Loaded with protein, fresh pineapple, spinach and tons of flavor, this superfood smoothie recipe is the perfect way to start the day. Ideal for breakfast or refueling after a workout, this green smoothie recipe is a great way to add nutrient-dense foods to your diet.
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Looking for a delicious smoothie recipe that includes nutrient-dense foods, instead of just sugar and calories? This superfood smoothie recipe offers the best of both worlds; nutrient rich ingredients that taste fantastic.
Made with spinach, avocado, chia seeds, Greek yogurt and banana and pineapple for a bit of sweetness, this green smoothie recipe is loaded with Vitamins A, K, C, iron, folate, potassium and protein. An amazing way to nourish and refuel your body for breakfast or after a workout.
What do I need to make a green superfood smoothie?
Here’s the ingredients you’ll need to make this superfood smoothie:
- Plain Greek Yogurt – Fage Greek yogurt is my favorite.
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or your preferred dairy or plant-based milk
- Frozen pineapple
- Frozen banana
- Avocado – fresh or frozen
- Fresh spinach
- Chia seeds
Here’s the easy steps to blending this green superfood smoothie recipe:
- Start by adding all of the ingredients to your blender. It is helpful to add the liquid and soft ingredients first. This will help ensure the blades of the blender have adequate viscosity to blend all of the ingredients, including the frozen foods well.
- Once you have the milk, yogurt, pineapple, banana, avocado, spinach and chia seeds in the blender, blend over medium speed for 45-60 seconds or until all of the ingredients are smooth.
- Once you see that the ingredients are fully incorporated and smooth, you can enjoy right away.
- Pour into your favorite glass or a to-go cup for drinking on-the-go.
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How to freeze fruit for smoothies
Do you have extra bananas that you won’t eat right away? Freeze them for smoothies. The best way to do this is to slice each banana, and place on parchment lined sheet pan.
Each row of banana slices is one banana. Slicing the bananas helps freeze quicker, and the bananas don’t stick together once they go into freezer bags.
How long do I freeze fruit for smoothies?
Freeze fruit at least 2 hours or until very firm. Then, place in individual freezer bags and store in the freezer.
Take one out anytime you need a frozen banana for a smoothie. You can also do this with an excess of fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or pineapple.
This a great way to eliminate food waste by using produce that you won’t be able to enjoy while still fresh.
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Do you love making smoothies? Check out some of my other recipes, healthy drinks and breakfast options:
- Berry Pomegranate Smoothie
- Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
- Raspberry Almond Smoothie Bowl at Real Housemoms
- Apple Cherry Almond Breakfast Smoothie
- How to Make Smoothies – a tutorial at Food.com
- Breakfast Meal Prep
- Skinny Malibu Pina Coladas
Frequently asked questions about making superfood smoothies:
Whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods, like spinach, kale, fresh berries, nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax, oats, and fresh fruits and vegetables are all excellent options for blending in to smoothies.
Nut and seed butter is a good fat source and excellent in a smoothie. Look for nut and seed butters with no added sugars or oils. The best options will have minimal ingredients like “almonds and salt” as their ingredient list. Cashew, almond and natural peanut butters are good options. There are also nut and seed blends that are great as well.
Whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables (fresh or frozen), leafy greens like kale, spinach and arugula, protein sources like plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and protein powder. Also good quality liquids with limited added sugars, like unsweetened almond milk, dairy milk or any other plant based milk with minimal ingredients.
Fresh or frozen spinach, kale, collard greens, swiss chard and arugula are all great, nutrient-dense options.
Kale, arugula, swiss chard or collard greens are all great options to replace spinach in a smoothie.
Yes. Greens, like spinach, provide Vitamins A, C, K, iron, folate and potassium. With this being said, limit the amount of added sugar, or sugar-dense ingredients, like juices, maple syrup, honey, or sugar-heavy yogurts being added to your smoothie.
No. The flavor of spinach is very mild. However, to make it taste optimal, pair spinach with a sweet fruit, like pineapple, oranges, bananas, blueberries or strawberries to balance out the flavor.
Want more healthy smoothie recipes? Check out my other smoothie recipes:
Looking for other ways to add healthy eating in your life?
Check out some of these other resources to help your healthy living journey:
- Breakfast Meal Prep
- 5 Key Components to Goal Setting for Health by Randa Derkson
- How to Make Smoothies at Genius Kitchen
- 15 Things I Buy at Costco for Healthy Meals and Snacks
- Healthy Meal Prep Ideas for the Weekend
- 1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or your preferred dairy or plant based milk
- 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 c. pineapple, frozen
- 1/2 c. banana, frozen (about 1/2 banana)
- 1/2 medium avocado
- 2 c. fresh spinach (about 2 large handfuls)
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- To a blender, add all ingredients. It is helpful to have the liquid go in first and the frozen items go in last. This give some viscosity to the blades of the blender, and the ingredients will blend more smoothly.
- Blend for 45-60 seconds on medium-high speed, or until the ingredients are fully blended and smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy right away while cold.
Optional Ingredient: 1 scoop/serving of vanilla or unflavored protein powder to add extra protein.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 12 oz.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 508Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 16gSugar: 26gProtein: 27g
For more accurate nutritional information, use a nutrition calculator, like MyFitnessPal to calculate information with the exact ingredients you are using.