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Fresh Green Hemp Smoothie

Fresh Hemp Smoothie features spinach, banana, and orange blended with your choice of hulled hemp seed (aka hemp hearts) or hemp protein powder for a delicious and refreshing breakfast or snack!

side angle view of hemp smoothie in a glass with straw and items surrounding.

This Green Hemp Smoothie is my new absolute favorite smoothie of late!

Every time I make it, I feel amazingly revitalized and alive, and it seriously makes me feel as good as it tastes!

With mandarin oranges in season, I couldn’t resist adding them! And they are perfect in this smoothie with spinach, banana, and hemp protein.

With only 4 ingredients (plus water), it’s a perfect combination of freshness that will leave you craving more!

side by side photos of hemp hearts (aka hulled hemp seeds) and hemp protein powder.
Hemp hearts (aka hulled hemp seeds) and hemp protein powder.

Why We Love Hemp Protein!

Before we get to the smoothie, I want to share a bit about hemp seeds and their nutritional benefits.

Whether using hemp hearts or protein powder, hemp seeds are amazingly healthy and a great protein source for those living a plant-based lifestyle!

  • Hemp seeds are a complete protein containing all of the essential amino acids.
  • Unlike soy protein, hemp protein is readily digestible.
  • It has a perfect Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio. Part of that Omega-6 is the highly sought-after fatty acid GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). GLA fights inflammation and Platelet Stickiness. Also, women can take it for PMS.
  • It’s a healthy gluten-free, grain-free, whole food plant-based ingredient.

Please find out more about how wonderful they are from Medical News Today: Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Hemp Seed FAQs

Can you put hemp seeds in a smoothie?
Yes, hemp seeds can be added to your smoothie with everything else and will blend in so you won’t notice them at all, but you will benefit from all the healthy nutrients.

How much hemp seeds should I add to my smoothie?
For optimal nutrition, use 2 tablespoons of hulled hemp seeds for each 12-ounce smoothie or 1/4 cup of hemp protein powder.

top down view of ingredients used to make the fresh hemp seed smoothie recipe.

How To Make Hemp Smoothie

It all starts with great ingredients!

  • Banana – Adds creaminess and good for gut health, use fresh or frozen.
  • Orange – Full of vitamin C, these include fresh mandarins, cuties, or regular varieties. You can substitute with 1/2 – 3/4 cup of other fruits such as berries.
  • Spinach – Rich in vitamins use fresh organic or baby spinach.
  • Hemp protein powder or hemp hearts – Both can be interchanged as noted in the recipe card (powder form has less fat).
  • Purified water – Can sub with non-dairy milk as well.
  • Ice cubes – Can be optional.
side by side photos showing the process of making a hemp smoothie.

Now, put it all together. Here is a quick overview with photos because I enjoy before and after pictures. :)

  • Place the peeled banana, mandarin, spinach, hemp protein powder or seeds, water, and ice cubes into the blender cup and blend until smooth.

It’s ready in minutes and makes 1 serving!

head on view of hemp smoothie in a glass with straw and items surrounding.

Smoothie Tips

  • Using a frozen banana? If using frozen bananas, you can eliminate the ice cubes and add 1/4 – 1/2 cup more water as needed.
  • Switch up the greens. Try baby kale in place of the spinach. I’ve also run out of greens and used microgreens. Or omit the greens and add a little extra hemp seed protein or hearts.

top down view of hemp smoothie in a glass with straw and items surrounding.

More Healthy Smoothie Recipes!

If you try this hemp protein recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.


Fresh Green Hemp Smoothie

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Fresh and revitalizing, this Green Hemp Smoothie uses hemp protein powder or hulled hemp seeds for a healthy and delicious smoothie recipe!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1
  • Category: Beverage, Smoothie
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: Vegan


  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 good size mandarin or 2 small cuties (or 1/23/4 cup fresh berries)
  • handful spinach
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds) or 3 Tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1/2 cup purified water + more as needed
  • 4 ice cubes


Place peeled banana, mandarins, spinach, hemp protein, water, and ice cubes into the blender cup and process until blended and smooth, about 1 minute.

Serves one


If using frozen bananas, eliminate the ice cubes and add 1/4 – 1/2 cup more water as needed.

Try some kale if you like in place of the spinach. I’ve also run out of greens and used micro greens, or just doubled up on the protein powder.

Nutritional information is calculated using hemp hearts. If using hemp protein, the fat content will most likely be much less.

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  1. Question about the large amount of sugar. Is that primarily from the fruit?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, the sugar all comes from the fruit. You can use a little less to cut down on the sugar if needed. I hope that helps!

  2. You are not supposed to eat raw spinach….it’s the oxalates

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Those with kidney stone issues may want to check with their doctor before eating raw spinach, but most people will be okay, especially since this is only a handful of spinach per serving. Thank you for pointing that out, Maria! Those curious about oxalates can find more info here: Foods High In Oxalates from WebMD

  3. I tried this recipe – it’s good and a great way to get fruit/veggies and plant based protein!

  4. Julia David says:

    Sounds delicious! I love that there is so much fruit packed into that one serving. Fantastic! Perfect for people like me who don't eat a lot of fruit regularly.

  5. This sounds delicious, I’ve never added mandarins to my smoothies. Looks like a great smoothie recipe. :) Full of nutrients to start the day!

    1. I can't get enough of these, have had one or two a day lately. Give it a try :)

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