A berry green smoothie that tastes delicious (yes, it is possible) and will get you well on your way to hitting your daily serves of fruit and veg!
Let’s talk about smoothies.
I absolutely love smoothies. My preference is to have smoothies that taste like milkshakes. If you want a smoothie that tastes like a milkshake but is actually good for you, try my banana chia smoothie – so good! But smoothies can’t always be milkshakes! Especially if, like me, you are using them to up your vegetable intake. The good news is – this berry green smoothie sneaks in all the greens without tasting like a garden! The perfect starter smoothie if you haven’t quite delved into the world of green smoothies too far just yet.
Trust me – if you aren’t accustomed to green smoothies just yet DO NOT start off with a heavy vegetable ratio… Unless your intention is to be so scared of the green smoothie you never venture towards it again!
This berry green smoothie gives you the best of both worlds – it tastes sweet whilst still packing in all those delicious nutrients and minerals! Plus, you are well on your way to hitting your daily recommended serves of fruits and vegetables! Winning!
Now before we get onto the recipe I just want to share a couple of quick smoothie tips with you guys to help you become smoothie masters…
3 super smoothie tips:
1. Freeze your favourite smoothie ingredients
One of my pet peeves is wasting food so I love that whenever we buy some kale, spinach, bananas, strawberries etc that are being used I can just wash them and stick them in freezer bags to use in smoothies. If you are freezing bananas, make sure you remove the skin first (this might seem obvious but hey, it’s been done before!). Also, if you are freezing strawberries be sure to cut the stem off before you freeze. You can go further here and buy fresh produce when it is heavily discounted just days before it’s expiration date! I love a bargain and if you freeze it straight away it will be perfect for your smoothie!
Another great part about using frozen ingredients is that there is no need to add ice. Just blend together and you’ll have a lovely thick cold consistency.
2. Chuck in the chia seeds
I’m yet to find a smoothie that chia seeds aren’t great in. Not only do they thicken up the consistency but they do not taste like anything! Chia seeds are rich in fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and protein, as well as rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Throw in a tablespoon to your smoothies and you’ll be well on your way to using up that bag that has been sitting in the back of the cupboard!
3. Add some water
If you are using frozen ingredients you can sometimes have a tough time blending! If this happens, add in up to 1/2 a cup of filtered water to smooth it out.
- 150ml milk
- 1 handful spinach leaves
- 1 handful kale leaves
- 1 handful frozen mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
- ½ banana
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Put all ingredients in a high performance blender and blend until smooth
- Serve and enjoy!
- I’ve tried this smoothie with cows milk and almond milk – both were equally as delicious
- You can just use one type of berry if you like!
- I’ve also used arugula / rocket instead of spinach and couldn’t taste much difference!
- Add in some filtered water if the mixture isn’t blending well (generally will happen if you are using all frozen ingredients).