This Vegan Banana and Spinach Smoothie is one of our favourite Spring remedies. Spinach provides an excellent source of iron and bananas supply potassium, along with a vast amount of other nutrients and bodily benefits from each of these awesome whole foods.
Dairy free smoothies are an easy to make (if you have a blender) and fun way of getting more raw fruits and vegetables into your diet. Smoothies need not be expensive to make either. We’ll explain how.
In the warmer months especially, a refreshing and nourishing cold smoothie feels great! We recommend you use local, fresh, plastic free and seasonal produce wherever possible.
We use Alpro Oat Milk in this smoothie.
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About the Ingredients
When it comes to choosing ingredients for Vegan Banana and Spinach Smoothie, choose the items with the lowest carbon footprint and the least packaging waste.
Zero Waste Fresh Produce
Thankfully, there are now countless ways to buy your fresh produce like bananas in a zero waste way. Most U.K. supermarkets offer bananas loose in their produce aisles so opt for these instead of the plastic wrapped ones. Simply take a reusable bag with you or go rogue and throw them in the trolly or basket loose – after all, a banana already has a natural skin that gets removed before you eat it.
We prefer to source fruits and vegetables from local greengrocers and wholesalers for the freshest, tastiest products. Similarly to what you can do in larger supermarkets, take reusable bags with you for your purchases and avoid produce in pre-wrapped plastic.
Say NO to single use bags and food packaging.
Avoiding single use plastic is usually pretty easy to achieve when you’re buying whole items like bananas. But spinach can be a lot more tricky! We have NEVER seen spinach sold without single use plastic packaging (we are still hopeful it will happen).
When it comes to purchasing spinach, we highly recommend you look out for recyclable packaging, eco conscious companies and the lowest carbon footprint available. The best way to source spinach in an eco friendly way is to grow it yourself. It’s an easy seed to sow in Spring and we have a couple of large pots dedicated to spinach outside, as well as a few smaller window sill ones indoors too.
We used a second hand Breville Blend Active to make this smoothie.
Spinach does not last all that long once picked so, to avoid food waste, be prepared to freeze the spinach you don’t use before it turns bad using some reusable freezer bags or by up-cycling some single use plastic ones you already have. We keep a constant supply of spinach in our freezer for yummy homemade vegan smoothies like this one.
Eco Friendly Shopping
If you’re pretty new to eco friendly shopping, just a few staple items that you re-use over and over again are all you need to get started. We always carry a cotton tote bag, or two, and some of these excellent fresh produce bags as well.
Discover more of our favourite every day eco friendly products here.