Looking for a smoothie recipe without banana? Look no further than this No-Banana Spinach Smoothie! With tart blueberries and tummy-soothing ginger, this is my go-to smoothie for intermittent fasting. Read on to learn how to make this easy, satisfying smoothie recipe!
I’m not a nutritionist, nor am I here to sugar-shame you out of your favorite fruits. But I have noticed that I’m often tired and hungry long before lunchtime when I pack my smoothies with high-sugar fruits. That’s why I often make my smoothies using cauliflower instead of banana for creaminess. But while spinach and cauliflower work great together in a soup, they don’t always translate to smoothie magic…particularly when we’re talking about green smoothie recipes.
Enter the glorious avocado! Not only is it rich in fiber and healthy fats, it also creates crave-worthy creaminess without the added sugar. And, no, it won’t make your breakfast smoothie taste like pond scum.
This Is The Best Blueberry Spinach Smoothie Recipe
- It’ll help you get a full serving of greens…with nary a salad in sight
- It’s full of free-radical-fighting antioxidants (Thanks, blueberries!)
- Spicy-sweet ginger wakes up your tastebuds while soothing your grumbling stomach
- It can help you avoid food waste by using up overripe or bruised avocados
- It tastes like a fancy juice bar smoothie for a fraction of the price
Can I Break My Fast With A Smoothie?
I love breakfast smoothies while I’m intermittent fasting! I find my stomach is a little off its digestion game when I go 13-16 hours without eating, so it helps to have the blender break things down a bit.
I also designed this smoothie specifically with intermittent fasting in mind, which is another reason why I left out the banana. When I started researching different ways to fast intermittently, I read that starting off with sugar can send the body on an insulin rollercoaster. Translation: hunger and fatigue.
Instead, I opted for:
- Blueberries for sweetness without the sugar
- Spinach for B vitamins, magnesium and potassium
- Avocado for prebiotic fiber and healthy fats
- Ginger to soothe an empty stomach and aid in digestion
- Soy-free protein powder as an easily-digestible source of energy and satiety
Pro tip: If you’re worried this smoothie is too labor-intensive for a busy weekday morning, prep the non-liquid ingredients ahead of time and freeze pre-measured servings. When you’re ready to eat, just toss your frozen ingredients into the blender, add the lime juice and nut milk, blend, and enjoy!
Which Protein Should I Use In My Smoothie?
Soy is a confusing bean. On one hand, experts like Dr. Andrew Weil point out that whole soy can be an excellent plant-based protein source and may even help protect against certain cancers. On the other, processed soy contains higher levels of isoflavones, which mimic estrogen in the body. Some doctors worry that this higher concentration of isoflavones could cause tumor growth, particularly in the breasts. We also know that processed soy can cause inflammation and can be difficult to digest.
For all the reasons above, I avoid processed soy. Instead, I gravitate towards collagen peptides. I prefer it because it’s tasteless, doesn’t require any additional sweeteners, and melts into a creamy consistency that works great for smoothies.
I usually choose grass-fed bovine collagen because it’s high in GLA (aka gamma linolenic acid), which is an Omega-6 fatty acid thought to support joint and brain health as well as healthier skin and hair. Marine and plant-based collagen are also great options, though, if you’re concerned about the environmental impact of beef.
If you don’t want to shell out for collagen peptides, any plain or vanilla-flavored protein will work well for this smoothie. There is no “winning” in wellness. Just make the healthiest choice available to you!
Like most people, I get bored eating the same thing after a while. Here are some of my favorite spins on this no-banana smoothie recipe:
- Omit the lime and sub lemon
- Add 1 tbsp chia or hemp seeds
- Sub baby kale for spinach
- Omit the lime and ginger and add 1 tsp matcha and honey to taste
- Sub 1 tbsp coconut yogurt for avocado
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No-Banana Spinach Smoothie
This blueberry spinach smoothie without banana will satisfy your tummy and your tastebuds all morning long with its citrusy sweetness and soothing hint of ginger.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 1
- Total Time: 11 minutes
- Yield: 2 smoothies 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Diet: Gluten Free
1c blueberries, fresh or frozen
1c almond milk
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 servings vanilla or unflavored protein powder
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth, approximately 60 seconds. Enjoy immediately.
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