This recipe for Green Smoothie with Berries has been a staple in our house since 2009! I love it so much that I drank it everyday for a few months until my hands started turning orange from all the spinach. True story! I stopped drinking it every single day, but I still enjoy this delicious smoothie regularly.
If you have never heard of a “green smoothie” the name comes from the fact it has some kind of greens in it. Greens can mean anything from spinach to kale to even swiss chard (although I am not sure of the taste of swiss chard). The main thing is going for green leafy veggies that have a big nutritional content and a mild flavor. Obviously the drink I make doesn’t turn out to be green in color, but it has 4 cups of spinach and a cup of kale (when I have it handy).
My kids and I don’t even taste much of the greens in this. It’s mainly just the sweet taste of berries (or any fruits we want to add)! We like to make this in the morning and it gives us energy all day long. I really love how I feel when I am drinking my Fru& Veggie “Green” Smoothie regularly. This recipe makes a lot of smoothie and you can either drink the whole thing as a meal or drink a smaller portion and have something else with it.
- Use a higher powered blender for best results. The higher the power the better. This is because the greens can be pretty fibrous so you’ll want something that can break them down well. If you have a lower watt blender I would stick with spinach instead of a more fibrous vegetable like kale or broccoli. I use a Ninja Blender and it works great for fruit and veggie smoothies.
- Try different fruit options. There are a lot of options when it comes to fruits you can try. I chose berries because they are a bit lower carb, but any fruits that you enjoy should taste great. I do suggest keeping the banana in the smoothie for the creaminess it gives.
- Use frozen fruit when possible. The frozen fruit will give the smoothie a nice icy touch! I love how cold the frozen fruit makes it. You could freeze all the fruits or do like I do and use the banana fresh. It just makes it easier to blend this way, but I have an awesome recipe for banana “ice cream” that’s a great use for frozen bananas.
- Try kefir or other fermented dairy. Yogurt isn’t the only food with probiotics. Kefir has different strains than yogurt and would be great to change up the flavor.
- Use as a workout recovery drink. Fruit and Veggie Smoothies make great breakfasts but they also work great as a workout recovery drink. They have healthy carbs and a decent amount of protein. See the tips below for adding in superfoods.