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30+ Super Tasty Spinach Smoothie Recipes You Need To Try At Home

30+ Super Tasty Spinach Smoothie Recipes You Need To Try At Home

Spinach is a popular super food that is filled with nutrients that will benefit your health.

There are lots of different health benefits to spinach; it can improve your hair and skin, it provides protein and iron and it can even help with bone health. Here are 5 of the main benefits of spinach.

5 Benefits of Spinach

1. It Can Improve Your Vision

Spinach is filled with xanathene, beta carotene and lutein, which all benefit your eyesight in various ways. Spinach also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce puffiness and sore eyes.

2. It keeps your brain healthy

The potassium and folate in spinach provide neurological benefits; for instance, folate reduces the chance of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. It Lowers Your Chance Of Having Cataracts

Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which both work as antioxidants that protect your eyes from UV rays.

4. It Lowers Your Blood Pressure

The potassium in spinach will help to maintain your blood pressure, and the folate helps to relax your blood vessels to help maintain healthy blood flow.

5. It benefits babies Too!

The folate in spinach is used by a growing fetus for proper development of the nervous system.

Spinach also works very well in smoothies due to its clean, light flavor. As spinach isn’t too overwhelming it works well with lots of different flavor combinations, from sweet to savoury to spicy. Spinach also blends better than other green leaves such as kale.

Here are 30 spinach smoothie recipes you can try at home.

Sweet Spinach Smoothie Recipes

1. Blackberry And Ginger Smoothie

This delicious blackberry and ginger smoothie contains oats, orange juice, and three different types of fruit. It is sweet and refreshing, and the ginger adds anti-inflammatory properties.

    Ingredients

    1 cup frozen blackberries

    1 cored apple, cut into pieces

    1 banana, cut into pieces

    2 handfuls spinach

    Fresh peeled ginger

    1 handful of oats

    Orange juice

    2. Cherry Almond And Spinach Smoothie

    This beautiful pink smoothie is creamy and sweet, and it also contains lots of antioxidants and vitamin C.

      Ingredients

      1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked in water for 12 hours

      3/4 cup water

      1 cup frozen or fresh cherries

      1 frozen banana

      3/4 cup orange juice

      2 cups spinach

      3. Shamrock Shake

      This tasty smoothie tastes just like an ice cream, but it is actually very healthy. You can also substitute the milk for soy milk if you want to make a vegan version!

        Ingredients

        2½ cups milk

        1 cup spinach

        1 banana

        ½ avocado

        8 mint leaves

        optional: honey

        Optional Toppings

        Whipped cream

        Grated dark chocolate

        Mint leaves

        4. Triple Green Protein Smoothie

          This super healthy smoothie contains vitamin C-rich honeydew and kale, which is a great source of calcium. This refreshing, light smoothie is perfect for after a workout.

          Ingredients

          ½ cup cubed honeydew

          ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt

          2 tablespoons water

          1 cup spinach

          1 cup kale

          8 ice cubes

          5. Chocolate Chai Smoothie

          If you love chocolate this decadent smoothie is perfect for you – and it still contains spinach and banana for a health kick!

            Ingredients

            1 banana

            1 cup spinach

            1 cup ice

            1 cup milk

            3 tablespoons chia seeds

            2 tablespoons cocoa powder

            1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

            6. Black Forest Antioxidant Smoothie

            This delicious smoothie tastes like a dessert in a glass, so it is perfect for anyone with a serious sweet tooth.

              Ingredients

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              1/4 cup raw almonds

              1 tablespoon flax seeds

              3/4 cup almond milk

              1 teaspoon vanilla extract

              1 cup frozen cherries

              2 tablespoons cocoa powder

              3 dates

              1 cup baby spinach

              2 tablespoon coconut cream

              7. Key Lime Pie Smoothie

              This is another wonderful dessert smoothie that was created for key lime pie lovers. Thankfully it is much healthier than an actual key lime pie – and it is vegan!

                Ingredients

                2 cups coconut water

                ¼ cup lime juice

                ½ avocado

                ¼ cup shredded coconut

                2 handfuls spinach leaves

                3 Medjool dates

                2 handfuls ice

                8. Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie

                This smoothie is tangy and refreshing with a sweet pineapple kick. It also contains vitamin B6.

                  Ingredients

                  ¾ cup water

                  2 cups pineapple chunks

                  1 avocado, halved

                  2 cups spinach

                  ½ cup ice cubes

                  9. Green Goddess Smoothie

                  This smoothie may be sweet, but it still contains a whopping seven vegetables and fruits so it is very good for you.

                    Ingredients

                    1 cup ice water

                    1 scoop vanilla protein powder

                    3/4 cup spinach

                    1 celery stalk, chopped

                    1 kiwi, peeled and sliced

                    1/2 green apple, cored, chopped

                    1/2 avocado

                    1/2 green pear, cored, chopped

                    1/2 cucumber, chopped

                    8-10 ice cubes

                    10. Power Smoothie

                    This smoothie is filling and tasty, so it makes the perfect breakfast drink.

                      Ingredients

                      1 cup orange juice

                      1 cup frozen blueberries

                      3 cups baby spinach

                      1/4 cup whole grain oats

                      1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

                      1 banana

                      1 cup ice

                      11. Mango Cashew Smoothie

                      This smoothie may look healthy and green, but it actually tastes like a creamy mango milkshake.

                        Ingredients

                        1 mango

                        2 bananas

                        2 cups spinach

                        1/2 a cup of cashew nuts

                        2 cups of almond milk or coconut water

                        1 lime

                        12. Green Smoothie With Apples, Avocado, Grapes, and Spinach

                        This smoothie comes with lots of heart health benefits, and the flavour is fresh and tangy.

                          Ingredients

                          1 avocado, halved

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                          2 peeled apples, cubed

                          1 cup baby spinach

                          ½ cup green seedless grapes

                          2 cups cold water

                          1 tablespoon honey

                          13. No-Banana Berry Green Smoothie

                          This smoothie doesn’t contain banana but it is still creamy and smooth, and it has lots of heart health benefits.

                            Ingredients

                            1 cup baby spinach

                            1/2 cup frozen strawberries

                            1/2 cup frozen raspberries

                            1/2 cup orange juice

                            1/2 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

                            14. Coconut Water, Mixed Berry, and Spinach Smoothie

                            This delicious smoothie is thirst-quenching and fruity, and the flax seed helps to lower triglycerides.

                              Ingredients

                              2 cups coconut water frozen in an ice cube tray

                              1 cup fresh spinach

                              1 tablespoon flax seed meal

                              2 cups frozen berries

                              15. Peach Banana Spinach Smoothie

                              This creamy smoothie is filling and fruity, so it is perfect for breakfast. Peaches also contain polyphenols that help to fight against cancer cells.

                                Ingredients

                                1 banana

                                2 peaches

                                3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed orange juice

                                2 handfuls spinach

                                ½ cup of Greek yogurt

                                16. Beet Happy Morning Smoothie

                                This gorgeous smoothie is picture worthy, and it tastes as good as it looks. Earthy and light, this drink is ideal for anyone who likes a fresh flavour.

                                  Ingredients

                                  1 small beet, chopped

                                  6 strawberries

                                  ½ orange

                                  2 cups spinach

                                  ½ cup water

                                  1 cup ice

                                  17. Refreshing Papaya Spinach Smoothie

                                  This smoothie is a homage to papaya, so it tastes tropical and fruity.

                                    Ingredients

                                    1 small ripe strawberry papaya, seeded

                                    ½ banana

                                    1 cup baby spinach

                                    1 lime, juiced

                                    1 cup coconut water

                                    4 ice cubes

                                    18. Glowing Skin Smoothie

                                    This smoothie is packed with ingredients that will make your skin look fresh and dewy, and it tastes good too.

                                      Ingredients

                                      1/2 cup plain coconut water

                                      2 frozen bananas, peeled & sliced

                                      1 cup pineapple chunks

                                      1 cup mango chunks

                                      2 cups spinach

                                      ½ avocado

                                      19. Spinach Pineapple Avocado Smoothie

                                      This smoothie is buttery and velvety – a very decadent treat.

                                        Ingredients

                                        1 handful spinach

                                        1 cup pineapple chunks

                                        1 avocado, halved

                                        1 tablespoon chia seeds

                                        20. Swamp Smoothie

                                        This smoothie has a chocolate and strawberry flavor, but it still contains two green vegetables.

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                                          Ingredients

                                          1 cup strawberries

                                          ½ small banana

                                          1/2 cup chopped broccoli

                                          1 handful spinach

                                          1 cup almond milk

                                          1 teaspoon carob powder

                                          3 tablespoon hemp protein powder

                                          1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds

                                          21. 5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Chia Smoothie With Toasted Coconut

                                          This delicious dessert smoothie is healthier than it tastes! You may think that it tastes like a chocolate treat, but it is actually filled with fiber, antioxidants, and monounsaturated fats.

                                            Ingredients

                                            1 ½ frozen bananas

                                            1 ½ cups Almond Breeze Chocolate Almond Milk

                                            1 cup baby spinach

                                            2 tablespoons almond butter

                                            2 tablespoons chia seeds

                                            1 cup ice

                                            Optional Ingredients

                                            Toasted coconut and mini chocolate chips

                                            22. Tropical Green Mango Smoothie

                                            This fruity and smooth drink will give your body lots of fiber, potassium, and calcium.

                                              Ingredients

                                              2 cups mango

                                              2 cups spinach

                                              1½ cups coconut water

                                              3 Dates, soaked overnight

                                              23. Savory Garden Green Smoothie

                                              This super healthy smoothie is filling and flavorsome, and it makes the perfect light lunch.

                                                Ingredients

                                                1 cup water

                                                1 handful spinach

                                                1 handful cucumber slices

                                                1 handful celery sticks

                                                1 handful yellow bell pepper

                                                1 handful orange bell pepper

                                                1 handful cherry tomatoes

                                                ½ avocado

                                                2 garlic cloves

                                                ½ shallot

                                                Sprig of basil

                                                1 cup ice

                                                Pinch of salt

                                                Shake of Tabasco

                                                24. Green Smoothie Without Banana

                                                This smoothie has a unique ginger and cinnamon kick.

                                                  Ingredients

                                                  1 cup spinach

                                                  1 head romaine, end removed

                                                  1 stalk celery

                                                  1 cored pear

                                                  1 handful parsley

                                                  1 cup unsweetened almond milk

                                                  ½ lemon juice

                                                  1 teaspoon cinnamon

                                                  Fresh ginger

                                                  ½ cup ice cubes

                                                  25. Savory Green and Protein Smoothie

                                                  This delicious smoothie tastes like lunch in a glass, and it will keep you going for a good few hours.

                                                    Ingredients

                                                    2 tomatoes

                                                    3 cups spinach

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                                                    1 cup plain Greek yogurt

                                                    ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

                                                    1 stalk rosemary

                                                    5 basil leaves

                                                    1/2 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s seasoning

                                                    2 pinches salt

                                                    2 pinches red pepper

                                                    1 cup of ice cubes

                                                    26. Blended Salad

                                                    This smoothie is a salad in a glass, and it contains a quarter of your daily value of potassium, which helps to regulate your blood pressure.

                                                      Ingredients

                                                      1 cucumber, chopped

                                                      3 stalks celery, chopped

                                                      1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped and seeded

                                                      2 cups spinach

                                                      1 cup water

                                                      27. Ranch House Salad Smoothie

                                                      This interesting smoothie may not be for everyone, but it is very refreshing and light.

                                                        Ingredients

                                                        1 cup water

                                                        1/4 avocado

                                                        1 cup romaine lettuce

                                                        1 cup spinach

                                                        2 carrots

                                                        ½ onion

                                                        1 tomato

                                                        1 cup Greek yogurt

                                                        1 garlic clove

                                                        1 teaspoon chives

                                                        1 teaspoon dill

                                                        1 pinch salt

                                                        1 pinch pepper

                                                        28. Spinach and Basil Smoothie

                                                        Antioxidant-boasting basil and honey provide the slightest undertones of sweetness to offset the plain Greek yogurt and milk in this pretty-as-a-picture drink. If you’re wary of savory smoothies, this on!

                                                          Ingredients

                                                          1 cup spinach

                                                          ½ cup Greek yogurt

                                                          ½ cup milk

                                                          ½ tablespoon honey

                                                          3 basil leaves

                                                          ½ cup crushed ice

                                                          29. Non-Sweet Minty Green Smoothie

                                                          Mint may normally be used as a dessert flavor, but it also tastes great in this non-sweet minty green smoothie. It may also help to calm a poorly stomach.

                                                            Ingredients

                                                            1 ½ cups water

                                                            1 cucumber

                                                            2 stalks celery

                                                            2 handfuls spinach

                                                            ½ lemon juice

                                                            1 handful mint

                                                            30. Spicy Wake Me Up Smoothie

                                                            This smoothie is very unique, but the flavors work well together to create a refreshing lunch time smoothie.

                                                              Ingredients

                                                              3/4 cup raw coconut water or filtered water

                                                              1 cup spinach

                                                              1 medium tomato, chopped

                                                              1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped

                                                              ½ cucumber, skin on and chopped

                                                              1 avocado

                                                              1 lime, peeled and halved

                                                              1 clove garlic

                                                              3/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

                                                              1 pinch cayenne pepper

                                                              1 ½ cup ice cubes

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                                                              Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                                                              The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                              The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                                                              It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                                                              If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                                                              One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                                                              Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                                                              In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                                                              Why you can’t sleep through the night

                                                              The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                                                              Stress

                                                              If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                                                              Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                                                              We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                                                              While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                                                              Eating close to bedtime

                                                              Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                                                              Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                                                              Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                                                              Medical conditions

                                                              In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                                                              The vicious sleep cycle

                                                              The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                                                              Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                                                              You get a bad night’s sleep
                                                              –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                                                              –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                                                              –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                                                                You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                                                                How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                                                                To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                                                                1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                                                                What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                                                                Here are a few suggestions:

                                                                • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                                                                • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                                                                • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                                                                • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                                                                • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                                                                2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                                                                What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                                                                • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                                                                • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                                                                • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                                                                • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                                                                3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                                                                Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                                                                Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                                                                Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                                                                Sleep better form now on

                                                                Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                                                                I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                                                                As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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