Superfood Power Smoothie

A slim-down power smoothie recipe filled with super foods including spinach, strawberries, flax, and apple. Refreshing, nutrient packed, with no added sugar.

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

I can’t imagine summer Sundays without a big brunch. In an effort to keep my June detox going, we made a lightened-up meal this morning. Complete with cheesy spinach quiche, heavy on the spinach and crustless style– try it that way if you’re looking for a protein-packed, low carb option. And a batch of skinny double chocolate muffins for my sweet tooth fix. Though after eating 3… are they even skinny anymore?

Whatever, it’s the weekend. Also my excuse for a couple margs last night.

Additionally, I made a double batch of these smoothies later in the day. I call them power smoothies because they are filled with some of my favorite super foods like apple, spinach, flax, strawberries, and banana. The perfect drink to fuel up for my 100-miles-in-June goal.

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

Today’s power smoothie recipe combines two of my favorite smoothies in one.

As you can see, there are two different layers. I layered this smoothie recipe for two reasons. (1) Because mixing all of these ingredients together creates one ugly brown/green concoction, horrible for food photography. And (2) layered smoothies taste better. No?

If you don’t feel like rinsing out your blender for each layer, then by all means – throw all of the ingredients in and blend until creamy, cool perfection.

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

Let’s break down this nutrient-packed smoothie recipe.

One layer is a thick green smoothie made from five simple, nutritious ingredients: spinach, frozen banana, ground flax, almond milk, and 1/2 an apple. Feel free to use kale instead of spinach if you prefer. Don’t worry, you can’t taste the greens with all of that banana and apple. There’s nothing worse than a green smoothie tasting like vegetables in my mind.

The other layer is made from strawberries, frozen banana, and almond milk. The same exact concoction I call Skinny Strawberry Banana Milkshakes. Have you tried those yet? I make one of those more than any other smoothie recipe on my blog. So refreshing, especially now when strawberries are in their peak.

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

A note on the flax: the ground flax is completely optional! Please don’t make an extra trip to the store if you don’t have any on hand. I keep it around for a little extra omega-3 action. I throw it into homemade granola and on top of salads.

In both layers, frozen banana takes the place of ice and yogurt. I really don’t like putting ice into my smoothies because the end result has a slushie-like consistency. Maybe it’s just me or my blender. Rather, I prefer frozen banana chunks which results in a smooth, creamy, milkshake-like texture. Hopefully you’re hooked on frozen bananas by now, for as much as I talk about them.

I didn’t use yogurt in today’s smoothie recipe because I wanted to keep it dairy-free. If you have any on hand, add about 1/4 cup of your favorite flavor (strawberry or plain greek yogurt* would be great) for a creamier texture. *It would no longer be vegan.

One of these slimming smoothies is so satisfying. And this is coming from a girl who can eat an entire container of hummus and still be hungry. 8 servings? Yeah right. I drank one about 2 hours ago and normally would be gnawing off my arm by now, but am surprisingly still full. Though maybe it’s the feast we ate this morning…

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

If you’re looking for a dairy free, no-sugar-added sweet treat to keep you fueled – this smoothie hits the spot. The recipe makes 2 smoothies, so I have one waiting for me in the fridge for “dessert.” Whoa whoa whoa, who am I? This detox is making me talk crazy.

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Superfood Power Smoothie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 smoothies
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A slim-down power smoothie recipe filled with super foods including spinach, strawberries, flax, and apple. Refreshing, nutrient packed, with no added sugar.


Ingredients

  • 2 large bananas, previously peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1 heaping handful spinach (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1/2 of a large apple, chopped (or 1 small – use your favorite variety)
  • 7 large strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup almond milk*
  • optional: 1 Tablespoon ground flax

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the frozen banana and apple. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Peel the apple if you do not prefer the skin to be in your smoothie. I did not peel mine. Blend 1 banana, the spinach, apple, 1/4 cup almond milk, and flax together until smooth. Add more milk if it is too thick. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Pour equally into 2 glasses.
  3. Rinse out the blender and blend 1 banana, 1/4 cup almond milk, and the strawberries together until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed and add more milk if it is too thick. Pour the strawberry smoothie on top. Serve immediately.
  4. The layered smoothie look is optional, so you can just blend all of the ingredients together instead. 

Notes

  1. Milk: Use your favorite milk, keeping in mind the recipe will no longer be vegan if using cow milk.  I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Keywords: superfood smoothie

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog
A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

93 Comments

  1. Wow! Looks so pretty! I love the 2 layers! The green and pink layers go so well together! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Green smoothies are my favorite and the pink and white straws are gorgeous! I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and I look forward to every post you put up! Keep up the great work!

  2. These smoothies look amazing! I love putting greens into my drinks, extra nutrition for nearly zero cals. I must add this recipe to my detox plan!
    Eve

  3. I love that it’s two-toned layered-look 🙂 Nice! And yes, to what you said about food photography, brown smoothies, and yeah, gotcha!

    I hope you enjoyed your margs last night. I had a few during the day but had to sober up and write/edit last night. Darn 🙂

  4. This looks delicious! The two layers look so pretty and I can imagine more appetizing than a brown smoothie 🙂 Might have to try this for breakfast tomorrow morning!

  5. I love the layered look! The strawberries are gorgeous…I just bought a new reusable bag at Sprouts Market, and it is covered in strawberries, just like your photograph 🙂 So summery!

  6. What is a good substitute for the bananas? I can’t stand bananas and have yet to find a good replacement for them in smoothies.

    1. Flavored yogurt, perhaps – you’ll need a flavor since there is nothing else in the green smoothie besides apple and spinach. Maybe a little ice too because you’ll need something frozen for a thick texture.

      1. If you don’t like banana it might be good with some frozen yogurt, then you’ll still get the thick smoothie consistency.

  7. What an amazing looking drink! The combination sounds really nice and it looks so festive and healthy! Wonderful recipe.

  8. If you’ve gotta detox, then this is the way to go! This is a great breakfast. Or you can break out that PB chocolate protein-heavy smoothie you made a few months back! That was delicious.

  9. What a beautiful and healthy smoothie! I’ve never tried spinach in a smoothie before, so now I have the perfect excuse to! Love the layered look! Pinned!

  10. I love using frozen bananas in my smoothies! I put ground flax in my smoothies sometimes too. I usually alternate between flax and chia seeds. Love the layered look!

    1. @polly – what measurement of chia seeds do you use? I saw this recipe and am going to give the green smoothie a try starting with this recipe by Sally but I do not have flax only chia seeds.

  11. So pretty! I love the texture bananas give in place of ice too – and my blender hates ice, so it works out well 🙂

    1. So does my ninja blender/processor. I can process peanuts and dry almonds into smooth, silky nut butters but it cannot do ice!!

  12. Well it LOOKS absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to try this out. I have all the ingredients so it’ll probably be tomorrow’s midday snack 🙂

  13. So pretty! It reminds me of a semi-precious gem that I stumbled across a few years ago called a watermelon tourmaline (it looks exactly like what it is named for!) and I’m sure it tastes just as precious!
    I am trying to have a healthy winter here and get back into ‘those’ skinny jeans that every woman has in her wardrobe. Luckily I’m training for another race and this looks like just the pick me up after training sessions! Thanks Sally and good luck with your 100 miles in June challenge!

  14. What a beautiful layered smoothie, Sally! So cute. What looks better, tastes better, right? 🙂

  15. It’s been a while since i’ve been on here because I am travelling but this recipe looks to die for! I will definitely be able to make this on the road in our camper van!
    Anisa – The Macadames. xx

  16. AMEN to the no ice cubes. I swear it becomes a water mess. I love my smoothies to be so thick you barely can get it up the straw OR you have to use a spoon!

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes “smoothie ice cream” – when it’s so thick you can pour it into a bowl and eat it with a spoon 🙂

  17. These smoothies look so great! I bought a new blender recently, so I’m saving up all the smoothie recipes I can find so I can try a whole bunch. I’ll definitely be adding this to my list! Love all the healthy things you packed into these. Plus, the layers are gorgeous, and I agree that that totally makes them taste better. 🙂

  18. This looks amazing, Sally! All of you recipe do though…who am I kidding! 🙂 Smoothies full of “good stuff”! What could be better? I am training for another race myself. I figured after kind of toning down over the spring it was time to start running again. Since we are in the middle of moving out of state it is sometimes hard to find the time….but I love it so it will work. BTW: I am making your giant cinnamon roll cake today for a friend’s birthday party tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your recipes! -Kloe

    1. Good luck training Kloe! I know it’s tough. We are moving to another state as well next month! Love that cinnamon roll cake. Great birthday idea!

  19. Yum! This smoothie looks delicious! And it’s packed with wholesome ingredients! I’ll definitely give it a try. 🙂

  20. What a beautiful smoothie – love the two layers! And I noticed that on some photos the top layer is pink, and on others – it’s green! So cute! 🙂

  21. These are gorgeous, Sally! I’ve long since gotten over the gross green/brown color that happens when you add spinach; but this idea is brilliant-a pretty smoothie with spinach! Can I put in a request that you work on a acai bowl that we can make at home?? They are my new obsession! 🙂

    1. acai bowl… I’ve never had one! Now I’m intrigued. I don’t cook with acai that much but now I might test it out. Thanks Elaine!

  22. Hi Sally — this smoothie was delicious! Thanks so much for posting! I used Kiwi instead of apple, and it still turned out delicious!!
    I have one question… how did you get the colors to layer like they did? Was it really thick? Mine was not super thick, and the red just ran into the middle of the green… still tasted amazing, but did not look like yours (my 6 yr old, was hoping it would look more like yours!!) I’m wondering what your secret to layering the colors was? Thanks for a delicious smoothie! 🙂

    1. Hey Linda! So glad you tried it. The green layer is extremely thick (apples are less watery than kiwi) and the strawberry layer is a little less thick. Try adding another 1/2 of a frozen banana or so to each layer. That will thicken it up too!

      1. Thanks for the reply… i will try that! I thought it probably had something to do with the consistency… Thanks for the tips!!
        It was super yummy, none the less… 🙂

  23. This smoothie looks delicious Sally! I love how bright and fresh all the fruits are and the colours of the smoothie. So summery!

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