Get back on track with this spinach and berry smoothie recipe! This power smoothie is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, plus it is straight-up delish.
This post also has a video at the bottom. Scroll down to get the recipe and learn more!
Happy 2018, friends! Can you believe another year has gone by? It’s hard to believe, but my love handles are certainly letting me know that the holidays have, in fact, come and gone – so I guess 2017 really is over!
As a result of the new padding around my hips, I’m straying from my usual sharing of gooey, sugary, baked goods and changing it up with a New Years Resolution-friendly power smoothie recipe to help (all of us!) get back on track. This healthy smoothie is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, plus it is straight-up delish.
What is a Power Smoothie?
Power smoothies combine fruits and vegetables to provide certain nutrients and fill in holes in your diet. That means if you are short on fiber (for example), you can grab a avocado and throw it into this smoothie.
Honestly? It’s hard to make a smoothie taste bad, in my personal opinion. I always do a combination of berries and greens, sometimes along with a healthy fat – and it works. If you get quality ingredients and play around a bit, you’ll learn the ratios that you like. Start with fruits and veggies you know you like and go from there.
Power Smoothie Ingredients and Benefits
If you’re looking to boost a particular area of your diet with a healthy smoothie recipe, consider some of the following ingredients depending on your needs. You can go by our recipe, but these ingredients are perfect to throw in as alternatives or additions:
- Calcium – Greek Yogurt, Milk or Alternatives (like Almondmilk, etc)
- Fats – Almonds/Butter, Avocado, Cashews, Coconut Oil, Flaxseed Oil or Flaxseed
- Fiber – Avocado, Flaxseed, Oats
- Potassium – Apricots, Avocado, Bananas, Coconut Water, Mango
- Probiotics – Greek Yogurt, Kefir
- Protein – Almonds/Butter, Cashews, Chia or Hemp Seeds, Protein Powder, Spinach,
- Vitamins – Any Berries, Kale, Oranges, Spinach, Tofu
Tips for the Perfect Smoothie
If you want your smoothie recipe to turn out perfectly, here are six tips I live by:
- Use frozen berries and vegetables. You don’t have to buy them frozen, but I like having a really cold smoothie. It helps to freeze them in individual bags if you are a smoothie junkie! And honestly it keeps the veggies from overwhelming the taste of the smoothie for me.
- Use baby greens to avoid bitter tasting veggies and a bitter tasting smoothie.
- Use a decent blender. I have a Blendtec. It was more expensive, but I love smoothies and it sure beats futzing with a blender constantly, which is what I was doing before.
- Load the blender with liquids first, then soft fruits or veggies, then frozen stuff or ice on top.
- Thin your smoothie with almondmilk or even water if need be. It’s not going to kill the taste.
- Sweeten a smoothie with agave, dates, grapes, honey, maple syrup, Stevia, or Truvia.
Are you ready for the smoothie recipe? Let’s go!
Spinach + Berries Power Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, strawberries or blackberries
- 1/2 frozen medium banana
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
1. Place all ingredients besides into blender and blend until smooth. Add more almondmilk if smoothie is too thick.
2. Taste your smoothie. Add sweetener like honey or Stevia as desired to taste.
3. Pour into a chilled glass, sprinkle with extra berries.
Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen
I get it – it’s not chocolate cake, but those berries and spinach sure are pretty, don’t you think? Plus, it is a piece of cake to make (oh, cake. I just can’t quit you)!
Spinach and Berry Power Smoothie
- 1/2 cup blueberries frozen
- 1/2 cup raspberries, strawberries or blackberries frozen
- 1/2 medium banana frozen
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened vanilla)
- 1 T chia seeds optional
- Place all ingredients besides into blender and blend until smooth. Add more almondmilk if smoothie is too thick.
- Taste your smoothie. Add sweetener like honey or Stevia as desired to taste.
- Pour into a chilled glass, sprinkle with extra berries.
What healthy recipes are you making for your New Year’s resolutions? I’d love to hear! Be sure to watch the video below to see this power smoothie recipe in action:
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