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Delicious Berry Green Smoothie Recipe
My favorite delicious berry green smoothie recipe. Nutritious, packed with vitamins and nutrients, yummy berries, super foods like spinach and kale, this is one smoothie that does not taste like veggies and is great for your health!
I wasn’t sure at first if I could call this a green smoothie, on account of it not being green in color at all. But I decided that doesn’t matter after all because there is spinach and kale in it and the mashed blueberries would always overpower any other color that might come through.
One day I looked through my fridge and saw a whole bunch of fruits that were about to go bad. They were just on the verge of spoiling so I didn’t find them appetizing to eat but they were perfect for blending into a healthy fruit smoothie. After realizing that I had some leafy greens as well I decided to make a green smoothie because, why not?
I tried this smoothie recipe a couple of different times until I achieved a good consistency and a flavor I really liked. In the end it didn’t taste like kale or spinach at all! This was great because I don’t like the taste of kale so if I could do something to overpower it with a different flavor, I would. Aside from containing lots of berries like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, this was my favorite thing about the smoothie, that it did not taste like kale or spinach.
Kale and spinach are super healthy and packed with Vitamins A, K and D and have tons of antioxidants. See how different Vitamins work in your body and help you stay healthy here.
USDA Food Nutrient Lookup
- Foods List
You can search for more nutrient information on the USDA website.
So with all the talk about kale and spinach being super foods why are they on that list anyway? According to the USDA raw spinach is packed with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and zinc which are all important minerals our body needs. Spinach also contains a very long list of vitamins with the highest amounts being Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate and many more.
Raw kale on the other hand also has its own long list of nutrients including the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc. The main vitamins found in kale are Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K.
How Each Vitamin Helps Your Body
- The Benefits Of Vitamins A, B1-B12, C, D, E, and K
Information about vitamins. Includes the benefits of vitamins, types of vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E and vitamin K. See the main foods that contain these vitamins
Not to mention that berries might as well be a super fruits! Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, as are strawberries and raspberries.
Strawberries contain a lot of Vitamin C and even more potassium. Blueberries are packed with potassium and vitamin A. And raspberries contain more potassium than strawberries and blueberries combined and also have phosphorous and vitamins A and C. See the USDA link for more details.
I love all kinds of berries so I don’t mind that I have to put up with seeds in this smoothie. However, if you don’t like feeling the seeds then I would swap out the strawberries and raspberries for different fruits. Since both those berries are tangy and sour, I would pick a fruit that was similar in taste if you want to keep the flavor notes of this smoothie relatively similar. A good option for the strawberries could be pineapple and you could try peaches or mango as well. I would steer clear of the banana since it tends to thicken up the smoothie and so the rest of the liquid measurements would need to be adjusted to get a good consistency again.
Berry Green Smoothie Recipe
This makes one large smoothie, or two smaller ones (about 6-7 oz. each). Again you can swap out the raspberries and strawberries with pineapple, peaches or mango if you don’t like seeds in the smoothie. Optionally you could also strain the smoothie after you finish blending. You can also add honey, sugar, or another sweetener of your choice if the final result is not sweet enough for you. For this version, I did not add any other sweeteners.
- 1/2 cup Ice, (optional)
- 1/4 cup Coconut Milk
- 1/4 cup (40 grams) Raspberries
- 1/4 cup (40 grams) Blueberries
- 1/2 cup (80-90 grams) Strawberries
- 1/4 cup Yogurt, Plain, vanilla, or berry flavored works best
- 1/2 cup Kale or Spinach
- Sweetener, (optional)
- Blend the ice, milk, berries and yogurt together - about 1 minute until smooth (see photos).
- Scrape the sides of the blender if needed and add the kale or spinach. Blend again - about 1 minute
- Garnish with strawberry (optional) and serve cold.
Another Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe
- Simple Citrus Green Smoothie Recipe
A simple green smoothie recipe. A healthy citrus green smoothie that does not taste like kale and is packed with healthy nutrients. Follow this recipe to create your own green smoothie.
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