Spinach Banana Protein Smoothie

I’m a stickler about making sure my kids have a belly full of healthy food before they head out the door to school. But when it comes to my breakfast…well, let’s just say my track record is not one I’m proud to mention. Breakfast has become a drive-by event for me; grab a handful of something quick as I’m checking email or we’re rushing out the door. The trouble with that is I’m hungry again a few hours later, and that’s when temptation sets in. I need a solid, healthy, lasting breakfast to set the tone for the day. Something that doesn’t take much effort to make but is substantial enough to feel like I’ve done something good for myself. Behold, the spinach banana protein smoothie. 

I’ve tried various iterations of smoothies over the years, but I always return to this one. Why? It’s a reliable, well-rounded mix of goodness that just so happens to be delicious. Feel free to play around with the proportions if you like a little more banana or extra spinach, or swap out an ingredient for something entirely different. That’s the beauty of smoothies. You can rarely go wrong because there are so many flavor possibilities. And they are completely portable. Pop them in a lidded mug, and you’re ready to roll. My husband usually works out early in the morning. I often make a big batch of these and freeze them in individual containers for him to enjoy post-workout. No more excuses for not enjoying a healthy breakfast! 

P.S. For those of you who are wondering, NO, you cannot taste the raw spinach. It simply gives your protein smoothie this beautiful green color. And we all eat with our eyes first, right? 


Spinach Banana Protein Smoothie
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • ⅔ cup greek yogurt
  • ½ banana
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 huge handful spinach
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and puree to desired consistency.


  1. Sara says

    Thanks for posting! I am going to try a big batch and freeze. I love breakfast but am terrible at eating something healthy and substantial when I have to get Jackson to school and therapy in the morning. What kind of containers do you freeze them in??

    • says

      We use round tupperware-like containers with lids. Pat usually dumps his in a large mug when he gets to work. Just remember to defrost them the night before!

  2. says

    I am into smoothies these days–trying to get healthy for the New Year! I keep eyeing up these green smoothies, so I might just have to try this out.

  3. Donelle says

    A – I’m looking forward to trying this out to liven up my ho-hum breakfasts – will let you know what I think!

  4. says

    Hi from The Netherlands! This smoothie I really would like to try. One question though, I do not have protein powder (I am not on a diet to loose weight). Is there a natural ingredient that I could replace it with? Or can I simly leave it out?
    Regards! Nelleke

    • says

      Hi Rachelle, you can simply omit the almond butter if you don’t have it. Another alternative is to use peanut butter or any other nut butter.

  5. Rochelle says

    I just tried this smoothie and it was delicious! I’ve been trying to experiment with throwing in my own ingredients and they always turn out terrible! I’ve been wanting smoothies that have spinach, but that don’t taste terrible and this one was perfect!!! thank you so much! Do you have any other smoothie recipes with spinach or high protein???

    • says

      Hi Rochelle, I don’t have any other high-protein recipes to share, but you can certainly adapt this one to use different fruits and/or spinach. I also suggest checking us out on Pinterest. We have a board dedicated solely to smoothies with some excellent options from other talented bloggers. Good luck!

  6. Jan Moser says

    Just found your blog, garnish with lemon…wonderful…trying the Spinach banana smoothie in the morning…can’t wait…plan to try many of the recipes found there..thank you.

  7. says

    Is the almond butter just for flavor?? Going to try these this week. I know the kids will eat them but I won’t tell them there is spinach in them!!!

    • says

      Hi Karen, we use almond butter because my daughter is allergic to peanuts, but you can certainly sub in peanut butter, if you prefer. It adds a bit of thickness to the smoothie as well as some additional protein. Hope it goes over well with your kids!

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