[Healthy Smoothies] 7 Uber-Nutritious Spinach Smoothie Recipes

7 Spinach Smoothie Recipes for a Healthy Green Smoothie

Go green with these delicious and healthy spinach smoothie recipes.

When you look at the difference between any standard smoothie, and a truly healthy smoothie, it comes down to the inclusion of dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and collard.

These greens are the foundation of your healthy smoothie and, in our humble opinion, at least 70% of a healthy smoothie is made up of greens. Fruit is rich in fruit sugar (dextrose) and should be added to smoothies in moderation (20-30%).

Our 7 top spinach smoothie recipes follow this 70-30 healthy smoothie ratio, only use unsweetened liquids and pack some of the most nutritious superfood ingredients in existence.

Spinach itself features one of the most impressive nutritional profiles of all greens.

Low-calorie, high-protein, high in dietary fiber, and on top of that spinach is chock full of vitamins (B, C, E, K) and minerals (iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium) that are important for optimal brain function, a well-balanced, stress-resilient nervous system as well as glowing and healthy skin.

Here are spinach’s top 7 nutritional benefits, followed by a select list of 7 uber-nutritious spinach smoothie recipes you will be making on repeat.

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Spinach Nutrition Fact #1: A 15-Vitamin Nutrient Powerhouse 

Spinach is an easy and effective way of supercharging your immune system, detoxing your gut, liver and kidney, and improving satiety and weight management.

Every bite of raw spinach packs essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to be its best self, including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, calcium, copper, manganese, magnesium, iron and potassium.

As a matter of fact, spinach is so incredibly nutritious, that by incorporating only half a cup of raw spinach in your green smoothie you will cover an entire serving of the five recommended daily servings of vegetables and fruit.

Spinach Nutrition Fact #2: Weight Management Food Promoting Fullness

Spinach's nutritional profile makes it a green superfood.

Spinach consists almost entirely of water (91%), it is low calorie (23 per half cup or 100g portion), rich in dietary fiber (2.2 g), packing so much protein (2.9g) it counts as one of the most protein-rich vegetables in existence and a great base for any high-protein pre or post workout smoothie.

In other words, spinach is a fantastic weight management food: low in calorie per serving size, high in water and fiber, it has a volume that makes it take up space in your stomach, making you full longer.

No wonder, even weight watchers recommend spinach as a super filling food.

Spinach Nutrition Fact #3: Brain Food For Thinkers 

For college students, researchers and creatives – in short, anyone who earns their living with intellectual work – spinach may help you think quicker and on your feet, thanks in particular to its brain-friendly vitamins (E and K) and minerals (iron, calcium, B vitamin folate and potassium). 

Spinach is good for your brain as it contains the mineral potassium, a vital nutrient that supports your nervous system in charge of nerve signaling in your muscles and brain. Potassium, among other things, helps the neurons in your brain transmit up to 1,000 nerve impulses per second. 

Another mineral that greatly impacts your overall well-being as well as the effectiveness of your mental work is iron. Iron supports the production of red blood cells which act as the main carriers of oxygen to cells and muscles throughout your body.

Your brain, being your body's command center, requires 20% of your body's total oxygen – spinach’s iron helps it get that!

Spinach Nutrition Fact #4: Skin Food For Dewy Glowing Skin

In addition to your brain, another organ that benefits greatly from a healthy spinach smoothie is your skin. 

Vitamin C is one of the best vitamins for skin as it stimulates your cells' production of collagen, which is the main structural protein in charge of strong and springy skin. Young skin naturally is full of vitamin C, aging skin contains much less. 

Vitamin A, like vitamin C, is among the best vitamins for skin as it regulates the growth and healthy turnover of cells. This ensures older, dull skin is replaced by new, supple and fresh skin. Vitamin A is also vital in preventing the formation of wrinkles and giving your skin a healthy and dewy look.

Iron stimulates hemoglobin production allowing your red blood cells to supply your skin cells and tissue with oxygen. That is what truly makes your skin glow. 

Spinach is a great source of all of these – vitamin C, A and iron – which makes your spinach smoothie an excellent skin rejuvenation and anti-aging food.

Spinach Nutrition Fact #5: Best Bought Organic and Pesticide-Free

Important heads-up. To reap the full spectrum of spinach's health benefits, you may want to give preference to organically grown bushels. Buying organic comes at a premium, but for spinach in particular that extra cost pays off. 

Spinach is actually at the very top of the Environmental Working Group's guide to pesticides in produce. Our bodies are exposed to environmental toxins that we oftentimes do not have much control over. In the case of spinach, you can control what you eat. That might be worth the premium for organic spinach.

Spinach Nutrition Fact #6: Best Eaten Fresh

With spinach, it is important to know that the clock starts ticking the minute your spinach leaves are picked. The wealth of their nutritional properties starts dwindling now with every passing day. Keeping it stored in the coolness of your fridge slows down the process.

Still, 8 days after its harvest, spinach has lost about 50% of its nutritional value.

So, to be clear: the fresher your spinach, the better for you, and your healthy spinach smoothie.

Spinach Nutrition Fact #7: Best Had in a Smoothie 

Plus, a little bonus for all smoothie aficionados. In the case of spinach, it is even better to consume it in liquid rather than raw form. Studies show that your body accesses spinach's beta-carotene — a skin-friendly plant compound that helps the body produce vitamin A — up to 3x easier when liquified rather than eaten raw.

Feeling good about this spinach smoothie? Then, let’s go make one. Here is the line up of our 7 uber-nutritious spinach smoothies you may risk falling in love with.

[Healthy Smoothies] 7 Uber-Nutritious Spinach Smoothie Recipes

Spinach Smoothie Recipe #1: Green Weight Loss Hero (1 serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground chia seeds

  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)

  • 1 apple

  • 1 cup spinach

  • ½-inch chunk fresh ginger root

Instructions

Pour coconut water and ground chia seeds into the blender and let them sit for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients. Peel the ginger root, core the apple and juice the lemon. 

Then add all ingredients (spinach, apple, ginger and lemon juice) into the blender. For a thicker consistency add the ice cubes. Blend well until smooth. Serve immediately.

[Healthy Smoothies] 7 Uber-Nutritious Spinach Smoothie Recipes

Spinach Smoothie Recipe #2: Superwoman Stay Lean Smoothie (1-2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach 

  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 raw zucchini

  • 1 pear

  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger root 

  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions

Throw all ingredients into a high-performance blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Drink immediately.

[Healthy Smoothies] 7 Uber-Nutritous Spinach Smoothie Recipes

Spinach Smoothie Recipe #3: Dark Chocolate Blueberry Brain Power (1 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of spinach

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond (or cashew) milk

  • 1/2 cup blueberries

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 3 pieces of dark chocolate (70% cacao or higher)

  • 3 ice cubes 

Instructions

Pour almond milk into the blender. Peel, then chop the ginger root. Add in all other ingredients (spinach, blueberries, avocado and dark chocolate). 

For a thicker consistency add the ice cubes. Blend well until smooth. Serve immediately.

[Healthy Smoothies] 7 Uber-Nutritious Spinach Smoothie Recipes

Spinach Smoothie Recipe #4: Green Matcha Memory Boost (1 serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 1/2 apple

  • 2 pitted dates

  • 1/2 teaspoon organic matcha green tea powder

  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions

Throw all ingredients into a high-performance blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Drink immediately.

[Healthy Smoothies] 7 Uber-Nutritious Spinach Smoothie Recipes

Spinach Smoothie Recipe #5: Collagen Boosting Skin Care Smoothie (1-2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach 

  • 2 carrots

  • 1 kiwi

  • 1 cup coconut water

  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts

Instructions

Throw all ingredients into a high-performance blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Drink immediately. Enjoy.

[Healthy Smoothies] 7 Uber-Nutritious Spinach Smoothie Recipes

Spinach Smoothie Recipe #6:  Moisture and Glow Skin Care Smoothie (1-2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 1/2 cucumber

  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed

  • 1/2 cup blueberries 

  • 1/2 cup raspberries 

  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions

Throw all ingredients into a high-performance blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Drink immediately. Enjoy.

[Healthy Smoothies] 7 Uber-Nutritous Spinach Smoothie Recipes

Spinach Smoothie Recipe #7: Oriental Delights (1 serving)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 1 cup cashew milk

  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats

  • 1/4 cup ground almonds

  • 2 pitted dates

Instructions

Throw all ingredients into a high-performance blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Drink immediately.

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