What are your favorite green smoothie ingredients? Make this easy spinach smoothie recipe using spinach, avocado and berries. This smoothie is ready in just 10 minutes.

If you are part of my generation, your love of spinach comes from ONE character!

Yes, that character is Popeye!!

Popeye has left an ineradicable mark on my taste buds!

This spinach smoothie is going to make your taste buds go wild with pleasure. It’s also packed with nutrition!

Originally published on January 9th, 2015 at 4:14pm. Click here to see why this recipe was updated.

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Spinach smoothie is a quick breakfast, brunch, lunch or an afternoon snack.

Green smoothie ingredients

Here is a quick look at the ingredients. It is to understand why these specific ingredients were chosen. To get the full recipe, go to the bottom of this post.

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Less than 9 ingredients needed to make a healthy spinach smoothie.

Spinach – It’s rich in Magnesium and chlorophyll. Magnesium is essential for muscles to function correctly. Chlorophyll helps in the fight against cancer. It’s high in iron but it’s not in a readily bioavailable form. Source: Humana.com and UAMShealth.com.

Berries – Use either raspberries or blackberries. Spinach has oxalates in it and also the Iron in it is hard to absorb. The vitamin C in berries helps fight the oxalates and also help in Iron absorption. Source: American Academy of CPR and First Aid.

Spirulina – Full disclosure, I didn’t have spirulina on hand, so I didn’t add it to this recipe. However, you can add it if you have it in your pantry. (Affiliate Link) This is the one I use. It’s a powerhouse of nutrition because it contains chlorophyll, great for bone density and it’s a complete source of protein. Source: NASA and WellandGood.com.

Avocado – I have been screaming from rooftops that avocado is a super food that we all MUST be eating. It’s packed with good fats that keep us satiated and also help lower blood sugar levels. It has a ton of good fiber and potassium. Source: NutritionalValue.org.

Chia seeds and Hemp seeds – They have a tone of protein and calcium, both of which are absolutely essential to the human body.

🌿 Spinach tip: Use frozen spinach because they are frozen at their peak freshness. Thaw it overnight by placing it in the refrigerator section.

How to make spinach smoothie

Collage of 4 steps to make this green shake recipe. Each collage has a number corresponding to the step.
How long does it take to make a spinach smoothie? It can be blended up in just 10 minutes.
  1. Place the thawed spinach in a colander and then run it under cold water for about 30 seconds. Squeeze out all the water from the spinach.
  2. In a blender, add the chia seeds and blend it until it’s roughly ground.
  3. Now, add all the remaining ingredients to the blender.
  4. Blend until it has a smoothie texture. It’s now ready to be served.

❄️ Frozen Tip: In this recipe, it’s fine to use frozen bananas, berries and avocado. They will make this a very silky smooth smoothie.

Answering Common Questions

Can kale or other greens be added this green shake?

Yes, you can add kale, swiss chard, or veggie tops to this recipe. You can even add broccoli!!! Check out this broccoli smoothie with berries.

Can protein powder be added to this spinach smoothie recipe?

Since there is spirulina (which is a complete protein), there is no need to add more protein powder. If you prefer protein powder, then omit the spirulina. This avocado spinach smoothie also has Greek yogurt which is another great source of protein.

Are kids able to drink green smoothie?

Kids can get so much nutrition and energy from this smoothie. It’s a must give to kids. The question is, will they actually drink it?

What can be added to green smoothies

Kale, Swiss chard, and veggie tops add so much nutrition to this smoothie. For protein, add spirulina, Greek yogurt, or make a pumpkin protein shake without banana.
Increase the Vitamin C by adding berries and kiwi. Chia seeds and hemp seeds add calcium to the smoothie.
Monk fruit adds a natural sweetness.

Is this smoothie for weight gaining?

This smoothie has many dense and heavy ingredients like avocado, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and spirulina. These ingredients are rich in proteins that help in muscle building. You can also try this weight gain smoothie by All Nutribullet Recipes for bulking up.

🍵 Protein tip: Spirulina is a huge protein and iron source. This means adding additional protein powders is unnecessary.

Save time and prep in advance

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Simple ingredients go into this colorful green smoothie.

The good news is that it’s easy to freeze the ingredients in a zip lock bag. Then drop them into a blender when you are ready to eat.

Here is a mind-blowing yogurt tip: Freeze Greek yogurt in ice cube trays!! I pour in about 2-3Tbsps of Greek yogurt and 1tsp of spirulina per ice cube hole. When I need it, I just remove a few cubes and dump them in the blender.

I remove the packaging of one 10oz frozen spinach and put it in a ziplock bag. To that bag, I add berries, banana, hemp seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds (ground or regular).

When I am ready to make the smoothie, I will dump the ingredients of the zip lock bag into a smoothie blender. Then, add 3 cubes of frozen yogurt and monk fruit. I blend it up and my smoothie is ready in minutes!

Now, I never say that I don’t have time to make a healthy smoothie. You can’t use that excuse either!

And, if you love this green veggie smoothie, you will fall in love with this easy broccoli smoothie! It’s packed with so much goodness.

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🧊 Handy Tip: Pour 2-3 Tbsp of Greek yogurt in ice cube trays and freeze them. Drop those frozen ice cube yogurt into smoothies.

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This green smoothie is packed with protein, iron, vitamin C and good fats.

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The BEST Green Smoothie Recipe with Spinach and Avocado

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What are your favorite green smoothie ingredients? Make this easy spinach smoothie recipe using spinach, avocado and berries. This smoothie is ready in just 10 minutes.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 3 people
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Smoothie Blender
  • 1 Colander

Ingredients
  

  • 10 oz frozen spinach thawed overnight in the refrigerator section
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup frozen berries I used blackberries, raspberries and blueberries
  • ½ banana freeze a ripe banana overnight
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 Tbsp spirulina use organic spirulina
  • 3 tsp monk fruit See notes for the brand I use
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water or use milk of choice.

Instructions
 

  • Place the thawed spinach in a colander and then run it under cold water for about 30 seconds.
  • Squeeze out all the water from the spinach.
  • In a blender, add the chia seeds and blend it until it’s roughly ground.
  • Now, add all the remaining ingredients to the blender.
  • Blend until it has a smoothie texture. It’s now ready to be served.

Notes

NUTRITION INFO IS APPROXIMATE
TIPS
– For this recipe, I use BESTI brand monk fruit allulose sugar.  Use granulated or powdered version.
– Note that the sugar level should be adjusted, if your berries are very ripe and sweet. 
– Use frozen spinach because they are frozen at their peak freshness. Thaw it overnight by placing it in the refrigerator section.
– In this recipe, it’s fine to use frozen bananas, berries and avocado. They will make this a very silky smooth smoothie.
– Spirulina is a huge protein and iron source. This means adding additional protein powders is unnecessary.
– Pour 2-3 Tbsp of Greek yogurt in ice cube trays and freeze them. Drop those frozen ice cube yogurt into smoothies.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal
Keyword avocado spinach smoothie, green smoothie ingredients, veggie smoothie recipe
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Version 1

Spinach Smoothie. A power breakfast smoothie recipe that will take keep you full until lunch time

Seriously, how could have EVER taken such horrendous pics! Yes, the photo needed updating which was one of the reasons for re-doing the post.

There is a greater reason for re-doing this post. I wanted to make it more protein focused and I also wanted to remove the bad sugars from it. So, I added Greek yogurt and spirulina to the spinach.

Additionally, to help absorb as much of the iron as possible, I added berries to it. Berries are packed with Vitamin C and they make it easier to absorb the iron from spinach.

Click here if you want to see my original smoothie recipe.

Originally published on January 9th, 2015 at 4:14pm.

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38 Comments

  1. Loved the vibrant green color. I couldn’t get enough of this yummy drink – and the best part is, my kids thought it was delicious!

  2. Loved this vibrant green smoothie! I always have a hard time with the ratios, so this was super helpful. And anything with pistachios is a yes from me!

  3. I channeled my inner Popeye and made this spinach smoothie. It would have been funny to drink it out of a tin can! lol I skipped the monkfruit as the banana was sweet enough and downed it like a champ. Thanks!

  4. How good is this! It is sooo healthy and when I’m looking for a great detox smoothie that makes me feel great, this is it!

  5. Your creative spinach smoothie is a great way to start out any day. They say it’s hard to be green but it’s not that hard with this amazing recipe. I can not wait to whip up a few of these to start my day.

    I am truly inspired by the Weight-Watchers endorsed products. One of my New Years resolutions is to eat more salad. I would use the salad shears to quickly cut up my lettuce. I would then create a fresh healthy dressing using olive oil, balsamic and fresh herbs. It would be easy to keep the dressing properly mixed with the dressing emulsifier. I would then proudly serve that salad with the tongs. It’s amazing how a few new kitchen gadgets can inspire some healthy cooking.

  6. I want to try the cosmo spring salad from the yoplait recipe page, the Smoked Turkey and Lentil Vegetable Soup from the green giant recipe page and the baked chicken salad from the progresso page.

  7. I would make the confetti dip from Yoplait, and from Green Giant the egg white veggie fritatta, and progresso the baked chicken salad

  8. I would make the cosmo spring salad from the yoplait recipe page, the Smoked Turkey and Lentil Vegetable Soup from the green giant recipe page and the baked chicken salad from the progresso page.