Spinach Apple Smoothie

Spinach and apple smoothie recipe

This refreshing green spinach apple smoothie is among my favorites — and you’ll love it too if you prefer smoothies that are juicy than thick. Cucumber helps with that, too. This makes two 12-ounce or three 8-ounce servings. If you like this, you may enjoy learning about the top 10 benefits of green smoothies, as well as these other delicious and simple smoothie recipes:

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Spinach and Apple Smoothie
Recipe type: Green smoothie
Cuisine: Healthy
Prep time: 
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Serves: 2 to 3
This refreshing smoothie of spinach, apple, and cucumber is among my favorites, as I like smoothies that are more juicy and not too thick.
  • 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
  1. 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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44 comments on “Spinach 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.

  13. Laura

    This is an exceptional smoothie.
    Used granny smith apple, spinach,cucumber,water, lemon juice, agave syrup and it was beautiful.
    Only one problem……

    Can’t stop drinking it. 😉

  14. Nazia

    Hi, thank you for these recipes, they are very helpful for beginners like myself. My veggie smoothies seem to come out quite foamy…is this normal or am I doing something wrong? Also there seems to be a separation in the glass between the liquid and the veggies. Please help. Thanks:)

  15. Sam

    Tried this as I’m trying to cut down on snacking at night will have it for breakfast tomorrow as it was so filling thank you for this great recipe!!!

  16. sunshine

    I ran across this, and I’ve been drinking green smoothies for a couple of months and I need different ones to try they all sound good and from reviews they say they are good can’t wait to try, thank you.

  17. Rosemary

    Are you supposed to drink the entire thing? Also, what are the nutritional facts for this recipe; calories, fat, etc..

  18. Nava Post author

    Rosemary, this makes 2 or 3 servings, so find someone to share this with! We’re working to analyze all of our recipes, but in the meantime you can DIY on myfitnesspal.com — you can be sure that each serving is very low in calories and has virtually no fat.

  19. Carina

    Doing a green smoothie 30 day challenge and I had this one just now. Delicious, and very refreshing!! Thank you.

  20. Kamma Dunning

    I was a little hesitant on the proportions; I didn’t think one apple would be enough, but this smoothie is amazing!! I left the skins on and threw in a handful of cashews in place of the milk. I added cinnamon and vanilla just for kicks and I am loving this smoothie. Bravo!!

  21. Nava Post author

    Thanks for your feedback, Kamma. Love your tweaks — that’s why simple recipes are great; they serve as templates that people can alter to suit their own tastes.

  22. Erin Hagan

    This was the first green smoothie I’ve ever made and I love it! Might have me hooked!! (I added a banana to it, it tastes great!)

  23. Crystal Flanagin

    My first try at a smoothie. I was hesitant to use spinach, but it tastes pretty good. The aftertaselte is going to take some adjustment! Off to a fabulous start though! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Nava Post author

    If you have a high-speed blender, try collard greens. But you’ll be surprised, you won’t even taste the spinach!

  25. Paul Kreher

    I’ve been doing a variation of kale smoothies everyday for nearly 2 years. My 45 year old body has never felt better. My smoothie is a meal, more concerned with general health and no worries about weight loss, but I exercise a ton! So…my meal includes the following:
    non fat unsweetened greek yogurt, kale, cukes,1/2 sweet pepper, 1/3 cup oatmeal, Tart Cherry juice (keeps my joints happy), frozen berries, and…a raw egg. The egg adds awesome protein and raw is the most nutritious way to consume egg, as cooking will denaturate the protein. Today’s supermarket eggs are super fresh and safe. No need for expensive hemp or chia, shoot-eggs are under $2 a dozen!

  26. Roxanne

    This was my first time making a spinach smoothie and it was AMAZING. It tastes nutty and is nutritious of course. I highly recommend this recipe for anyone who is starting to drink green smoothies! It’s not thick at all, I added three ice cubes and used 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk. It was dee-lish!

  27. Lola

    I just tried making this and it really wasn’t my favorite. I don’t like the consistency and I thought the contrasting flavors would be way tastier. Would I make it again? probably not but I might try tweaking the recipe somehow

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