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Spinach smoothies that you and your kids will love!

Posted on March 5th, 2009 by Alison Read 13 Comments - Add Your Own »

spinachsmoothieI didn’t believe it when someone first suggested to me to put raw spinach in a smoothie — and that my kids would like it. It took me a year to actually try it. Well, guess what? It really does work — you can’t even taste the spinach!

At first I hid the fact that I was putting it in, thinking they wouldn’t like it just because they saw the green leaves, but they caught me and I had to confess. I told them what it was and that it makes the smoothies extra yummy and makes kids extra strong. To my surprise, they thought that all made good sense and now take turns putting the leaves in the blender!

Be aware that the spinach can greatly affect the color of the smoothie. The first time I tried it, I found out that red strawberries and green spinach make an unappetizing brown color. I quickly found that blueberries make any smoothie a beautiful and delicious purple!

Here is my rough recipe for 1 adult-sized or 2 kid-sized allergen-free smoothies. Really, you can put in anything you want — just wing it, but these are some suggestions.

Yummy Smoothie with Spinach

  • 1-2 ripe bananas (or ones that you have frozen)
  • a handful of spinach leaves (I buy the already-washed organic baby spinach that comes in a package)
  • about 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (frozen ones are cheaper, plus this is what makes the smoothie cold and icy without having to add ice)
  • any other fruit you if you want to add, fresh or frozen (note that raspberries will make little seeds in the smoothie — my girls don’t like them)
  • half of a small yogurt, or more if you like (I use dairy-free soy-free coconut milk yogurt)
  • a dash of liquid, either milk (dairy or non-dairy) or any kind of juice

Blend all ingredients. If the smoothie is too runny, add more banana and/or frozen stuff or ice. If you are having trouble getting it to blend, you need to add more liquid — just a little at a time.

Make sure you have straws on hand and your little ones will love it any time of the day! It makes a great nutritious snack for grown-ups too.

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  1. I love adding spinach to smoothies too. In fact, before we started doing just greeen smoothies, we used to add a handful of spinach to our cashew, blueberry, banana smoothies. My only child at the time didn’t know the spinach even existed!

    I love you blog Alison. You have so much wonderful info here. Thanks so much! -Ali 🙂

  2. Yes, maybe hard to believe, but they are really goood! I use almond milk, and no yogurt.

  3. I found a good recipe (I think it was on the Celiac Chicks website) and it included rice protein powder, nutritional yeast (for extra B vitamins) and kefir. All that plus spinach and frozen berries is delicious and gives me lots of energy.

  4. It was delicious….Grandma tried it, too, and great Poppa.
    Great idea…MIL

  5. Great idea. I’ll tell my girls they’re Irish Smoothies and Leprechauns love them. That’ll work.

    I also put silken tofu in their smoothies because they need the extra protein. But they supposedly hate tofu, so I just say its “silken”. They’ll never trust me again if they find out what a liar I am.

  6. This smoothie was delicious! Thank you so much. We just bought a BlendTec blender and have been making lots of smoothies. This has been the best so far!!

  7. I had been juicing spinach and still do but I feel that too much of the spinach is wasted. My favorite smoothie is:

    2-3 cups of blueberries
    1 banana (the closer to “overripe” the better)
    1 scoop of protein (Whey)
    1 scoop of flax seed
    1.5 cups of keifer
    2 cups of triple washed spinach or baby spinach
    3-4 table spoons of apple cider vinager
    3 tablespoons of organic (from Spain) Olive Oil (cold press)

    Blend all my regular vitamins into this because I think they may be absorbed in my body better (I am not a scientist or doctor).

    Sometimes I put a tablespoon of cocoa powder (pure)- very good for you and the items above act as the sweetner.

    You can also add a mango, apple or strawberries

  8. two bananas (close to overripe, or with brownish, speckly skins. peel and freeze the bananas if they get to this state before you can use them.)
    half a handful of frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries) or grapes, or frozen peach wedges.
    teaspoon of raw molasses
    an envelope of the fizzy vitamins
    half a cup of organic ‘probiotic’ yogurt
    a squirt of flaxseed oil
    half a cup of carrot juice
    some very clean spinach leaves
    a splash of kombucha, if you have it

    premix this, until it becomes a thick slurry. it’s already very tasty at this point!

    cut an apple into small blendable chunks, and toss it in.
    peel and slice an orange, and throw that in too.
    fill the remaining space in the blender jar with any fruit juice you may have.

    finish blending, and stand back so that you are not trampled by the people who just gotta have some! no one cares that it’s very healthy for you, because it tastes like a dessert.

  9. Thanks Robin,
    Sounds yummy and healthy!

  10. I use one banana, half a cup of blueberries and white grape juice and I cut the spinach up! So good! I also do coconut milk, lime juice and spinach. Oh man, you can hardly taste the spinach and you’re getting all the nutrients from it!

  11. Oh my gosh, I’ve been doing exactly that, adding spinach to my blueberries, strawberries, 1/2 banana and pineapple smoothie. I don’t add any fruit drink, I just add plain water and my 7 year old kid loves it. I just tell him that its very healthy and will make him run speed (very fast). He loves it and so do I. I am working on losing weight and this smoothie has become my breakfast in the morning and a snack in the evening.. I love it. rawfood.com inspired me to start adding greens to my smoothies and now I am hooked. I lost 7 pounds, the first week I tried it.

  12. When I first tried the blueberries and the spinach with strawberries smoothie, the color was a disgusting brown. I closed my eyes not to see what I was drinking, but just the thought of all this absolutely good for you nutrients going down thru my body was motivating.

  13. If the color bothers you when spinach (or other greens) are added to a smoothie just add a few tablespoons of tart cherry juice, it turns all smoothies a very appealing dark pink and is great for you!

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