Superfood Berry Smoothie

January 22, 2013

I’ve made a few changes to my weekly routine that have had a significant effect on my energy level and general feelings of happiness.  I’m now exercising almost daily and immediately after the kids go to school.  I’m spending a few less hours plugged in or online each week.  And I’m eating breakfast regularly!  Or I should say, drinking breakfast regularly.

I’ve never been a big breakfast eater, which all nutritionists will tell you is a very bad thing.  (Weekend stops at IHOP excluded!  Come to me hash browns… )  In the past, I was content each weekday with a big ol’ mug of coffee until about 11 a.m. when I suddenly felt starving and grouchy.  Bad Kate, very bad!

We’ve all read how important it is to jump start your metabolism in the morning, so I started making smoothies in the a.m. and they’re now a big hit around the house – I crave them, Matt loves them, and the kids slurp them down too.

superfood berry smoothie

 

One of the challenging things about a daily smoothie craving is keeping the fresh ingredients around, and also the assembly, it takes effort!  I saw at the market that Jamba Juice sells individual smoothie packets and I’ve purchased them a few times but then I decided I wanted to make my own version at home where I could control the ingredients and have them ready to go each day.

 

SuperFood Berry Smoothie Ingredients:

- 2 cups fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)

- 3 frozen cubes nonfat yogurt (vanilla, plain, or fruit flavored)

- 5-6 spinach leaves

- ½ banana

- ½ cup cranberry juice

-   ½ cup nonfat milk, almond milk, or soy milk

- ½ scoop SuperFood Berry powder

 

For convenience, I started freezing most of the ingredients, first the yogurt in ice cube trays for easy portion control.

yogurt in ice cube trays

 

Then the berries, ½ banana, yogurt cubes, and spinach in ziploc bags…

smoothie ingredients

My kids caught me assembling these bags the other day and when they saw the spinach leaves their eyeballs got big, then they winced, then they gave me the stink eye, in that order.  Tricked ya munchkins!

 

In the blender, I add whatever liquids I have, but I found my favorite is ½ cup of cranberry juice and ½ cup of skim or almond milk.

juice and milk

 

Finally in the blender, I add ½ scoop of this stuff…

green berry superfood

Green Berry SuperFood is available at Whole Foods, at the Amazing Grass website, and on Amazon.  If you add the full scoop recommended, the smoothie can taste a little gritty so I stick to ½ and no more than ¾ scoop.  #babysteps!   Not a sponsored post, I just like the stuff!

Blend all of this goodness together for a minute and yum is what you get!

superfood smoothie recipe

 

Never you mind that it’s totally healthy for you.

Makes one large or two small smoothies.

Printable recipe HERE.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe or smoothie ingredient?

 

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