This healthy blueberry banana spinach smoothie recipe packs in fiber and healthy fats with fresh baby spinach, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds.
Green smoothies are a great way to get veggies into your diet. Plus, smoothies are a quick and easy breakfast when you're on the run. This recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegetarian.
Fresh bananas and frozen blueberries are available year-round, so you can make this recipe any time you like. Enjoy this in the morning as a breakfast smoothie or as a quick on-the-go lunch.
This blueberry banana spinach smoothie recipe is also easy to customize to your liking. Try it with mixed berries or strawberries, or add peanut butter or avocado for more healthy fats.
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Why you'll love this recipe
- Easy recipe: Made with simple ingredients. Just toss the ingredients in and blend.
- Nutritious: Healthy fats, protein, and fiber make for a healthy breakfast.
- No added sugar: All of the sugar comes from the fresh and frozen fruit.
For more easy breakfast ideas, try peanut butter overnight oats. If you like chia seeds, try protein powder overnight oats. Tell me in the comments if you would like to see more healthy smoothie recipes.
This is a nutritious and delicious green smoothie. Below are a few of the health benefits of the ingredients.
I am not a medical professional or nutritionist, so be sure to do your own research and consult your healthcare provider.
- Blueberries - Blueberries are a good source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and potassium. Plus, the ADA says they're great for diabetes.
- Bananas - Bananas are a source of vitamin B6, fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, and manganese.
- Baby spinach - According to WebMD, spinach is a good source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and is great for eye health, heart health, diabetes management, immune health, and more.
- Greek yogurt - Plain Greek yogurt generally has more protein and less sugar than regular whole milk yogurt. Plus, it's thicker, making it perfect for smoothies.
- Chia seeds - According to the Harvard School of Public Health, one tablespoon of chia seeds contains about 2 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, they are the richest plant source of omega-3s.
- Frozen blueberries - Frozen fruit gives the smoothie a thick, creamy, slushy consistency. If only fresh fruit is used, the smoothie will be too liquidy. Look for frozen blueberries or frozen wild blueberries.
- Baby spinach - This recipe calls for fresh spinach. Baby spinach is harvested earlier that mature, full leaf spinach. Baby spinach is more tender and sweeter in flavor.
- Milk - Use your preferred milk or unsweetened milk alternative. This recipe was developed using whole cow's milk but is also delicious with plant-based milk such as almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, cashew milk, light coconut milk, and more.
- Yogurt - Use your favorite unsweetened yogurt product. This recipe was developed using plain Greek yogurt.
- Ripe banana - Use fresh or frozen banana. If using both frozen blueberries and frozen banana, ice may not be necessary.
- Chia seeds - Chia seeds
- Ice - Omit the ice cubes for a thicker consistency or if the smoothie will not be enjoyed right away. Ice can water down a smoothie if it sits too long.
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Add all of the ingredients to the blender.
Cover and blend at high speed until the texture is completely smooth. If needed, stop the blender, scrape down the sides, close the lid, and continue to blend.
Tip: To thin the consistency, add more milk. To thicken, add more frozen fruit. Serve immediately.
Substitutions and variations
Below are a few substitution ideas to make this healthy blueberry spinach smoothie your own.
- Berries - Use any combination of berries as long as they measure to two cups total.
- Dairy-free version - Instead of whole cow's milk and Greek yogurt, use your favorite dairy-free milk and plant-based yogurt alternatives. Try high-protein almond milk or soy yogurt or vegan Greek-style yogurt.
- High protein - Add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder or plant-based protein powder.
- Nut butter - Creamy peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter are all great additions. Try adding one tablespoon.
- Hemp seeds - Hemp hearts are a great addition to any smoothie. They are rich in healthy fats and are a great source of plant-based protein. These can replace the chia seeds or be added in addition.
- Maple syrup - This delicious smoothie has plenty of natural sugars, but you can add a small amount of maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar to add more sweetness.
Blueberry Banana Spinach Smoothie
- 2 cups blueberries frozen
- 1 cup baby spinach loosely packed
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup Greek yogurt plain
- 1 large ripe banana fresh or frozen
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3-5 large ice cubes
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender.
- Cover and blend at high speed until the texture is smooth.
- To thin the consistency, add more milk. To thicken, add more frozen fruit. Best served immediately.
Frequently asked questions
There are many ways to add protein to a smoothie such as using high-protein yogurt, hemp seeds, nut butter, chia seeds, blended cottage cheese, or protein powder.
Blenders are the best option for blending smoothies, but a food processor will work in a pinch. Though food processors are not specifically designed to blend smoothies, you can achieve similar results. Be sure to add leafy greens first.