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.

pink and green smoothie in a glass with straws

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.

pink and green smoothie in a glass with straws

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.

strawberries, spinach, and apples on a cutting board

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.

flax in a tablespoon and cut strawberries on a white cutting board

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…

pink and green smoothie in a glass with straws

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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pink and green smoothie in a glass with straws

Superfood Power Smoothie

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


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


  • 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


  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. 


  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


  1. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate says:

    So pretty! Actually it looks like there should be watermelon in there or something!

  2. Cate @ Chez CateyLou says:

    What a fun idea to layer the smoothie! This looks so pretty! I love using unsweetened vanilla almond milk in smoothies – so creamy and so much flavor with so few calories. Perfect for detoxing!

  3. I love the layers here — the colors make it so inviting! I’ve never tried apple or spinach in smoothies before. I may just need to branch out. 🙂

  4. This looks so good! I definitely want to try this on my trip. I leave tomorrow!

  5. I bet you would love this, Sally!

    1. Sounds and looks amazing! Thanks for sharing Clara.

  6. Kelly - Life made Sweeter says:

    This smoothie looks fantastic Sally! I love the pretty layers and bright summery colors. This sounds perfect to keep you going through the day 🙂

  7. Beautiful presentation as always, Sally! I love layered smoothies, I have done 5 layers couple times. It might sounds like overdoing, but for beautiful rainbow smoothie, I’ll do it again. haha
    I also never put ice in my smoothies, to me it tastes like watered down smoothie.

    1. Rainbow smoothie – I will try that sometime!

  8. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says:

    Bahahaha yeah I can’t imagine anyone wanting to drink a mysterious brown smoothie. But an adorably layered one full of superfood-goodness? Count me in!

  9. The colors here are beautiful, Sally! I never add sugar to my smoothies and don’t use apples in them much either, come to think of it. Will have to give this a try. Love how you added your trademark sprinkles to the bottom of one of those glasses!

    1. Actually Jelli, that’s just the design on the glass! But adding sprinkles is a great idea. They’re a “super food”… right?! 😉

  10. PassTheKnife says:

    Gorgeous presentation. I have all of these ingredients in my refrigerator.. I’m going to whip this up right now, yum!

  11. Omg, i spent nearly 5 hours reading your blog carefully..loads of inspiration and energy is wat i gained..lovely work sally..

  12. Margaret Anne @ Natural Chow says:

    Golly, Sally! This smoothie looks fantastic. I love that there’s flax and apple in this recipe! This is a great smoothie for those trying to lose weight and those trying to eat healthier. Beautiful pictures, Sally! 🙂 Pinned!

    1. Thanks Margaret! Hope you try it sometime.

  13. Lindsay Ann @ Lindsay Ann Bakes says:

    Love the first photo with the sprinkles at the bottom of the glass! Sooo pretty with the two-toned look. Will it still be as thick and creamy looking with regular milk? allergic to almond 🙁

    1. Definitely! I’ve used skim milk with it as well.

  14. Great smoothie for my boys-but the layers didn’t quite stay apart. I saw your tip above about aiming for a thicker consistency, but I wouldn’t…it was plenty tasty with pink swirled into green!

  15. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking says:

    Sally, you’re going to have the healthiest summer ever with all of your running, smoothies & salads! I’m so impressed and inspired by your dedication to your 100-mile goal (less than halfway through June and you’re already 2/3’s done — WOW!) and cleaner eating. You’re going to be the most stunning bride on your wedding day! 🙂 P.S. I love the rainbow dots on the bottom of your glass! I actually have a similar one (from Kohl’s, 6 years ago) that’s short and squat. Too cute!

    1. Love this glass Amy – the bottom looks like sprinkles! I would love a shorter one to add to the collection. And thank you for the kind words. I definitely indulged this past weekend so now I’m back on track this week.

  16. Sarah @ Sarah's Bake Studio says:

    I LOVE homemade smoothies. They are a great way to get your daily servings of fruit and veggies. I make a similar smoothie with blueberries instead of apples. Yum. I’ll have to try making one with apples now! 🙂

  17. Ashley | Our Full Table says:


  18. I love the two layers – never seen anything like it before!

  19. Do your smoothies save well in the fridge when they yeild more than on serving?

    1. They do – but I usually put them back into the blender with some ice to blend them up again and get the consistency a little thicker.

  20. I LOVE the way your smoothies look …. Sadly I am allergic to bananas (I LOVE them, but I cannot eat them! [BooWoo]). I am searching your blog to find smoothies WITHOUT bananas.

    1. Bananas are my favorite in smoothies, so I apologize – you’ll see them in most of my recipes. However, you can play around with the recipe. I sometimes find a little yogurt and ice is a good substitution for bananas. Even 6 oz. of silken tofu blended in would still provide a creamy texture (without tasting the tofu, of course).

  21. Can you use frozen strawberries if you don’t have fresh ones?

    1. Hi Dante. I apologize for the delay – I was on vacation. Frozen is fine.

  22. This just changed my smoothie world. I have a really hard time getting over the mental block of ugly colored smoothies even if I know I like everything I put in it. I split them up today (and even put kiwi in the green layer to trick myself that the color came from it instead of just spinach) and it was amazing! Thanks for the tip!

  23. I tried this wonderful smoothie and although delicious I didn’t achieve the two tones…my strawberry went straight thru to the green. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong??

    1. The strawberry layer should be quite thick, which keeps it at the top. Did you change any of the ingredients?

  24. Dave Chambers says:

    I take a mature vitamin & vitamin C every morning. I would like to use flax sead or any other additive you would recommend and quantity!

  25. Jami Jamieson says:


    I have been drinking these every morning. I’m am hooked.  They are truly made with super foods to keep up with two active children.

  26. Hi Sally.
    What’s the serving size on these smoothies?Thanks!

  27. I am just now coming across your smoothie recipes and I want to say thank you!! I have made your superfood power smoothie and your detox smoothie and both have been wonderful. The ingredients are simply and the instructions are easy to follow. Thank you!

  28. I can’t eat bananas due to allergy. I use other frozen fruits and yogurt. Do you have any other ideas?

  29. Hi Sally, 

    How many servings do these quantities make? its just me so should i half it? or how long can i keep it in the fridge? Don’t wanna waste any! Thanks! Also next vacation think about Anguilla, wayyyyyyy prettier than st Lucia (and st lucia is gorgeous so you can imagine!) lol 🙂 

    1. This recipe makes 2 smoothies. You can halve it for just yourself.

  30. One of your photos shows some colorful bits at the bottom of the glass 
    What is that ?

    1. It’s a design on the glass.

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