Healthy Spinach Smoothie and Spinach Juice Recipes

Updated on December 9, 2019
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Healthy Spinach Smoothie Recipe
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Spinach Juice Smoothies

Spinach juice smoothies are growing in popularity, and rightfully so. Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach pack a punch of vitamins, mineral and antioxidants that our bodies need to maintain healthy skin, muscle and bones. Let's not forget to mention that spinach is rich in iron and is beneficial for maintaining healthy blood.

For all its health benefits, we often "forget" to include spinach in our daily diets. If you want to find a creative and tasty way to add this leafy green to your diet, a spinach smoothie may be your answer. You will be pleasantly surprised by the taste.

I've created two variations for you—the first is made in a blender, and the second in a juicer. Feel free to share your favorite spinach recipe in the comments below. Cheers!

Spinach is high in iron, and citrus promotes the effective absorption of iron, so always be sure to include some citrus in your spinach smoothies!

A spinach smoothie ready to be blended.
A spinach smoothie ready to be blended. | Source
DIY Healthy Spinach Juice Smoothie . . . Yum!
DIY Healthy Spinach Juice Smoothie . . . Yum! | Source

Healthy Spinach Smoothie Recipe


Add the following ingredients into your blender in this order:

  • 2 cups fresh raw spinach (measurement is loosely packed)
  • 6 large strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 of a medium peeled and seeded orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha (powdered green tea)
  • 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1 cup almond milk


  1. After adding the ingredients in that order, cover the blender with the lid.
  2. Turn on your blender to grate speed. This allows the blades to grate the spinach first.
  3. Once the ingredients begin to blend raise the speed to blend speed and then a few seconds on the liquify speed (repeat for a smoother texture).
  4. Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with a strawberry or orange ring. Or if you are on the go simply pour into your to-go thermos and enjoy your smoothie on the run.

Makes 4 cups.

What's It Like?

  • Sweetness: This tastes great and you'll notice I did not add any sweetener. Out of four taste tests, only one tester thought it should be a tad sweeter. A dribble of honey should do the trick.
  • Texture: The blender version of this smoothie does not completely emulsify the spinach leaf. If texture is an issue, you may want to consider the juicer version below.
  • Color: This smoothie is a deep bluish purple. You will see hints of color from the spinach leaf, strawberry seeds and blueberry skins.

spinach, apples and carrots are a perfect blend for your juicer. Apples and carrots will help the juicer grab the spinach and will produce more nutritious juice.
spinach, apples and carrots are a perfect blend for your juicer. Apples and carrots will help the juicer grab the spinach and will produce more nutritious juice. | Source
This tastes great as is, or you can swirl it into the blender for another smoothie.
This tastes great as is, or you can swirl it into the blender for another smoothie. | Source

Healthy Spinach Juice Recipe


Add the following ingredients to your juicer:

  • 2 cups fresh raw spinach (ball it up and push into the juicer)
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 apples (I used 1 Granny Smith and 1 Pomme)
  • 1 banana
  • 6 large strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 of a peeled and seeded orange (you may substitute with a splash of real orange juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Matcha (green tea powder)
  • 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1 cup almond milk (Tip: If you want more calcium, then go for the almond milk. If you want more protein, then real milk would be your choice)

This will produce approximately one cup of nutritious juice. This juice tastes great as is or you can continue and add it to a blender with a few more ingredients for a yummy smoothie.


  1. Add the carrot, apple, and spinach juice into your juicer.
  2. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Juice.
  4. Serve in chilled glasses as is or use in a smoothie!

Smoothie Variations and Taste Tests

Both smoothies were a hit with my four taste testers. Three preferred the first smoothie variation over the second. The carrot and apple do add a distinct flavor to the second recipe. As for me? I liked both!

For those of you who are juicers, the spinach, carrot and apple juice does not even taste like it has spinach in it at all. It just tastes like your standard carrot and apple juice made from a juicer.

The great thing about juicing and smoothies is that the variations are endless. So grab a handful of spinach and give it a try. You'll be surprised by the amazing flavors you come up with. Enjoy!

© 2012 Marisa Hammond Olivares


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      4 years ago from England, UK

      Ah great link to the Shrek smoothie, what a great way to get kids in to healthy eating! :)

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      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Voted up and useful again. I'm really into these smoothies lately.

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      Gail Meyers 

      7 years ago from Johnson County, Kansas

      I love spinach based smoothies, too. Voted up and awesome.

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      7 years ago from Incredible India !!

      I love spinach based smoothies. Great Hub, thumbs up !!

    • Ruchira profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      Sounds powerful and makes me envision

      Gotta try it.

      Thanks miss olive :)

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      Olde Cashmere 

      7 years ago

      Love the idea of incorporating this healthy food by creating these smoothies. Looks delicious and very creative. Voting up and rating awesome, useful, and interesting :)

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas for healthy smoothies. Making your own, with these recipes, would beat the artificial ingredients, sugar and salt laden varieties sold in stores. Thumbs up and sharing. Great hub.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love green smoothies. I don't mind the bits, so I just do a blender version. I like the addition of the tea. I'll have to try that. Voted up!

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Looks a wonderful idea and thanks for sharing such a creative way for a smoothie

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      Victoria Lynn 

      7 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Funny, I just made a spinach smoothie yesterday with a recipe passed on to me. It was amazingly good. I think the spinach gives it a unique flavor and texture. I loved it and am eager to try yours. Voted up and others. Awesome hub!

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      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Yummy, beautiful recipe. Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

      voted up.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      OMG - so THIS is the spinach smoothie I've been hearing so much about!? YUMMY! This all looks heavenly. I love spinach salad with strawberries so I can imagine what it tastes like as a smoothie. mmm mmm good! :)

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      rbm, Thank you so much for stopping by to read and leave a lovely comment. Aren't vegetable juices great? I hope you give this smoothie a try. Thanks again.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for writing this article, I have to try those! I'm a big fan of home-made veggie juices already, and am looking for a way to make them a bit tastier. Your smoothie recipes sound really delicious!

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hi Docmo, I'm glad you liked this idea. Although I enjoy a nice spinach salad for lunch a smoothie definitely hits the spot too. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Enjoy your smoothie :)

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      This sounds wonderful. Spinach is such a healthy source of nutrients and making a smoothie is truly interesting. Great way to get the iron and vitamins into children and grown ups alike. Thanks for sharing! Voted up.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      vespawoolf - Hi! Thank you. Your variation sounds wonderful. I just bought a bag of frozen chopped mangoes for my smoothies and snacks. I'll be sure to try it with papaya and almonds too.

      I appreciate the comment and votes. Happy Smoothies! :)

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      Vespa Woolf 

      8 years ago from Peru, South America

      Smoothie #1 is fabulous! I would have never thought of putting these ingredients together. We don't have blueberries or cherry juice here in Peru, so I substituted papaya juice and mangoes. I soaked almonds overnight and made the almond milk in the blender, then added the remaining ingredients for the smoothie. Next I'm going to try the other recipe. My husband doesn't like spinach so this is a great way to add greens to our diet. Thank you so much! Voted up and everything across the board except funny.

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Taalib Pugh1 - Thank you very much. I'm happy to hear this was informative. Welcome to HubPages!

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      Theodore Pugh 

      8 years ago from Wilkes Barre Pa

      Very good hub very informative. Thanks. I will be following you and the food lol, God willing.

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Angela Kane - Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you have given it a try to liked it. You can always add different fruits if you like making variations or want to try different flavors. I appreciate the votes :)

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      Angela Kane 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I have never had a spinach smoothie drink before, the recipe on this page sounds and looks very good. I already have most of the ingredients in my kitchen so I think I will be giving this a try very soon. Voted up and useful.

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      SanneL - Give these smoothies a try. I'm sure you will like them. Thank you for reading and for your great comment about the pictures. I appreciate the votes and sharing. :)

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      8 years ago from Sweden

      I love spinach and I love smoothies! I have to try these recipes out. I have bookmarked it. Your fantastic and very color pictures are great! Just beautiful. Voted up, useful and sharing.

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hi Sinea! So glad to see you here. I think I can handle cider vinegar on my fresh spinach. Smoothies are another great option - minus the vinegar. UNLESS you want to make your own dressing. I bet that would be interesting - homemade dressing with spinach. hhhmmm

      I hope you enjoy the smoothie! Thank you for reading and commenting. :)

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      Sinea Pies 

      8 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I love spinach, all by itself, with a little bit of cider vinegar on it. Of course, I stand alone in that in my family. :) Now I have an alternative that the rest may be willing to try. Thanks, Missolive!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      seekingpeace91 - I like to be creative with my smoothies as well. My daughter is the brave one and tries the craziest combination of things with various...some not so good. :)

      I'm glad you came by to read and comment. I hope your daughter is inspired to give spinach smoothies a try.

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      8 years ago

      This looks so good- my daughter loves to create smoothies, and I might be able to encourage the incorporation of spinach if I can actually make a good one myself! I tend to try the "throw in whatever you can find" method, which often ends in disaster and wasted food... =)

      Thanks for a great hub!

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      zzron - give it a try. Variations are easy if this one isn't to your liking. Different fruits can make a difference. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      Debby Bruck - Yes, I was very blessed to have an interview by Vinaya. He is a wonderful hubber, friend and supporter. Thank you for that. Also, this smoothie is delicious - glad you are inspired to try it.

      prasetio30 - Wow - what a wonderful compliment and comment. I'm glad to share my research and recipes. I appreciate the votes too. To your health! Cheers! :)

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love spinach and spinach juice smoothie is new option for me to process this vegetable into healthy recipes. Beautiful presentation, delicious and healthy as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Good job, my friend. Rated up (useful, awesome, interesting)


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      Debby Bruck 

      8 years ago

      Dear Marisa ~ These drink combos look delicious. Shall give it a try. Vinaya wrote a wonderful interview and that's what brought me here today. Blessings, Debby

    • rosika profile image


      8 years ago

      Very interesting hub on making healthy smoothies adding spinach. Something really new for me....I will try it...voted up...well presented as well!

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      8 years ago from Houston, TX.

      This sounds very interesting I will have to try it.

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      thoughtforce - Hi Tina, these smoothies are a great way to start the day. I always feel so much better when I do. The fun and tasty par of making smoothies is you can vary the fruit if you are seeking a different taste. I'm happy to hear your daughter enjoys making spinach smoothies. Thank you for reading and for your great comment.

      Cloverleaf - Thank you so much! I spotted that hub on the feed. I'll be sure to read it and I'll link that as well. I appreciate the votes and the sharing. :)

      PegCole17 - Hi there! The approaching spring season always has me feeling motivated to stay healthy. These smoothies will keep us cool while pumping us up with nutrients after all those Holiday and resolution wavering treats. Glad to share - thanks for stopping by.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Perfect timing for these delightful recipes. I can't wait to try them out. Thank you so much for sharing these great spinach smoothie recipes.

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      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Miss Olive, thank you for these smoothie ideas, I think they are both great! I've linked your hub to my "easy tips for adding fruit and vegetables to your diet" hub.

      Voted up & shared :)

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      Christina Lornemark 

      8 years ago from Sweden

      These recipes sounds so healthy and look tasty too! I will show this to my daughter who make smoothies with spinach every morning using the same recipe. We all need some variation now and then and she will be so glad for these new recipes. I will also try them, sounds like a great way to start the day!

      Thanks for sharing! This hub is so well designed, beautiful!


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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      barbergirl28 - Hi Stacy! I am so glad you came by. I love your Shrek Smoothie variation and I've already included it in this hub with the cute pic of the girls.

      I prefer the frozen fruits as well. It helps keep the smoothie icy and cold. Thanks for the link, comment and for stopping by. You ROCK!

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      Stacy Harris 

      8 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I love adding spinach to my smoothies... as you said it is a great way to get it into your diet! I have a recipe like this that I call the Shrek Smoothie. With the exception of the spinach, the fruit is pretty much all frozen so it is easy to keep the ingredients on hand.

      Speaking of which... I am going to link this to my Shrek Smoothie hub! :)

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hi Stephanie! Believe me, I had my doubts too, but the combination I came up with was really good. I'm trying to come up with more recipes and enjoying the outcome. Thank you for stopping by, voting and sharing. :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      When I saw "Spinach" in a smoothie, I wasn't sure it would be for me, but I love the way you've added a combination of fruits and almond milk to the smoothie. I'm sure it gives the drink a flavorful and sweet/tart taste that is very pleasant. Voted up and shared!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      rusticliving - I'm so glad you like this! I had so much fun trying different variations for this hub. These smoothies are so good and refreshing too. Thank you for your comments and support. :)

      Despunetfish - Let me know how you like it. Thank you for reading, commenting, voting and sharing. You Rock!

      cloverleaffarm - oh I am so glad you are inspired. Thank you for your votes and for sharing. I greatly appreciate it.

      Just Ask Susan - Tart cherry juice is so good for you. It adds just the right touch with the other fruits. I'm barely starting to try almond milk. My daughter prefers it over dairy. It does have its benefits. I still like both though. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Both of these look delicious. I like the fact that the first one has cherry juice in it. I've not seen almond milk but will have a look for it.

      Up awesome and delicious.

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      Healing Herbalist 

      8 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Oh, my. I can't wait to try some of these recipes. I love smoothies! vote up! and shared too.

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      8 years ago

      Let me try this healthy drink as i am never been used it before, great hub, voted up and sharing

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      Oh my gosh.. the smoothie looks so refreshing! I have to tell you that I am bookmarking all your "Spinach Hubs." I love cooking, baking and juicing with it! This one is so appealing! Voted way up and shared allll over! :)

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      jeyaramd - I love all the different ways you incorporate spinach into your diet Thank you for reading and leaving such a lovely comment.

      Victoria Lynn - I'm glad you liked the pictures. Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

      homesteadbound - the vitamixer sounds perfect for making smoothies. I'm happy to hear you liked the pictures. I'm always glad to spot you on my hubs.

      theclevercat - yay! Another tart cherry juice fan! It does add a nice sweet and tart flavor that bounces off the orange nicely.

      AEvans - Thanks for the bookmark. I really think you will enjoy this smoothie. It tastes pretty good and you'll feel great too. Thank you for coming by and sharing. :)

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      The spinach smoothie sounds yummy! I have bookmarked it and will try it this weekend. I am always looking for something healthy to add to my diet. Thumbs up and shared!:)

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      Rachel Vega 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      That tart cherry juice in there really saves the day, I think. I can't wait to try something like this (maybe this weekend!)

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      This is a great followup for your hub on the health benefits of juicing spinach. We have a vitamixer which does a great job of liquifying anything. Will have to try one of your variations. Your pictures are wonderful and add so much to your hub.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love spinach! What creative ways to use it! Your pictures are great, too. They're so bright and vibrant. Useful, lovely hub!

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      8 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Spinach definitely has many benefits. I enjoy spinach in my salads and sandwiches. Spinach pannini is one of my favorites along with spinach with lasagna. Spinach is perfect with salads as well. These smoothie recipes would be a perfect addition to my love for all things healthy. Thanks for sharing another awesome hub. Voted up.


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