Many people want to eat more vegetables but don’t think of including them in their breakfast. After tasting this spinach smoothie, you’ll see how easy and delicious it can be to start your day with a nutrient-rich dark green veggie like spinach!
I like it for breakfast, but this fruity and refreshing smoothie is perfect any time of day, too.
If you’re scared my pineapple spinach smoothie will taste too much like spinach, don’t worry. The pineapple and banana make this smoothie taste like candy (in a healthy way!).
Are spinach smoothies healthy? Spinach smoothies are definitely healthy.
For starters, spinach smoothies pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and critical electrolytes like magnesium, potassium, and calcium. They’re also rich in vitamins A, K, and C and contain significant folate, iron, and soluble fiber.
Not only is this healthy smoothie rich in micronutrients, but it’s also easily absorbable. Don’t be surprised if this spinach smoothie gives your energy levels and skin appearance a noticeable boost.
Benefits of Spinach Smoothies
The health benefits of drinking a spinach smoothie every day are plentiful, thanks to its many valuable nutrients. Here are some of the top ways this nutritious smoothie can boost your health and why it should be added to your list of healthy recipes to use regularly.
Spinach is high in insoluble fiber, a key ingredient in optimizing digestive health and preventing constipation.
According to Mayo Clinic, high fiber foods like spinach can help you reach a healthy weight because they make you more likely to eat less yet stay fuller longer.
Do spinach smoothies help you maintain a healthy weight? As part of an overall healthy diet and lifestyle plan, a high-fiber spinach smoothie may help you lose weight. They also aid in your body’s natural detox process.
If you’re looking for spinach smoothie recipes for weight loss, make sure they don’t contain too many sugar-rich ingredients. This tasty smoothie is a perfect balance between fruits and veggies.
I would also avoid adding sweeteners like Splenda or Sweet-N-Low, which contain questionable ingredients. This smoothie is technically “unsweetened” but tastes like candy because of the yummy fruit inside!
Spinach is loaded with iron, a significant player in energy production.
Iron helps to carry oxygen throughout the body. A lack of iron in the diet is linked to fatigue and poor concentration.
Looking to improve your skin health and appearance? This yummy spinach smoothie is a perfect choice because it’s rich in so many of the vitamins that your skin needs to thrive. This leafy green contains vitamins A, C, and K1.
How do these vitamins help your skin? Vitamin A helps to prevent breakouts, speed up wound healing, and improve hydration levels. Meanwhile, vitamin C protects against oxidative stress, and vitamin K1 supports the skin’s natural barrier function.
Spinach truly is a skin superfood.
Spinach is rich in a class of antioxidants called carotenoids. The body turns provitamin A carotenoids into vitamin A, which is essential to a robust immune system.
Spinach, bananas, and pineapple all contain vitamin C, another key immune booster. Research shows that vitamin C can increase immune defense at a cellular level and help fight off infections.
Fresh or Frozen Spinach: Which is better?
There’s really no perfect way to make a smoothie. Using fresh or frozen spinach is mostly just a matter of personal preference or what you have on hand at the moment.
Using frozen fruit does typically make for a thicker and more creamy smoothie.
Experiment with a mix of fresh and frozen to achieve your ideal smoothie consistency. Just remember that frozen spinach has been cooked down and a few tablespoons of frozen spinach equals a few big handfuls of fresh spinach!
Can you put raw spinach in a smoothie? Yes, you certainly can use fresh, raw spinach in a smoothie. More often than not, fresh spinach is the go-to for smoothies over frozen spinach.
Baby spinach is my top choice because it’s so easy to work with, has no bitterness, and even comes pre-washed.
For this spinach banana smoothie recipe, I’m using all fresh produce, but you could use any or all of it frozen as well. It’s definitely easier to see how much spinach you’re using if you use fresh spinach.
When it comes to pineapple, you’ll benefit from its enzyme content most by using it fresh rather than frozen. If you were considering going frozen with one item on this smoothie list, I would recommend a frozen banana, which would up the creaminess factor.
What’s in a spinach smoothie?
The primary ingredients I use in this pineapple spinach smoothie are
- Chia seeds
- Coconut oil
- Lime juice
You could also make this spinach smoothie without a banana if you don’t love bananas in your smoothies.
To change it up, consider adding (or substituting the banana with) these other favorite spinach smoothie variations:
- Lemon juice (instead of lime juice)
You can also check out tons of other recipes in my smoothie recipe archive here.
This spinach smoothie is not only good for you, but it’s also absolutely delicious! It’s packed with vitamin C, essential minerals, fiber, plant enzymes, and hydration. If you love it please leave a star rating in the comments below to help other readers in our community.
- 3–4 cups fresh baby spinach (about 3–4 large handfuls; or 3 tablespoons frozen)
- 1 cup freshly cut pineapple (fresh is best for the enzymes, but frozen is OK too)
- 1 small ripe banana, peeled
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds (high in omega-3s)
- 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 cup ice (8–10 ice cubes)
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix, starting on low and working your way up to high until well blended. This should take about 45-60 seconds in all.
The ingredient measurements in green smoothies are flexible, so you can add more or less of any ingredients to your taste. You can also do a spinach smoothie with milk of your choice (like dairy-free almond milk or coconut milk) instead of adding water.
Greek yogurt is another alternative for water that will make the smoothie thicker and more protein-rich. Adding a tablespoon of almond butter, peanut butter, or vanilla protein powder is another excellent addition to this healthy smoothie if you’re looking for more protein.
The pineapple and banana make this smoothie deliciously sweet. The lime adds a great tart flavor, but if you don’t dig tart flavor, just leave it out.
You can also substitute 2 tablespoons of avocado for the coconut oil if you don’t have any on hand. Flaxseed could work instead of chia seeds, too.
Green smoothies are best when served immediately but can be saved for later in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. Fill the container to the top and seal tightly to minimize air exposure.
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- Mayo Clinic. 2021. Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet. Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983
- Healthline. 2018. Carotenoids: Everything You Need to Know. Retrieved from: https://www.healthline.com/health/carotenoids
- Carr, A.C. & Silvia Maggini, S. (2017). Vitamin C and Immune Function. Nutrients, 9(11), 1211. Full text: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5707683/