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Get your day off to a healthy and delicious start with this tropical-tasting spinach smoothie! It's ripe bananas, pineapple, baby spinach, yogurt, and hemp hearts blended up until smooth. It's an easy and versatile green smoothie recipe and it's ready in minutes!
If you're into clean eating, you're going to love this spinach smoothie recipe. It's a tropical-tasting green smoothie that gets its flavor from ripe bananas and juicy pineapple, and it takes literally minutes to make.
We add Greek yogurt to give it a boost of fat and protein, which also helps make it more satiating. You can easily make it vegan by using coconut yogurt, coconut milk, or your favorite yogurt alternative.
Enjoy it right away for breakfast or take it to-go for a mid-morning snack. It checks all the boxes so your body will thank you and you'll feel energized from it all day!
Spinach smoothie ingredient notes
This spinach smoothie recipe is jam-packed with nutrition from healthy ingredients. We recommend that at least one fruit is frozen. If you have all fresh fruit, add a handful of ice cubes instead of water. If you have more than one frozen ingredient, you may need more water.
Here's everything you need to make it:
- Banana – bananas are super nutritious and they also add sweetness and creaminess to smoothies. We always keep some frozen bananas in our freezer for quick and easy smoothies.
- Baby spinach – baby spinach blends up easily, and with the other fruit flavors, you won't even taste it. You can also use kale (or other greens), but the texture is a bit more noticeable.
- Pineapple – not only is pineapple tasty and tropical, but it's also super healthy! It contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins.
- Yogurt – Greek yogurt offers healthy fat and protein to make this smoothie more satiating while also giving it a probiotic boost. Feel free to use a dairy-free yogurt like coconut yogurt for a vegan version of this smoothie.
- Water – we use water but you can also use milk, almond milk, soy milk, or another dairy-free alternative.
- Hemp hearts – hemp hearts are rich in healthy omega 3's and plant-based protein. They also add a bit of creaminess when blended up.
- Honey – honey is optional but adds a touch of natural sweetness if you enjoy a sweeter smoothie. Use agave syrup or maple syrup for a plant-based spinach smoothie.
How to make a spinach smoothie
This spinach banana smoothie is delicious, nutritious, and quick to make. It's perfect as a healthy breakfast or snack and it's easy to pack it to go. Let's make one!
- Add all the ingredients (except the honey) to your blender.
- Blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness and add the honey if you'd like.
- Pour it into glasses and enjoy!
How to freeze spinach for smoothies
Freezing spinach for green smoothies couldn't be easier! Just place fresh spinach leaves in a reusable silicone bag (we like these stasher ones), squeeze out the air, and place the bag in the freezer. You can take it directly from the freezer and place it in your blender.
Just don't expect to be able to use frozen spinach for salads. Freezing breaks down the cellular walls so it will be wilted and watery when thawed.
Spinach smoothie add-ins
Give this green shake a boost or play around with it to suit your tastes with some of these easy add-ins:
- Bump up the protein with a scoop of your favorite protein powder or a tablespoon of chia seeds. Chia seeds are high in fiber and healthy omega-3s, too. Perfect for post-workout!
- Add ½ cup of your favorite fresh or frozen berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries.
- Nut butter adds plant-based protein and fat, and gives it a creamier texture. Peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter are a few options, but any nut butter works!
Can you freeze spinach for smoothies?
Yes! Freezing spinach is a great way to extend its shelf life and keep it fresh. Just place spinach in a reusable silicone bag (we like these stasher ones), squeeze out the air, and place the bag in the freezer. You can take it transfer it from the freezer and place it in your blender.
Can you taste spinach in a smoothie?
Surprisingly, when you add spinach to a smoothie with other fruit, you can't taste it! It blends up really well in a high-speed blender (but still blends quite well in a regular blender) and gives smoothies a vibrant green color.
How long does this smoothie keep at room temperature?
This smoothie will keep at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
Can I make this smoothie ahead of time?
Like all smoothies, this one is best enjoyed right away. While the texture will change slightly, it does keep in the fridge for up to a day.
- 1 medium banana
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup pineapple
- ¼ cup yogurt
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- Add the banana, spinach, pineapple, yogurt, water, and hemp hearts to your blender.1 medium banana, 2 cups baby spinach, 1 cup pineapple, ¼ cup yogurt, ¼ cup water, 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- Blend on high speed until smooth. Taste the smoothie and add the optional honey if you would like it sweeter.1 tablespoon honey
- Pour your smoothie into glasses and serve it right away.
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.