Banana Chia Spinach Smoothie

Back in the day I used to be a juice cleanse kinda gal, but I’ve since ditched those ways and opt for more of a “whole foods” approach to the new year! Which is why this Banana, Chia and Spinach Smoothie is currently my jam!

Banana Chia Spinach Smoothie from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

You got the scoop on some of my favorite healthy recipes to kick start the year yesterday and those included lots of things for lunch and dinner. But word on the street (so say my nutritionist friends) is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It gets you going and keeps you happy until lunch. And if you’re anything like me that’s really important because if I’m hungry it eventually turns into HANGRY… and no one wants to see that.

Smoothies are the best way for me to pack in plenty of nutrients and do it under 5 minutes so I can grab a glass and run out the door. I drink them on my way to the gym, on my way to pilates, or just walk into a meeting with my Swell water bottle full of a smoothie. It’s my favorite way to start the day and I think you’re going to love this one!

Side note – I’m not a fan of ice in my smoothies – it just feels watered down. But adding the frozen fruit (mango in this instance) does a great job of keeping things chilled. Pinkie promise these will keep you full for a solid 4 hours! And you’ll love them so much you’ll probably want to make a round for lunch too! Maybe even get crazy and whip some up for dessert.

Banana, Chia and Spinach Smoothie

Yield: Serves 2-4

Banana, Chia and Spinach Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 2 ripe banana
  • 2 handful fresh spinach
  • 2 teaspoon chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Place everything in a high powered blender and blend for 2 minutes until smooth. Divide and serve immediately.
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49 Comments

  1. I have just started using almond milk, and this looks like the perfect solution for the quick morning meal that I need fairly often. Love that there is spinach in this!

  2. I have been making smoothies for a few days now and thought I would just slap some fruit and spinach together this morning for my breakfast smoothie. I made this exact smoothie, and you are right, it is very tasty and it kept me full for about 4 hours. 🙂

  3. I love smoothies with frozen banana or frozen mango — they give it that smoothie consistency that you get when you order a smoothie from a smoothie shop. 🙂

  4. I made this and added a T of almond butter for a tad more protein. I’ve also added raw almonds and have substituted kale for spinach. A great, quick lunch or snack!

  5. I’ve been looking for a way to make my breakfast smoothie a little more interesting, and I think you’re on to something. I’ll have to get my hands on some frozen mango and try this one tomorrow.

    O.

  6. Hi Gaby! Love your tips and recipes! I have a silly question: I always make smoothies and they *always* are pulpy, chunky, or generally a combo of watery/ thick… I have a very old blender (a galaxy from the 1950’s!!) and I am sure that is the issue but I never see people mention straining the smoothies. Am I missing something (besides a new blender) ??

    1. Hey Kara!

      I think you’re right – it’s probably just the blender! I’ve never strained my smoothie before but I blend it for 60-90 seconds in my high powered blender and it’s perfectly smooth

  7. Oh my gosh! I thought I had seen just about everything smoothie-wise, but nope!! And, this looks amazing!!! Adding mango to the shopping list now;)

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