Blueberry and Spinach Superfood Green Smoothie

Superfood green smoothie

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
168 Calories
1g Fat
41g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 168
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 26mg 129%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 656mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Green smoothie recipes are super popular, and for good reason, as they're a quick and easy way to deliver a lot of nutrients to the body. And, when made right, they taste delicious.

This smoothie is made with spinach and blueberries, along with bananas, and offers a powerful antioxidant boost. The spinach brings fiber, vitamin C, and plenty of protein, but if you wanted to give this drink even more of a protein boost, you could add some plant-based protein powder, hemp protein powder, or even just a handful of hemp seeds or hemp hearts

Unlike many smoothie recipes, this one doesn't call for any sweetener. That's because the ingredients themselves are all-natural and unprocessed whole foods that are sweet enough on their own. However, if you want to accentuate the sweetness to balance the earthiness of spinach, and add something to it, there are a couple of options. We like to use dates in smoothies; just take one and soak it in warm water first to soften it up a bit, and remove the pit. You can also use a pinch of stevia, but a little goes a long way. Either of these choices will keep this smoothie recipe as healthy and unprocessed as possible. 

This blueberry spinach superfood smoothie is a raw vegan superfood meal in a green smoothie package and is suitable for anyone on a vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, raw-vegan, or low-fat diet. It can also be made with other greens such as kale or chard, but spinach is definitely a less bitter green, and happens to pair really well with berries.

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe banana

  • 4 large ice cubes

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

  • 1/4 cup water, or milk substitute

  • 1 cup fresh spinach

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

    Ingredients for blueberry spinach smoothie
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  2. In a blender, blend together the banana, ice cubes, blueberries, and liquid until smooth.

    Blend ingredients
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  3. Add spinach and blend again until completely smooth and creamy.

    Add spinach to smoothie in a blender
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  4. No sweetener is needed in this recipe, as the blueberries carry the flavor and are plenty sweet on their own, but if you find this smoothie a bit too bland, try adding a touch of agave nectar to give it a bit more zing. Blend to incorporate.

    Green smoothie with agave nectar
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  5. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

If you use frozen fruit in this smoothie, you can skip using ice altogether. Freezing bananas, in particular, is a great way to preserve them when you find yourself with more than you can consume.

Variations

  • If you're eating a raw food diet, use water or another raw liquid, such as cashew milk or fresh-squeezed juice that you have on hand.
  • If you're not concerned about eating raw, try apple juice or orange juice in this green smoothie recipe. 
  • Water or any kind of plant-based milk substitutes, such as coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk, would also be just fine.
  • Feel free to substitute the blueberries for blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries (or a combination thereof) for the blueberries.
  • Instead of agave, small amounts of maple syrup or honey would be delicious and natural, too.