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Spinach has a strange reputation within our culture. On one hand, it is lauded for its superior health benefits, and on the other hand, it is often stigmatized as disgusting and boring, especially by children.

While it can certainly be an acquired taste if eaten on its own, one effective technique of including spinach in your daily diet is to add it to a smoothie. This slightly masks its taste and texture especially if a sweet fruit is used.

The Pop-Eye Classic

This spinach smoothie is inspired by the famous cartoon character whose superhuman strength was attributed to his frequent ingestion of spinach. We keep it simple here by using:

  • 2 cups of Spinach
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 ripe bananas

You can either buy coconut milk from the store or ideally make your own using freshly extracted coconut water and the meat from the coconut. Just blend the two together and then strain the mixture using a cheesecloth.


Bitter Is Better

We amp up the greens in this spinach smoothie and add a subtle bitterness from our favorite root. We use:

  • A cup of spinach
  • A cup of dandelion greens
  • A teaspoon of ginger powder
  • The juice from one beet
  • A cup of freshly squeezed orange juice

This combination is heavenly. The acidity of the orange juice pairs perfectly with the ginger and the earthiness of the beet synergizes the dandelion and spinach. This is the best right before a high-intensity workout to keep you hydrated and nourished.


Crazy For Cacao

The emphasis for this spinach smoothie is on the chocolate, of course, but we’ve packed this smoothie with greens and fruit for added nutrition. We use:

  • 2 cups of spinach
  • A cup of almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
  • 5 dried dates
  • 1 frozen banana

We like to eat this like a milkshake with a spoon, topped with cacao nibs and a mint leaf.

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Milky Macadamia

This spinach smoothie is a staple in our diet because of its milky deliciousness and nutty undertones. We use:

  • A cup of spinach
  • Half of a cup of macadamia nuts
  • Half of a cup of coconut yogurt
  • The juice from one lemon
  • Half of a cup of frozen raspberries

Alternatively, you can use a dairy-based yogurt. However, this smoothie tastes better with coconut yogurt because of its subtle taste that allows the lemons and raspberries to dominate. The macadamia nuts give the smoothie a perfect consistency akin to the cake batter.


Gooey Guac

The centerpiece of this spinach smoothie is the avocado. We use:

  • A cup of spinach
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini
  • 5 sun-dried tomatoes
  • Half a cup of cilantro
  • The juice from one lemon
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • The juice from two cucumbers

We love to eat this in the summertime when corn is in season. We usually cut some corn off the cob, cook up some beans, and throw it in this smoothie soup for a vegan, homemade chili.


Buzzing With The Bees

This is our favorite early morning spinach smoothie if we have a long day ahead of us and want to stay energized and nourished for hours. We use:

  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • A teaspoon of matcha powder
  • Half a cup of coconut yogurt
  • Several splashes of ume plum vinegar
  • Half of a cup of fresh blackberries

We like to top this smoothie off with fresh bee pollen to properly honor the bees and their essential role in our ecosystem.

Sometimes, when we are extra hungry, we throw this smoothie into a bowl and add some granola and dried figs. We’re drooling just thinking about it.


Pop-eye’s Perfectly Poppin’ Apricot-Pistachio Pudding

If you can’t tell, we love rhymes and alliterations, and we couldn’t help ourselves with the title of this smoothie. In this recipe, we use:

  • A cup of spinach
  • Half of a cup of pistachios
  • 7 dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
  • A cup of cashew milk
  • The seeds from three vanilla bean pods

Depending on how thick you like your pudding, you can add more or less cashew milk. The vanilla seeds are really critical here, and though expensive, really make this healthy pudding pop.


Our Final Thoughts On Spinach Smoothie

We think that spinach is a versatile veggie that should not be ignored simply because of its notoriously bland and dry taste.

Spinach Smoothie

In fact, we think this reputation is misinformed and urge our readers to try some local, freshly picked spinach before they form an opinion on this nutritious lettuce.

Regardless, adding any kind of spinach to a smoothie elevates the vitamins and minerals within the mixture and adds a needed texture and backbone to the drink.