This arugula smoothie will kick-start your day! This green powerhouse smoothie is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, and it's made in 5 minutes!
This arugula banana smoothie has simple ingredients, easy
preparation, and it tastes so good!
What You'll Need to Make an Arugula Smoothie
- Banana: I used one fresh banana as a base for this smoothie. This will create a creamy and smooth consistency.
- Baby arugula leaves: I used fresh arugula leaves. Make sure you don't pack it too tightly into a cup when measuring.
- Apple: I used pink lady apple. I like to peel and core my apple due to added texture in the smoothie. You can leave the apple skin if you prefer, but make sure you wash it properly.
- Pineapple chunks: I used frozen pineapple chunks. It's easier to have on hand and more accessible than fresh pineapple. If you want to use fresh pineapple, I suggest using less liquid.
- Liquid: I used the combo of organic mango juice and water. Mango juice will add additional sweetness and flavor to this smoothie.
- Lemon juice: I used a little bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice. I would not suggest substituting it with the lemon juice concentrate. The flavor won't be the same.
- Matcha powder: A little bit of matcha powder will go longs ways. This will give this smoothie that additional oomph.
Why this Recipe Works
- Rich in antioxidants
- Packed with nutrients
- 5 minutes to make
- Creamy and refreshing
- Blender or food processor
- Measuring cups and spoons
How to Make
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a jar or bowl and add your favorite toppings.
What Are Arugula Benefits?
Some of the health benefits of arugula are:
- Good source of vitamin A, C, and K
- Rich in antioxidants
- Rich in folates
- It may improve the immune system
- It may improve bone health
Can You Taste Arugula in This Smoothie?
Compared to other greens, you can taste the arugula in this smoothie. Arugula has a distinctive tart, peppery, and slightly bitter taste. You will also notice that if you use baby arugula leaves, they have a mild flavor than the mature arugula.
If you've never had arugula before, I suggest starting with half a cup for this recipe. Once you blend all ingredients, add more arugula leaves if you want.
The arugula taste is not overpowering in this arugula smoothie due to the pineapple and other fruit that we used in this recipe. The flavor combo is perfect.
Adding arugula to your smoothies is a great way to incorporate these leafy greens into your meal plan.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- When measuring arugula leaves, don't pack them too tightly in the cup. Each cup with arugula leaves has approximately 20g, so use a kitchen scale if you want to be precise.
- If you prefer a thick smoothie, add liquid gradually until you reach desired consistency.
Recipe Variations and Ingredient Substitutions
- Use different greens: For arugula substitute, feel free to use other leafy greens, like spinach or kale.
- Banana substitute: If you are not a fan of bananas, use avocado instead. Please note that you may need to add sweetener since banana is a natural sweetener.
More Smoothie Recipes You'll Love
Have you made this recipe? Please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear your suggestions and recipe variations.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup baby arugula leaves
- 1 apple, peeled and cored
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup mango juice
- 1/4 cup water
- A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp matcha powder
Use fresh fruit, like pineapple chunks, apples, blueberries, different seeds, like chia seeds or hemp seeds, or granola for the toppings.