Berry Green Smoothie – This easy berry smoothie recipe is such a great intro to adding greens to your smoothies. (The leftovers make amazing popsicles!)
This is one of the world’s most child-friendly green smoothies.
Why? Well…because it doesn’t LOOK green.
I often think that a good marketing class should be a required course along with your birthing class before you become parents. It’s an essential skill. These days, my kids do great with all kinds of colors of smoothies, but we used a lot of marketing skills when our kids were toddlers and preschoolers, giving smoothies fun names, or calling frozen banana smoothies “banana ice cream” (like we do). It made our kids WAY more likely to try something new!
This easy triple berry smoothie recipe basically does all the marketing for us–it’s gorgeous, doesn’t look green (a triggering color for lots of littles), and has a delicious, thick, frosty, creamy texture that’s almost like a berry sorbet.
My kids love the flavor, and I love how delicious and nutrient dense they can be. Let’s make one, yes?
Here’s What Goes Into Our Berry Smoothies:
- A Trio Of Frozen Berries. You can absolutely make this berry green smoothie with a pre-mixed frozen berry blend (often strawberries, blueberries and blackberries), but I’ve found that mixing equal parts of frozen strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries gives us just the taste and texture we’re looking for. Also, be sure to use frozen fruit for the best texture!
- Orange Juice. My kids and I love a citrus note in our smoothies, and orange juice helps this smoothie blend and the brightness balances the sweet and tart notes in this smoothie. It also adds enough natural sweetness that we don’t need any extra sweetener, like honey, agave, maple syrup, or even dates.
- Spinach. Next up is the green in our berry green smoothie! Spinach blends well and adds a little layer of extra nutrients. Kale also works, if that’s your preference!
- Your Favorite Smoothie Boosts. Then, we round out the nutrient profile with a bit of healthy fat or protein. Here are some of our favorites…
Smoothie Boosts & Toppings To Try:
Adding a little protein and/or healthy fats to a smoothie helps you stay full longer, and slows down the impact on your blood sugar. Here are some of our favorite smoothie boosts to mix in to boos the nutrition, and some tasty toppings to garnish with:
- Collagen protein – It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo, but not vegan.
- Ground flax – This adds fiber, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids (healthy fats)
- Chia Seeds – A great source of fiber and healthy fats, with some protein tossed in!
- Yogurt – A dollop of Greek yogurt adds protein, or you can use your favorite vegan yogurt/non-dairy yogurt. (We like Culina or Siggis.)
Toppings To Try:
- A dollop of nut butter (almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, etc.)
- More berries! Play up the ingredients in the smoothie by adding a few fresh berries on top of your spinach berry smoothie.
- Sliced bananas. A little different, but berries + bananas are BFFs!
- Granola. Some store-bought or homemade granola is delicious!
- Chopped nuts. Add a satisfying crunch and some healthy fats and protein with some chopped nuts, like almonds, walnuts, or pecans.
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The Best Berry Green Smoothie:
Get fresh. If fresh berries are in season, feel free to use fresh ones in place of frozen! You’ll just want to add 1 cup of ice so that it’s a bit frosty.
If you don’t have a high-speed blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix, I’ve found that the best way to get the greens to blend smoothly is to puree them with the juice and liquids first before adding the other ingredients. That way they really have a chance to break down as much as possible (which is really important to my texture-sensitive little ones).
Save it for later. This is one of our favorite smoothies to freeze in a popsicle mold. They make such a yummy snack, especially in warm weather!
Yummy Variations To Try:
Our favorite way to make this berry green smoothie is as written, but it’s always fun to mix things up! Try one of these twists next time you need a little variety:
- Use almond milk instead of orange juice + add a hefty dollop of peanut butter for some PB&J vibes!
- Swap the orange juice for coconut water + add the juice and zest of 1 lime.
- Add a little frozen mango or frozen pineapple chunks to mix up the flavor
- Try a few drops of vanilla extract for a berry julius vibe!
- Add a few leaves of fresh mint. AMAZING when I have it on hand!