This creamy mango spinach smoothie is the only green smoothie you ever need to try! This smoothie is high in plant-based protein (9 grams thanks to spirulina), is naturally vegan & gluten-free, and is a flavorful, sweet-tangy dream. It's the perfect kick start your day or midday refresher!
I am huge smoothie girl - seriously, I drink one every morning. Even though I usually only have a smoothie in the morning, they're great to have at any time of the day, especially if you need something filling and nutritious on the go.
When I first went vegan, they were a great way to help me easily up my fruit and veggie intake. If you're trying to transition to a vegan or plant-based lifestyle, I would highly recommend trying to incorporate smoothies into your diet!
A lot of smoothies only leave you full for a short amount of time but thanks to this smoothie having both avocado and spirulina, this one will keep you satiated until lunch!
This creamy avocado spirulina smoothie is packed with nutrients, is so easy and quick to make (1 blender, under 5 minutes), and it's delicious! What's not to love?
Here's what you'll need to make this smoothie:
- Avocado: It gives the smoothie that creamy texture and packs it with healthy fat, which will help keep you full for longer.
- Frozen Mango: It gives this smoothie a sweet yet tart, tropical twist. It's also a low calorie fruit that's packed with fiber and vitamin C.
- Spinach: I love adding spinach to smoothies. It's neutral in flavor, so I promise you won't taste it! It's also rich with vitamins and antioxidants. Blending the spinach will not destroy fiber content but only enhance nutrient absorption.
- Banana: It adds sweetness and makes this smoothie even creamier!
- Lemon Juice: This might seem odd, but adding a bit of lemon juice keeps the smoothie super fresh and bright while adding a bit of tang to balance out the sweetness of the mango and banana.
- Flax Seeds: These help bulk up the smoothie a bit. Flax seeds are loaded with high-quality protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Spirulina Powder: Spirulina powder lends to the color of this smoothie BUT it is an extremely nutritious green algae that’s high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant & anti-flammatory properties. The powder is also 60-70% protein and provides 4 grams of protein per tablespoon.
- Soy Milk: It gets the blender moving and provides the perfect base for this creamy avocado spirulina smoothie!
I said it before and I'll say it again: smoothies are the easiest and quickest thing to make, ever. Ready?
- Fill your blender with all ingredients. For reference, I use this Ninja blender (it's awesome, there's no need to get a Vitamix!)
- Blend until smooth.
Recipe Variations & Substitutions
This smoothie is perfect as is, but this recipe is super flexible! Feel free to experiment if there's an ingredient or two that you don't love! Here are my suggestions:
- Change up the greens! If you're not a fan of spinach, try kale instead. This swap won't make you lose out on any nutrients.
- Swap the fruit! I've mentioned on Instagram that bananas have been bothering my stomach recently. If you have a similar experience, or just don't like bananas, increase in the amount of mango! You could also swap the mango with pineapple.
- Switch the milk! You can really use any milk you prefer here, or you could use water!
- Replace the flax seeds with hemp seeds.
- Replace the spirulina powder with your preferred protein powder! A vanilla protein powder would be delicious in this smoothie. My favorite is the Orgain Plant Based Protein Powder. Use code PARSLEY30 for 30% off your purchase!
- For a thick and creamy smoothie, use frozen fruit!
- To create a smoothie bowl (or a thick smoothie), add your milk or water in slowly, blending in between until you've reached your desired consistency.
- Add your largest/thickest ingredients to the blender first. This puts them closest to the blade and ensures they're completely blended.
I recommend consuming any smoothie right away for the best taste and texture. You can prep this smoothie the night before by putting all the ingredients in the smoothie blender cup, sealing it, and storing it in the fridge for 24 hours. When you're ready, just pop the blender cup on your machine and blend away!
This is where the lemon juice goes beyond just adding it's tangy flavor. The acidity of the lemon juice will keep the avocado, and the smoothie in general from turning brown. This actually a tip I learned in Foodtography School (don't want that avocado turning nasty mid-photoshoot)!
This is totally dependent on your blender! I just set my Ninja to the 'Smoothie' setting and it's ready to go when it automatically stops. If you don't have a setting like this on your blender, start with 1 minute, then check it and see if it needs to blend longer
If you make this smoothie, be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram. If you have any questions or feedback at all, send me an e-mail or leave a comment below! I hope you love them as much as we do!Print