If you’ve never stuffed a handful of baby spinach into a smoothie, then you’re missing out. Adding spinach to a smoothie is hands down one of the easiest (and sneakiest…hehe…shhh) ways to get your spinach serving in for the day.
Any why eat spinach? Check out this quote from whfoods.com:
Spinach is an excellent source of bone-healthy vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, and calcium; heart-healthy folate, potassium, and vitamin B6; energy-producing iron and vitamin B2; and free radical-scavenging vitamin A (through its concentration of beta-carotene) and vitamin C.
So basically…you should eat spinach because it’s good for you. Yep…just like mom said. Parents…they’re always right!
Anywho, if you’re on the fence on trying spinach, then try this recipe on for size. I promise, you won’t taste the spinach at all. Just chocolate-y-creamy goodness.
This smoothie has a pretty short and healthful ingredient list: banana, milk of some sort (I used vanilla soy), cookies, ice…
…and the star ingredient – spinach!
I know, I know Green-Monster-first-timers. It looks scary, but it’s good. Trust me!
The Green Monster signature ingredient is spinach (or kale). The vegetable is almost tasteless and imparts that gorgeous green color on the smoothie. Fun, right? Add more spinach for a deeper green color.
It’s a healthy smoothie (with both a fruit and vegetable serving) hiding behind a handful of cookies. Sneaky, sneaky! 😉
*Vegan if you use vegan cookies*
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups loosely packed spinach (or kale)
- 1 banana (a frozen banana will give you a thicker consistency, but non-frozen works, too)
- 1 cup vanilla non-dairy milk, sweetened (or use unsweetened milk, dairy or non-dairy – just also add a drop of vanilla and your sweetener of choice, to taste)
- 2 cubes ice
- 1/4 cup chocolate cookies (or sub chocolate/vanilla sandwich cookies and use non-sweetened milk and vanilla extract – see notes)
- Place spinach, banana, milk, and ice in the blender.
- Cover and blend until banana/ice is processed and smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add cookies to the blender, re-cover, and blend until cookies are chopped finely, about 30-60 seconds. Optional – sprinkle an extra cookie, crushed into crumbs/small pieces, on top before serving.
Easily multiplies for additional servings, if needed!
I found some great chocolate cookies at Trader Joe’s that were not only tasty and crunchy but also not as filled with chemicals and additives as some other options.
If you like this recipe, then you may also enjoy:
- Healthy Cookies ‘N Cream Smoothie (sans spinach)
- Green Monster Muffins (one of my most popular recipes – sweet spinach muffins – they’re shockingly delish)
- Vegan Green Monster Muffins (the vegan version of my popular recipe)
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Have you ever added spinach to your smoothie? What did you think about it?