Spinach Smoothie ~ Gain Energy, lose weight and get your fruits and vegetables in for the day!

As a lot of ¬†you well know, I am always on a constant quest for health and wellness. My ‘focus’ changes occasionally, but usually has to do with losing weight, drinking more water, exercising, eating healthier, consuming less processed foods and integrating more fruits and vegetables. I fall off the wagon more than I would like to admit, but I keep on going and don’t plan on giving up anytime soon. Some of you might refer to this as being insane…insane: Repeating the same¬†behavior, while expecting a different result. ;-) Whatever…I have to keep on climbing the mountain and plan to one day conquer my stubborn will, my weakness for food and grow me some strong willpower. It seems that sometimes my strongest motivation comes out of desperation or when I am at my wit’s end. The smoothie recipe I am sharing today came about during one of those times.

I asked a good friend of mine to help me stay accountable and to help me come up with an eating plan that I can do and actually stick with. I have only ever done two different ‘diets’ before, with the main one being WW and the other, the Dukan diet. I have been successful on both plans, but have never hit my ‘goal’ weight and then maintained. Anyways, long story short is my friend talked me in to trying these smoothies and when I first read her recipe, I was completely turned off and muttered NO WAY under my breath. Spinach in a smoothie? Yuck!

 

But… I tried it. And I LOVED it!

I started making the smoothies back in August and my energy has increased, my appetite has decreased and I feel better knowing that I am getting in my 2 servings of fruit a day, plus starting my day off with a cup of spinach. Fabulous! After a few trial and errors, I have finally come up with a system that works for me and I want to share it with you. Not only is this system simple, but it is fairly inexpensive and it is so healthy!

 

 

First, I buy my ingredients at Costco. After buying frozen fruit at various grocery stores and even the $1 store, I have found it is much more economical for me to buy everything at Costco. I buy the huge bag of fresh spinach (which is less than $4), one bag of frozen berries, and one bag of the frozen Festival Blend fruits.

 

 

Usually within a day or two of me buying the ingredients, I divide all the ingredients into freezer ziplock bags. This way I have individual smoothie bags to just grab in the morning and dump in the blender.

 

I divide my smoothie ingredients like this: 1 cup of spinach, 1 cup of berries and 1 cup of the tropical fruit.

I seal the bags and throw them in the freezer.

Then in the morning, I dump one whole bag into the blender, along with 1-1.5 cups of Orange Juice or Cranberry juice. I tried water one day and thought it was terrible, but that was just my opinion.

Many mornings I add a powder nutritional supplement to my smoothie and it blends up just as well.

Making this smoothie has been one of the best things that I have done for myself. I love knowing that even though I am extremely busy in the mornings, drinking one of these yummy smoothies provides me 2 servings of fruit and one serving of vegetables, plus a boatload of vitamins and minerals. And I promise that it doesn’t taste like spinach.

 

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  1. Yum!! I need to break down and start doing something like this for myself too. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I need energy and something to help me not get the cravings all day! Great idea!
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  2. so smart to make them all ready to dump into the blender. I LOVE a good smoothie!
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  3. When I saw the word smoothie I instantly tensed up. So many of them have yogurt in them and I have this thing, I just can’t stomach the idea of drinking yogurt. Weird, I know. Anyway, if the only odd item is spinach…I can handle that! :)

    I also like that you can make so much ahead of time, good thinking!
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  4. A very simple yet tasty smoothie. One could use almond milk instead of OJ as well.
    I have a suggestion…instead of using the zip-lock baggies use small reusable rubbermaid containers instead. They may take up more freezer space, however you would have less garbage.

  5. Rachel O. says:

    Thank you! This smoothie recipe is super easy & super delicious. I do have a question. In order to get the smoothie to blend, I had to add just over two cups of orange juice. Whereas, your recipe above says one to one and a half cups. Do you think it’s my blender or did you run into this as well?

    • Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by and trying my smoothie! And thank you for the question, I hope this answers it! My usual routine is to get up and go downstairs to wake up my older son. While downstairs, I throw my bag of frozen ingredients in the blender along with my orange juice, but I don’t blend it right away. I go back upstairs to get ready and by the time I come back downstairs, it has defrosted some, thus the main reason I don’t need as much OJ. On occasions, I have had to blend it completely frozen and needed more OJ as well, but I try not to ever add more than two cups. Thanks again for the great feedback, I am so glad you like it!

  6. I can’t wait to try this in the morning!! Just got everything tonight, thank you.

  7. I’m not sure where you are getting your information, however good topic. I must spend a while studying much more or understanding more. Thank you for fantastic info I was looking for this information for my mission.
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  8. This is a really nice way to get a lift after a walk or exercise, my partner whipped up a couple after our sunday ride and we both enjoyed them plus this smoothie is healthy, what more can you ask :)
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  9. Hey there! Cool blog post! Please keep us posted!
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  10. Hello!
    Okay! I’ve been drinking smoothies off & on. I have a question that I cant seem to find the answer to. When you make a blender of the mix. Do you drink the whole mixer? Or just a glass full?
    Thanks for the recipe!
    Shannon

    • Hi Shannon and thank you for leaving a comment and trying my smoothie! When I make my smoothie with the described ingredients, I am able to fill a large cup up with the smoothie. I either drink it all over the course of an hour, or I split it with my kids. Hope that answers your question!

  11. Hey looks great! Can i freeze cut up bananas or will they rot? Thanks!!

    • Carly,
      Thank you for stopping by Lovin’ Our Chaos and leaving a comment about the Spinach Smoothie. Yes, you should be able to freeze bananas and they will turn out fine in the smoothie. :-)

  12. I make what I call the spinach bullet. 1 bag of spinach in the blender with a lg carton of plain yogurt. blend well, looks like green goo. pour in small containers with lid and store in freezer. add 2 to your smoothie. I some times add oatmeal to the blend.

  13. What are the measurements?

  14. That looks amazing! I’m tentative about all the spinach but I’ll be trying this for sure. Thank you for sharing!

  15. I have been making smoothies for years and like you, I am off and on again when it comes to choosing healthy. One thing I have going for me is that I don’t like fast foods.

    This spinach smoothie was delicious. I added a tablespoon of Hemp Seed and a scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder, about 1/4 cup of orange juice and one cup of water. OJ can have too much sugar, so I shied away from it. Guess one could add fresh, squeezed to it and reduce the sugar. Loved this combination.

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