Healthy Blueberry Spinach Smoothie with Ginger

This deliciously healthy and nutritious Blueberry Spinach Smoothie is vibrant in color and the added warmth and intensity of fresh ginger makes it an excellent flavor pairing for sweet-tasting blueberries.  If you are looking for a healthy blueberry smoothie that contains the nutrition of spinach and zingy freshness of ginger then this is the recipe for you. 

This blueberry spinach smoothie is one to nourish and heal.  Along with the blueberries and spinach, I’ve added ginger to make sure it pulls out all the stops on the nutrient and freshness content.  These ingredients are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, bringing with them a range of health benefits including relief from nausea, anti-inflammatory properties, protection against cancer, and improved heart health. 

 It is also high in protein to make you feel satiated and resisting the temptation to reach for a sugary snack between meals.

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie Ingredients

Blueberries

These pretty little purple fruits really pack a punch on flavor and are high in nutritional value.  Is it any wonder then, that they have been hailed a Superfood for quite some time now?  Studies show that they contain antioxidants to help reduce the risk of heart disease, they help protect the immune system, and are also known to contain flavoids to help reduce inflammation.

They can be enjoyed as a healthy snack on their own or added to muffins and flapjacks for a pop of colour and flavour.  Alternatively, enjoy them as a topper for oats, smoothie bowls and yoghurt.  I love the sweet flavour of freshly picked blueberries, but with such a short (not to mention hit and miss) season for us Brits, I’m glad to say they retain all the flavour and shape when I buy them frozen. 

Spinach

Spinach really needs very little introduction other than to say it’s a leafy green vegetable that is packed with nutrients.  It can be eaten raw in salads or smoothies.  Alternatively, it can be wilted, steamed and sautéed to eat as a delicious vegetable in it’s own right or added to main dishes to add color and flavor. 

Eye health, heart health, skin and hair growth and bone strength are just some of the great reasons to cram as much spinach into your diet as possible.  Spinach is known to contain carotene and chlorophyll.  These are antioxidants and are known not only to slow the aging process but can also help maintain a healthy immune system making our bodies better equipped to repel viruses and bacteria.  Spinach also contains magnesium and folate, both of which are nutrients that help your body create energy to keep you going throughout the day.

Ginger

This ancient spice has been used as a form of medicine for thousands of years in some parts of the Eastern World.  In particular ginger is still used to treat nausea in pregnancy, motion sickness, inflammation, constipation as well as, improving immune system function such as easing bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

Scientists are now clear that gingerol – a bioactive substance found in fresh root ginger – is known to help to lower the risk of infections.  Ginger adds a wonderful spiciness to many sweet and savoury dishes and can be added to drinks, smoothies, soups, curry and stir-fry as well as the classic dessert of rhubarb and ginger.  With so many health benefits, it’s no wonder ginger is the ‘go to’ ingredient in many detox programmes. 

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie Recipe Variations

Blueberry Smoothie Without Yogurt

Of course, this is a blueberry spinach smoothie is made with yogurt.  But for a less creamy finish to this blueberry smoothie then you could easily leave out the Greek yogurt and replace it with more milk for this recipe.  Prepare all the ingredients as before but just remember to double up on the milk quantities.

Spinach Banana Blueberry Smoothie

Rich in potassium, magnesium and fibre, bananas make a great addition to this recipe.  Bananas are great for your digestive health and can boost heart health too by helping to reduce blood pressure.  Bananas are good for weight loss too.  They have a relatively low GI index meaning they will help you to feel fuller for longer. 

I find that their sweet taste and dense texture definitely help keep my hunger pangs and sugar cravings at bay. 

Adding extra banana and blueberry will disguise the colour and iron-rich flavour of the spinach and will also add sweetness but beware – your smoothie may still result in a colour that’s not the most appetising to look at. 

More Delicious Smoothie Recipes

If you love blueberries, then why not click the link to try my delicious Blueberry Banana Smoothie.  Or for more delicious berry-flavored smoothie recipes, Here’s a selection of my favorites:

Indulgent Cherry Smoothie

Raspberry Smoothie

Easy Mixed Berry Smoothie

Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Or head on over to my blog for even more tempting smoothie and smoothie bowl recipe ideas.

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie Recipe

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Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person

Equipment

  • Blender or Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 130 g fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 handful fresh spinach washed
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 100 ml Greek yoghurt
  • 100 ml Oat milk

Instructions

  • Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor
  • Blend until smooth and silky
  • Add more milk or Greek yoghurt if you need to adjust the consistency of the smoothie
  • Pop in a couple of ice cubes if desired

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie Ingredient Substitutes

Milk Alternatives – Blueberry Almond Milk Smoothie

The use of oat milk means this blueberry spinach smoothie is dairy-free and vegan.  Another dairy-free milk option that tastes great in this smoothie is almond milk.  Almond milk is just as delicious and has a similar consistency to oat milk and so it’s a good alternative if you don’t have oat milk or are diet-restricted.

Adding Oatmeal – Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

I will often make this Blueberry Spinach Smoothie with the addition of 2 tablespoons of oatmeal to make a blueberry oatmeal smoothie.  I typically make this version for two reasons.  Either, I don’t have oat milk and want to keep the rounded oaty flavor that oat milk brings.  Alternatively, if I know I have a busy day ahead and I’m making it for the nutritional value and to ensure my energy reserves are topped up and I’m left feeling fuller for longer.

If your diet is unrestricted, then of course, dairy would also taste great. 

Tips

– Replace the spinach with avocado if you’re concerned about whether your kids will detect the iron-rich taste of spinach in this recipe.  

– Avocados add a wonderfully creamy texture and don’t really have much of a taste.  This is a brilliant way of adding extra nutrients to your diet without an unpleasant aftertaste that can often be detected by the sensitive palettes of little ones. 

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