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

Pineapple paradise spinach smoothie in a clear mason jar.

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).

Ingredients for a 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.

Two mason jars with green smoothies in them on a white tray.

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).

Two mason jars filled with Pineapple Spinach Smoothie.

Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

Boost your GREENS intake the easy way! Fresh spinach, avocado, and sweet pineapple make for a super simple, totally delicious Pineapple Spinach Smoothie.
5 from 30 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 2 servings
Course Drinks, Smoothies
Cuisine American
Calories 250

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • In the bottom of a blender, add water, frozen pineapple chunks, avocado, spinach, and ice cubes (in that order). Blend until smooth.

Notes

  1. Water: Or substitute your favorite milk or non-dairy beverage for the water. I love almond milk in mine.
  2. Avocado: Looking for more protein? Use 1 cup Greek yogurt in place of the avocado.
  3. Spinach: Or substitute fresh kale, Swiss chard, or escarole.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes 2 servings, 8 ounces each.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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).

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 40mgPotassium: 835mgFiber: 10gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 3056IUVitamin C: 97mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 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. 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!

  2. 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. :)

  3. 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??? ;)

  4. 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!5 stars

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

  5. 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! :)

  6. 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. :)

    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. ;)

  7. 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!

  8. 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. 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. 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. 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…

  9. I have to admit, I drink smoothies to get as many servings in as I can. I do not eat spinach but I do put it in the smoothie too. I actually prefer it when my smoothie is green for some reason. I love your recipe and I love your blender :)5 stars

    1. You need this blender. Seriously. And there is an affiliate link above. ;) JUST KIDDING!!! Yes if your smoothie is green, you know it is healthy.