Berry Green Smoothie

It’s time for another Crazy Cooking Challenge hosted by Tina at Mom’s Crazy Cooking. This month’s theme us smoothies! Smoothies are our go-to beverage for breakfast and snacks. I love that you can throw in all sorts of fruits (and even vegetables!). We like to customize ours depending on our mood with other ingredients like juice, milk, yogurt, honey or peanut butter.

It seems as though there are TONS of smoothie recipes out there. But I loved this one because it is simple and SO delicious. And with berry season in full production right now, it’s a great time to take advantage of all the berries out there. My kids and I all gave it a double thumbs up. I found it on the Six Sisters Stuff blog. What I love about it is the “secret” ingredient of spinach. I started adding spinach to our smoothies the summer before last when we were visiting my sister-in-law and her family. She served us a green smoothie and I’m telling you, you really can't taste the spinach! But it adds some great nutrients to the smoothie—double bonus!

Here’s the recipe, try it... even kids will like it!

Berry Green Smoothie

Serving Size: Makes 1 - 8 oz Smoothie

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. apple or orange juice (we ended up using lemonade because that’s what I had on hand)
  • 1 c. of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 c. frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)

Instructions

  1. Add juice and spinach to then blender and blend well. Add banana and frozen fruit and blend together.
  2. *You can add water to reach your desired consistency.

 

Just a few simple ingredients is all it takes for a delicious smoothie. We used lemonade instead of the called for apple or orange juice. Created a nice "tang".

Delcious strawberries! I used the kind that are sliced and found in the frozen section of my wholesale club.

Good-for-you spinach! You can't even really taste it in the smoothie!

We always have plenty of bananas on hand. Sometimes I will slice overripe bananas and freeze them for adding to all sorts of smoothies.

Frozen blueberries work great! We go blueberry picking every year so have them in the freezer year-round or you can buy them in bulk at your local wholesale club (or stock up when they go on sale at the grocery store). Visit us on Facebook and post your favorite fruit and veggie combo smoothie recipes!

 

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Header photo credit: Brenda Thompson