Spinach Smoothie Recipes -
Super Healthy, super tasty

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of the taste of spinach.  As a child I was one of those kids who refused to eat their greens.  Now I’m older I understand their nutritional value, but I still don’t like the taste.

So when making a spinach smoothie, the only way to disguise the taste is to add fruit.  

Adding fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, peaches and pineapple will help mask the flavor.  Your smoothie may end up a funny brown, orangey color, but I promise you it will taste great.  Thickeners such as bananas, yogurt and avocado can be added to give your smoothie a wonderful creamy texture.

For anyone just starting out on their green smooth journey or looking to improve their diet, a spinach smoothie is the ideal place to start.  Spinach has a much milder flavor than other greens, such as kale or collard greens.   Plus there’s no cooking involved.   Getting the kids to eat cooked spinach can be tricky, but they will barely notice a few fresh leaves thrown into a blender.

How to Buy

Spinach is readily available all year round, which is one of the reasons it is so popular.    Unlike other vegetables spinach really is better fresh rather than frozen.    Certainly use the fresh variety if you are going to use it in smoothies.  Look for spinach whose leaves have no spots and are fresh and crisp and not wilted or yellowed.    Try to buy as fresh as possible, as prolonged storage can lead to nutrient loss.  I prefer to use the pre-packaged bags of baby spinach.   

How to Store

Place unwashed spinach in a plastic bag and store in the crisper of the refrigerator.    Washing spinach before storing will cause it to spoil.  Whether you buy your spinach loose or pre-packaged, it will last for approximately 3 – 4 days.   Remember to wash before using.


Spinach smoothie with Berries

spinach smoothie with berries

Ingredients

1 cup frozen mixed berries
½ cup baby spinach leaves
½ cup apple juice
1 banana
1 cup Greek-style yogurt

How to Make

Place frozen berries, spinach leaves and apple juice in a blender and process.    This breaks down the greens and chops the frozen fruit first.  Then add the rest of the ingredients and process until you have a thick, creamy smoothie.

Makes 2 cups


Spinach Strawberry Smoothie

spinach strawberry smoothie

Ingredients

2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup baby spinach leaves
½ cup pomegranate juice
1 cup strawberry yogurt

How to Make

Place frozen strawberries, spinach leaves, pomegranate juice and yogurt into a blender and start blending on low until the frozen fruit and spinach leaves are chopped into smaller pieces.  Turn up the speed and blend until your smoothie is thick and creamy.

Makes 2 cups


Spinach Raspberry Smoothie

Ingredients
 
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup diced peaches
1 cup baby spinach leaves
½ cup pomegranate juice
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon honey

How to Make

Raspberries are very seasonal fruit, difficult to get out of season.  So if you can’t get hold of the fresh variety, frozen are fine.  Same with the peaches. 

Place the fruit into a blender, add the spinach leaves, pomegranate juice and yogurt and blend until nice and creamy.  Have a taste and of the smoothie needs a little sweetening add a teaspoon honey.  This is purely optional.  Remember with your smoothies, always taste as you go.

Makes 2 cups



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