1.05.2013

Dairy Free Spinach & Berry Smoothie--1 Year Blog Anniversary

I just realized that it has already been one whole year since my very first post!  What a year this has been!  With lots of ups and a few downs, I'm ready to start 2013 on a positive note!

After all of the indulging of the holidays, it's now time to get back on the right track.  I like starting my day with these healthy smoothies.  They are very flavorful, have tons of vitamins and antioxidants, and will give you a lot of energy.  I usually use spinach but you can also use kale, or both!

Spinach is known as a superfood but the berries also have an incredible amount of nutritional goodness.  In addition to being loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients, they are low in calories and high in water and fiber to help control blood sugar and keep you full longer.  I like to use a mixture of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries but any other combination is just fine!

Most smoothie recipes call for some type of liquid (milk, yogurt, orange juice, etc) but I used water.  The fruit adds enough sweetness to the smoothie but you could always add Truvia or a natural sweetener if it's not sweet enough for you.

I really need to purchase a Vitamix blender, which is the king of all blenders.  If you don't have a Vitamix, I would blend the spinach and water first, then add the ice and fruit.  

Here's to a healthy and happy new year!  



Spinach & Berry Smoothie
recipe and photos by halftomatohalfpotato

INGREDIENTS
-1 cup fresh spinach 
-2 cups frozen berries
-1/2 banana
-1.5 cups ice cubes
-1/4-1/2 cup water

DIRECTIONS
-add spinach and 1/4 cup water to blender; blend
-add fruit and ice cubes
-blend until smooth
-add more water if necessary (if you prefer a thinner consistency)



2 comments:

  1. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing) Can I use manual juice press for this recipe, by the way? Or it will screw up the texture of smoothie?

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