Berry Greens Vanilla Smoothie
Goodbye to the season of indulgence. Hello to the season of cleaning up your diet and getting back on track.
Halloween starts it off with all the candy, then the month long lead-up to Thanksgiving, another month long eating-fest of Christmas cookies, fudge, and cheese dips, with adult beverages for New Years. Whoa.
I think most of us are ready to lighten up, healthify, and get back into those skinny jeans, or at least try to, in January.
Tis the season for resolutions and if you’ve made any, this smoothie is a great way to keep them.
It’s very filling, satisfying, naturally vegan and gluten-free, with no added sugar, salt, or stuff you don’t want.
It’s made with sweet mixed berries and a banana for creaminess. I use frozen fruit so I don’t have to add ice. Plus it’s cheaper and available year-round since January isn’t known as berry season.
I used a heaping handful of fresh spinach and while I can’t taste it (I drink an all-green, very intense green juice daily and am immune to green), my 8 year old daughter said she could taste it but ‘not that much’. The berries trump the green taste.
If you’re trying to work in or sneak in more greens, this is an easy way. Sometimes I use frozen spinach if that’s what I have.
- 20 grams premium plant-based protein
- 6 servings of greens
- 50% daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals
- 25% DV fiber
- 1.5 grams of Omega-3s
- Probiotics (1 billion CFU)
- Only 160 calories. (French Vanilla)
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Berry Greens Vanilla Smoothie
Yield: about 10 to 12 ounces, serves one very generously
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
about 1 1/4 cups mixed berries (I use Trader Joe's Berry Medley which includes strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
about 1 1/4 cups fresh spinach, loosely laid in measuring cup (frozen may be substituted)
1 small ripe banana, peeled (previously frozen in chunks is ideal)
about 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk (almond milk or your favorite milk may be substituted)
- Add all ingredients to the canister of a blender or food processor in the order listed. Blend on high power until texture is as smooth as desired. Serve immediately. Smoothie is best when freshly made, however sometimes I made a double batch and place half the batch in a freezer-safe (plastic) glass for later. Smoothie will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month; allow to thaw at room temp for about 45 minutes before serving.
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