Spinach Orange Smoothie

POSTED ON 6.1.2020

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

This spinach orange smoothie is a wellness gem with a little punch. It’s refreshing and filling all at once—making it a great meal replacement or post workout hydrator. Feel free to add a scoop of plant-based protein powder to boost it all the way.

Orange Smoothie with Spinach and Lemon

Health Benefits of a Spinach Orange Smoothie

One of the top reasons to drink smoothies is to quickly consume nutrients. smoothie has got a lot of nutrients in it including:

  • Iron and vitamin A from the spinach. Need more iron? Check out this post where I share my journey with anemia.
  • Electrolytes from the coconut water: Can also use electrolyte smoothie cubes.
  • Vitamin C and fiber from the lemon and orange: Add more fiber by embracing a plant-based diet.
  • Potassium and even more fiber from the banana: Banana also adds creaminess to this orange smoothie

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 our 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. Choose organic whenever possible.

How much Vitamin C is in an orange?

One orange has bout 75 mg of Vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system and help your body fight infection. According to The National institute of Health, adult women only need about 75 mg a day.

To get the most vitamin C out of an orange easily, I like to cut the peel off so I can control how much of the pith I keep on the fruit. The pith has the highest amount of vitamin c.

If you’re digging this orange smoothie recipe, check out these other recipes using citrus:

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Spinach Orange Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 ounces 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This spinach orange 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.


  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3/4 cup coconut water, unsweetened
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 orange, peeled


  1. Peel and slice oranges to help blend easier.
    step 1 for orange smoothe
  2. Blend spinach, coconut water, and orange together until smooth.
    Step 2 for Orange Smoothie Recipe
  3. Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
    Step 3 for Orange Smoothie

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Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: orange smoothie, citrus smoothie

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Dawn says:

    This is delicious! I can taste the vitamin C!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you’re gettin that immune boosting Vitamin C kick Dawn! 🙂

  2. M. Gatto says:

    I only use powders to mix my smoothie with coconut water. The blend of powders I use is spinach, kale, orange peel powder. The fruits and veggies are all organic. I blend them in a blender in my kitchen. Is it okay to mix powders for a smoothie? I all so thought of adding hemp hearts, flaxseed. Is it all right to blend all of this together?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Great question! We prefer the nutrients obtained from using fresh greens like kale and spinach, yet if the powdered version is what’s available to you then it’s def better than not at all! Adding hemp and flaxseed are great ways to up that protein content in your smoothie. In fact, those are two of the ingredients in our Protein Smoothie Boost!

  3. Jessica says:

    I really like this one and have made it before lots of times. This time, I used a power greens mix and added a kiwifruit. Gave it a nice, tart taste.

  4. andrea rumble says:

    not a lover of citrus fruits but this was made a lover of citrus smoothies outta me….

  5. Nora Long says:

    This gives a refreshing twist when blending with spinach I will make this again. Next time I may add a stick of celery.

  6. Karina says:


  7. Rebecca Starkey says:

    Super good! Loved the citris jump start.

  8. Karen says:

    I used a blood orange which added a fun and unique flavor I really enjoyed.

  9. Sheena Burr says:

    Really good…the only way to really enjoy spinach! LOL

  10. April R Eckert says:

    I hadn’t added oranges to a smoothie before this! I certainly will be doing it regularly now!

  11. Julie says:

    I gave this smoothie just one star. It’s been my least favorite so far….but still fun to try new combos. It was just too sharp for me. I like some tanginess but this was a little too much for me.

  12. Youlanda Jennings says:

    Spinach orange smoothie is a nice citrus flavor.

  13. Holly P. says:

    My son especially loved the lemon tartness! We used frozen mandarin oranges and this was another AMAZING smoothie!

  14. Elle Wood says:

    I really enjoyed this smoothie, I used Meyer lemons so they were on the sweeter side. Perfectly tart and sweet at the same time.

  15. Jalisa S says:

    It may have been because my banana was frozen, but all I tasted was banana

  16. Dee-Ann says:

    I really like the flavor of this smoothie. All the ingredients blended nicely together so that one flavor did not over power the next. I think I will try adding coconut flakes to this next time.

  17. Andrea says:

    I love lemons but this one was a little tart for me. It may have been because my lemon was bigger than my orange. It definitely made me pucker a few times.

  18. Cherlyn says:

    Delicious! Wouldn’t change a thing!

  19. Tonya says:

    This is SO GOOD! I plan to make this one often. I never used oranges in my smoothie before the challenge but now will add them to my list of fruits to use.

  20. Jody says:

    Sweet, full of flavor, loved the lemon

  21. Shannon Gilman says:

    So I added grapefruit instead because of my personal preference and of course avocado.
    Even with my changes this was delicious

  22. Shelley says:

    I found this smoothie ok. I used a lime as I did not have a lemon. Might be nicer with lemon. And I added flax seeds

  23. Grace says:

    Yum! The lemon really brought this tropically inspired combination together. Hemp protein powder blended in well for a refreshing breakfast replacement.

  24. Julie says:

    Good but made me pucker up a bit. I think adding some chia seed or hemp see would be a good idea.

  25. Dawn says:

    This was delicious! I may try adding a bit of peel as mentioned above, for a little zing. And as someone else replied, these smoothies are only as good as the fruit. My orange wasn’t as orange and juicy. So my drink was a bit more green with spinach, but I enjoyed rawkin it!

  26. Mary says:

    Loved the ingredient mixtures, drink was tasty, easy to go down. I thought it would be very citrusy but it was all the right amount of citrusy.

  27. Jennifer A. says:

    I love how citrusy this one is! I added coconut oil and chia seeds.

  28. Cindy Savage says:

    I love this smoothie… however I wanted to add a “wild” ingredient to personalize this amazing smoothie! So my take on this Spinach Orange Smoothie is… first I swapped kale for spinach and added 1/2 a quartered raw beet! Wow! Made this smoothie a deep beautiful purple! And the flavor… perfect!!

  29. Trudy Richardson says:

    I love this smoothie. I liked the citrus combination of orange and lemon. It was so refreshing on a hot day. I also made it a meal replacement by adding 1/4 avocado, 2 TBLS hemp hearts, and 1 TBLS organic superfoods powder. I also added goji berries. I will definitely make this smoothie again. I put the smoothie in a special glass and enjoyed the outdoors while sipping such a wonderful drink.

  30. Hilde Johansen says:

    Yummy. A definite favourite. Did switch the coconut water with regular water

  31. Bonnie Primm says:

    REFRESHING and Creamy! I love the texture the banana gives this smoothie!!!!

  32. Meagan says:

    I loved this one…so light & refreshing! Next time I may try some mint or cilantro because I will for sure be blending this one again

  33. Jennetta says:

    Loved it! Didn’t taste the banana, which I usually do. Lemon wasn’t too overpowering either. I think I’d add ginger.

  34. Sophia Allison says:

    Loved this love the citrus flavors that come through, the banana adds a nice thickness to it too.

  35. Tam Tam says:

    Tasty but I prefer frozen fruit.

  36. Kira says:

    This was really good but would have been better had my orange been ripe. The lemon and banana really came through.

  37. Jenn Lynch says:

    Not my favorite, just because the pith from all the citrus ended up a little stringy in mine. It might’ve been avoided if I had frozen the citrus…maybe next time!

  38. Deanna Brandau says:

    I swapped coconut water with just water and added a whole banana and honey. This is my favorite so far in the challenge. Loved it. Took it on the go for walk in the neighborhood. It was very refreshing and better than it looks.

  39. Kimberly S Robinson says:

    I made this smoothie with frozen spinach cubes since the other items are better fresh, and I like a cold, slushy smoothie. Unfortunately, the extra water from the cubes ended up making it more watery than I prefer. (Some time in the freezer would’ve fixed this if I had the time to wait.) But the flavor was still bright and citrus-y. I had a good ratio of lemon to orange, so it was sweet-tart; a good way to start my day.

  40. Kim says:

    It was good, next time I may leave out the lemon. Refreshing!

  41. Sara says:

    Holy Heck!! Day 4: Here we go! This smoothie is so yummy! I wasn’t sure about the half lemon but it was so necessary!! Loved how citrus-y it is!! You NEED to try this smoothie if you haven’t yet!! So much vitamin C from the orange and lemon and all of those electrolytes from the coconut water!! Cheers to your health!

  42. Jackie Fehrenbacher says:

    I didn’t change anything about this smoothie. This smoothie was so delish’ .. You can taste a little bit of everything in this smoothie.

  43. Megan says:

    This smoothie is great for a summer afternoon with its citrus taste !

  44. Andre L says:

    Day 4 of Smoothie Challenge – Spinach Orange. Nicely citrusy! Let’s me know it’s summertime! I always use the self cleaning method for my @vitamix blender. Tip – to save dish soap, put in a spritzer bottle. You’ll use so much less each time. @simplegreensmoothies #simplegreensmoothies✌

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