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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 August 15, 2018

                                                              7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                              7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                              Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                              Video Summary

                                                              Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                              There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                              This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                              Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                              In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                              One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                              There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                              By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                              When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                              Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                              In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                              What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                              What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                                1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                                Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                                • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                                • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                                • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                                • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                                2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                                  Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                                  Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                                  3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                                    Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                                    4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                                      Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                                      A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                                      A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                                      On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                                      5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                                        Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                                        6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                          Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                          7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                            Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                            How to hold a plank position

                                                                            1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                            2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                            3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                            4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                            5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                            6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                            7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                            Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                            Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                              How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                              1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                              2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                              3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                              Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                              Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                              You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                              • Prolapse
                                                                              • After prolapse surgery
                                                                              • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                              • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                              • Previous childbirth
                                                                              • Overweight

                                                                              Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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