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Banana & Spinach Smoothie

I realize this sounds weird, but give it a try! It’s delicious. The banana makes it nice and sweet with the milk, and you can’t taste the spinach. I promise! :)

 

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Ingredients:

  • Half a ripe banana
  • 1 C skim milk
  • Fresh baby spinach (Pack in as much as you want! I use 2 huge handfuls)

Instructions:

Just toss it all in the blender with a couple ice cubes and mmm… SO delicious!!

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Such a great way to sneak in some greens ;)

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Comments

  1. 1

    Anne, I wonder if instead of the spinach I could use some green grass powder. I have been drinking Green Vibrance- organic greens and freeze dried grass juice…
    I drink it in the a.m….and it is a slow process….maybe in the smoothie it would go down faster and taste better. Just a thought.

    • 2

      Absolutely! That would definitely make it tastier. I do that a lot with the Vega greens smoothie powder – have you tried it? Pretty tasty actually!

  2. 3
    Claudia S. says:

    Dear Anne! This is pretty amazing! but I must say that as a child my grandmother used to give us some kind of juice (wich i didnt like because it was too healthy ;) that contained fresh orange juice+spinach juice. It really doesn’t taste bad and I appreciated more these days.

    GRacias for this recipe!

    A hug from Lima, Perú :D

  3. 5
    Whitney says:

    Tried this smoothy with strawberries and it was pretty good. Although mine was brownish not green! lol I’m not sure why. I got this from my friend Tina at FFF blog. :)

    • 6

      Hi!
      Just read your post! Ha ha! The reason your smoothies combining spinach and strawberries is brown, is because the combination of the colors green and red makes brown! Still a great smoothies, I tried it and loved it! Thank u!

  4. 7

    Yum! Thanks so much for this recipe. I am in the first trimester of a twin pregnancy and having a really hard time eating due to queasiness. Last week I discovered I could stomach smoothies with bananas, milk, and vanilla whey protein to up my protein intake, but I wasn’t getting enough vegetables. I tried throwing in a couple handfuls spinach in the smoothie and I can hardly taste it at all. Now I can get protein AND veggies in a form I can handle eating – thanks!

  5. 9

    Hi Anne! These recipes look wonderful, and I’m so excited to try some of them. I noticed, however, that you use dairy in your spinach smoothie. I’ve always been told that its not good to combine dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc) with dairy because the dark greens interfere with your body’s ability to absorb the calcium in the dairy. As a general rule, I always use non-dairy milk when I make green smoothies. Have you ever thought about doing this?

    • 10

      Hi Liz! I haven’t thought about that, but that’s just because I love regular milk. I’ve learned in school that a lot of things block other things from being absorbed depending what you are eating together.. and it’s kind of impossible to always eat the perfect combination, so I’ll just do the best that I can. I probably wouldn’t ever buy non-dairy milk… so it makes more sense for me to just drink these when I feel like it with regular milk, and absorb what my body can, vs. not having them at all. But by all means – try the recipes with non-dairy milk and let me know how they are! :)

  6. 11

    Almond milk in this recipe is great. So anyone who is non-dairy…just as awesome as with dairy milk :)

  7. 13
    Serina Isabelle says:

    Trying this with orange juice was delicious! I added some flax seeds and protein powder to help me start my day and it really was divine. Thanks for sharing!

  8. 14

    I wonder what this would taste like if I use Almond milk and added some hemp seeds . Thanks for the recipe, I was trying to ascertain if spinach can be combined with bananas and voila . I’m adding your Facebook page to my massive vegan/vegetarian fb list .

    • 15

      I’m not sure about the hemp seeds, but it would definitely work with almond milk! Enjoy!

      • 16

        It tasted great with hemp seeds Anne! Thanks for the recipe :-) I think I’m going to also try some of the suggestions your commenters have shared and maybe even purchase hemp seed protein powder . In Jamaica, the cousin of spinach–callaloo — is more common/abundant , so I think this yet another leafy green to experiment with. ( it’s stuff like this Usian Bolt was raised on and so far so good and clean….commercial supplementation is a risky thing when hour an athlete i guess… lol )

  9. 18

    If I were to use oranges in this how much should I use without making it too runny? Does it have to be skim milk and can I use frozen spinach? I am new to making food on my own ;)

    • 19

      Not sure about the oranges – maybe the juice from 1 orange and just add more ice? Any % milk will work. And I would use fresh baby spinach, not frozen! Enjoy!

      • 20

        Thanks for the tips! I will try that in the future, but since I decided to try it before I saw your reply I just used half of an orange, a fourth of an avocado, a couple strawberries, no ice, and the rest like you said in the recipe. It ended up pretty good. Thanks for giving me a recipe to base my concoction off of! :)

  10. 22

    Exactly what I was looking for to test my new Nutri Bullet. Delish! Thanks so much. Cheers!

  11. 23

    This is great, I was looking for a way to make eating spinach easier. I can barely taste it and I put a touch of sugar in it so my 3 yr old will drink it. Amazing.:D

  12. 24

    Funny how I found your website. Just went to look in the fridge, found the banana / spinach smoothie the wifey made before she left for college and its tastes like HEAVEN (Little chilled as well)! What are the long term benefits of just a spinach / banana smoothie perhaps for a period of 90 days? Just using these two ingredients in particular.

  13. 25

    The good thing about Spinach is that it does not overpower other ingredients like Kale can. I have tried the Spinach, Banana (frozen to make it super cold) with regular milk, with almond milk which gives it a nice nutty flavor and with orange juice. I have mixed in peaches, pineapple with OJ and water. I have used frozen mango, with almond milk and put some cardamom (a spice) in it. The cardamom enhanced the taste even more. I have added avocado to the spinach, banana and milk. The possibilities are endless. The thing about making smoothies is that you can experiment with whatever you have in hand that would pair well together. It’s awesome!

  14. 26
    Julie Dauncey says:

    I chucked in a few frozen berries and it was great for adding a bit of bite!

  15. 27

    I let myself go with spinach so it was a bit bitter but still good and very healthy. Thanks!

  16. 28

    Yummy. I doubled the recipe, used Vanilla Soy Milk and added 2 full spoons of milled flax seed.So goood :)

  17. 29

    Hey I was just wondering if you guys ever tried it with soy milk? I am just recently enjoying soy milk and I’m starting to love the taste! Wondering what experiences you’ve had with this..?

  18. 32

    Hi I have been told that when drinking dairy that the calcium in the milk is so acidic that to balance the ph levels out bodies will search it’s own reserves for calcium which it withdraws from our bones. Therefor dairy is not good for us. I use almond milk for everything. You don’t have to agree but this is what I have read in non fiction books so I thought I would share it.

  19. 33

    I added canteloupe to this and it was delicious! First time having a green smoothie and I had my doubts, but I was pleasantly surprised! Thanks! :-)

  20. 34

    What if I used almond milk instead of skim? Think it’d taste good? I think I’ll try it!

  21. 36
    The Queen of Hearts says:

    Whoever above asked if it was good with soy milk, it definitely is! That’s how I made mine and it tasted great.

  22. 37

    Just made this for my partner and I and wow! This is amazing. Didn’t use much milk! I’m going explore much more now.

  23. 38
    Jeanie serio says:

    I used the spinach( lots of it ) coconut milk, a touch of local honey, some chia seeds and a whole banan! This was yummy!

  24. 39

    I make this all the time, with a frozen pre-sliced banana, vanilla lite soy milk and a large helping of spinach. Perfect breakfast!

  25. 40

    Hi,
    I’ve just tried and it’s amazing. I’ve always loved spinach and all things green!
    I’ve just had an oral surgery and not been able to eat solids and came across your recipe. Love it love it love it! I’m thinking of using avocado instead of banana next time.
    Thank you
    Jem (from Melbourne, Australia)

  26. 41

    i made for me 3 handful spinach, 1 piece of banana blend it in orange-mango juice..yum yum

  27. 42
    christine says:

    I am allergic to bananas what can I use in it’s place, I am so ready to try this smoothie it sounds so good. Please post replies so I can enjoy this drink. thanks

  28. 44
    Natalie says:

    I tried this today and it was delicious! Thank you so much.

  29. 45
    Sasha Henry says:

    This is EXACTLY the kind of recipe I had been searching for! Super easy, lots of greens, and great taste! Seriously, I used almost a 2 whole cups of spinach in mine and with the banana and milk it doesn’t taste bad at all. Thanks for this recipe, it gives me no excuses not to get my greens in:)

  30. 47
    Christine says:

    Just what I needed this morning. About to start a 16 hr day with a cold and this tastes great and makes me feel good to be giving greens to my body. Tastes like a milkshake!

  31. 49

    I was just wondering how much milk you use I know it says one cup but I have abnormally large cups and would just be way too much. Do you know In mls about how much

  32. 51

    I make a yummy green smoothie using 1 frozen banana, 200g baby spinach, 250ml apple juice, juice of 1 lime and a sprinkle of chia seeds and all in the blender. Its so good.

  33. 52

    What about using watercress in place of or w/ the spinach and banana?

  34. 55

    This is great! I throw in a little bit of powdered peanut butter (PB2) – yummy!!

  35. 56

    thank you, fantastic drink !! i also tried watrermelon instead of bannana and milk,and it was sweeett:)

  36. 57

    I’m doing a handful of mixed spinach and watercress, 6-8 oz of almond milk, 1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries, 1 banana, 4 chunks of fresh pineapple and 2 tbsp of almond slices or pecans. Taste great. I have been having at least one a day. My energy has gotten better and have lost 9 lbs in 2 weeks.

  37. 58
    Roberta says:

    My mom makes these all the time but instead of milk she uses orange juice and that adds a citrus flavor. (I’m drinking one right now!)

  38. 59

    Would adding cucumber work?

  39. 61

    Would adding chocolate syrup and/or peanut butter work?

  40. 63

    Girl! I was just laying here thinking that I ran out of fruit for a spinach smoothie, then I remembered that I have bananas. So, I thought “hmmmmm, that could be good or VERY nasty.” I googled and found your thread. Hahahaha…thanks for posting. I will go give it a try !

  41. 67

    I love this but I make one with frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries), almond milk instead of dairy milk and I add flaxseed. It really keeps me full and gets fruits and veggies in me!

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    michelle haynes says:

    Would it hurt to use frozen spinach instead of fresh?

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