Spinach Protein Smoothie (No Protein Powder)

Spinach is naturally high in protein, so it’s a great idea to make a spinach protein smoothie without the need for protein powder.

Spinach is not only a great source of plant-based protein, but also many important vitamins and minerals. It also aids digestion and keeps you regular in the toilet.

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Spinach Protein Smoothie

Spinach Protein Smoothie (No Protein Powder)

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Power up with a spinach protein smoothie without protein powder! Blend spinach, Greek yogurt, milk, and chia seeds with pineapple for natural, plant-based protein.

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


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  • 2 handfuls of spinach (washed)
  • 1 cup of frozen pineapple (or mango)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk (unsweetened)


  1. Using a high speed blender or a Nutribullet, add the spinach and yogurt first, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Blend until completely smooth. For about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Serve and enjoy!


*For smoothie benefits, recipe tips, and more, scroll past the recipe!

  • Author: Ella Waterworth
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 273
  • Sugar: 25.9g
  • Fat: 6.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.4g
  • Fiber: 9.2g
  • Protein: 19.3g

Why You Will Love This Green Protein Smoothie Without Protein Powder

Spinach Protein Smoothie served in a tall thick glass cup

The main reason why I personally love this drink and why I think you will is the fact that it’s a smoothie without protein powder!

All reasons include:

  • Delicious Tropical Flavor: The combination of pineapple offers a tropical taste with a nutty undertone, making it a deliciously unique green smoothie.
  • High Protein Without Protein Powder: Thanks to Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and nut butter, this smoothie is high in protein without the need for protein powder. It’s perfect for those looking for protein-rich options using clean ingredients.
  • Natural Energy Boost: The natural sugars from the pineapple, combined with healthy fats and the protein in Greek yogurt and milk, provide a balanced source of energy without the crash associated with added sugars.
  • Contributes to Daily Veggie Intake: Incorporating spinach easily adds vegetables to your diet, making it easier to meet daily vegetable intake recommendations in a tasty way.
  • Supports Digestive Health: Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, which aids in digestion and promotes a healthy gut, all in a convenient and tasty drink.
  • Versatile Meal or Snack Option: This smoothie serves as a great meal or a refreshing snack, fitting easily into any part of the day, whether it’s breakfast, an afternoon boost, or a post-workout drink.
  • Easy and Quick Preparation: With simple ingredients and minimal prep time, this smoothie is ideal for busy mornings or quick nutrition on the go, offering a hassle-free way to enjoy a healthful, protein-rich beverage without relying on protein powders.

If you like this spinach protein shake, I am pretty sure you will also love my vegan pineapple spinach smoothie and my low carb spinach smoothie!

Optional Ingredient Substitutions & Smoothie Notes

Spinach Protein Smoothie being poured into a thick tall glass cup from a blender jug

The ingredients listed above aren’t must-haves, you can substitute them without sacrificing on taste or benefits of this spinach smoothie.

Here are some swaps you can make:

  • Use Kale Instead Of Spinach.
  • Use Vegan Yogurt Instead Of Dairy Yogurt.
  • Add Frozen Mango Instead of Pineapple.
  • Use Flaxseeds Instead Of Chia Seeds.
  • Use Dairy-Free Milk Instead Of Dairy Milk (E.g Almond Milk).

Spinach Protein Smoothie


Blender Type Suitability
Nutribullet 600
Vitamix Blender Propel 510
BlendJet 4000mAh x
Ninja Blender BL610
Oster 6640 Blender
Hamilton Beach 58148A Blender
AMZChef Blender 1800 W
Wamife Blender

Out of all the 8 blenders and models that I own, only Blendjet was not compatible with this recipe.

If you do have a blendjet though, use fresh pineapple instead of frozen.

Smoothie FAQs:

Can You Taste Spinach In This Smoothie?

The answer is, no, you cannot taste the spinach in this smoothie. You will need to use an abundance of it, for it to really impact the taste.

Is There An Ideal Time To Drink This Smoothie?

No. You can drink this smoothie any time of the day. But I personally love to drink this smoothie for breakfast before my daily workout.

How Do I Store This Smoothie?

If you have leftover smoothie, it can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Just give it a good stir or shake before consuming.

Ella Waterworth
Ella Waterworth

Founder & Recipe Developer at Smoothies N Cookies

Ella Waterworth is the founder of Smoothies N Cookies and she is a professional smoothie recipe creator. She gained extensive knowledge of creating smoothies by working for Smoothie King for several years.

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