Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
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Weather: abundant sunshine, light breeze
What I’m listening to: reminding myself of music I’ve forgotten with the 90’s station on Spotify

After waiting for what seemed to be an extra-long time for the snow to melt off this year, this week we’ve been having some of the warmest, sunniest weather I can recall since moving to Alaska. The kids are out of school and running around the house all day, the trees are sprouting and turning green, and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom.

Did you guys know that Pastor Alaska has lost nearly 30 pounds this spring? He’s been working out and running and trying to make healthier choices. We have also been enjoying a high-protein, fruit-and-veggie-packed smoothie almost every afternoon. This is currently my favorite combination: Greek yogurt, bananas, spinach, blueberries, strawberries. The kids enjoy it, too, and it’s one of the only ways I can get them to eat their spinach. You can’t taste the spinach and you can barely see it if your blender is a good one… just tiny green flecks mixed in with the gorgeous purple color.

A couple of quick smoothie-making tips: the type of milk you use is entirely up to you. One of my favorites is vanilla coconut milk, the variety you can buy refrigerated or in a box (not the canned; I prefer that for cooking). But you can also use soy, almond, or dairy milk. The same is true of sweeteners – you can use honey, agave nectar, pure maple syrup, Lyle’s golden syrup, etc. I’ve even been known to splash a little vanilla coffee creamer into some of my smoothies to sweeten them up and give them a little vanilla flavor (don’t knock it until you try it). You can play around with your own milk and sweetener combinations to discover your favorites. Smoothies are so versatile.

Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

IMG 6601 Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

A delicious and healthy smoothie with blueberries, spinach, banana, strawberries, and Greek yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 large frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (dairy, coconut, soy, almond)
  • 2 teaspoons protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey, or to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender, cover with the lid, and whirl until smooth. Add more milk if needed to reach the desired consistency and taste for sweetness, adjusting as necessary. Pour into two glasses and enjoy promptly.

Notes

Some smoothie combinations are sweet enough without sweetener (especially if your banana is very ripe). If you want to sweeten up your smoothie, some great options are: honey, agave, maple syrup, Lyle's golden syrup, vanilla coffee creamer, etc.

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15 comments
sara
sara

This is very delicious, thank you. I'm trying a new recipe almost everyday and writing down the ones I like. I take extra to work for my coworkers and they love this.

Maureen
Maureen

I made this with a kale chard spinach mix and it was beyond delicious!

shellyk84
shellyk84

Looks very similar to my recipe. I use a nutribullet. I fill the cup with 1/2 baby spinach, frozen blueberries (as much as you want), some mango, good heaping spoon of non-fat plain greek yogurt and a splash of pineapple juice. blend smooth, although I am going to try your recipe. I need some variation in my smoothie :)

Brooke M
Brooke M

Can this be frozen to enjoy the next day?

PhDon_t
PhDon_t

Five stars!  This is my first spinach shake :) I added pineapple instead of strawberries and 1/4 tsp of vanilla, and goodness was it delicious.  I may add some coconut oil for additional flavor and healthy fats :D

Jenni
Jenni

Thank you for this recipe. I spent the last hour searching for a great smoothie with easy to find ingredients. This one looks great, and  I will go shopping in the morning for this recipe. Thank you!

annie
annie

I want to start making smoothies with spinach but don't know what type of juicer/blender to get...any suggestions?

annie

Heather
Heather

This will be my first time adding spinach to a smoothy. We always use the honey vanilla greek yogurt and berries, so it is always sweet enough with adding additional sweetners.  Can't wait to try this tonight.

shannon_crabill
shannon_crabill

I felt the need to say...that I've tried variations of this flavor combination and it makes for easily THE BEST smoothie I've ever made. 

Typically, I go heavier on the spinach than the berries and add in an extra frozen banana when I don't have yogurt plus add a bit of cinnamon and ginger in addition to the honey. Mmmmmm, enjoying one right now :)

Love the blog btw!

Anny
Anny

I just made this smoothie and its DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

@annie I have a Vitamix blender, and a Nutripro Juicer. I get quite a bit more use out of the Vitamix, but both are awesome. 

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

@shannon_crabill I'm so thrilled to hear it, Shannon! This is a favorite at our house, too... although we make other variations from time to time, this is our go-to smoothie. I'll have to try the ginger, that sounds delish. :) 

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