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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 September 28, 2020

                                                              The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                                              The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                                              At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                                              Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                                              One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                                              When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                                              So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                                              Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                                              This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                                              Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                                              When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                                              Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                                              One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                                              Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                                              An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                                              When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                                              Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                                              Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                                              We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                                              By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                                              Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                                              While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                                              I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                                              You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                                              Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                                              When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                                              Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                                              Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                                              Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                                              One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                                              Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                                              Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                                              This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                                              While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                                              Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                                              Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                                              This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                                              For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                                              Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                                              Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                                              For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                                              To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                                              We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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