A Spinach Smoothie is a great way to quickly get a tricky vegetable into your diet without the hassle. Spinach smoothies are super customizable and packed with wholesome ingredients. Enjoy this green smoothie as a quick, veggie packed breakfast on the go or as a simple, healthy snack. Picky eaters will love the sweet, cold drink, while still getting the easy spinach smoothie benefits of vegetables, fiber, and protein. Learn how to make a basic spinach smoothie recipe that will fill you up and satisfy you.
Every morning is the same: wake up, stumble out of bed, turn off Alex’s alarm. Flick on the coffee maker I set up the night before. Get Owen settled. Wander into the backroom and start on the smoothies.
While I personally am not a huge smoothie fan, my family is.
Every morning, Alex takes a smoothie to work – depending on the time of year, he can down anywhere from a 16 ounce smoothie to a full 64 ounces of the cold drink.
Because my boys are obsessed with all things Alex, they also expect a smoothie every morning.
Considering I live in a house of vegetable haters and picky eaters, I take full advantage of this obsession and make them veggie smoothies daily.
Shhhhhhhh don’t tell them, but nearly every morning I sneak in some greens to make a spinach smoothie. And you know what? They never even know.
What are the benefits of spinach smoothies?
While a fruit smoothie can easily add servings of fruit to your diet, and if you add milk, nut butter, or yogurt, you can add protein, a green smoothie with spinach can add a serving of greens to your family’s diet without having to chow down on a salad.
Spinach is high in fiber, iron, folic acid, and vitamins A, C, and K1. With other compounds to support health, as well as antioxidants, we all know that spinach is a vegetable we should have in our diets, but might not enjoy adding it. A spinach packed smoothie is an easy way to accomplish this.
How do you make a spinach smoothie?
The key to making an awesome smoothie, especially a fruit and vegetable smoothie, is the order in which you put things in the blender. Ideally, it should look like this:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
This ensures that the greens get as pulverized as possible, giving you a velvety smooth drink.
What tastes good with spinach in a smoothie?
The best part about a green smoothie is that it’s so versatile. Personally, I love a strong flavored fruit with mine, like pineapple or mango, but any fruit will really work. Here are some of my favorites:
- Banana – adds a ton of creaminess!
- Blueberries – the blue color will cover the green for picky eaters
Does spinach change the taste of smoothies?
Not really! Honestly, I never notice it. The distinguished palates of my 4 and 2 year never ever notice. Heck, my husband, hater of all thing veg doesn’t even notice.
I have on occasion noticed a changed – not bad, just different – texture if I use too much fresh spinach and not enough fruit or liquid.
Can you eat raw spinach in a smoothie?
Yup! I do it all the time – it’s actually a really great way to use up spinach that’s looking a little wilted. Just put it in the blender first to make sure it gets as smooth as possible.
That being said, I prefer to use chopped frozen spinach in my smoothies – seriously for the simplicity factor. I always have frozen spinach in my freezer, but I don’t always have fresh spinach.
Another option is using a spinach puree – either bought or homemade. It will seriously blend in perfectly and smoothly, so you will never notice any texture.
Making a spinach smoothie vegan or dairy free
Making a vegan green smoothie is super simple – just substitute any milk for a non-dairy vegan option. I tend to use cow’s milk because it’s what I have on hand and what I prefer for my kids, but I also love using canned coconut milk, like I did in this healthy pina colada smoothie. Some other options:
- Using all juice
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Cashew milk
- Oat milk
- Pea milk
What else can I add to a spinach smoothie to make it healthier?
Health is so subjective, but if you’re looking to add some extra protein or superfoods to your diet, your green smoothie is a great place. I love adding things like chia seeds or flax seed for a hit of nutrients, or my favorite protein or nutrient powder (I tend to stick to KidzShake, since I always share with my boys.)
For a spike in protein, try using some nut butter, tofu, or yogurt to my smoothie.
Easy Spinach Smoothie Recipe
This simple spinach smoothie recipe is both delicious and good for you – kids and adults will love to sip on this veggie packed smoothie any time of day!
Spinach Smoothie Recipe
A Spinach Smoothie is a great way to quickly get a tricky vegetable into your diet without the hassle. Spinach smoothies are super customizable and packed with wholesome ingredients.
- 1 banana
- 1 1/2 cups liquid I used milk and OJ
- 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
- 3/4 cup of frozen spinach
Layer your blender with fresh fruit or veggies, liquid, and frozen fruits or vegetables.
Blend until smooth.
- You can use any fruit here - I like the tropical vibe of pineapple, but so long as the fruit equals 1.5 cups, any works.
- Use your favorite milk as the liquid - dairy free, whole milk, almond milk.. whatever! I really love coconut milk as well.
- If using fresh spinach, use 1 cup of the green, packed.
Okay, so tell me: do you like spinach smoothies? What kind of smoothie is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
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