6.1.2020

Orange Spinach Banana Smoothie

This spinach banana smoothie is a wellness gem with a little punch. It’s refreshing, satisfying and filling created in just 5 minutes.

spinach banana smoothie

I originally created this spinach banana smoothie for my Simple Green Smoothies cookbook. It is a super hydrating smoothie with loads of natural vitamin C that we can all use this winter. Despite it’s green color, this spinach orange smoothie can def be placed on the brunch menu; it is certainly a crowd pleaser!

I love the tart lemon with the sweet orange and banana… the ingredients really balance each other out well in this fun creation. Boost with a plant protein powder and ride the happiness wave you’ll get after the first sip.

ingredients for a smoothie

How to Blend a Spinach Banana Smoothie

Oranges are interesting smoothie ingredients because they act as both liquid and fruit. So I add them into the first of 2 blends:

  1. Peel and separate the orange and lemon for easier blending (and to easily remove the seeds!)
  2. Blend the orange, spinach and coconut water until smooth (no leafy chunks)
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth

If you’re using a high powered blender, it should easily blend up the citrus. Yet if you are using a non-high powered blender, you might have a slightly pulpy finished product. Still delicious!

Tips for the Perfect Blend

It’s hard to blend up citrus fruit completely. They’ve got stringy membranes and weird white stuff on them even AFTER you take off the peel! It’s also hard to get a creamy smoothie when using oranges and lemons because they are so dang watery. So… how do I get a smooth ‘n creamy spinach orange smoothie?

First, use the less is more method when blending citrus. By that I mean use a small amount of liquid to start, then add more if needed. Second, add a creamy ingredient for that smoothie-like texture: banana, avocado, cauliflower, yogurt or cashews work.

Third, use my 2 blend method to help break down the ingredients in batches. This gives your blender time to break down the orange before adding in the lemon in the spinach banana smoothie below. Now go enjoy that creamy smooth beverage like a pro.

spinach orange smoothie

Citrus Smoothie FAQs

Are banana and spinach a good combination?

Yes! For those new to green smoothies, bananas can really help balance out the earthy taste of spinach. Spinach is fairly mild so while you might notice it slightly in your smoothie at first, I hardly notice it anymore as a smoothie veteran.

Does spinach lose nutrition when blended?

Very few nutrients are lost when blending spinach, so no need to worry! Blended spinach is still a superfood of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. Now juiced spinach does lose that precious fiber content, which is why I prefer to blend vs juice.

How does banana benefit a smoothie?

Bananas are cream machines. They add natural sweetness, a creamy texture, act as a thickener, and pump up the potassium in smoothies. They do have natural sugar, yet not as much as you might think! When they aren’t too ripe (I’m talking major brown spots), bananas are actually pretty low on the glycemic index.

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To Peel or Not To Peel Citrus

Peeling citrus fruit is the most common way of consuming them. Both the rind and pith (the white part between the fruit and the rind) are super bitter so it can be tempting to eliminate them ASAP. But hold up! You might actually wanna blend some of it into this spinach orange smoothie.

Health Benefits of Orange Peel

The rind of citrus fruits contain powerful antioxidant, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and a phytochemical called “limonene” which is being studied in cancer prevention and indigestion.

Orange peels specifically contain calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin A, folate and other B vitamins and dietary fiber. As a general rule, if you decide to eat the peel of your fruits and vegetables, give them a good wash and scrub to remove dirt or other things. Start by adding a small part of the peel to this spinach banana smoothie, then add more as you start to love it.

easy spinach banana smoothie

Citrus Smoothie Recipes

You’re about to see how big my love is for all things citrus. I keep coming up with different combos of my fav citrus fruits and tossing them in the blender. Check out these great recipes for inspo:

Green smoothies

Fruit Smoothies

Whether it’s full of leafy greens or something else, a smoothie is pretty much always a good idea. And a smoothie with citrus is sure to be a winner! Let me know your thoughts on this spinach banana smoothie below… and tell me which citrus fruit is your fav!

 

spinach banana smoothie

Orange Spinach Banana Smoothie

This spinach banana smoothie is a healthy citrus gem.  It's refreshing and filling all at once—making it a great meal replacement. Feel free to add a scoop of plant-based protein powder to boost it all the way. This orange smoothie is also known as Orange Jewels from my best-selling recipe book, Simple Green Smoothies.
4.7 from 145 votes
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Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 smoothie
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 lemon - peeled
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 orange - peeled
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost - optional

Instructions

  • Peel and slice oranges to help blend easier.
  • Blend spinach, coconut water and orange together until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend again.

Notes

  • Use 1 frozen fruit to make smoothie cold
  • If you prep your smoothie and freeze it ahead, add a bit more liquid when blending. The orange is liquid and fruit, so if frozen then more liquid will help it blend well
  • Swap in 1/4 an avocado for the banana to lower the natural sugar in this smoothie
  • Swap regular water in for coconut water
  • Leave the white pith on the orange and lemon for more nutrition

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 1140mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 3157IU | Vitamin C: 116mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 2mg
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185
  1. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it was delicious! I added it to my regular smoothie rotation. Thanks for also adding the nutritional information.

  2. Erica says:

    5 stars
    Loved this smoothie! I was a little nervous about the lemon but it really brightened the flavor and was very refreshing.

  3. Suzanne Attig says:

    5 stars
    This one is a keeper. It’s similar to and almost as good as the Orange Julius Smoothie from the previous 10-Day Challenge. It has all the good ingredients.

  4. Alissabeth Taylor says:

    5 stars
    Love the addition of orange. I’m always a tropical/citrus smoothie fan.

  5. Mickey Cunningham says:

    4 stars
    I enjoyed this smoothie as part of the 10 day smoothie challenge. Very refreshing! Did not use the protein boost.

  6. Meryl says:

    4 stars
    Very pleasant and refreshing

  7. Tammy says:

    4 stars
    Good flavor, but a little too tart for me.

  8. Ogechi Nwaokelemeh says:

    5 stars
    Love the lemon addition!

  9. Elena says:

    4 stars
    Liked the citrus note with the banana that thickened the smoothie.

  10. Gina says:

    4 stars
    Pretty good, nice and citrusy. Don’t drink it if you still have a toothpaste flavor in your mouth.

  11. JP says:

    Very refreshing! Hubby approved!

  12. Allison says:

    5 stars
    I loved this smoothie it was delicious

  13. Suzanne Attig says:

    5 stars
    Like the Orange Julius Smoothie from the previous 10-Day Challenge, the Spinach Orange Smoothie was really good. It was exactly as advertised. It’s a real keeper. For me, it made more than 16 ounces, so I saved the extra for my housekeeper, with whom I share all my green smoothies, when she comes on Friday.

  14. Ellen says:

    5 stars
    Definitely a morning pick-me-up with its refreshing orange flavor.

  15. Monika says:

    5 stars
    Tasted so much better than I thought

  16. Amanda jorjorian says:

    4 stars
    First time I put the lemon and not juice only! I was afraid it would be too tart but the banana really ties it together with creaminess. Next time I’ll use frozen bananas I’d like it to be a little colder than it was.

  17. Holly says:

    5 stars
    I liked the citrus flavor and the punch of lemon in this.

  18. Alyssa Foote says:

    5 stars
    Loved the bright flavours in this smoothie. Made for a great breakfast with the addition of Greek yogurt, matcha, hemp hearts, chia seeds, and flax seeds!

  19. Jemia says:

    4 stars
    I wanted something sweet so my spinach orange blend was a good alternative. I added avocado which made the smoothie creamier…yummy! It was my first time using coconut water and I will definitely be using it in other smoothie recipes. Day 4 blend was good!

  20. Sharon says:

    4 stars
    The spinach orange smoothie was refreshing. I added some chia seeds to it. This smoothie was good but not my fav.

  21. Rachel says:

    5 stars
    I was surprised how much I liked this smoothie. I didn’t have coconut water, so I used regular water. I also used a frozen banana and kale. It was delicious, so fresh!

  22. Becky A says:

    5 stars
    Very refreshing

  23. Amanda says:

    5 stars
    This one is refreshing and delicious especially on a nice sunny day. Will be making this again!

  24. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    What a refreshing smoothie.! Definitely will make it again.

  25. Stella says:

    5 stars
    Loved this one! A lot thinner, which I liked!

  26. Joan Martinez says:

    5 stars
    Refreshing and delicious. Will be a repeat smoothie for me!

  27. Dawn says:

    5 stars
    Day 4 of the Challenge offered this wonderfully refreshing Smoothie! I like the sweetness!

  28. Codie says:

    5 stars
    I love lemons! So far this my fav.

  29. Kimberly Nelson says:

    5 stars
    Refreshingly good fruits and you got in your greens as well. I really liked this one. The lemon is a great add.

  30. Lori Toothacre says:

    5 stars
    Day 4 of challenge…another yummy smoothie!

  31. Kate says:

    4 stars
    It was good. Not cold enough for me so I threw on some ice.

  32. Meryl says:

    5 stars
    Delish!

  33. Lorna Koppel says:

    5 stars
    I love how the 1/2 lemon adds distinction to this recipe. At first I thought it might be too much, but it was perfect. So far all the SG Smoothies I have tried are full of complex and deep flavors. Another winner!

  34. Cristina says:

    5 stars
    Love this one! light, refreshing, hydrating

  35. Lisa Johansen says:

    5 stars
    Love the citrus taste!

  36. Susan Callahan says:

    5 stars
    This is a winner! Loved the freshness that the citrus added to the smoothie. I had all my ingredients chilled overnight and this helped brighten the flavors. Definitely will be making again.

  37. Jeepndanes says:

    5 stars
    One of my fave smoothies! Tangy and creamy! Yum! I added in some ginger and turmeric for an immuno boost.

  38. Lynette says:

    5 stars
    Loved it. Lots of citrus notes in this one!

  39. Dan Paris says:

    5 stars
    Bright and refreshing

  40. Ana Siguenza says:

    5 stars
    Great flavors. I taste more of the orange but I think the lemon and banana enhance the flavor. I tried this smoothie with and without the protein scoop just to see the difference. There’s really no difference. Great taste.

  41. Grace says:

    4 stars
    I added half an avocado and 2 tbsps of chia seeds, which likely attributed to the thick consistency. I had to add water to thin it out. I enjoyed the taste. The orange flavour was very mild; perhaps my orange didn’t have much flavour?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Great question Grace! Actually, adding the avocado and additional chia would def knock down the sweetness and orange flavor in this smoothie. Try it without next time to see if you notice the difference.

  42. DeeDee says:

    5 stars
    The citrus flavor is so refreshing. I will be making this one again.

  43. Theresa Osborne says:

    4 stars
    Loved the colour, very appetizing. Pretty good. Enjoyed it but #1 is still my favourite. Probably due to the sweetness. I must say though that having a smoothie for breakfast every morning, when I usually skip this meal has seem to curbed my appetite during the day to snack on things that are not very good. I am eating more regularly with smoothie in the morning, lunch and dinner. No more and I don’t miss the chips, chocolate and all that other stuff during covid I’ve been over eating.

  44. Eva McGuire says:

    4 stars
    I really liked this smoothie. I was a vibrant green and the flavors of the fresh orange and lemon really made it pop.

  45. Kathleen says:

    3 stars
    Taste was good but left too many piece that didn’t blend.

  46. Desi says:

    5 stars
    Surprisingly refreshing and not too tart!

  47. Emily says:

    5 stars
    YUM!!! We loved this one. I love that the coconut water was sweet which is always good as a base. We also used a big orange and used the bigger half of a banana. Perfectly sweet, hydrating and oh so good!!

  48. Cynthia Albarracin says:

    5 stars
    Loved it

  49. Mary Buersmeyer says:

    5 stars
    This smoothie was very refreshing.

  50. Jenee says:

    OMG!!! Absolutely DELICIOUS!!!! I don’t typically like sour flavors, so when I saw that this required a Lemon, I was like ok, I know I’m going to have to add some DATES (which I did). Not only do I not really care for Lemons, but the grocer gave me Limes instead. So, I went with what I had and to my PLEASANT surprise, this was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!! And of all the smoothies that didn’t yield more than it said it would, it would be this one…lol! This one is definitely a keeper!

  51. Andrenisha Butler says:

    4 stars
    I enjoyed the citrus punch from this smoothie!

  52. Kitty Oppliger says:

    4 stars
    This is very similar to the citrus smoothie. I swapped the coconut water for coconut cream to boost the flavor and fullness factor. I think this would be a good winter smoothie, since oranges aren’t in season currently.

  53. Lisa Bixby says:

    This one has a bit of tang from the lemon. It is delicious! I added some protein powder to have it as a meal replacement. The texture of this one is very good–not too thin or too thick. Yum!

  54. Karen Guzowski says:

    5 stars
    I liked this a lot. Very refreshing with the coconut water. I used some frozen mango instead of banana, and added an unflavored mushroom protein powder. So good.

  55. Jennifer Leinhos says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this smoothie. It even holds up to adding a little protein powder and a few chia seeds. My husband even loved it, and he’s not a huge smoothie fan. Yet!

  56. Ginette says:

    5 stars
    Loved this vibrant green colored smoothie. It was delicious.

  57. Nat says:

    4 stars
    Good flavor. Feeling healthier with all my greens and fruits so far this week.

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