I love a good smoothie recipe. Not only are they simple to throw together, but they’re easy to add extra veggies too. This strawberry spinach smoothie is a simple smoothie that gives you an easy serving of vegetables to start your day with power.
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Strawberry Spinach Smoothie
Let’s be honest, as moms (or as picky eaters ourselves), we like to sneak in veggies where ever I can, and smoothies are perfect for this. I often share on Instagram how I add spinach or cauliflower rice (or both) to my smoothies to add a boost of veggies. I tend to keep it there (I’m picky) but many clients add celery, beets, kale. The list is endless.
The ingredients for the strawberry spinach smoothie are pretty basic. All you need are:
- 1/2 banana (I used frozen)
- 1/2 – 1 cup of spinach
- 1 cup strawberries (I used frozen)
- 1 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)
- 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt or you could use 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder.
The Health Benefits of Adding Spinach to Smoothies
There are more health benefits of adding vegetables like spinach to smoothies like this strawberry spinach banana smoothie then just “adding an extra serving of vegetables”.
Here are the benefits of spinach:
- It’s low-calorie. For a nutritional powerhouse like spinach, it doesn’t take a lot to get the nutritionist. One cup is roughly 9 calories, and trust me you’re not going to overeat spinach.
- It’s high in antioxidants (source).
- Spinach is a source of fiber.
- It’s an excellent source of vitamin A, C, K (source).
- Spinach is a great source of folate, iron, potassium, and calcium.
Common Questions about Spinach Smoothies
As with anything, it really depends on what you put in it. If you’re blending cookies, ice cream, but adding spinach I wouldn’t really call that healthy.
However, if you add spinach, a fruit, and a protein like greek yogurt or protein power with a touch of sweetener (like honey), then yes! Spinach can be totally healthy.
Absolutely. I actually recommend starting with 1/2 cup of spinach to not shock your tastebuds too much when you first try spinach smoothies. I don’t want to turn you off from them. If that’s too much, try 1/4 cup and work your way up. Make this recipe work for you.
The banana does add a lot of sweetness but if you need a bit extra add a teaspoon or two of sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, monk fruit, etc).
The only thing that helps with weight loss is being in a caloric deficit. Smoothies take up a lot of volume in your stomach, so it does help you stay full and the fiber in the spinach and fruits only help the cause. If you’re concerned about weight loss and are unsure of where to start, check out my nutrition coaching and I will help you with that.
Not at all. I have a Vitamix and I love it but since this smoothie recipe is pretty easy to blend you could use your regular blender (although the Ninja blenders go on sale for a good price often and are high-powered).
Yes of course, make this the way that works best for you. It will change the taste but I’m sure it will be delicious.
How to Make a Spinach and Strawberry Smoothie
Don’t forget that you can alter this recipe to make it work for you: less spinach, vanilla protein powder instead of greek yogurt, the list is endless.
You could also make a spinach berry smoothie by subbing the strawberries for mixed berries, blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
Remember, when you change up the recipe it does change up the taste.
Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Strawberry Spinach Smoothie
- 1/2 banana I used a frozen one
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup baby spinach or 1 cup
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt 0%
- Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Tip: blend the spinach with the milk first if you don't have a high powered blender to prevent pieces of spinach in the smoothie.