Spinach Apple Smoothie
This spinach apple smoothie is dairy free, vegan, gluten free, and so refreshing! Adding this green smoothie to your diet is an easy, healthy choice for breakfast or a mid-day snack.
*If you have a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix, you can toss everything in and blend until smooth. I use a Vitamix and it all blended easily for me in one go. If your blender doesn’t have that level of power, I recommend following the steps below:
Add your milk and spinach to a blender, and blend until the spinach is broken down.
Next, chop your apple and add it to the blender along with the dates (see notes below about peeling the apple and soaking the dates). Ensure the dates are pitted before adding to the blender.
Next, chop your banana and celery. Add them, along with all remaining ingredients except for ice into the blender. Blend until smooth.
Finally, add the ice to cool the smoothie and give it a nice texture.
Mix or blend in chia seeds if desired. If you want the chia seeds to thicken your smoothie, wait just a few minutes before drinking it, or else drink immediately. If will foam up more and become thicker as time goes on, so it doesn’t save well.
This smoothie makes 1 large or 2 small servings. Nutrition information is estimated for the entire recipe (1 large serving), without adding chia seeds. Keep in mind the sugar is all from natural whole foods, mostly the banana, apple, and dates.
If you don't have a high-powered blender, I recommend soaking your dates first to ensure that they blend. Just place them in a bowl, pour boiling water over them, and let sit for about 15 minutes. Then drain the water and add the dates to your smoothie. The ice should cool them once added to the smoothie. If you have a Vitamix or other high-powered blender that you know can blend dates easily, this soaking is not necessary.
Same as above applies for peeling your apple. I like to leave the peel on for added nutrients. However if you think that your blender will leave you with chunks of unblended peel, you may wish to remove the peel before blending.
Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 1174mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 6120IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 294mg | Iron: 5mg