This blueberry spinach smoothie recipe is a combination of flavor and nutrition. The drink features tart blueberries, creamy protein-rich Greek yogurt, sweet bananas, and a handful of spinach for added nutrients.
It’s the ideal treat or quick breakfast drink when you want something delicious and healthy.
Can You Put Raw Spinach in a Smoothie?
Yes, you can. Actually, including spinach in a smoothie is an excellent way to sneak more leafy greens into your family’s diet. You can pair it with other leafy greens like kale, or blend it with fruits like apples, pineapples, strawberries, bananas, etc. to mask the vegetal undertone for those who normally don’t like to enjoy this veggie raw.
Throw a handful of raw spinach into your smoothie along with the other ingredients. You’ll get an extra dose of fiber, vitamins, and minerals with very few additional calories and no significant change to the smoothie’s flavor.
The banana and blueberries in this recipe will cover the spinach flavor entirely. Although the drink doesn’t have a lovely color, it is still delicious.
Is This Smoothie Healthy?
The short answer is yes, our blueberry spinach smoothie recipe is healthy. It all comes down to good ingredients:
Like spinach, blueberries are often considered a “superfood.” They are among the world’s most nutrient-dense berries. A one-cup (about 150 g) serving of blueberries will go a long way to meeting your recommended daily intake (RDI) of many nutrients including 24% of your vitamin C, 36% of your vitamin K, and 25% of your manganese (9 mg).
They also contain more antioxidants than other fruits. Antioxidants protect our cells from free radical damage and help our body fight off illnesses.
Packed with nutrients and coming in on the low-calorie end of the spectrum, spinach is an excellent ingredient to include in smoothies and shakes.
Spinach is a great source of calcium, magnesium, and iron. 100g of fresh spinach contains approximately 25% of your daily recommended iron intake, making it one of the most iron-rich leafy vegetables.
Blueberries: You may use fresh or frozen berries in this smoothie. They are tasty both ways and give you options depending on how cold you want your smoothie to be.
Banana: While blueberries have a tart flavor, ripe bananas lend the sweetness. They are one of the most fantastic ways to make your smoothies sweeter and creamier without added sugar.
Spinach: Spinach is one of our favorite vegetables to incorporate into smoothies. The leaves’ flavor completely disappears, but they turn the drink a vibrant green color.
Dairy: The milk creates a liquid base for the smoothie, giving it a thinner texture. We also added Greek yogurt to this blueberry spinach smoothie to make it creamier and to add more protein.
Make this blueberry spinach smoothie dairy-free by replacing Greek yogurt with coconut yogurt or your favorite plant milk.
Cinnamon: While the beverage is delectable, sometimes you need a little extra punch. Cinnamon provides a touch of spice that will awaken bored taste buds.
Ice and Mint Leaves: Ice helps to thicken the texture, while mint leaves make the drink seem fresher. It’s best to start with just a leaf or two to see if you like how it tastes.
Can I Use Frozen Blueberries for This Smoothie?
Yes, frozen blueberries are wonderful for smoothies. They blend up thicker than fresh fruit, leaving you with a chilly, refreshing treat.
To make them easier to blend, let the blueberries partially defrost on your kitchen counter for 30 minutes prior to use. If you do not have frozen fruit, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes before blending.
Frozen blueberries are always available in the supermarket’s freezer department. Frozen fruit may be used in place of ice cubes to thicken the drink without diluting the flavor.
How Long Does This Smoothie Last?
Smoothies are usually best served fresh, but you can store them in the refrigerator or freezer if need be. Prepare some smoothie mix ahead of time so you can enjoy one later even if you’re busy.
This blueberry spinach smoothie will keep for 1-2 days in the refrigerator, as long as it’s stored in a clean, sealable container such as a mason jar. Choose an airtight container to prevent the fruit and veggie material from oxidizing.
This smoothie keeps far longer in the freezer than it does in the refrigerator — up to 3 months in a clean container. All you have to do then is fully defrost it in the refrigerator prior to drinking.
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This is a refreshing and nutritious way to start your day or refuel after a workout.