For the past seven years, I’ve started almost every day with this simple spinach smoothie.
When I first began this ritual, I wasn’t eating very well and had some health issues. I heard that smoothies were an easy way to increase my fresh vegetable intake. It was a better option for me than juicing since I needed to add more fiber to my diet.
All I needed was a blender, some fresh produce and a few minutes every day to achieve better health. So, I grabbed these ingredients from my local farmer’s market and started blending!
- Why I love this Green Spinach Smoothie Recipe
- Spinach Smoothie Health Benefits
- Low Calorie and Energy Enhancing Green Drink
- The Ultimate Green Smoothie Detox
- Drinking Spinach Smoothies for Weight Loss
- Smoothies for Chilly Weather?
- Easy Spinach Smoothie Alternative
- Simple Spinach Smoothie Recipe
Why I love this Green Spinach Smoothie Recipe
I noticed the effects immediately. By evening, I didn’t even realize that I hadn’t guzzled down my normal three cups of joe. Coffee was my crutch for my daytime drowsie moments and acted as my heavy eye lid medicine.
But that day I didn’t need it! I had enough energy to get me through the day with no mid-day dip. My bathroom trips increased in frequency and were more pleasant.
I also just felt great and was eager to keep the feeling going. I’ve been making this recipe ever since. Honestly, I don’t know what I’d do without it! This green smoothie makes me feel energized, keeps my system working smoothly, and helps stabilize my weight.
Don’t let the spinach or broccoli scare you off either. This smoothie tastes sweet, creamy, and delicious! The added mango masks any taste of “green” so you will definitely enjoy drinking it!
Spinach Smoothie Health Benefits
The health benefits of this green smoothie are nearly endless! For starters, the chlorophyll in spinach and broccoli can help prevent cancer. In addition, spinach can help lower blood pressure and fight diabetes. Physicians are discovering that it is much better, and perhaps more effective, to treat these conditions with diet rather than medication.
This smoothie is also packed with protein so when I drink it in the morning, it keeps me satisfied until lunch time. I know you probably think that protein mainly comes from sources like meat, eggs, and dairy. While it’s true that these foods contain this essential nutrient, protein is also abundant in the plant kingdom.
Spinach, broccoli, and chia seeds are very good sources of protein in addition to bee pollen. You’ll receive tons of free radical protection from the variety of antioxidants in bee pollen. Antioxidants are important for our health because they help to prevent chronic diseases like cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Low Calorie and Energy Enhancing Green Drink
The use of almond milk in this recipe provides benefits to the environment and to you personally. There are a lot of problems with animal agriculture and the consumption of cow’s milk. Negative factors range from water and air pollution and antibiotic resistance to heart disease and diabetes just to name a few. Plus, most non-dairy milks tend to be lower in calories and saturated fat while providing calcium that is better absorbed by the body than cow’s milk.
My favorite benefit of spinach though is playfully known as “The Popeye Effect.” Do you remember how Popeye used to eat a scoop of spinach from the can and grow instant muscles? Wait, am I dating myself? Depending on where you fall in the millennial generation, you may or may not know what I’m talking about! According to Dr. Greger at Nutritionfacts.org, spinach can help improve muscle performance and recovery.
I love practicing yoga, running and hiking. I can ALWAYS tell the difference between a day when I had a spinach green smoothie and a day when I did not. When I have spinach, my energy levels are higher and I don’t feel as much fatigue in my muscles – especially in my legs which work very hard during these activities.
The Ultimate Green Smoothie Detox
With most of the world focusing on a healthier diet and lifestyle, detoxing is more popular than ever. By now you probably know that the goal of a detox is to cleanse the liver and rid the body of harmful toxins ingested from food and the environment.
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. Its primary function is to act as a filtration system, cleansing the blood and metabolizing nutrients for your body to absorb. Keeping your liver healthy may be one of the best things that you can do for yourself.
It seems that there are a million different ways to detox. You can fast with water or no food at all. You can juice cleanse or do fruit only diets.
It’s hard to know which option is best for keeping your body healthy and functioning properly. Detoxifying diets and supplements may work in the short-term. However, they’re really just a band-aid or quick fix for an unhealthy lifestyle.
Physicians suggest that any success experienced may actually be the result of consuming healthy foods. According to Medical News today, the liver does a great job at cleansing itself. So diets that promote supplements or limited consumption are pretty much ineffective.
The best way to cleanse the liver and keep it healthy is to eat whole, nutrient dense foods and maintain a healthy weight. Focusing on recipes like this green spinach smoothie will naturally detoxify your liver. You’ll be providing it with nourishing foods rather than potentially damaging ones.
Drinking Spinach Smoothies for Weight Loss
The majority of the ingredients in this delicious smoothie are naturally low in calories. One cup of spinach contains only 7 calories while one cup of broccoli is just 31 calories. These fiber rich vegetables take up more space in your stomach and, together with their high protein content, will fill you up on minimal calories.
Most importantly though, this healthy green smoothie keeps your system moving! Some of the food that we eat (especially the greasy/fatty kind) remain in the digestive track even after elimination. Chia seeds expand in the stomach and the gel (soluble fiber) that is created “sticks” to the remnants of food, thereby, aiding in their movement through the colon.
As you incorporate this spinach smoothie into your daily routine, you’ll notice that the intake of fiber can lead to a flatter tummy from the increased elimination. I know that having this smoothie every day sounds monotonous but it’s really not! I find it just as enjoyable as a daily cup of coffee or a warming cup of tea.
Plus, this spinach smoothie recipe is versatile enough to incorporate various fruits based on seasonality or just how you’re feeling that day! You can get creative and try replacing the mango with apples, pineapples or bananas.
Be careful not to overdo it though. Fruit contains sugar and consuming too much can lead to weight gain. Shoot for 1 cup or less of fruit and you’ll be just fine.
Smoothies for Chilly Weather?
If you’re like I was a few years ago, you may be hesitant to drink green smoothies as we move into the fall and winter months. After all, who thinks about drinking a smoothie on a cold day?
This may not be the first thing you crave as the leaves change colors and fall to ground but I challenge you to change your mind set on this. The nutritional content of this spinach smoothie may be just what your body needs as you prepare for the chilly weather. Keeping your immune system strong during the winter is very important.
Mangos have an abundance of vitamin A and vitamin C that work together to foster a healthy immune system. Just one cup of mango (about 1 large mango) provides 80% of the recommended daily value (RDV) of vitamin C for women and 66% for men. Combined with the spinach , broccoli and bee pollen in this recipe, you’ll get a vitamin C punch that will knock out any sniffles and sneezes before they even start!
Easy Spinach Smoothie Alternative
If you’re still feeling a little iffy about winter time smoothies, try it in a bowl! Set aside a few slices of mango, a pinch of bee pollen and a dash of chia seeds and blend up the rest of the ingredients. Pour your smoothie into a bowl and then place your reserved ingredients on top. If you have some coconut flakes, slivered almonds or chopped, dried dates you can add those as well for a little texture.
If you’re not in the mood for this recipe some days and want to switch things up, you can also try our Skinny Almond Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe , Post-Work Out Smoothie or our Organic Coconut Water smoothie for a change of pace.
I really hope that you try this simple spinach smoothie recipe today or any time of the year! It’s so much more than just a smoothie. It’s a healthy, living powerful drink that will rejuvenate your body, boost your immune system, and provide an amazing springboard to a life of vitality.
Hope you enjoy! =)
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This spinach smoothie is not only healthy and nutritious but easy to make.
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup broccoli florets
- 1 mango, peeled and sliced
- 2 tsp bee pollen
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Pour the 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk into the blender. Add the washed spinach leaves, broccoli florets, mango and chia seeds.
- Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Pour and drink (top off with bee pollen).
Pro Tip: Can be refrigerated up to two days.
Vegans: Omit the bee pollen and substitute with two pitted dates.
Keywords: Spinach Smoothie