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Drink Up! 7 Delectable Spinach Smoothies for Body and Mind

If you want a healthy body and mind for life—and who doesn't?—it's hard to overstate the importance of fruits and vegetables. However, if you're like most Americans, you're probably not eating enough of these important superfoods. Thankfully, we now live in a world where there's no shortage of delicious and healthy smoothie recipes and the smoothie makers to create them. So if you're ready to get more fruits and veggies in your life and are wondering where to start, we think there's no better way to get your feet wet than with a luscious spinach smoothie. 

Not only does the mild taste of spinach make it the perfect complement to just about any smoothie recipe, it's also a nutritional powerhouse with health benefits galore.

Spinach: Nutrition Facts

When it comes to vegetables, leafy greens are a force to be reckoned with. High in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and beneficial phytonutrients and low in calories, spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are like nature's very own dietary supplement.

For example, 2 cups of spinach contains:

  • 112% of the daily value of vitamin A
  • 362% of the daily value of vitamin K
  • 28% of the daily value of vitamin C
  • 30% of the daily value of folate
  • 26% of the daily value of manganese

But that's not all.

Spinach is also a rich source of several powerful phytonutrients, including flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.

What does all this mean for you?

Let's break it down.

Health Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is one of nature's greatest sources of the fat-soluble vitamins A and K, both of which help the body maintain strong bones. In addition, vitamin A helps maintain a healthy immune system and can even decrease your risk of night blindness and acne.

And vitamin K is essential for proper blood clotting. What's more, it helps keep the arteries free of calcium deposits, which can lead to plaque buildup and increase your risk of heart disease.

Likewise, vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin, is known to support healthy blood pressure, boost the immune system, improve iron absorption, protect against oxidative stress, and assist in the formation of collagen.

Folate is known for its ability to prevent neural tube defects, but studies have found that it may help prevent certain cancers as well. What's more, it helps decrease levels of homocysteine—an inflammatory molecule linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

Like many of the vitamins and minerals in spinach, manganese is necessary for proper bone health. However, it's also an important component of the powerful antioxidant superoxide dismutase. And it helps the body utilize food and assists with both vasodilation and blood sugar control.

As noted, spinach is also packed with important phytonutrients, many of which have been found in studies to possess potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.

One of these, kaempferol, has been found to inhibit the activity of enzymes linked to the weakening of blood vessels and connective tissue. Kaempferol has also been shown in studies to inhibit cancer cell growth and even induce cancer cell death.

Another flavonoid, quercetin, has been found to possess similar anti-cancer benefits and has even been shown to increase the effectiveness of standard cancer treatment. What's more, quercetin possesses antiviral properties and may help decrease allergy symptoms by blocking the action of histamine.

The carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin are some of the most studied phytonutrients and have been found to possess significant antioxidant properties. They've also become well known for their ability to protect the eyes. 

In fact, of the several hundred known carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin are the only two present in large quantities in the retina, where they protect the eyes against macular degeneration by blocking cellular damage caused by blue light.

If all these benefits have you craving some serious spinach right now, our work here is done.

Well, almost done ... we still have some seriously healthy recipes to share! 

7 Delectable Spinach Smoothies for Body and Mind

Without further ado, we present these seven delectable (and gluten-free) spinach smoothie recipes—combining the health benefits of one amazing leafy green with the creamy lusciousness of a smoothie for a taste sensation that can't be beat!

1. Heart-Safe Spinach Smoothie with Mint

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and electrolytes—plus refreshing mint and energy-boosting maca—our free radical–fighting heart-safe spinach smoothie with mint is the perfect way to get ready for the gym or cool down on a hot summer's day.

      Heart-Safe Spinach Smoothie with Mint

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your smoothie maker of choice and puree until smooth.

 

2. Peaches and Protein Smoothie

With superfoods, healthy fats, and protein galore, our vegan peaches and protein smoothie is the perfect way to start your day—and it makes a great meal replacement too!

Peaches and Protein Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup peaches, frozen
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your smoothie maker of choice and puree until smooth.


3. Green Machine Veggie Smoothie

You'd be hard-pressed to beat the nutrition in this healthy green smoothie. With more antioxidant power than you can shake a stick at, plus the anti-inflammatory omega-3 action of chia seeds and flaxseeds, our green machine veggie smoothie simply runneth over with health benefits. 

So whether you're in the mood for an extra burst of nutrition or are looking for some serious detox, this green smoothie recipe has got you covered!

Green Machine Veggie Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower, frozen
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1 Persian cucumber
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1-1/2 cups green tea, chilled
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons bee pollen
  • 2 teaspoons ground flaxseeds

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your smoothie maker of choice and puree until smooth.


4. Green and Glowing Avocado Smoothie

Did someone say healthy fats, protein, and electrolytes? With the fat-burning power of avocado, the protein and amino acid benefits of hemp seeds, and the electrolyte boost of coconut water, our dairy-free green and glowing avocado smoothie is a great way to start your day.

Green and Glowing Avocado Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 Persian cucumber
  • 1 cup coconut water, chilled
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your smoothie maker of choice and puree until smooth.


5. The Ultimate Green Smoothie

If you're looking for a sweet tropical treat that's actually good for you too, look no further than our ultimate green smoothie. With creamy coconut milk and pineapple, this decadent green smoothie is as satisfying as it is healthy.

The Ultimate Green Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your smoothie maker of choice and puree until smooth.


6. Super Greens Veggie Smoothie

For sheer nutritional power, you can't beat our super greens veggie smoothie. With the antioxidant power of spinach, kale, and spirulina, plus the protein goodness of almonds and almond milk, this green smoothie will have you looking and feeling good.

Super Greens Veggie Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 teaspoons green spirulina powder
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 cup almond milk

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your smoothie maker of choice and puree until smooth.


7. Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Our final delectably healthy smoothie recipe is from Alaska From Scratch. With antioxidant-rich blueberries and strawberries, plus oodles of protein and the probiotic benefits of Green yogurt, this blueberry spinach smoothie will keep you feeling energized for hours—and the frozen fruits will keep you cool too!

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2/3 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 2 large strawberries, frozen
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup regular milk, coconut milk, soy milk, or unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or to taste)

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your smoothie maker of choice and puree until smooth.


Spinach smoothies for body and mind.

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