Spinach Smoothie

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This spinach smoothie recipe is a healthy and delicious way to enjoy your greens! Made with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes, it’s the perfect quick breakfast or snack.

Spinach Smoothie in a glass with spinach and banana on top


I drink a smoothie every single morning – without fail. I even pack my Vitamix in my suitcase when we travel so I can fuel my body with healthy foods like this spinach smoothie, even when we’re on vacation!

There are tons of delicious smoothie recipes on my website, and this spinach smoothie is one of them. It’s light and refreshing and loaded with nutrition from frozen fruit and fresh spinach.

It takes less than 5 minutes to make with 5 ingredients. Plus this spinach smoothie recipe is completely customizable, add a variety of mix-ins to make it your own. Enjoy it alongside peanut butter oatmeal, cottage cheese pancakes, etc.

front view of Spinach Smoothie in a glass

Spinach Smoothie: Ingredients & Substitutions

overhead photo of the ingredients in this Spinach Smoothie recipe
  • Almond milk. use your favorite milk – whole milk, 2%, coconut milk, etc.
  • Fresh spinach. Frozen spinach works well too, however make sure you use 2 cups of loosely packed frozen leaves.
  • Frozen Banana. Adding frozen banana to smoothies is the best way to sweeten and impart a smooth texture. Using frozen banana instead of ice ensures the flavor isn’t watered down.
  • Frozen fruit.  you can choose any variety of fruit you would like. I prefer a tropical flair for our spinach smoothie. You can substitute apples, oranges, pears, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, etc. Use a total of 1 cup of fruit. If using fresh fruit (not frozen) freeze your fresh spinach so it is frozen.
Spinach Smoothie in a beaker glass

How to Make a Spinach Smoothie

Let’s walk through how to make a spinach smoothie together, and don’t forget to watch the video.

Use a Vitamix

For the best smoothies I recommend using a Vitamix blender. Check out this Vitamix Buying Guide to learn why I chose Vitamix 10+ years ago and never looked back! 

Add ingredients to blending container

Begin by adding all the ingredients in the order listed in the spinach smoothie recipe to the container of a Vitamix blender (or another high-powered blender).

two photos showing how to make a Spinach Smoothie - adding milk and spinach to a blending container

Add the milk first, then the rest of the ingredients, for easy blending. Then add the honey on top of the frozen fruit so that it doesn’t get stuck to the bottom of the blending container.

two photos showing how to make a Spinach Smoothie - adding frozen fruit

Blend the Spinach Smoothie

Once the ingredients are in the blending container, secure the lid and blend until the mixture is smooth – starting on low speed and increasing to high. Use the tamper to press the ingredients to the blades (if using a Vitamix).

Then, blend on high speed for 50-60 seconds until mixture is smooth.

Spinach Smoothie in a blending container after blending

Spinach Smoothie Optional Mix-Ins

You can add some nutritional boosters to this spinach smoothie, here are some suggestions.

  • Greens. Add kale, chard, etc. in place of some of the spinach, if desired.
  • Protein powder. Adding a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder is a great choice.
  • Chia seeds.  for some extra protein and fiber, add 1 tablespoon chia seeds and drink the smoothie immediately. 
  • Nut butter. some cashew butter or almond butter (or homemade vanilla almond butter) are great choices.
  • Bee Pollen. I love putting this in my smoothies for flavor and nutrients.
Spinach Smoothie in a blending container after blending with a spoon

Serve

Once you have finished blending, pour the spinach smoothie into 1 to 4 glasses (depending on who you’re sharing it with) and serve immediately.

Spinach Smoothie being poured into a glass

Store/Freeze

You can store leftover spinach smoothie in a glass jar with a lid for up to 1 day in the refrigerator or 1 month in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

3 glassed filled with Spinach Smoothie

Spinach Smoothie Recipe FAQS

Is it OK to put raw spinach in a smoothie?

Yes! I suggest organic spinach for the best results.

Can I drink a spinach smoothie everyday?

Yes, I have been drinking a spinach smoothie daily for over a decade now.

What’s the best liquid for smoothies?

I suggest using organic almond milk, coconut milk or full-fat dairy for the best smoothies.

What thickens a smoothie?

I use frozen fruit and vegetables to thicken my smoothies. You can also add ice if you’d like.

overhead photo of 3 glasses of Spinach Smoothie

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Spinach Smoothie Recipe

Laura
This spinach smoothie recipe is a healthy and delicious way to enjoy your greens! Made with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes, it's the perfect quick breakfast or snack.
5 from 3 votes
Course Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 262
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Put ingredients into the container of a Vitamix blender in the order listed.
  • Start blending on low speed and increase to high.
  • Blend on high speed for 50-60 seconds until mixture is smooth.
  • Pour into 1 to 4 glasses and enjoy.

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions
  • Almond milk. use your favorite milk – whole milk, 2%, coconut milk, etc.
  • Fresh spinach. Frozen spinach works well too, however make sure you use 2 cups of loosely packed frozen leaves.
  • Frozen Banana. Adding frozen banana to smoothies is the best way to sweeten and impart a smooth texture. Using frozen banana instead of ice ensures the flavor isn’t watered down.
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  • Frozen fruit.  you can choose any variety of fruit you would like. I prefer a tropical flair for our spinach smoothie. You can substitute apples, oranges, pears, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, etc. Use a total of 1 cup of fruit. If using fresh fruit (not frozen) freeze your fresh spinach so it is frozen.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Smoothie (full recipe) | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 538mg | Potassium: 986mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 6642IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 535mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    This has become a recent favorite. Today, I used 1c milk and about a 1/2 cup of frozen mango and pineapple (what I had on hand) and it was still very good. Thanks for a new way to eat greens!

    1. Most of the carbs come from the fruit (banana, mango, pineapple). One banana has bout 27g carbohydrates. Then the total of 1 cup of frozen fruit (mango and pineapple) has about 22 grams. You could make a less-sweet smoothie and replace some of the fruit with a scoop of vanilla protein powder.