Whenever you’re craving something fresh and nutritious, it’s time to make our spinach banana smoothie recipe.
Packed with fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy, the drink is creamy and subtly sweet with added honey for a lip-smacking blend. This vibrant smoothie is perfect for a decent breakfast or to quickly charge you up after a workout.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
Yes, our smoothie is full of nutrients from the spinach and banana.
This low-calorie but nutrient-dense green vegetable is considered a superfood. Three cups of raw spinach have only 20 calories, 2 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of fiber.
Spinach is also abundant in vitamin K. To be specific, one serving of our spinach banana smoothie delivers approximately 170% of our daily intake. Vitamin K serves several beneficial functions in your body but is best known for its role in blood clotting.
The bananas in this smoothie have digestive and cardiovascular benefits. One medium banana provides nearly 10% of the daily value (DV) of potassium.
Potassium is an essential mineral and electrolyte for our health. Increased dietary potassium has been shown to lower blood pressure and help minimize the risk of cardiovascular disease.
High blood pressure can be caused by a diet that is low in potassium and high in sodium. Gradually increasing the amount of potassium in your diet can allow the body to purge excess sodium through the urine, resulting in a decrease in blood pressure.
The key to a wholesome smoothie is using delicious, healthy ingredients.
Spinach: Spinach gives a vibrant green color and nutritious value to this smoothie. It’s best to rinse fresh spinach well before tossing it into the blender.
Banana: Ripe bananas provide extra creaminess and help to cover up the flavor of the greens. Our smoothie is thus rich in flavor and can be enjoyed by those picky kids!
Dairy: When making frozen fruit smoothies, unsweetened milk and yogurt add incredible creaminess and help balance the fruit’s sweetness. Plus, they help to give the smoothie more of a liquid consistency.
Plant and nut-based dairy products also work equally well in this recipe and can be used if you’re on a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Honey: A few tablespoons of honey lend a great touch of earthy sweetness. Depending on the banana’s ripeness, you may need to reduce or increase the amount of this additional sweetener.
Ice: Even just a few ice cubes will provide a chilly texture. If you go with frozen fruits, it’s not necessary to add ice to the smoothie.
Mint: For garnishing and a refreshing finish.
Can I Use Frozen Ingredients for This Smoothie?
The answer is yes and keeping frozen fruits and veg to hand means you can easily whip up a smoothie anytime you want. The frozen fruit negates the need for additional ice, instantly giving your smoothie an icy, thick texture.
If you have plenty of time, you can wash and chop the ingredients, separate them into serving-sized portions, and place them in the freezer. This way, when you’re short of time, just pop your ingredients and cubes into a blender for a quick and mess-free favorite smoothie.
How to Store the Leftover
1. Leftover Smoothie
Our spinach banana smoothie is best consumed immediately, but there are a few ways to store it. If you have leftovers, simply transfer them to the refrigerator and store for up to 2 days.
Another option is to pour the smoothie into a freezer-safe tumbler or to-go cup then place it in the freezer for 2 – 3 months.
2. Leftover Spinach and Banana
To store the spinach, rinse it in advance and pat it dry with a towel before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator or the freezer. This helps to keep the leafy greens fresh for longer.
We love to freeze whole bananas (peeled) and store them in the freezer for whenever we have a smoothie craving. If you do not have a powerful blender, it’s best to freeze ripe bananas sliced or chopped into larger quarter or half pieces. Then place them in a plastic jar or on a parchment-lined baking sheet in bulk.
More Delicious Ways to Enjoy Spinach
Sneaking spinach into your diet has never been easier or more enjoyable! Pair this leafy green with a rotation of fruits and you’ll barely be able to detect its grassy, vegetal scent. Here are a few of our favorite combinations:
Spinach Fruit Smoothie: Spinach is blended with pineapples, strawberries, bananas, and orange juice, creating a vibrant smoothie with an irresistible sweetness and a whole lot of vitamin A.
Spinach Berry Smoothie: Spinach, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas are blended with Greek yogurt for a rich, nutritious, and utterly delicious treat.
Avocado Spinach Smoothie: This smoothie is a creamy, nutrient-dense snack packed with beautiful sweet and nutty flavors. It’s a blend of avocado, banana, and spinach, with Greek yogurt and milk added for a creamy taste.
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Yummy, this is a refreshing and nutritious drink that is perfect for breakfast or a midday snack.