A Berry Green Smoothie that is delicious (yes, it’s possible) and will get you well on your way to hitting your daily serves of fruit and veg! Zero green colouring. Maximum taste.
Confession – I used to run away screaming at the thought of green smoothies. I mean, most look like pond scum, right? And some even taste like it (or worse).
But I eventually came to my senses and realised I could easily add my favourite fruits in with the greens and make the whole smoothie much more enjoyable.
Which is exactly what I did for this Berry Green Smoothie. It’s perfect if you’re just starting out on your green smoothie journey, and aren’t exactly tantalised by the green colour. Berries give it a lovely tinge of pink and purple, and cover the taste of the greens so much you may very well forget they are in there.
Berry Green Smoothie Ingredients List:
- Mixed Berries
- Chia Seeds
Smoothies are versatile and allow you to “choose your own adventure” when it comes to exact ingredients. I’ve popped down a list of ingredient substitutions and suggestions that will guide you in your smoothie mixology and help you get a delicious smoothie in your hand ASAP:
Milk: Choose a milk you actually like. Lately I’ve been using soy milk for all my smoothies as I find it doesn’t really change the taste of the smoothie at all.
Berries: I buy a frozen mixed berries mix from my local supermarket which includes strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries but if you don’t have something similar simply use your favourite berry. I’ve made this with just strawberries and it was still amazing.
Chia Seeds: These are my go-to smoothie booster / add-in as they thicken up the consistency and don’t 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. BUT if you don’t have them just omit them completely and add a little less milk in, or substitute for your favourite smoothie booster.
Yoghurt: I typically use either vanilla yoghurt or a slightly sweetened plain greek yoghurt in my smoothie recipes. If you are using an unsweetened plain greek yoghurt, you may wish to add a tsp or two of your favourite liquid sweetener. You could also use coconut yoghurt or omit yoghurt entirely.
Vegan / Dairy Free: Use your favourite non-dairy milk and use coconut yoghurt, or omit yoghurt entirely.
Fresh Vs Frozen: I love using frozen fruit and vegetables in my smoothie recipes, as I find they not only help keep the smoothie cool but also help to thicken it. I’ve added some info and tips for freezing your fruit and vegetables below, but if you only have fresh on hand this is absolutely fine to use.
Smoothie hack – Freeze your fruit and vegetables:
Freezing fruit and vegetables not only helps make your smoothies thicker and more creamy, but it’s a bonus way to stop wasting fresh produce. I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s guilty of throwing away unused, spoilt fruit and veg at the end of the week.
But that all stopped as soon as I realised I could freeze my favourites and use them whenever I liked. No more waiting for bananas to ripen, or wondering how to use that whole bunch of kale in a week.
I now have a freezer stocked with ready-to-go smoothie ingredients that I can use at any time.
Here’s how to freeze some of my favourite smoothie ingredients:
- Remove the skin.
- Cut into slices and place on a plate or tray.
- Place plate / tray in the freezer for 1 hour until banana slices are solid.
- Place banana slices in an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Rinse the strawberries.
- Cut the stems and halve them.
- Place is airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Freezing Greens (Kale, Spinach, Rocket etc):
- Rinse the greens and remove as much water as possible (I use my salad spinner).
- Place in an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Tip: Buy fresh produce when it is heavily discounted just days before it’s expiration date! Freeze it straight away and it will be perfect for your smoothie!
MORE SCRUMPTIOUS SMOOTHIE RECIPES:
Berry Green Smoothie
- 250 ml / 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla yoghurt
- 1 handful spinach leaves
- 1 handful kale leaves
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Put all ingredients in a high performance blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Milk - Pick any milk you enjoy. My favourite is soy.
- Berries - If you don't have a mixed berry blend, feel free to use just one berry. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries etc will all work perfectly in this recipe.
- Chia Seeds - If you don't have chia seeds on hand feel free to omit and just add a little less milk, as chia seeds help to thicken the smoothie.
- Yoghurt - Vanilla Yoghurt or Greek Yoghurt work well. If your Greek Yoghurt is unsweetened, you may wish to add a tsp or two of liquid sweetener. You can also sub for coconut yoghurt, or omit entirely.
- To make Vegan / Dairy Free - Choose a dairy free milk and sub yoghurt for coconut yoghurt or omit entirely.
- Fresh vs Frozen - You can easily sub fresh fruit or veg into this recipe. I simply prefer frozen as it helps to make smoothies thicker and creamier.
- Nutrition - Nutrition information is a rough estimate for one smoothie.
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First Published: July 26, 2017
Updated: January 11th, 2019