10 Delicious Spinach Smoothie Recipes That Make You Feel Alive!

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. 

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! 

1. Spinach Banana Smoothie

spinach and banana smoothies

This recipe is super simple as it only has a few ingredients and takes just minutes to put together.

Both banana and spinach are full of fiber and help to keep you feeling full. Plus, the peanut butter adds a protein boost.

Perfect for a quick and easy breakfast smoothie! It’s also highly nutritious and a good source of iron and potassium, two nutrients that are don’t always get enough of in our diet. 

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana

  • 1 generous handful of spinach

  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

  • 10 ounces liquid (water, milk or nut milk all work great)

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and combine until smooth.

  2. Serve and enjoy!

2. Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

strawberry spinach smoothie

Using ripe banana and baby spinach makes for a really mild tasting spinach smoothie and one that even kids will love.

You’ll get plenty of fiber and a nice boost of protein. If you’re new to the idea of green smoothies, this is a great choice to ease you into them. This recipe uses ice but you can swap this out for frozen fruit if you prefer. 

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ¾ ripe banana (peeled, diced and frozen)

  • 4-5 strawberries (hulled if using fresh ones or you can use frozen strawberries if you’d rather not use ice)

  • 1 orange (peeled and halved, and frozen if you don’t want to use ice)

  • 4 ounces packed baby spinach

  • 4 ounces water or other liquid

  • Optional  - ½ cup ice if you’re not using frozen fruit

Instructions

  1. Before you make this smoothie, you’ll need to have peeled, chopped up and frozen a ripe banana (even if you’re otherwise using fresh fruit).

  2. Hull the strawberries and peel and halve the orange if you’re using fresh varieties.

  3. Add all of the ingredients to your blende but hold back some of the ice (if you’re using it).

3. Spinach Smoothie Vegan

spinach vegan smoothie

This vegan friendly spinach smoothie uses super sweet fruits, including some tropical ones.

Using frozen fruits makes it deliciously thick and creamy without the need for yogurt.

Coconut water is the liquid base and adds to the tropical vibe of this green smoothie but you can swap it out for water or orange juice if you prefer. 

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces baby spinach

  • 2 ounces frozen mango

  • 2 ounces frozen pineapple

  • 2 ounces frozen strawberry

  • 4 ounces coconut water, orange juice or water

  • 1 tsp honey to sweeten

  • Optional - A sprinkle of chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and combine until smooth.

  2. Serve and enjoy!

4. Spinach Apple Smoothie

spinach apple smoothie

This green smoothie is naturally sweet thanks to the apple and banana, so much so that you’ll probably forget about the spinach altogether.

This is another good one to tempt kids with as the spinach taste isn’t at all obvious. It’s also super creamy too. 

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces baby spinach

  • ½ green apple (peeled, cored and diced)

  • ½ ripe banana (peeled and chopped)

  • 4 ounces liquid (whichever you prefer)

  • Optional - 1 tbsp ground flax

  • Optional - 3 to 4 ice cubes

Instructions

  • Peel, core and dice the apple. Peel and chop up the banana.

  • Add the liquid and spinach(and ground flax if you’re using it) to your blender first and blend. Depending on your blender, you may need to blend more than once.

  • Add the banana and apple to your blender, and ice if you’re using it. Carry on blending until smooth and creamy.

  • Serve and enjoy!

5. Spinach Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

spinach banana peanut butter smoothie

If you’re looking for a filling smoothie that will get you through the morning or afternoon, this combination is a great choice.

There’s plenty of fiber and protein included so it’s perfect for breakfast or to stop snacking later on in the day. The creamy, nutty taste and texture also makes a delicious dessert style smoothie too. 

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe banana (peeled and chopped)

  • 4 ounces spinach

  • 2 ounces Greek yogurt or nonfat plain yogurt

  • 2 ounces peanut butter

  • 2 ounces milk (any kind will work)

  • Optional sweetener - 1 date (pitted) or 1 tsp maple syrup or honey

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the banana.

  2. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and combine until smooth and creamy.

  3. Serve and enjoy!

6. Blueberry Spinach Smoothie With No Banana

blueberry spinach smoothie

A lot of spinach smoothies use banana for a super creamy texture but this recipe excludes it altogether.

It uses Greek yogurt instead to achieve the same thing. There are tons of antioxidants in this smoothie from the spinach and blueberries, plus a hefty dose of vitamin C. 

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces baby spinach

  • 4 ounces blueberries

  • 1 banana

  • 2 to 4 ounces Greek yogurt

  • 4 ounces water

  • Optional - A touch of honey, maple syrup or Stevia to sweeten

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and combine until smooth and creamy.

  2. Serve and enjoy!

7. Blueberry Spinach Almond Milk Smoothie

blueberry spinach smoothie

This smoothie is simple but highly nutritious. The berries add all important antioxidants and vitamin C, while almond milk provides vitamin D and some calcium.

Plus, the latter is deliciously creamy too. The optional chia seeds add heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids, protein and even more fiber. Taste wise, the strawberries work really well with the banana and blueberries. 

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces baby spinach

  • 4 ounces blueberries

  • 4 ounces strawberries

  • ½ banana (peeled and chopped)

  • 8 ounces almond milk

  • Optional - 1 tsp chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the banana.

  2. Add all of the ingredients (except the chia seeds, if you’re using these) to your blender and combine until smooth and creamy.

  3. Serve and enjoy! If you’re using chia seeds as a garnish, sprinkle these on once you’ve served up.

8. Blueberry Spinach Smoothie - Paleo

blueberry spinach smoothie

On the Paleo diet? This smoothie is full of ingredients that you can happily consume on this eating plan. Banana, spinach, coconut and almond milk and berries are all Paleo foods.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • ½ banana (peeled and chopped)

  • 4 ounces blueberries

  • 4 ounces spinach

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • 4 ounces coconut or almond milk

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop the banana.

  2. Add all of the ingredients to your blender and combine until smooth and creamy.

  3. Serve and enjoy!

9. Kale Spinach Strawberry Smoothie

kale strawberry spinach smoothie

Spinach isn’t your only option for adding greens to a smoothie. You may be reluctant to use kale too but with this recipe, you won’t eat remember it’s there! With these ingredients, this smoothie is great for detoxifying your body.

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces spinach

  • 8 ounces kale

  • 1 orange (peeled and halved)

  • 8-10 strawberries

  • 4 ounces mango or pineapple

  • 3 ounces Greek yogurt

  • 4 ounces liquid

Instructions

  1. Peel and halve the orange.

  2. Add everything to your blender and combine until smooth.

  3. Serve and enjoy!

10. Spinach Smoothie For Detox

spinach smoothie for detox

Spinach smoothie

Feel like you need to give your body a bit of a spring green? This one is another great recipe for a detox smoothie and it’s an easy one to do too.

If you prefer not to use banana, you can swap it out for pineapple instead for even stronger detox benefits. 

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces frozen pineapple

  • ½ apple (peeled, cored and chopped)

  • 4 ounces spinach

  • Juice from ½ lime or lemon

Instructions

  1. Peel, core and chop the apple.

  2. Add the pineapple, apple and spinach to your blender, and squeeze the juice from the lemon or lime.

  3. Blend until smooth.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Spinach FAQs

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.

Please feel free to share this article with your family and friends so they can start creating super healthy and delicious spinach smoothies too.

Daniel Pelegreen
 

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