This Spinach Smoothie with Strawberries is the perfect no-cook, quick and easy breakfast for those mornings when you're on the run. It's healthy, easily made dairy-free, and a great way to start any day.
Drink it in the car or at home, and feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your own tastes.
Warm weather makes me crave smoothies. But so many are high in carbs, usually because of the high-carb fruit they use. And right now I'm tracking my carbs on an App. Yes, they've got an App for that. And this Spinach Smoothie with Strawberries hits the spot.
It's healthy, easily made dairy-free and fairly low in carbs. And if you swap out the oat milk for unsweetened almond milk, you almost cut the carbs in half.
Are Spinach Smoothies Good for you?
Yes. Green smoothies with spinach, kale or Swiss chard are provide fiber, calcium and vitamins A, C and K, as well as powerful phytochemicals. And they're all low in carbs.
So add a cup of spinach, kale of Swiss chard to you favorite smoothie for this nutritional boost.
But if you're watching your carbs, be careful of the type of fruit you add. Some fruit is much higher in carbs than others. Strawberries are pretty low in carbs, along with raspberries (one of the lowest!) and blackberries.
Ingredients for (name of recipe)
- Baby spinach
- Frozen strawberries - using frozen strawberries makes this smoothie frothy. I purchase ones that are already sliced.
- Oat milk - you can substitute almond milk or soy milk in place of oat milk. Note: Oat milk has 14 grams of net carbs in 1 cup, but unsweetened almond milk has only 1 gram of carbs.
- Vanilla Greek yogurt - Greek yogurt provides a little thickness you want to add to the smoothie.
- Monk fruit sweetener - I use monk fruit sweetener a lot. It can be used on a 1 : 1 ratio with cane sugar. But 1 tablespoon of cane sugar is 13 grams, while the same amount of monk sugar is 0 grams. And 0 calories. Yep, you read that right. But always check the nutrition information on the package. Some monk fruit sweeteners are mixed with other ingredients, which can make the carbs a little higher.
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Step 1 (3 minutes)
Load up the blender. In this order, add the oat milk, vanilla yogurt, sliced frozen strawberries, monk fruit sweetener and lastly, the spinach.
Step 2 (1 minute)
Purée the smoothie for 1 minute. It needs to be this long, even with a powerful blender like Vita-Max to get the greens completely pulverized into the smoothie.
Serve. Pour into a glass with a straw, and serve cold.
Spinach Smoothie with Strawberries FAQ
Do I have to use frozen strawberries?
No, but I recommend it. If you use strawberries straight from your garden, countertop or even refrigerator, they won't be cold enough to create a cold, frothy smoothie. If you opt to not use frozen strawberries, add 2 - 3 ice cubes to the blender.
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Spinach Smoothie with Strawberries Recipe
- Place the ingredients in a container of a tabletop blender in this order: oat milk, yogurt, frozen strawberries, monk fruit sweetener, spinach.
- Buzz the blender using the Purée setting for 1 minute.
- Pour into a tall glass with a straw, and serve cold.