“Berry Green” Smoothie Recipes

This past Friday I worked from home which meant I got a run in first thing in the morning (yay!), got to wear sweatpants all day (double yay!) and got to enjoy my morning smoothie in a real glass instead of a travel mug.

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That’s my awesome Hogwarts glass from my trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter earlier this year.

I start every (weekday) morning with a green smoothie. On the weekends I usually treat myself to some eggs, French toast or pancakes.

I wrote my very first blog post about my love of green smoothies. Making a green smoothie every morning was one of the first healthy habits that I adopted and I just don’t feel right without them now. It’s a great way to kick-start your morning with fruits and vegetables – and packs fiber and protein to keep you full until lunch. I love that you can get in several servings of dark green leafy vegetables (which are so healthy!) and you can’t even taste them – even if the color of the smoothies can be a little off-putting. I posted my recipe in my original post, but I have definitely fine-tuned it since then and I think it’s almost perfect!

First, I add my greens to my blender. I use kale almost every time I make this smoothie, but I sometimes substitute spinach based on what is in season. I loosely pack the greens up to around the 4 cup line on the blender. In the photo it looks like it’s closer to the 6 cup line but I think it’s just the angle. 🙂

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Next, I add milk to just above the 1 cup line on the blender. Since there’s already greens in the blender – it’s not a true “1 cup” measurement, probably closer to 3/4s of a cup. I find this amount of liquid makes the smoothie the perfect consistency, but on some days when it needs a little more, I add a splash of two or water while it’s blending until it’s smooth. I started off making this smoothie with skim milk, and recently switched to soy milk but you could make it with almond milk, juice, green tea, or even water.

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Next, I add one tablespoon each of chia seeds, flax seeds and Greek yogurt.

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I’m not too particular about getting these exactly at one tablespoon and for the Greek yogurt I make it a huge heaping spoonful which is probably closer to 2-3 tablespoons.

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Next, I add a frozen banana and some kind of frozen fruit. I always keep a big bag of frozen bananas in the freezer for smoothies and I buy up fruit when it’s on sale and freeze it or buy frozen fruit when it’s out of season.

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Depending on what fruit I have on hand, I either add berries or peaches or mangoes. I was very excited to discover recently that the Harris Teeter brand organic frozen fruit now offers mangoes! I find cutting up a mango to be a pretty frustrating experience – and I never seem to end up with much mango. I think the frozen mango is definitely the way to go.

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Depending on what I’m using, I add about a ½ cup of fruit. For large strawberries it ends up being about three berries, or maybe 6-8 blackberries, or about a ½ peach or mango. The smoothie is relatively light on the fruit side.

Then I blend it up really thoroughly. I mean, I let it run for a few minutes at least. If the mixture is a little thick and not blending, add splashes of water until it starts to process correctly. It’s important to blend it thoroughly to not end up with a “chewy” smoothie with chunks of kale in it.

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”Berry Green” Smoothie Recipe
Serves one.

    – 3-4 cups kale or spinach, loosely packed
    – ¾ cup liquid of your choice (milk (skim, soy, almond, etc), tea, juice, water)
    – 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
    – 1 tablespoon chia seeds
    – 2-3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
    – 1 frozen banana (if using a fresh banana, add ice to the smoothie)
    – ½ cup frozen fruit (strawberries, other berries, mango, peaches, etc)

Here are some tasty combinations to try:

– Pina Colada: Coconut milk or water with frozen pineapple
– Green-Tea Mango: chilled green tea with frozen mango
– Apple Pie: apple juice, frozen banana (double the banana and skip the other fruit), add a dash of cinnamon
– Berry Madness: blueberry or pomegranate juice, mixed frozen berries

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On a different note, I want to announce the winner of the ENERGYbits giveaway!

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With the eleventh comment – the winner is Katie!

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Please email me with your mailing address to claim your prize! 🙂

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14 responses to ““Berry Green” Smoothie Recipes

  1. Yay! Thank you so much! I emailed you at foxywholefoodie at gmail dot com. I can’t wait to try these out!

  2. Love working from home! And I’m obsessed with pina colada smoothies too, must be the sunshine (very rare in the UK) 🙂

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  4. Hey Foxy Foodie! I nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! And you were right, my face did adjust to the coconut oil… check out this link should you chose to accept the award! xo!http://momasteblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/inspiring-blogger-me/

    • Thank you so much for nominating me 🙂 its always nice to be recognized! And I’m so happy your skin adjusted to the coconut oil!! 🙂 that’s great news!

      Thanks got reading, commenting and of course for nominating me 🙂

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  6. {Melinda} I am a smoothie fanatic, but have been hesitant to try green smoothies. I guess I can’t get past the color and I’m a little afraid of what they’ll taste like. This recipe looks good though. I may just try one today. I have all the ingredients except the Chia. 🙂

    • Definitely give it a try! Start out with just a handful of greens and it won’t even really change the color of the smoothie 🙂 then you can work up from there! And the chia is definitely optional – and I promise you can’t even taste the greens! I doubted that at first but it’s really true! 🙂

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