These easy berry smoothies are a great way to add some extra-healthy food into your diet (and your veggie-averse kiddos). It’s a breakfast and snack food you’ll all enjoy, and they’ll never know there’s a full cup of spinach in it!
Truth: I have a borderline obsession with strawberries.
I blame it on growing up in the middle of strawberry fields that reached as far as I could see. In fact, my mom still reminds me of how as a toddler, when I saw her buying flats of strawberries from roadside stands, I would SCREAM until she would give me one. Forget washing them…forget taking the stem off…I wanted that sweetness in my mouth before they lost the warmth of the sunshine that ripened them.
Last year, I even planned a trip to my hometown at the end of April specifically so that I could buy strawberries in season from the farmers near my house.
I told you: borderline obsessed.
We’re attempting to grow strawberries in our garden here in Utah, but the birds won the battle this year (but not the war…I’m coming at you with netting next year, birds!) So, I’m left with buying strawberries at the store and hoping for the best. Usually I’m a bit disappointed, to be honest, but we make do.
The good news is that the yummy berry smoothies I’m sharing with you today are perfect for using frozen strawberries (but if you have some awesome fresh strawberries you could definitely use them…just add some extra ice). We always keep big Costco-sized bags of frozen blueberries and strawberries in our freezer just for making berry smoothies–it’s another one of my go-to snacks.
What I love about this berry smoothie is that if you have kiddos who are averse to veggies, the green color and taste of the spinach are hidden by the dark color of the berries and the strong flavor of the OJ.
Bonus: once you’ve finished your smoothie, take any left-overs and freeze them in popsicle molds to make a super-healthy dessert for later! My kids think I’m the coolest mom ever when I let them have popsicles for a snack after school. What they don’t realize is that their “treat” is full of leafy greens and antioxidants! Mom for the win!
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (we often use Greek)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup milk
- 2 Tablespoons chia seed
- Combine all ingredients in blender and mix until combined. Easy peasy!
- Depending on how awesome your blender is (or NOT), you may have to stir and blend some more to make sure that all the frozen chunks get ground up.
- Pour into glasses and ENJOY!
Smoothie recipes are HIGHLY adaptable, which is part of why we love them! Feel free to experiment with adding other kinds of fruit (mango, pineapple, peach, etc). You can also add oats, flax seed, or protein powder to make them a bit more filling.
Also, leftover smoothies make great healthy popsicles if you’ve got a cheap popsicle mold on hand. See below for the one we love.
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