Easy Gorilla Green Smoothie

gorilla green smoothie in a glass with chia seeds on top

This Gorilla Green Smoothie recipe comes from my friend Katie’s new book, The Wellness Mama Cookbook. If you’re not familiar with Wellness Mama, her site is loaded with information on natural health and wellness, particularly when it comes to parenting. I always turn to Katie’s website when I’m looking for a natural solution for my kids– like making homemade elderberry syrup.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Katie on her podcast, and we covered everything from detoxing, to feeding picky kids, to why we both love dates, and more. You can listen to our podcast together here.

the wellness mama cookbook

Katie sent me a complimentary copy of her book, and it’s loaded with real food recipes that are all grain-free, encouraging readers to make more vegetable-centric choices. The book does contain meat and dairy, so it’s not a great fit for my vegan and vegetarian readers, but it’s perfect for anyone looking to transition away from a diet of processed foods. Katie’s recipes are all easy and familiar, including favorites like chai coconut granola, angel food cake smoothie, sausage breakfast hash, chicken piccata, dairy-free upside down pizza, grain-free chipotle chicken fingers, creamy broccoli soup, and more.

Katie gave me permission to share this easy green smoothie from her book, so I hope you’ll enjoy it! Her recipe combines delicious tropical fruits with protein-rich chia seeds and sneaky spinach for a sweet green treat with a protein punch.

gorilla green smoothie in a glass with chia seeds and a straw on top

3.87 from 22 votes
Gorilla Green Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
5 mins

This Gorilla Green Smoothie is an easy way to sneak more fruits and veggies into your day. Made with spinach, tropical fruits, and chia seeds for protein.

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 2
Calories: 279 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
  • 1 orange
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups Coconut Milk or Almond Milk
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon collagen powder (optional)
  1. Peel the orange, remove any seeds, and place in the blender. Wash and dry the spinach and add to the blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Reprinted from The Wellness Mama Cookbook © 2014, 2016 by Wellness Mama (Harmony Books, Penguin Random House LLC).  

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Hey Judith — can you provide links to all the episodes of My 300 Pound life where they complain about being morbidly obese because they ate too many bananas? Thanks.


Hi Megan! Interesting discussion here, as I’m recently more sugar-free than ever in my life. I was just wondering if you ever have trouble with candida with all the dates and fruit you eat? When I initially came across your site, you used stevia, but now you seem to abstain from it altogether. I don’t find I put weight on with eating fruit, but it doesn’t do my body good either, in relation to yeast. Just wondering your thoughts on that angle. 🙂

    Megan Gilmore

    After some trial and error on my part , I actually don’t believe that the candida protocol that has you eliminate fruit is all that effective. I did it for months, and never felt even remotely better– my skin suffered, my energy suffered, and my cravings were through the roof with all the stevia I used. It also had me a bit food obsessed, probably due to all the restriction, and that left me emotionally miserable. Sometimes I feel like we have to go with our gut-instincts, and mine say that a better healing protocol would be to follow something like the SCD diet (Breaking The Vicious Cycle has a great explanation of how fruit sugars are digested before they can feed bad bacteria), or even Medical Medium’s protocol, which is a bit radical, but his methods have healed too many people for me to dismiss it.


Oh my! Such a debate over a smoothie. I love to hear all sides and ideas, but yikes to the mean spirited approach on some of these comments.

Thank you for sharing this, Megan! I just came across this book and was curious about it. After I go grocery shopping, I’ll be trying this one! Sounds yummy.

diana v.

sounds delish-and I agree WOW, such a heated response to natures pure lovely fruits and vegetables.
add more whole foods and you can’t go wrong.
I would much rather add a banana to my smoothie than stevia, if added sweetness is what I wanted.
stay positive and nice y’all


I think you should add Oreos! ???? I’m sorry…. had to add some levity to the rather intense sugar discussion. Megan I’ve been a candida sufferer for years and experience exactly what you mentioned – cravings and food obsession. I’m interested in looking into the two diets you referenced here. Just stumbled on your site and I’m very interested in your recipes. Thanks!


Interesting discussion. The county where I live has a terrible obesity rate for children — 60 percent! This is a new and terrible development since the introduction of highly processed foods in children’s diet combined with more sedentary behaviors (TV/computers). Regarding diet — look at the sweeteners in most processed and fast foods — I mean, you can’t even purchase a jar of jam these days without screening it for HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP (when the manufacturer is honest enough the list that laboratory creation of the U.S. agricultural system that overproduces corn and attempts to make cheap uses for the surplus). Same goes for supermarket pickles and other condiments, canned goods and frozen foods. I would imagine it is a rare child who eats only whole food ingredients and dishes made from scratch without high fructose corn syrup. And high fructose corn syrup cannot be processed by the liver. It is a tragic situation. (Check out these videos at youtube — Sugar: The Bitter Truth — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM and Dr. Lutig’s more recent lecture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmC4Rm5cpOI ). But perhaps most visitors to this website already know these facts.

Regarding this recipe, I personally cannot eat raw spinach; it truly slows down my thyroid function ( I feel cold, sluggish, etc.) I will try this recipe but substitute a bunch of fresh parsley to see if that works. Great website here! Thank you.

Jacqie Muscha

Not to beat a dead horse, but whatever happened to the old saying, “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?” I think Judith needs some SWEETness in her life! No one can tell me that eating a piece of fruit is one and the same thing like in eating say an Oreo cookie (in regards to the sugar content.) Yes, both have sugar, but there is absolutely no nutritional value in any processed sweet treat whatsoever. Whereas a piece of fruit offers at least vitamins and minerals. But I digress! On to my real question at hand. I found the few comments in regard to candida and cravings and food obsession very interesting. So I’m not the only one who suffers from such things? I haven’t been diagnosed as having candida, but everything I’ve read at least points to me assuming I have some degree of it within my body. I appreciate the suggestions because I have tried everything to get rid of the cravings and food obsessions and nothing has worked. With the exception of trying a parasite cleanse which I’ve been told is causing the cravings. Any thoughts on that? For my personal food and health struggles, I really have not found anything I could stick with for long. I’ve tried everything from macrobiotic to paleo. Nothing has lasted for me. It seems like no matter how healthy I eat, the cravings and food obsessions are still there. I don’t really understand it. Maybe it’s a mind thing. Any suggestions for that? So many people have done this Whole30 thing, but so many of them don’t stick to the lifestyle after the 30 days are over, and I ask then what’s the point? I’m so glad I found your website, Megan, because I think it’s one of the first mostly vegan and vegetarian sites that actually make eating that way look enticing, delicious, and not so intimidating. I plan on trying the 3 day detox you emailed me when I signed up for your newsletter sometime this summer after all the traveling I’ll be doing. (I’ll need a reset for sure.) I’m currently full-time breastfeeding my one year old, so I wasn’t sure if I should give the detox a try while breastfeeding or wait. I’ll be buying your cookbooks also. Keep up the amazing work. Thank you for your time. I welcome any suggestions from fellow readers too. As a side note, my now five year old was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes four years ago, so I have been doing a ton of research and trying new things all this time. I’m always open to new suggestions, ideas, or recommendations. The more knowledge I have the better. But then, again, maybe it has come down to what you said, “go with your gut.” I think it’s my gut that needs fixed!!


Made the smoothie for breakfast and it is delicious!!! Creamy, refreshing and satisfying. My bf loved it!! Thanks!


Why does the fruit have to be frozen?? Just curious. I’m a newbie

    Megan Gilmore

    Frozen fruit creates more of an ice cream texture. If you use fresh fruit, the result will be more watery/liquidy, which is still fine, just not the same texture as intended.


My girls (age 4 & 20 months) and I just made this smoothie. We all enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing!


Tell that to a frutarian! They eat nothing but fruit! And as far as natural sugar from processed…when we were wee tiny babies our Mothers milk was full of natural sugar. I think it does a body good,Of course everything including veggies in moderation. I doubt God created fruit to just drop and go to waste on the ground!!

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