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Berry Spinach Smoothie

Berry Spinach Smoothie

It is no surprise that eating fruits and vegetables is good for you.  I am sure it is also no surprise that most of us are not getting enough of these valuable fruits and vegetables daily.  Even I, a dietitian in love with healthy foods, occasionally have a hard time incorporating enough of these healing and nurturing foods into my diet.  So what do I do?  Blend them up and gulp them down.  

Berry Spinach Smoothie Ingredients

Smoothies are my ultimate secret weapon I use to increase my intake of fruits and veggies.  This particular smoothie provides a generous 2.5 servings of fruits and veggies with plenty of fiber and protein to keep you full and energized. This smoothie also works wonders if don’t particularly like the taste of fruits and vegetables or aren’t in a fruit and veggie mood. My sister in law, Kelsey, recently told me that she drank this smoothie religiously during her first trimester of pregnancy when fruits and veggies were the last thing she felt like eating but knew they were vital during such an important time for her and her baby.

I make this berry spinach smoothie recipe almost everyday or a slight variation, such as my natural green smoothie, and it is my absolute favorite snack.  This smoothie is super easy to make with only a few ingredient.  Plus, the body doesn’t need to do much work since the combination of low calorie, high fiber, antioxidant rich ingredients are already blended.  Key nutrients effortlessly flood the body and keep us looking and feeling our best.  Don’t let the odd combination of ingredients deter you, I promise this smoothie is just as delicious as it is nutritious.

Berry Spinach Smoothie Blender

Berry Spinach Smoothie

makes 1 serving

  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 3/4 cup water or milk (unsweetened almond milk, rice milk, dairy, etc)
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries (I used frozen raspberries but any type will work)
  • 1 banana

Blend together spinach and water until all the spinach is thoroughly blended. (an important step so you don’t get spinach chunks in your smoothie).  Next add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.

Nutrition facts per serving: 140 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 50 mg sodium, 35 g total carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 3 g protein

Berry Spinach Smoothie Mixed

BALANCE IT OUT: Drink this smoothie by itself for a nutritious and energizing snack.  It is the perfect pre or post workout snack.  Or pair this smoothie with a light breakfast such as whole grain toast, a whole grain cereal bar, or eggs for a well-balanced breakfast.

Smoothie Add-Ins:

Smoothies are the perfect place to throw in some additional nutritional add-ins.  Some of my personal favorite are omega-3 dense ground flaxseeds or chia seeds, antioxidant rich cocoa powder, or protein-packed spirulina.  Spirulina is the addition I probably include most often.  It comes in a powdered form and you can find it at any health food store or whole foods.  Spirulina is loaded with an array of nutrients, including chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.

Love,

Renee

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26 Responses to “Berry Spinach Smoothie”
  1. Janice R. says:

    I love this combination, but also add some Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt for the calcium and protein. Tastes great!

  2. Mego says:

    This was great. Just had it today. Very filling. Thanks for the post!

  3. Haley says:

    This sounds great. I shall make it now. Thank you for the idea!!

  4. Terry says:

    Enjoyed this combination. Thanks!

  5. Tim says:

    Great recipe!

    • Renee says:

      Thanks Tim! I have a couple other versions but havent gotten around to it. Please let me know if there’s anything else you would like on the site and I will try and get it up. Eventually I hope to have a special section full of all the materials I give my clients. Thanks again!

  6. Chrissy says:

    Thank you for this awesome recipe. Im trying to add more greens in my diet and figured why not pop some in a smoothie. came across your recipe, tried it and altho it doesnt look the greatest it tastes delicious! you dont even taste the spinach! Thanks :)

  7. Vitinia says:

    This is lush!! Just made it mmmm :p adeed a chunk of ginger for a bit of spice
    Sooo good for you as well!

  8. HI says:

    Crazy..I literally bought all these today and I thought I needed more..Great to know that I was on the right track!

    • Renee says:

      You’re definitely on the right track! Feel free to experiment. If you find anything amazing let me know, I will would love to include it in future smoothies.

  9. Ashleigh says:

    I’m excited to try this but I’m allergic to bananas. Do you know of anything I can substitute that can also thicken up the smoothie like a banana would?

    • Renee says:

      Hi Ashleigh! Yes, adding avocado or chia seeds to a smoothie will help thicken it up. Both are a good source of healthy fats as well. Hope that helps! :)

  10. Can you use frozen spinach instead of fresh?

    • Renee says:

      I have never personally used frozen spinach instead of fresh but someone I work with does and says it works really well. If you decide to try making the smoothie with frozen spinach please let me know how it turns out. I would be curious to hear your opinion. Thanks for the questions!

  11. Joshua says:

    As many people I am trying to get back into shape and struggling with my diet. Really enjoyed it. I used frozen blackberries(my favorite). Think I might use a frozen banana next time so its a bit colder

  12. Sam says:

    My favorite! I hate spinach unless it’s combined with cream cheese and artichokes, so this is perfect. I prepare baggies when I run out of tervis cups to freeze so I can just throw it all in a blender with some water – makes it very easy so you don’t have to buy fresh stuff everyday!