Try this healthy 5-minute strawberry spinach smoothie using simple pantry ingredients. This green smoothie can be served as a snack, breakfast, or dessert and it will keep you full for a long time.
It’s naturally gluten free and can be easily made vegan.
If you are a smoothie person too, then I have umpteen smoothie recipes that you can try. Here are a few – Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie, Beet Smoothie, Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie, Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie, and Apple Smoothie.
About This Recipe
Strawberry Spinach Smoothie is a green-colored smoothie that is made using juicy strawberries, baby spinach, and bananas. To make it extra creamy and a little sweet, I have also added fresh orange juice, some plain yogurt, and honey to it.
This strawberry spinach green smoothie is healthy, nutritious, filling, and super delicious and it’s my current breakfast favorite for busy weekday mornings. It’s naturally gluten-free and can be easily made vegan.
Skeptical about eating raw spinach? worry not! Orange juice will hide the flavor of greens beautifully while keeping the nutrition intact. This smoothie is great for toddlers too.
Strawberries – Use fresh or frozen strawberries to make this smoothie. If using fresh, then make sure they are red, juicy, and firm. Avoid the ones with soft patches or black marks. Wash, core, and freeze until ready to use.
To save time, buy a large pack of frozen strawberries from Costco or freeze them at home in summers when they are in season and keep using round the year.
Check out my post on how to freeze strawberries.
Spinach – This recipe uses baby spinach, but you can use regular spinach too. It will be slightly more bitter though. Frozen spinach also works great.
Banana – Frozen Banana adds a creamy texture to the smoothie along with making it thick and adding sweetness.
Yogurt – Add it for creaminess.
Orange Juice – The addition of orange juice helps to thin down the smoothie and also hides the raw taste of baby spinach. I prefer using fresh juice but organic preservative-free bottled juice will also work fine.
Honey – This is optional, add only if you want the smoothie to be sweeter.
Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are extremely rich in antioxidants. Add them to make your smoothie even healthier.
Others – Add your preferred protein powder if you are making this smoothie as a pre or post-workout snack.
How to Make Strawberry Spinach Smoothie
Start by preparing the fruits. Wash 10-12 large strawberries and chop off the top leafy part. Now cut the strawberries into small pieces. Freeze for 5-6 hours.
Peel a large banana, cut into slices and freeze for 5-6 hours.
Wash 7 oz (200 g) baby spinach and drain the excess water. You can use a salad spinner to get rid of the extra water in the washed leaves. To save time, buy washed spinach.
If you have forgotten to freeze the fruits beforehand, add a few ice cubes to the blender while making the smoothie. It will make it creamy.
Juice 2-3 oranges to get 1 cup of orange juice or use preservative-free bottled juice.
Add the frozen strawberries, frozen banana, baby spinach, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, orange juice, ½ cup plain yogurt, and 1 tablespoon honey to a high-speed blender.
You can thaw the frozen fruits on the counter for 10 minutes if they are too hard.
Blend until smooth. Transfer the smoothie into 2 serving glasses. Garnish with halved strawberry and serve chilled.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can easily make this smoothie without yogurt. Replace it with dairy or non-dairy milk, fruit juices, or coconut water.
There is nothing better than starting your day with a glass full of green smoothies. It is loaded with fibers, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and is a great way to get your body the recommended daily doses of fruits and veggies.
But drinking ONLY green smoothies for meals is not recommended.
Fruits – Add in other fruits such as kiwi, mangoes, blueberries, raspberries etc.
Greens – Instead of baby spinach, you can use regular spinach, kale, beet greens, lettuce, celery, Swiss chard, etc.
Others – Add protein powder, nut butters, seeds like sunflower seeds, hemp seeds etc. while making the smoothie.
Vegan – Use non-dairy yogurt or vegan milk options such as almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc instead of yogurt. Skip adding honey and use maple syrup or agave nectar for sweetness.
Serve strawberry banana spinach smoothie for your breakfast, snack, or dessert. It can be enjoyed at any time of the day, whenever the hunger strikes.
You can also top this strawberry and spinach smoothie with chopped fruits, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, nut butter, granola, etc to make a breakfast smoothie bowl.
This smoothie tastes the best when made fresh. But if you have leftovers, store them in a covered glass container in the fridge and finish them within a day. Shake well before consuming.
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Strawberry Spinach Smoothie Recipe
- High Speed Blender
- 10-12 strawberries
- 1 large banana
- 7 ounces baby spinach (200 g)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup orange juice (fresh or organic preservative-free bottled)
- ½ cup plain yogurt (use non-dairy yogurt for vegan)
- 1 tablespoon honey (use maple syrup or agave nectar for vegan)
- Start by preparing the fruits. Wash the strawberries and chop off the top leafy part. Now cut them into small pieces and freeze for 5-6 hours.
- Peel the banana, cut into slices and freeze for 5-6 hours.
- Wash the baby spinach and drain the excess water. You can use a salad spinner to get rid of the extra water in the washed leaves. To save time, use washed spinach.
- If you have forgotten to freeze the fruits beforehand, add a few ice cubes to the blender while making the smoothie. It will make it creamy.
- Add frozen strawberries, frozen banana, baby spinach, chia seeds, orange juice, plain yogurt and honey to a high speed blender.
- You can thaw the frozen fruits on the counter for 10 minutes if they are too hard.
- Blend until smooth. Transfer the smoothie into 2 serving glasses. Garnish with halved strawberry and serve chilled.