This Berry Green Smoothie is such a great intro to adding greens to your smoothies.
The leftovers make amazing popsicles!
Why? Because it’s somewhere in the pink and purple family.
I often think that marketing should be a required course load before humans become parents. It’s an essential skill. We use a lot of marketing in the kitchen. A name like Jedi Juice or Monster Smoothie or calling smoothies “fruit ice cream” (like we do) makes them WAY more exciting to the tiny humans at our house.
I’m thankful to be at a point with Milo and Sophie that if a smoothie IS visibly green, they do okay (since I put it in delicious recipes like Peach Mango Bliss or Creamy Vanilla Kale Smoothies), but we’ve been slowly working on increasing the amount of spinach or greens we add to smoothies as they adjust to the flavor. Sophie has always been more sensitive about green things in her smoothies than Milo has, so we went slowly, 1/2 a cup of greens at a time, and over a few months, she does great with a decent dose in her smoothies or smoothie popsicles these days.
This Berry Green Smoothie is fresh and bright. We love the combination of berries and orange juice. The spinach completely hides visually and from a taste perspective. You can always add more here. When I make it just for me and Milo, I add a full 2 cups of spinach. You may want to start smaller (as I have to do for Sophie).
It’s an easy recipe to make your own…
Notes on the Recipe:
Shake it up! There is a lot of flexibility here. I add 1 cup of orange juice and then 1 cup of something else. You can use water, ice, almond, coconut, or dairy milk, or you can add yogurt (dairy or non-dairy) or even some banana. I most often use water or coconut milk. Whatever you have on hand!
All about that base. As for the berries, I most often buy a bag of mixed frozen berries, so I just scoop 3 cups of mixed berries out. I prefer this smoothie best when there are at least a few strawberries in the mix.
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, 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!
Like this recipe? You might also like:
- Creamy Vanilla Kale Smoothie
- Peach Mango Bliss
- Pineapple Coconut Lime Smoothie
- Clean and Healthy Tropical Smoothie – Bless This Mess
If you don’t have a high-speed blender, puree the spinach with the juice and water first before adding the frozen berries. It will help give you a really smooth end result.
- 3 cups frozen berries (I like equal parts raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries)
- 1-2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup water (can sub 1c banana slices, yogurt, or almond/coconut milk)
- Place all ingredients in the blender. Puree until completely smooth. Drink immediately or freeze into popsicles!