Spinach Smoothie

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Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, banana, and pineapple make for a super simple, totally delicious Spinach Smoothie. Add Greek yogurt or your favorite protein powder to stay full all morning long.

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I love a good spinach smoothie. In fact, I’ve been known to add an entire block of frozen spinach to my smoothies and drink it all at once!

But if drinking a cup of blended spinach doesn’t thrill you, fear not! You’ll taste nothing but the tropics thanks to plenty of banana and pineapple in this smoothie.

Grab your favorite protein powder or some Greek yogurt to boost the protein. Add a few spoonfuls of flax seeds (or chia seeds) for extra fiber and good fats, too! This is a delicious, balanced smoothie that will keep you full all morning long.

Recipe ingredients

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Ingredient notes

  • Pineapple: To substitute fresh pineapple (peeled, cored, and chopped), add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  • Spinach: To take your spinach over the top, substitute a 10-ounce block of frozen spinach, thawed, for the 2 cups fresh. It’s intense but amazing!
  • Protein powder: You can use either Greek yogurt or protein powder in this smoothie. Protein powder is never a one-size-fits-all solution, but I wrote extensively about the Best Protein Powders for Smoothies because it’s something I care about. If you don’t currently have a favorite, you might be able to find one in the list.
  • Flax or chia seeds: Add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds or chia seeds for an extra boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. You can soak the chia seeds in water for 5 to 10 minutes if desired, but it’s not required. Bob’s Red Mill is my favorite brand for these.
  • Honey: Taste the smoothie before adding any sweeteners, then start with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. If you use a vanilla-flavored protein powder, you probably won’t need anything.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In the bottom of a blender, add water, banana, pineapple, spinach, protein powder or Greek yogurt, and flax seeds.
Ingredients for spinach smoothies in a blender.
  1. Blend until smooth. Taste and add honey if desired.
Ingredients for spinach smoothies in a blender.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.
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2 glasses of Spinach Smoothie with ingredients nearby.

Spinach Smoothie

Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, banana, and pineapple make for a super simple, totally delicious Spinach Smoothie. Add Greek yogurt or your favorite protein powder to stay full all morning long.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 smoothie
Course Drinks, Smoothies
Cuisine American
Calories 413
4.89 from 27 votes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup water or almond milk
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks (about 4 ounces, see note 1)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (see note 2)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt (see note 3)
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds (see note 4)
  • Honey to taste, optional (see note 5)

Instructions 

  • In the bottom of a blender, add water, banana, pineapple, spinach, protein powder or Greek yogurt, and flax seeds. Blend until smooth. Taste and add honey if desired.

Notes

  1. Pineapple: To substitute fresh pineapple (peeled, cored, and chopped), add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  2. Spinach: To take your spinach over the top, substitute a 10-ounce block of frozen spinach, thawed, for the 2 cups fresh. It’s intense but amazing!
  3. Protein powder: Use either your favorite vanilla protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt.
  4. Flax or chia seeds: Add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds or chia seeds for an extra boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. 
  5. Honey: Taste the smoothie before adding any sweeteners, then start with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. If you use a vanilla-flavored protein powder, you probably won’t need anything.
  6. Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.
  7. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothieCalories: 413kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 32gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 113mgPotassium: 1129mgFiber: 12gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 5867IUVitamin C: 105mgCalcium: 242mgIron: 6mg
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  1. So for the next three months I am doing two smoothies a day because I am trying to get wedding dress ready. LOL. I needed a switch up between my normal go to’s. I was skeptical about this one and it is actually really good. I use make more of this one in the future.5 stars

  2. Thank you so much for the great information and recipe to try! My husband and I both love making juices and smoothies any time of year. For us it is a great way to get all our fruits and veggies in a delicious way, as well as all those beneficial nutrients you mentioned. I love smoothies because I’m on a very strict diet for my health, and most smoothies are packed with nutrition and free from foods that trigger my condition. An added bonus is that they are also somewhat “predigested,” which helps my tummy. My husband prefers to eat vegan, and he also juices (he’s followed Joe Cross’s method from Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead) and drinks smoothies for weight loss. He’s had great results using these methods, and he is always on the hunt for new recipes to add to our growing arsenal of healthy juice and smoothie recipes. We are so glad we found this totally yummy recipe, too! Four thumbs up from us. Thanks again!5 stars

  3. Hi there Meggan,

    Thank you for your contribution to improving people’s health with your amazing content, please keep it up. I probably speak for many when I say we are really loving what you create!

    Warm regards,
    Leah5 stars

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