Spinach

30+ Super Tasty Spinach Smoothie Recipes You Need To Try At Home

Spinach is a popular super food that is filled with nutrients that will benefit your health.

There are lots of different health benefits to spinach; it can improve your hair and skin, it provides protein and iron and it can even help with bone health. Here are 5 of the main benefits of spinach.

5 Benefits of Spinach

1. It Can Improve Your Vision

Spinach is filled with xanathene, beta carotene and lutein, which all benefit your eyesight in various ways. Spinach also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce puffiness and sore eyes.

The potassium and folate in spinach provide neurological benefits; for instance, folate reduces the chance of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. It Lowers Your Chance Of Having Cataracts

Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which both work as antioxidants that protect your eyes from UV rays.

4. It Lowers Your Blood Pressure

The potassium in spinach will help to maintain your blood pressure, and the folate helps to relax your blood vessels to help maintain healthy blood flow.

5. It benefits babies Too!

The folate in spinach is used by a growing fetus for proper development of the nervous system.

Spinach also works very well in smoothies due to its clean, light flavor. As spinach isn’t too overwhelming it works well with lots of different flavor combinations, from sweet to savoury to spicy. Spinach also blends better than other green leaves such as kale.

Here are 30 spinach smoothie recipes you can try at home.

Sweet Spinach Smoothie Recipes

This delicious blackberry and ginger smoothie contains oats, orange juice, and three different types of fruit. It is sweet and refreshing, and the ginger adds anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients

1 cup frozen blackberries

1 cored apple, cut into pieces

1 banana, cut into pieces

2 handfuls spinach

Fresh peeled ginger

1 handful of oats

Orange juice

This beautiful pink smoothie is creamy and sweet, and it also contains lots of antioxidants and vitamin C.

Ingredients

1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked in water for 12 hours

3/4 cup water

1 cup frozen or fresh cherries

1 frozen banana

3/4 cup orange juice

2 cups spinach

This tasty smoothie tastes just like an ice cream, but it is actually very healthy. You can also substitute the milk for soy milk if you want to make a vegan version!

Ingredients

2½ cups milk

1 cup spinach

1 banana

½ avocado

8 mint leaves

optional: honey

Optional Toppings

Whipped cream

Grated dark chocolate

Mint leaves

This super healthy smoothie contains vitamin C-rich honeydew and kale, which is a great source of calcium. This refreshing, light smoothie is perfect for after a workout.

Ingredients

½ cup cubed honeydew

½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons water

1 cup spinach

1 cup kale

8 ice cubes

If you love chocolate this decadent smoothie is perfect for you – and it still contains spinach and banana for a health kick!

Ingredients

1 banana

1 cup spinach

1 cup ice

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

This delicious smoothie tastes like a dessert in a glass, so it is perfect for anyone with a serious sweet tooth.

Ingredients

1/4 cup raw almonds

1 tablespoon flax seeds

3/4 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup frozen cherries

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 dates

1 cup baby spinach

2 tablespoon coconut cream

This is another wonderful dessert smoothie that was created for key lime pie lovers. Thankfully it is much healthier than an actual key lime pie – and it is vegan!

Ingredients

2 cups coconut water

¼ cup lime juice

½ avocado

¼ cup shredded coconut

2 handfuls spinach leaves

3 Medjool dates

2 handfuls ice

This smoothie is tangy and refreshing with a sweet pineapple kick. It also contains vitamin B6.

Ingredients

¾ cup water

2 cups pineapple chunks

1 avocado, halved

2 cups spinach

½ cup ice cubes

This smoothie may be sweet, but it still contains a whopping seven vegetables and fruits so it is very good…

Scientists Transform Spinach Leaves Into Working Human Heart Tissue

Scientists from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute have turned a spinach leaf into working human heart tissue, and this could revolutionize the treatment of damaged organs.

Tissue engineering (also called regenerative medicine) attempts to create functional human tissue from cells in a laboratory. Its goal is to replace tissues and organs that fail due to disease, genetic errors, or other reasons. Scientists have already created large-scale human tissue in a lab, but without a vascular network that carries blood, a big part of that tissue dies.

To fight that, the researchers took a spinach leaf and removed its plant cells, leaving a frame made of cellulose. “Cellulose is biocompatible [and] has been used in a wide variety of regenerative medicine applications, such as cartilage tissue engineering, bone tissue engineering, and wound healing,” the authors write in their paper.

They bathed the remaining frame in live human cells and they grew on the leaf’s tiny veins. The team…