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Spinach smoothies never get boring, and they come in many delicious varieties. Why spinach? It’s a great plant-based source of iron and has more potassium than a banana (which is especially good for building muscles mass). It’s also a great source of vitamins K, A, and C and even has a few varieties of vitamin B. All this to say that spinach can act like a powerhouse of nutrition and energy, making smoothies beneficial when added to your regular diet.
Here is a roundup of our favorite green smoothies that are easy to whip up in a few minutes.
The frozen bananas in this recipe are key as they will give the smoothie a creamy texture and sweet taste that will carry the flavors of everything else. The peanut butter also helps as it goes great with the banana. Add in some berries, flaxseed meal, and almond milk and you have a hearty smoothie that can easily stand in for a meal. Adjust the amounts according to your personal tastes.
Last but not least, if you love apple pie, you have to try this one! It is packed with green Granny smith apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla spinach, and tofu. That’s right, tofu, which gives it a creamy consistency without any dairy. It’s absolutely delicious and you can find out how to make it on your own by following the link above.
There you have six healthy and delicious spinach smoothies to give a try! These are all packed with nutritional goodness that will get your day started off on the right foot. Be sure to let us know in the comments what you think when you try one.
This invigorating green smoothie featuring spinach and avocado, with a touch of parsley and watercress, is adapted from The Smoothies Bible* by Pat Crocker.
This spinach smoothie is great for winter months because of the pear variety and it’s not freezing cold!
This refreshing smoothie of spinach, apple, and cucumber is one of the best spinach smoothies, because it’s more juicy and not too thick.
I used forelle pears for this smoothie, as they are cute and adorable and bite-size. Okay fine, not only because of that, also they are quite sweet and have a bit of a cinnamon spice flavor (making them perfect for kid-friendly snacks or smoothies). This variety is only available from about September until December, so use another kind of nicely ripe yellow pear at other times or if unavailable. I call this smoothie my winter blend; because of the pear variety and also because it’s not a freezing cold drink. If you want to make it colder, go ahead and add a few ice cubes. This makes 1 large or 2 moderate smoothies. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.
I was a huge fan of milkshakes growing up (who wasn’t?). My all-time favorite ice cream flavor has always been mint chocolate chip, and today, it’s my son’s favorite as well. I thought of combining these two delicious childhood favorites into one leaner, greener dairy-free drink. The beautiful green color comes from healthy baby spinach. The flavor has the perfect amount of mint, and you can top your milkshake with chocolate chips like I did, or cacao nibs for a bittersweet flavor. This makes 1 large or 2 smaller servings. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.
This refreshing smoothie of spinach, apple, and cucumber is among my favorites, as I like smoothies that are more juicy and not too thick. This makes two 12-ounce or three 8-ounce servings. more→
Tucked beneath a very convincing ice cream-like flavor, a wealth of beneficial spinach awaits you in this smoothie. It’s so good it almost makes a person wonder why spinach isn’t used in all minty treats. I love how the cacao nibs provide a bit of dark-chocolate crunch without being overpowering. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Smoothies* © 2013 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Morris.
Combining blueberries, raspberries or strawberries, and greens results in a burgundy beverage that’s as tasty is it is pretty. If you’re not using anything frozen in this, you may want to serve over a couple of ice cubes. Adapted from Wild About Greens. more→