Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, smooth avocado, and plenty of sweet pineapple make for one tasty Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie.
How do you make a Spinach Smoothie?
To get the smoothest, creamiest smoothie without pieces of spinach, a high-powered blender is recommended. The two major players here are Blendtec and Vitamix.Both are great! I have a Blendtec at home but I use a Vitamix in culinary school. Just be sure to add your liquids first (in this case, water).
What are the benefits of Spinach Smoothies?
I am not a nutritionist. The complete benefits of spinach, or any ingredient, are beyond the scope of my expertise. I also cannot speak to the benefits of raw vs. cooked spinach.
Spinach is high in niacin, zinc, protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.
The other ingredients in this smoothie, avocado and pineapple, have their own complimentary health benefits including increased vitamin and mineral absorption and lots of healthy fat.
Do Spinach Smoothies taste bad?
Not a chance! This one tastes sweet like pineapple and creamy like ice cream (thanks to the avocado). You won’t even notice the spinach.
Is it ok to eat spinach every day?
Yes, sure! There are so many nutrients in spinach, it can be advantageous to eat it regularly. However, spinach should be part of a wide, varied diet (so eating ONLY spinach is not a good idea).
Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
- ¾ cup water (see note 1)
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks thawed
- 1 medium avocado ripe, halved and pitted (see note 2)
- 2 cups spinach (see note 3)
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- In the bottom of a blender, add water, frozen pineapple chunks, avocado, spinach, and ice cubes (in that order). Blend until smooth.
- Water: Or substitute your favorite milk or non-dairy beverage for the water. I love almond milk in mine.
- Avocado: Looking for more protein? Use 1 cup Greek yogurt in place of the avocado.
- Spinach: Or substitute fresh kale, Swiss chard, or escarole.
- Yield: This recipe makes 2 servings, 8 ounces each.
- Storage: Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours (the avocado may oxidize and change the color; to prevent this, cover the top of the smoothie with a thin layer of water, then stir to recombine before enjoying).
- Customize: Change this smoothie as you see fit, keeping the proportions of liquids and solids. Use a different frozen fruit, change your greens to kale or Swiss chard, or add a spoonful of ground flax, protein powder, or hemp seeds.
- High-powered blender: For the smoothest results, use a high-powered blender. The two major players are Blendtec and Vitamix, and both are great (I have a Blendtec at home but used a Vitamix in culinary school).