Healthy Green Smoothie Both You and Your Dog Can Eat

Green Smoothie Recipe for You & Your Dog

I recently bought a terribly expensive Vitamix blender in a quest to sneak more vegetables into my diet.

The dogs have been watching me closely as I “destroy” food in it and it made me wonder if they could eat my green smoothie too.

I can get almost a days’ worth of veggies past my lips if they are blended with fruit so I don’t taste them so I thought a dog friendly smoothie may be a way to add more fruits and veggies to my dog’s diet too.

I looked up the ingredients of my favorite green smoothie to make sure that none of the ingredients were harmful to pets (and they weren’t).

I made it the other day and gave it a doggie taste test. Chester and Gretel approve.

Two Dachshunds eating a green smoothie

It’s not something I would give them every day but it is a fun treat.

Ingredients for a dog friendly green smoothie

Dog Smoothie Recipe

Dog-friendly smoothie Ingredients:

  • 6 large leaves of dino kale (also known as Tuscan kale, lacinato kale)
  • 1/2 cup  rainbow chard
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1 1/2 bananas
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 Tbs plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 inch peeled ginger (optional)

Note: one or more ingredients can be frozen to make the smoothie colder. I like mine really cold but only use one two two frozen ingredients when I am sharing the green smoothie with my dog so ensure it is not too cold for them.


Put everything into a blender and liquefy.

That’s it! Ok, not maybe completely it.

It’s possible that there is not enough liquid in the blender to fully puree the ingredients. Instead, they get bound up.

If this happens, add 1/4 cup of water at a time to try and get things moving again.

I found that adding ice cubes can also help.

Vitamix Green Smoothie Recipe

This green smoothie recipe will make approximately 19 oz.

I give my dogs 2 – 3 oz each and drink the rest myself.

For another dog smoothie recipe, check out the Irresistible Green Smoothie Recipe for Dogs from

I think I am going to try that one next.

Disclaimer: This is a smoothie recipe I created to share with my dogs. I am not a nutritionist nor a veterinarian. It may or may not work the same for your pet. Always check with your vet when adding anything new to their diet.

See Also: Homemade Energy Bars Both You and Your Dog Can Eat

About the Author

Hi, I’m Jessica. I’m a Dachshund sitter, President of the largest social Dachshund club in Washington State, a dog trainer in training, and I’ve been a Dachshund owner for 20 years. I have over 150,000 hours of experience with the breed. When I’m not working, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.


  1. I love my smoothies as well….I put spinach in mine. The frozen chopped spinach seems to work better, because I have a small bullet versus the vitamixer. Depending on prices for free fruit, and season, I love to add blueberries and papaya to mine. As far as the girls, I give them vanilla or plain yogurt with papaya every night for desert. Maggie stopped throwing up on occassion bile, which is an indication of a sensitive stomach? nerves? unsure. But it seems to help her Alot…

    1. I buy fresh kale and freeze it. I used to put it in fresh but a friend told be to freeze it because it blends smoother when it does.

      I am not surprised Maggie is feeling better. Papaya has great digestive enzymes. Perhaps she has a sensitive tummy. Gretel and Chester have iron guts 🙂

  2. Love our Vitamix. My in-laws bought ours as a wedding gift, so I didn’t have to pay for it thank goodness.

    Are Chester and Gretel afraid of the noise? Silas has gotten used to ours, but he’s still nervous about it.

    1. Lucky you. Honestly, I am thinking of returning it. It doesn’t completely pulverize all fruit like it claims (still some chunks in the bottom a lot of the time) and for the cost it better have the smoothie ready for me when I get up in the morning 🙂

      1. My husband runs it until the noise almost makes me crazy. His smoothies are always perfect. Mine have a few chunks of fruit.

        I don’t really know how it stacks up to other blenders these days. I suspect that cheaper blenders have improved a lot as a result of the Vitamix pressure on the market.

  3. We have a nearby restaurant that serves green shakes. I don’t know if I will ever get the nerve to go there and drink something that has kelp in it.

    1. Kelp? I haven’t seen smoothies around here with kelp in them. I was skeptical of kale and spinach at first but it is pretty easy to cover up the taste with fruit.

  4. Great recipe!! Thanks for sharing!! Looks like the pups enjoyed it especially!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  5. We bought one of the new Magic Bullets that’s for smoothies and I’m going to make this for our pack this weekend. Thanks!

    Today is D for Detox on my blog, I’m going to add a link to this post for my readers. 🙂

    1. I thought about the Magic Bullet. WAY cheaper than Vitamix and I hear they work good. You have to make smaller portions at a time though right?

      1. We can make a smoothie for both of us at once. It’s pretty great. Perfect for two people – plus it’s fast so I love it for cooking for the dogs. I can blend veggies and fruits fast and fresh.

  6. Check out the Ninja Ultima, about half the price of the Vita Mix and has great reviews. Has a 72oz pitcher and also has personal cups that can be used on same base. I am hoping I get one for my b-day on Friday. I have never thought of smoothies for my doxies, I am going to have to try some. Blender could also make some cool puppy popsicles this summer.

    1. My friend has that blender and I considered it. She said she really liked it. I decided to try out the Vitamix because of it’s long history and now my return window has closed….so Vitamix it is! 🙂

      I’ve also frozen doggy smoothies into ice cubes for a small treat.

  7. I have an 8 lb Bichon who will eat almost anything, I cook for her, mostly chicken and vegetables. She will eat salad (no onions) – even lettuce – as long as it has a little dressing on, not the creamy kind. I love HER sooooo much, that I never feed her any kind of purchased dog food. NOW – recently I’ve been making morning smoothies, with fruit, oat milk, few soaked almond, little cranberry juice, and spirulina, maca , r, flax seeeds, chia seeds, and hemp hearts. My little darling is 10 years old, seems like it might be a good idea to give her a little of my smoothie everyday, Oh just about 2-3 tablespoons, SHE LOVES IT. I cant seem to find any info online about if this is okay for a dog…… Anybody know anything about that ?

    1. Hi Surati. I am not an expert in dog nutrition so I had to ask my friend. This is what she said regarding the ingredients: “There’s nothing there that’s dangerous per se. I wouldn’t give it to dogs with kidney issues because Maca is high in phosphorus though.” Also, both her and I were more concerned about the calories in it. Between the oat milk, almonds and the juice there are a number of calories in the smoothie and a couple tablespoons can mean a lot of calories for an 8-lb dog. As long as she is at a proper weight though (can feel her ribs pretty easily through her skin) it shouldn’t matter.

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