This simple spinach smoothie is nothing new, but it’s so easy and made with ingredients that you can easily find at any grocery store! Make this green smoothie on busy days when you need a quick energy boost, and you’ll instantly feel much better! It’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and tastes great!
I’m one of these people that ALWAYS keep frozen spinach in my freezer! I simply saute it with an onion and serve with lemon juice for a quick side, I also use it in pies, quiche, with eggs, or to make simple green smoothies. Frozen spinach is cheap, packed with antioxidants, and a great way to consume more leafy greens.
And here you guessed it, my green smoothies always contain spinach and trust me, I only make great tasting smoothies with the healthiest ingredients possible! Isn’t that the point of smoothies anyway?
This spinach pineapple smoothie recipe is so simple, and only needs 4 ingredients. It’s also banana-free, and naturally sweet so you don’t need any extra sweeteners. But, it’s also very versatile, so you can add more ingredients if you like.
Use Frozen Fruit and Spinach
For convenience and freshness, my freezer is always stocked up on frozen spinach, fruit, and vegetables. This means that there is no food waste as I don’t have to use everything up within a few days or a week (as I would with frozen produce), and it’s also cheaper.
In case you didn’t know, frozen produce is fresher than “fresh” produce sold at the store. The reason behind this, is that fresh fruit is picked and frozen within hours of picking and that locks in all of the vitamins and the good stuff. On the other hand, fresh fruit takes quite a while to get to a store, go on display, in your cart, and on your counter until you’re ready to enjoy it.
Now that does not mean that I only buy frozen fruit and vegetables. It depends on what I’m making, and what ingredient do I need for my recipe. And for smoothies, frozen fruit and vegetables are perfect! But you can use fresh produce if you like.
Spinach in Smoothies
I always get the question whether I can taste the spinach in my smoothies, and the answer is no! Here are a few tips for you:
- Make sure that the spinach that you’re using is RAW. Cooked spinach won’t taste good in smoothies, so whether you’re using frozen or fresh spinach, just add it in your smoothies raw.
- Pair with naturally sweet fruits! I’m using pineapple in my recipe here, but banana also works great.
How to Make a Spinach Smoothie
To make my green spinach smoothie, you only need 4 ingredients: Spinach, pineapple, kiwi, and milk of choice (I use almond milk). So simple!
The key to really good and creamy smoothies is a powerful blender. I love my Vitamix blender, and while it is quite an investment, if you can afford it then I totally recommend it (it comes with a 10 year guarantee, and should last you even longer!). It’s also perfect for soups, homemade nut butters, making oat flour, and much more!
To make the smoothie, add the spinach and the fruit, top with milk (or use half milk, half water) and blend on high speed for 40-60 seconds until the smoothie is thick and creamy.
The smoothie will be frosty due to the frozen fruit, if it’s too thick for you, then just add more liquid and blend again until you reach the desired consistency.
Tip: If you don’t have a high power blender, add the milk first, and then start adding the frozen fruit in batches blending each batch before adding the next. Blend until smooth! This will ensure a smooth and creamy smoothie.
Customize Your Smoothie
- Use pineapple or banana or both! I like the acidity that the pineapple adds, so if I’m using banana instead, I like to squeeze some fresh lime juice in my smoothie.
- Add other fruit such as apples, oranges, frozen mangoes, or strawberries.
- Use any milk that you like. I usually go for almond milk for a dairy free smoothie, but you can use coconut milk, soy, oat, rice or even dairy milk if you like.
- Omit the milk and use coconut water instead!
- Swap the spinach for kale. But I would reduce the amount to ¾ of the spinach as kale has a stronger flavor. Check out this kale pineapple smoothie recipe.
- Add your favorite protein powder.
- If you’re not using any frozen fruit or spinach, add ice cubes.
It is recommended that you consume the smoothie right away for it to be beneficial. However, smoothies can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Consume within 12 hours if you can, up to 24 hours should be fine as well.
I often end up making more smoothie than I can drink right away, so I store the leftovers in 16-oz mason jars as they’re convenient and they seal tightly so I can take my smoothie to the office, picnic, park, etc.
The smoothie will separate when stored, so just shake it well before opening and drinking.
Make ahead: If you want to make it ahead, I recommend that you measure out the ingredients (leaving out the liquid), and store in Ziploc bags in the freezer. This way, you will have ready to blend pouches of smoothie mixes in your freezer for whenever you need them. Just add your liquid of choice, and blend!
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
- Strawberry mango smoothie
- Banana oatmeal smoothie
- Strawberry watermelon smoothie
- Spinach loquat smoothie
- 1 cup frozen spinach or 2½ cups fresh
- 1 cup pineapple fresh or frozen
- 2 kiwis
- 1 cup almond milk
- To the jug of a blender, add spinach, pineapple, kiwi, and milk of choice.
- Blend for 40-60 seconds on high speed using the tamper if needed.
- Add more liquid if needed to get the desired consistency.
- You can substitute the milk with coconut water, fruit juice, or just water.
- You can substitute the spinach with kale, but I recommend using less kale or more pineapple.
- Add more fruit if you like! You can add an apple, orange, or strawberries.
- The pineapple can be substituted with frozen bananas.
- If you don’t have a high power blender, add the milk first, and then start adding the frozen fruit in batches blending each batch before adding the next. This will ensure a smooth and creamy smoothie.
- Store leftover smoothie in the fridge in a sealed mason jar for up to 24 hours.
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