Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie

Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, smooth avocado, and plenty of sweet pineapple make for one tasty Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie. Scroll down for a video to see how easy it is to make.

Pop quiz: Do you, and does everyone in your family, always eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day?

When you factor in the prep and cook time PLUS the fact that your kids might not want to eat what you made, the task can be daunting.

Here’s one of the better ideas I have: A delicious, creamy smoothie that tastes sweet, like pineapple, but has the nutrition of spinach and avocado. Drink thy veggies. However, if you just can’t get past the green, try my tropical mango smoothie or my caribbean passion smoothie.

Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, smooth avocado, and plenty of sweet pineapple make for one tasty Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie.

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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).

Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, smooth avocado, and plenty of sweet pineapple make for one tasty Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie.

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.

Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, smooth avocado, and plenty of sweet pineapple make for one tasty Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie.

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).

 

 

 

5 from 6 votes

Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie

Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, smooth avocado, and plenty of sweet pineapple make for one tasty Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie.
Course Drinks, Smoothies
Cuisine American
Keyword pineapple, smoothie
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 250kcal
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks thawed
  • 1 medium ripe avocado halved and pitted
  • 2 cups spinach
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Fresh Blends.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal

 

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  1. Leah Vachani

    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,
    Leah

  2. Lis

    Hi, I just made this smoothie using my nutribullet.. It is soo good! I mostly get my fruits and vegetables from smoothies because I have gastroparesis. I was wondering though, because I do weight watchers would anyone know how many weight watcher points it is?5 stars

  3. I used to blend it raw, until I learnt about oxalic acid. Now, when I say “spinach”, it is strictly those in the amaranthaceae group, because there are greens that people call spinach, but aren’t exactly spinach, like the malabar spinach. Some say that baby spinach and spinach used as micro-greens are okay to consume raw. Some also believe that eating spinach raw once or twice in a month or so is fine. Blanching is something you should really consider if you consume spinach regularly. Please read more about oxalic acid. Women especially need to know thoroughly about this as they are the ones who usually suffer from calcium build-up in the joints.

  4. I don’t know what kind of spinach you use, but it is always a good idea to blanch spinach before eating (or drinking) it due to its oxalic acid content. Oxalic acid binds some nutrients (mostly calcium) in some greens, especially spinach, and preventing them from being absorbed by your body and instead of getting dumped out they build up in places in your body where they don’t belong. Blanching spinach helps reduce oxalic acid. I hope this info is useful.

    1. Harpy

      I’ve been making these for many years. I often add a chunk of ginger or lime. My understanding is that the enzyme bromelain in raw pineapple makes blanching the spinach unnecessary, and making the iron in the spinach more available. Not sure where I picked that up, though. I know when I did too much of the spinach/kale in smoothies I got kidney stones. I used Stone Free from Source Naturals, and cut back on the spinach and kale a bit and they have not returned in 4 years. For what it’s worth. My 2¢…5 stars

    2. meggan

      Hi Dalih, does this mean you never eat spinach raw? On a salad, for example? Definitely useful info! Thanks for your help.

  5. Any idea what the carb content is?  Looks pretty low on the face of it. Just the pineapple I assume.  Diabetic and this looks amazingly good.

    1. meggan

      Hey John, sorry about that! Every recipe should have a nutrition label but this post slipped through the cracks. I’ve added it now. You can take a look if you want, but it shows 31.3g total carbs. Within that there are 9.7g dietary fiber and 17g sugar. Not sure if that works for you, but you can always reduce the amount of pineapple if you want to. Thanks John!

  6. Yum. Just pinned it. I love avocado and pineapple together in smoothies. We use lot of pineapple during flu season. Saw some other great smoothie recipes on site too.

  7. Courtney

    Just made this yesterday. I was nervous that it would taste weird with the avocado, but it didn’t. So delicious! I made it for my two-year-old and she thought the color was fun. I’ll be making this often! :)

    1. meggan

      So great to hear, thanks Courtney! My kids love this one too. :) I don’t know anything about freezing avocados, but I’m sure it would work just fine (provided your blender is strong enough to blend it). Sounds like a great idea!

    2. Courtney

      Also, would this work if I froze the avocado ahead of time?

  8. Pineapple and spinach sounds interesting. I must try this. So much goodness in a glass !!xx5 stars

  9. Alli

    Hi there,
    How much does your recipe yield? Want to try it. Also, is it a good way to start the day or more of a lunch? I’m not that into smoothies but I love pineapple and this sounds too good to pass up. Thanks!

    1. meggan

      Hi Alli, this recipe makes 2 servings. I think it is more of a snack than anything simply due to the lack of protein. I think it’s great at breakfast if you pair it with other foods, and same with lunch. But I think if you had ONLY this for a meal, you’d be hungry after a while. I know I would! The avocado does make it slightly more filling, but you want protein if you’re going to have it take the place of a meal. You could add a scoop of protein powder to solve that (personally I don’t care for protein powder). I hope you get a chance to try it! It’s definitely delicious and so sweet.

  10. It looks scary. Almost like the green slime at nicoleo.But I am interested in making it.

    1. meggan

      The good news is… it tastes better than green slime! I mean, unless the green slime is super delicious!

  11. Deborah

    This was delicious and was actually very filling.  I usually make a berry smoothie and am starving 10 minutes later.  This one kept me pretty full until lunchtime.  Not sure if it was the avocado… I really loved this smoothie. This recipe is definitely a keeper.  Thanks!!!5 stars

    1. meggan

      That’s so great to hear, Deborah! Might be the avocado. I think I’ve had a similar experience with berry smoothies. They are so great but I’m starving 10 minutes later! Or is it 10 seconds later… :) Glad you liked this one! 

  12. Love your blender photo as well! Printed the recipe but realized I used the last avocado I had today in a smoothie – I’ll have to buy one tomorrow. Looking forward to blending this!

    1. meggan

      Thanks Brent, I hope you like the smoothie! It’s really so very very good. Yes, I was taking blender photos right after I bought mine. I was so excited about that thing! LOL Have a great day!

  13. I love your picture with the blender and the labels in it, Meggan … and it goes without saying that I love the idea of this ‘basketball juice’, too. Nice little trick there!
    As I love all the ingredients in this, you wouldn’t need to trick me into downing one, though. Yummy!5 stars

    1. Thank you, Helen! We have to pull all the stops out with Calvin to eat his veggies sometimes, but they just taste like fruit anyway. :)

  14. Meggan, after all the sweets I’ve been eating, I totally need a sweet and fruity green smoothie like this! love!!

    1. Thank you, Alice! Honestly if I have a “bad eating” day and start to feel crummy in my tummy, one of these really helps. Maybe if everything is blended my body can absorb it faster??? ;)

  15. Ohh… I need this!! I love avocado and smoothies, but never I have tried the two combined. I’m going to try this recipe soon. Pinned!

    1. The avocados add a nice creaminess but you probably won’t taste them (which makes my husband happy). Thanks for the pin!

  16. Kathleen @ hapanom

    My husband was just saying he wants more veggie based smoothies – and here it is, a fabulous recipe that’s bright, vibrant, and delicious! Love the avocados! :)

    1. Thanks, Kathleen! Avocados are the best. ;)

  17. I hate to answer your question but I’d say no! The green smoothie is so delicious and I believe it’ll be my best solution :) And I need a fancy blender like this!

    1. But really who gets enough fruits and veggies? It’s so hard! They are expensive (sometimes), they spoil quickly, they don’t taste like chocolate… the deck is stacked against us. :)

  18. Yum! I love the idea of avocado – I bet the texture is super rich!

    1. The avocado adds a lovely creaminess! I add it because it’s the only way to get my husband to eat avocado. I always deny it’s in there until he’s done and then I’m like… PS You just ate avocado. ;)

  19. Love this smoothie and make a similar one, but no avocado. Need to try this version! And I do have the same blender, it took me a while to decide between Vitamin and Blendtec, but chose Blendtec and love it :)

    1. Yay, another Blendtec friend! I love mine too. So worth the price, isn’t it? There are a million variations on this smoothie of course, and they are all good!

  20. Susan Stone

    Meggan, your timing on this recipe couldn’t be better, because apart from liking smoothies, I am about to invest in a Blendtec blender. I’m curious to know which model you got, if you don’t mind sharing that information.

    1. I don’t mind at all, Susan! Of course. I got the Blendtec TB-621-20 Total Blender. It’s the same one that I have linked to above. I paid $325 for it on Black Friday (at that time the regular price was $380, so it is cheaper now at $350). I spent a lot of time reading about the differences between Vitamix and Blendtec and I think they are both amazing blenders and each one has just a few bonus points over the other. For me, the huge wide mouth of the Blendtec was a key factor, and also the lower price. Vitamixes, as you probably know, are on average $100 – $150 more than a Blendtec and for me there are no features that warrant the higher price tag. Anyway, sorry to ramble on about my blender. People don’t ask me about it nearly enough. ;) Good luck and if you buy one, I’d love to hear what you think!

    2. Susan Stone

      Thanks for the info, Meggan. For reasons I can’t figure, Vitamix has always turned me off. Not so the Blendtec. I’m looking at going whole hog and getting either the Designer 725 or 675. Probably the latter. No, I’m not rich, but I spend enough time in the kitchen that it’s worth the splurge. I’m tired of half-baked appliances. I will definitely let you know how I like it.

    3. It amazes me how lousy half-baked appliances can be. I spent $90 on an Oster blender and it was the most worthless piece of garbage you can’t even imagine (and it was $90!!!!). I had to actually thaw frozen fruit before I could blend. And that is just the beginning of a long list of grievances. So when you look at it that way, spending more on a blender is the only sane thing to do! I’m not rich either, but you can’t put a price on things like finding a way to permanently eat healthier foods. It really is a game-changer! I did find a good cheap toaster for under $20 which toasts better than more expensive models I’ve tried in the past, but that is probably an anomaly. ;)

    4. Susan Stone

      Hi Meggan,
      Just wanted to let you know that I got my Designer 675 Blendtec and so far I love it. There is a learning curve to it, as with all such appliances. But I am enjoying it. It has great features, and one of my favorites is the cleaning cycle. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Blendtec does with green smoothies and ones with pineapple, which have never worked well in previous blenders.

    5. Hi Susan, I am so excited you got a Blendtec! I am sure you are going to love it. It pulverizes the daylights out of anything green, and certainly pineapple too. I do try to always clean mine immediately because then everything comes right off. Of course, when you spend that much on a blender, it is incredibly motivating to keep it sparkling clean. :) Happy blending! Keep me posted too! I have a few more blender recipes on deck, I’m just trying to spread them out. :)

    6. Susan Stone

      I’m looking forward to more recipes for my Blendtec. I got in the habit of making sure my blender parts were well-rinsed with the Ninja I bought, so that makes it easy to remember with the Blendtec. I love having something that works very well and is easy to clean. I’ll probably even get rid of my food processor now that I have the Blendtec…

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