Spinach and Apple Smoothie

Spinach and apple smoothie recipe

This refreshing smoothie of spinach, apple, and cucumber is among my favorites, as I like smoothies that are more juicy and not too thick.  

Makes two 12-ounce or three 8-ounce servings

  • 2 big handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 medium apple, cored and cut into large chunks
  • 3- to 4-inch piece cucumber (preferably peeled),
    cut into chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla nondairy milk or water, or half of each
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons hemp seeds or chia seeds, optional
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar or other liquid sweetener, optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
  • A few ice cubes, optional

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Process until completely smooth. Divide between 2 or 3 glasses and serve at once.

Spinach and apple smoothie

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17 comments on “Spinach and Apple Smoothie

  1. Ewelina Savas

    Tried and love this recipe.I frequently use flax meal in my smoothies,particularly if I use water. Flax meal adds extra nutrients and fiber and curbs hunger. Love Chia seeds too.

  2. Joy

    My husband and I are starting green smoothie mornings. This recipe looks great! I just have one question: why should it be served immediately? Is making it the night before, a bad idea?

  3. Nava Post author

    Joy, once you liquify veggies and fruits, they lose nutrients and the flavors go flat as well. You get the most benefits and best taste if you drink it right away!

  4. Supreet Sandhu

    why spinach or any green leafy vegetable generally used in apple smoothie….???

  5. Nava Post author

    Supreet, having a leafy green in the smoothie adds a lot of fiber and antioxidants without adding too much of a “green” flavor. The greens also add a nice contrast to the sweetness and sugars in the apple. It’s a great way to get the goodness of greens, broken down to the cellular level.

  6. Barb A

    I just tried this recipe.. I was really good..
    I did a couple of alterations to it though..
    I used flax meal as I ran out of Chai and haven’t been able to purchase more yet.. I didn’t have agave, so I used a few chunks of honeydew.. I used unsweetened organic van. rice milk.. It is so very good.. Thank you for posting such a tasty recipe..

  7. Donna

    This is a tasty smoothie! Will make it again! My husband even enjoyed it! Thanks so much for a great recipe!

  8. jane

    Well here goes! Today I bough my nutra bullet I am looking at just vegie smoothies with milk and whey protein does anyone have any thoughts or ideas on this regards jane

  9. Nava Post author

    Jane, veggie smoothies will do you a lot of good, but why add dairy? You don’t need it, nor does any adult need the milk that nature formulated especially for calves. Enjoy!

  10. AM

    Smoothies need to be consumed within 20 minutes for full nutritional benefits. Beyond that, they lose their nutritional and fibrous punch but are still refreshing and definitely a better choice over canned sodas and other crappy caloric-laden alternatives!

    Also, I don’t share America’s obsession with sugars or fats. I find the addition of agave or any other sweetner absolutely unnecessary in this smoothie or any other. Natural foods speak for themselves, need NO enhancements and I enjoy them in their natural form.

    Your mileage will vary.

  11. AM

    P.S. Nava is absolutely right. There’s no reason for the nondairy (or dairy) addition! Fruits and veggies and seeds pack their own flavor punch and stand on their own. Don’t understand why smoothie-makers feel a need to cloak their natural beauty with dairy or non-dairy (or added sweeteners).

    Only time I use non-dairy (unsweetened soy milk in small amount) is in my evening treat — a “milkshake” of banana, unsweetened dark cocoa and peanut butter and ice.

  12. Buugi

    Wow, thank you so much for this recipe. I liked it a lot.I used organic soymilk. it was so good.

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