Berry Healthy Smoothie
Kids will never see the greens hidden in this yummy drink.
1 cup blueberries,
1 cup strawberries, hulled,
2 mangoes, peeled and pitted,
1 cup pineapple chunks,
1 cup baby spinach,
1 cup water,
1 cup ice cubes
- Place the Top Blades in the Pitcher and add all of the ingredients in the order listed.*
- Select Speed 1 and flip the switch to START. Slowly increase to Speed 8 and blend until smooth.
- Go ahead, embrace your inner meal prepper. We hear you, making smoothies the night before is a huge time saver. But, heads up, never store your smoothies with the blade assembly attached—active ingredients in some foods may lead to pressure buildup and possible injury. Store them with Sip & Seal Lids instead.
Not only are berries packed with antioxidants, all these fruits combined add up to a mega amount of vitamin C. Improvise a filtration bag by lining a strainer with cheesecloth.
Customize Your Drink
Our recipes are awesome, but maybe you’d like to customize a drink that’s all your own! Don’t be afraid to experiment. Check out our suggestions for creating your own signature super juice or smoothie! (All recommendations based on a 12-ounce beverage.)
Make it Thicker
Try adding one of these ingredients for a creamier drink and to boost the nutrition profile as well:
- 1/4 ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons avocado
- If you think avocados are only for guacamole, think again!
- Ideal for greens drinks, avocado adds good-for-you monounsaturated fat with only 50 calories for 2 tablespoons.
- Florida avocados (the larger, smooth skinned ones) have slightly fewer calories and fat compared to the smaller California varieties.
- 1/4 tablespoon chia seeds
- In white and black varieties, chia seeds are a nutrient powerhouse. Rich in protein, these tiny seeds deliver potassium, magnesium, calcium, and manganese.
- Chia seeds are also one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fats and can contribute to your daily fiber needs in a big way. Their ability to absorb liquid is what thickens the drink, but don’t use more than the recommended amount — your drink will turn into a gel!
Add chia seeds in with other ingredients before blending, or make a chia gel that you can keep on hand in the fridge and use as needed.
How to Make a Chia Gel
Combine 4 tablespoons chia seeds with 2 cups water or other liquid, such as coconut water. Voila – after 10-15 minutes you’ll have a gel! Use a tablespoon or two of gel to thicken drinks to your desired consistency. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week.
Make it Thinner
The thickness of a blended drink will depend on a few factors, such as whether or not ice is used, and whether the fruit is fresh or frozen. If your smoothie isn’t sip-able, you can add one of these healthful ingredients to thin it down just a bit.
- 2 tablespoons green tea or chamomile tea
- 2 tablespoons of coconut water
- Add a small amount of a high-moisture food, such as celery, lettuce, cucumber, lemon or lime
- Add some water—important to re-hydrate!
- Unsweetened almond milk to add richness—great with tropical fruits!
Make it Sweeter
Our recipes have been designed to rely on fruits and other ingredients that provide as little natural sugar as possible. Until your taste buds get accustomed to drinks that are less sweet (and it will happen over time), if needed, add one of these ingredients to hit the sweet spot:
Tasty berry smoothie
This recipe is nice and pretty basic, I have spinach, mangoes, pineapples & a frozen berry blend that consists of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries & raspberries. I do not like to drink water and I am supposed to because I have sickle cell anemia so me being able to make smoothies now with my BL492W Nutri Nija has simply been amazing. I use organic raw agave as my sweetener along with raw organic honey at times depending on what I want to sweeten it with.mi also use chia seeds in 98% of my smoothies b. more
Tasty berry smoothie
from Long Beach, Ca
This recipe is nice and pretty basic, I have spinach, mangoes, pineapples & a frozen berry blend that consists of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries & raspberries. I do not like to drink water and I am supposed to because I have sickle cell anemia so me being able to make smoothies now with my BL492W Nutri Nija has simply been amazing. I use organic raw agave as my sweetener along with raw organic honey at times depending on what I want to sweeten it with.mi also use chia seeds in 98% of my smoothies because it is a good source of potassium, fiber, calcium & manganese. For those of you who want to use a sweetener for your drinks try either raw agave or raw honey, the agave is GREAT for people who have diabetes because it doesn’t affect your glycemic blood sugar.
from Oakville, on
So far my kids favourite recipe. I added 3 tablespoons of hemp seed for added nutrition, they didn’t even notice the difference. I did make it another time with oranges as I had no mangoes, still good but definitely better with mangoes
I ended up adding more water to it, but the drink was delicious and well received. We’ll do this one again soon!
from carmichael, ca
its a really good drink i make it all the time you can really taste all the berries yum! great recipe i wouldve never thought of it