10 Delicious Spinach Smoothie Recipes That Make You Feel Alive!
Spinach may be highly nutritious but let’s face it, it’s not one of the most appetizing foods in the world.
Green smoothies are a great way to add more greens to your diet and with some clever combinations of ingredients, you can disguise the fact that you’re even using spinach.
It blends better than a lot of other leafy greens and the taste can be quite mild, especially with baby spinach.
This makes it a versatile ingredients to use in smoothies and it pairs well with lots of fruits.
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Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, snack or even dessert smoothies, spinach can work great in a wide range of smoothies.
Read on for some ideas for delicious and nutritious spinach smoothies.
Superfood Spinach Smoothie Recipes
Whether you’re after a healthy breakfast smoothie to kickstart the day right or an afternoon smoothie snack to see you through to dinner, we’ve got you covered.
These super nutritious and yummy spinach smoothie recipes will make you completely forget that you’re sipping greens!
Hopefully by now you’re really excited to learn more about the nutritional benefits of spinach and what it can do for your health. Here are some of the top questions about spinach:
Does Blending Spinach Destroy the Nutrients?
A lot of people are concerned that blending spinach will mean losing a lot of the nutrients but is there actually any truth to this?
The argument around losing nutrients is centred on oxidation and the idea that blending for 120 seconds destroys much of the goodness before you even start sipping your green smoothie.
While it’s true that you may lose a little bit of the nutritional value, this happens as soon as you start chopping fruit and vegetables and exposing them to the elements in any way.
There is also the added bonus of antioxidants that help to protect against oxidation, which means that less nutrients are lost.
Is Spinach High in Calcium?
There is a bit of calcium in spinach and it can help to boost your intake. For a cup of raw spinach, this is only around 3% of your daily calcium needs but that rises to almost 25% when it’s cooked.
However, not all of the calcium in spinach is readily absorbed. According to studies, most of it is not actually available for the body to use, especially compared to some other leafy greens, including kale.
Is Spinach High in Iron?
Spinach can help you on your way to your recommended daily amount of iron, although it won’t provide all of your needs by itself. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a cup of raw spinach will provide around 4% of the daily iron needs for a woman. Men don’t need as much iron as women so a cup of spinach provides around 10% of daily iron needs for males. Cooked spinach is higher in iron and a cup can provide as much as 36% of daily iron needs.
Spinach also contains oxalic acid, which can bind with iron and make it harder to absorb. Cooking spinach gets rid of some of the oxalic acid or you can team it up with vitamin C rich foods to increase iron absorption.
Is Spinach High in Fiber?
A cup of spinach can provide up to 4g of fiber. Cooked fiber contains even more fiber and can give you as much as 15% of your recommended daily fiber intake. Spinach has a little bit more fiber than kale.
Does Spinach Cause Gas?
For some people, fresh spinach can cause a few digestive problems, including bloating and gas.
This is more likely to happen if you’ve increased your fiber intake as spinach is a good source of fiber. On the plus side, spinach can be easier to digest when it’s blended so you may have fewer problems with spinach smoothies compared to raw spinach in meals.
Which Recipe Did You Like Best?
As you can see, there are lots of ways to enjoy spinach based smoothies and you might be very surprised to see how delicious they can be. Even kids will love a lot of these green smoothie recipes!
I’d love to hear which one recipe you plan to make first. Let me know in the comments section. And as always, leave a comment too if you have any questions about making your own spinach smoothies and I’ll answer as soon as I can.
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