Green Monster Spinach Smoothie

by Erin

This smoothie is packed with spinach. But despite the bright green color, if you close your eyes you would never know!

Green Monster Spinach Smoothie #spinach #smoothie

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Spinach and ingredients for the Green Monster Spinach Smoothie

But wait, there have been other battles going on lately. As you know I’ve already tackled my fear of adding spinach to a smoothie with the berry spinach smoothie, but next was the green spinach smoothie affectionately named the Green Monster – you cannot hide from the spinach-green color of this one!

Despite the green-ness, my reaction to this smoothie may have even been better than to the non-green spinach-containing smoothie. It was creamy and slightly sweet without a single sign of spinach, other than the color. I loved it so much I even made a red spinach version!

Green Monster Spinach Smoothie in the blender

This was the first combination I tried, with a little pineapple in there. Second time I tried with mango and couldn’t taste much of a difference. But I have seen many other additions like those from green vibrance floating around other blogs and I plan to test them out as well. For now I was very pleased with this one and plan on making it again. Spinach, for the win!

Smoothies are so versatile you really can put just about anything in them. Check out my DIY smoothie post for mixing ideas. Protein powder is another way to modify smoothies, and the extra protein helps fuel your day. 

Post updated 9/30/20, photo above is the original.

Green Monster Spinach Smoothie #spinach #smoothie


Yield: 1 serving Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1/2 frozen sliced banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple or mango
  • 1/2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 cups baby spinach (more or less)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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BigFatBaker March 16, 2012 - 10:29 am

I have got to get on the green monster train!! I may start with your berry detox recipe and move up to this. Its all about getting the bf on board too lol

spiffycookie March 16, 2012 - 10:29 am

I love this smoothie. I make it all the time!

Emily @ Life on Food January 29, 2012 - 4:46 pm

This is my favorite way to start the day. Love the Green Monster.

Tracey January 24, 2012 - 7:48 pm

I remember trying this green smoothie for the first time last year. I was SO skeptical but pleasantly surprised, it’s good!!

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite January 24, 2012 - 3:49 pm

yup, I love a good green monster! I usually reserve them for the warm summer days though :) I have been craving smoothies lately. For me, it always must include a banana and pb!

spiffycookie January 24, 2012 - 4:31 pm

I have smoothies year round. I love them for quick and portable breakfasts especially since I have the rocket blender.

Maureen January 24, 2012 - 3:47 am

Holy cow that’s green! Did you feel a bit like Kermit after drinking it? I juiced spinach this morning but I had apples and beets and red cabbage and ginger with it. Not green at all but I could certainly taste it.

Deborah January 24, 2012 - 1:09 am

Green smoothies seem to really be big right now. I think I need to get a good blender!!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. January 23, 2012 - 10:21 pm

I love green monster smoothies! I don’t always get my vegetables in every day so it’s a great way to pack some in! I’ve never tried adding pineapple though! I bet it’s super yummy!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 23, 2012 - 5:47 pm

Now this green smoothie looks good! I think I’m going to make this for dessert tonight! I can’t wait!!! Or maybe I’ll make it tonight, pop in the freezer and have it for beakfast.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 23, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Glad you liked this. I tried a smoothie recently with spinach, and couldn’t do it. I wish I could though. I love pineapple, so maybe that would help with some sweetness and flavor.

Nina January 23, 2012 - 4:12 pm

I have been seeing the green smoothies everywhere! I love that your recipe has pineapple and mango for extra sweetness! I’ll be adding this to my breakfast rotation :)

Choc Chip Uru January 23, 2012 - 1:53 pm

I am really not a very spinach kind of girl but I have seen spinach smoothies so many times there must be something that makes them delicious! I love the colouring :)

Choc Chip Uru
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[email protected] January 23, 2012 - 1:43 pm

This is very similar to the one I drink except I skip the pb. I am totally going to try it with pineapple!!!

spiffycookie January 23, 2012 - 1:45 pm

I left out the peanut butter once on accident, and liked it all the same.

Steph@stephsbitebybite January 23, 2012 - 1:39 pm

I LOVE green monsters!! They are so good…and good for you! I’ll have to try adding pineapple to mine! That sounds so refreshing!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 23, 2012 - 9:47 am

LOVE, love, love the color! Sounds delightful. :)

Jennifer | Mother Thyme January 23, 2012 - 9:37 am

This looks delicious! I love spinach smoothies and often have one with just spinach, peaches, apples with yogurt; needless to say I need something new to try and this looks like a winner! I am loving this combo and can’t wait to try it.


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