Best Banana Spinach Coconut Water Green Smoothie with a touch of spirulina powder for weight loss and gut health.
Whip up this refreshing vegan smoothie with coconut water in the morning as an incredibly healthy mix for a quick detox, body cleanse, and hydration. Perfect for breakfast or afternoon snack.
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It's light, clean, and made with a few simple plant-based ingredients.
Coconut water health benefits
Is it good to add coconut water to smoothies?
Of course, using coconut water in smoothies can be a nutritious option to boost hydration and replenish electrolytes.
It is loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and electrolytes like potassium, calcium, and magnesium that help increase your energy levels instantly.
Coconut water not only tastes delicious but it also brings a lot of health benefits into your smoothies. It is a natural electrolyte-filled drink with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor and is a wonderful base for smoothies, summer mocktails, and overnight oats.
Unlike sugary juices, this yummy tropical beverage is low in sugar, low in calories, and free of fats and cholesterol. Moreover, it is good for your heart, may lower cholesterol, supports healthy digestion, and helps your skin glow.
Furthermore, it could be a great choice for rehydration after a period of sickness or a long or intense exercise session.
Next time you are feeling thirsty, consider reaching for coconut water.
All you need to make this immunity-boosting spirulina smoothie with coconut water is 1 powerful blender and a few whole foods like:
- Coconut water (unsweetened, unflavored) - is naturally loaded with electrolytes including potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus to regulate muscle contractions and keep your body hydrated.
- Frozen banana - for creaminess, sweetness, healthy carbs, and fiber.
- Baby spinach - to strengthen your immune system, keep your eyes healthy, and protect you from chronic diseases. Don't worry, you won't taste the spinach here.
- Spirulina powder - is packed with plant protein and disease-fighting antioxidants.
- Fresh ginger - reduces inflammation, helps speed up digestion, and boosts your immunity.
- Chia seeds + Pumpkin seeds (pepitas) - will add plant-based protein and healthy fats to your smoothie.
- Lemon juice (freshly squeezed) - this Vitamin C-rich fruit will add a nice tartness and will help you absorb as much iron as possible from your greens.
As always, you can find the full recipe with a list of ingredients with measurements in a printable recipe card at the end of this post.
How to make
Combine. Add cold coconut water, frozen banana, spinach leaves, chopped ginger, spirulina powder, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and fresh lemon juice in a high-speed blender.
Blend. Blend all the ingredients together until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Taste and add a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar to adjust the sweetness if needed. Serve cold with desiccated coconut, crispy granola, or coconut flakes.
Substitutions and variations
- Make it banana-free. You can use frozen mango, pineapple, or avocado instead of banana.
- Substitute spinach with kale, swiss chard, or a mix of greens.
- You can use green or blue spirulina powder.
- Replace fresh ginger with ginger powder.
- Use different types of seeds like flaxseed or hemp seeds.
- Add protein. You can blend in a scoop of your favorite protein powder to make it extra filling and nutritious.
- For an additional pack of protein, probiotics, and creaminess consider adding dairy-free yogurt to your breakfast smoothie.
- For additional sweetness and flavor blend in 1-2 dates, maple syrup, or agave nectar.
All you need to make this green coconut water smoothie recipe is a high-powered blender.
For maximum nutrition and taste make sure to enjoy this smoothie as soon as you make it. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Give it a good shake before consuming.
- Use ripe, frozen bananas. Because this smoothie is relying on banana for sweetness I recommend you use a very ripe frozen banana.
- If you don't have a frozen banana at hand, just slice it and place it in a freezer-friendly container or bag in the freezer for a few hours. Otherwise, you can you ice cubes.
- Since some brands can contain added sugars and flavorings, be sure to check the ingredients to verify it's 100% coconut water.
- After you blend up, check the consistency and sweetness. If your smoothie is not sweet enough try adding maple syrup, agave nectar, or 1-2 dates. If it's too thick, add more liquid to thin it out.
- A good blender is very important to create a luscious, thick, and creamy texture.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Yes! Coconut water is an amazing liquid base for smoothies and other healthy drinks. As mentioned above, this ultra-hydrating and refreshing drink with a pleasant nutty flavor offers plenty of health benefits. It contains key electrolytes that provide a quick energy boost and help your muscles to recover after a workout. In addition, it's extremely low in calories and weight-loss friendly.
Absolutely! Natural unflavored coconut water is a healthier choice over fruit juices that are high in sugars, artificial colors, and flavorings.
Plain coconut water adds a very subtle nutty coconut flavor and a mild aromatic sweet note when added to your smoothies. You'll be able to feel its taste depending on the ingredients you choose to blend into your drink.
Cold plain water is one of the best budget-friendly alternatives without added sugars and zero calories. Besides that, birch water, watermelon water, maple water aloe vera juice, low-fat coconut milk, or any unsweetened non-dairy milk are great substitutes for coconut water in your smoothies.
More green smoothies for weight loss
If you are looking for more green smoothies for a flat belly check out these, as well:
Banana Spinach Coconut Water Green Smoothie For Weight Loss
- High-powered blender
- 1 banana peeled, frozen
- 1 cup baby spinach loosely packed
- ¾-1 cup coconut water unsweetened
- ½ teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger chopped or grated (OR ¼ teaspoon ginger powder)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds (pepitas) raw
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
- Add cold coconut water, frozen banana, spinach leaves, chopped ginger, spirulina powder, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and fresh lemon juice in a high-speed blender.
- Blend all the ingredients together until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Taste and add a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar to adjust the sweetness if needed. Serve cold with desiccated coconut, crispy granola, or coconut flakes.
- For maximum nutrition and taste make sure to enjoy this smoothie as soon as you make it. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Give it a good shake before consuming.
- See the post above for more tips, substitutions, and variations.
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