Once upon a time I used to believe that there was no way you could make a healthy green smoothie taste delicious. Oh how wrong I was! Thanks to recipes like this fit-for-the-Gods spinach and strawberry green smoothie, I’ve realized that with just a few clever ingredient additions you can make some truly yummy green smoothies. Providing a ton of flavor, this spinach and strawberry green smoothie still offers all of the great health benefits you would expect from a healthy green drink. Made with fantastic ingredients including either fresh or frozen spinach, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, and a bit of peanut butter for added satiety, this is definitely one smoothie recipe that you’ll be coming back to again and again.
Pink & Green Make a Winning Smoothie Combination
Each and every ingredient that goes into this green smoothie recipe is there to fulfill a very specific purpose. Obviously, the first ingredient that you’ll need to add in order to make a green smoothie is some sort of healthy green so you’ll start by using either ½ cup of frozen spinach or two cups of fresh spinach. I usually go back and forth between using spinach and kale when making green smoothies as they are both fantastic options full of nutritional value. Spinach is incredibly nutrient-dense, offering lots of vitamins and minerals including being an excellent source of zinc, calcium, and fiber. On top of that, spinach is well known to be quite a potent source of antioxidants that help to reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases. (1)
The only downside to adding healthy greens into smoothies is that they don’t exactly make for the best tasting ingredients. To offset this, ½ cup of frozen strawberries are also mixed in to add a terrific naturally sweet flavor. Strawberries are another great source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants in the form of berry polyphenols. One particular study found that the antioxidants found in strawberries were effective in raising antioxidant markers in obese individuals, helping to reduce their risk of obesity related complications like heart disease or type 2 diabetes. (2)
Along with the spinach and strawberries, you’ll also be adding two ingredients that are excellent sources of healthy fats in the form of natural peanut butter and pumpkin seeds. The peanut butter offers a mix of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats (check out this great strawberry and banana smoothie recipe to see how to make your own yummy homemade peanut butter). Meanwhile, the pumpkin seeds are great sources of zinc, magnesium, and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these items help to make your green smoothie just a bit more satiating, ensuring that you stay full for longer after drinking it.
In addition to sweetening the smoothie with the strawberries, you’ll also need to add one or two pitted fresh dates for a bit of added sweetness. The dates don’t just improve the taste of this green smoothie though — they also provides several potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor benefits as well. (3) And finally, for your liquid base you’ll need to simply add one cup of unsweetened almond milk along with a bit of ice. Blend everything together and then get ready to be blown away by just how yummy this green smoothie actually is!
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Fit-For-The-Gods Spinach and Strawberry Green Smoothie
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen spinach (or 2 cups fresh spinach)
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 to 2 pitted fresh dates
½ to 1 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.