition). I know about spirulina, but have not used it as of yet. That’s exciting, too!

    Here is my shake recipe: (all organic)
    grape juice or mango nectar
    flax seed and hemp
    olive oil
    wheat grass
    kale (2 big handfuls)
    cauliflower or broccoli
    a banana or an apple
    chunk of peeled ginger
    half a dozen ice cubes
    (this makes enough for two 18-20 ounce servings).

    I eat my turmeric raw with black pepper (which increases its potency by 2,000%!), but may start adding to my shake… really want to give your recipe a try, though!

    Happy Shaking 😉

  5. Gina Avatar

    Hello there. Just wanted to say I am buying the stuff to try this this weekend. Really excited, thanks for posting the recipe!

  6. Karalee Nichols Avatar
    Karalee Nichols

    I am bummed about the article by the “Healthy Home Economist” on greens being dangerous! Do you have any other information on the subject?

  7. Sue Rafati Avatar
    Sue Rafati

    I leave out the onion, but I’ve had people turn their noses up when I say I put garlic in mine. I love the taste of the one I make (almost identical), and I like mine with a bit of Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper. It’s also nice juiced.

  8. Leona Wallace Avatar
    Leona Wallace

    IM trying to lose weight through vegetables and stumbled across your site as i’ve no idea what ingredients to use i will defiantly be trying your smootie cant Waite ???? thanks!

  9. Lawrence Avatar

    I’ve decided that I just can’t handle the taste of veggie smoothies—sooo, I’ve tried this—to my fruit smoothie–usually apple, pineapple, or strawberries (blueberries) and peaches, I add a couple of spoonfuls of ground flax seed with ground almond bits and then (so I’m not a complete veggie wimp) I dump a bunch of frozen spinach in there and sweeten it with a half teaspoon of light agave nectar. Then I fill the blender cup with half almond milk and half water (or cocoanut water) and blend it up. I love the taste. It’s my favorite breakfast drink ever and I’m never hungry before lunch. I save my veggies for salads at lunch and stir fry for dinner and hope I’m getting my fibre that way.

    1. Linda Avatar

      4 stars
      James, you might find veggie smoothies easier to take warm like a soup rather than cold… vitamix and other powerful blenders will warm the ingredients if you run it a little longer and (obviously) without ice.

      1. Wellness Mama Avatar

        I am going to second this… I love them really really cold, but my husband prefers them room temp. Sometimes experimentation is worth it.

  10. Morgan Fox Avatar
    Morgan Fox

    I live in the UK and finding fresh jalapeño peppers is a nightmare,
    Can you recommend an alternative ?
    Would green chili peppers work?

  11. Kandy Avatar

    I have made green smoothies off and on for the last several years. No fruit other than lemon as I am a diabetic and I love my green smoothies. The last two years I have been undergoing chemotherapy for a very rare cancer (1 in 6,000,000) and will have to have chemo until….as maintenance….I have no taste for several days after treatment but will try to add my “salad” smoothies back in. I have friends who call them my scraping the lawnmower smoothies…I enjoy them! Love your site.

  12. James. L. Avatar
    James. L.

    how long would this amount of the veggie smoothie last you?

  13. Debbie Avatar

    Would it be a good idea to add a fat like coconut oil or olive oil to make the fat soluble vitamins more bioavailable?

  14. Jessica Rech Avatar
    Jessica Rech

    I had to not add the peppers, I just didn’t like how strongly of raw pepper it tasted. Other than that, a very fresh tasting smoothie that I certainly think I can drink every day.

  15. Craig Avatar

    You should add Parsley and Cilantro. From all the other sites i’ve read, they help remove metals and other bad materials from your body!

  16. Christi Woods Avatar
    Christi Woods

    If you do juicing green lemonade is great too… Just stay away from savory greens like your mustards… Accidentally grabbed those by mistake and if was horrible… But kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, etc with a lemon to mask the bitterness and an apple for sweetness… Looks horrible but tastes much better than I’d guess this does… Also I just started adding aloe gel with lemon to my pbj smoothies ( made with kale cubes so it has a little bit if the veggie kick)

  17. Stephen Avatar

    I started making them and came to your page looking for a different recipe. Here’s what I put in mine and it comes out excellent…might even be able to make this one into a dip to eat with pita chips. I have a small blender and don’t measure amounts but, all about 1/2 cup for a single 20 oz serving. celery root, cucumber, carrots (baby), green onion, kale, celery. I also like to add plain greek yogurt and a bit of milk. I also add a quarter cup of wheat germ (nothing but fiber and some other quality nutrients). Then spices to taste: granulated garlic, turmeric, cayenne, salt and pepper. The secret final ingredient is Sriracha chili sauce. I’m looking to expand my horizons and try a lot of different combos. And I do it for the same reason you do. I don’t enjoy having to endlessly chew veggies.

  18. Beth Grant Avatar
    Beth Grant

    I used to do green smoothies daily, using a mix of fruit & greens. After doing that for about 3 years, I found that my body didn’t want the raw greens. I’ve gone almost a year now lightly steaming or stir frying them instead.
    Your recipe has intrigued me and I will try tossing it all into my BlendTec and seeing how my body reacts.

  19. Jen Avatar

    god, you are admirable for that. i’m making a face just looking at it. LOL. well, i’ll never know until I try. thanks for the recipe !

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