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Berry Protein Bash Green Smoothie

Give yourself a protein boost with this yummy Berry Protein Bash green smoothie. Protein burns slower than carbohydrates, so adding it to smoothies helps prevent blood sugar spikes and helps prevent hunger pains. And it’s also great if you are working towards a flat belly or building muscles. Yes, the majority of us are on a mission to get those firm abs back— and drinking a protein-rich smoothie after your work-outs is the perfect formula.

Berry Protein Bash Green Smoothie

Serves 2


Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach, fresh
  • 2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup almonds

Instructions

Blend spinach and water until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again. * Soak overnight in water before blending, or use almond meal. * Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold.

73 Responses to “Berry Protein Bash Green Smoothie”

  1. Amy 4.7.2014 at 10:29 am #

    I’m sorry, I just don’t like this. It has no fruit flavour at all, just an almondy paste. It’s purple because of the blueberries, but it doesn’t taste good. I’m not sure why I’m not having very good luck with this site. My favourite smoothie is one I’ve made myself – kale, frozen pineapple, frozen mangoes and a splash of tropical juice.

  2. Stephanie 2.13.2014 at 9:22 am #

    Is there a way to freeze the greens without ruining them? For example blending them up ahead if time with the liquid base and then defrosting it when you need it later?

    • Jadah and Jen 2.14.2014 at 7:56 am #

      Hi Stephanie!
      You can freeze leafy greens without blending, or you can blend some up with a small amount of water and freezing them in ice cube trays :-)

  3. Ashley 2.2.2014 at 8:45 am #

    Do you have the nutritional information for this smoothie? Calories, crbs, sugar, protein?? Do you have a page for the nutritional break down of your other smoothies as well?

    • Jadah and Jen 2.3.2014 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Ashley!
      We do not have that at this time, but we recommend using “Lose It” or “My Fitness Pal” to keep track of it :-)

      • Ces 2.28.2014 at 12:15 pm #

        There is other website, called nutrition data where you can find more detailed nutritional info about different foods.

        See, for instance, the nutritional breakdown on raw, frozen, unsweetened strawberries (Yes, they are so specific):

        http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2066/2

        They took note of not only the calories but the Vitamin, mineral,protein, and other nutrient contents for each of the foods they list.

        The site is not very easy to navigate through when you first visit it, but you get used to it.

        Cheers!

  4. Trudie 1.28.2014 at 7:41 pm #

    Hi, a suggestion, adding a little teaspoon of Nutella to make it sweeter for those who think it might be a little bitter?

  5. Brittany 1.5.2014 at 6:31 pm #

    I am allergic to almonds, can you tell me a few alternatives to almonds, almond butter, and almond milk? Would rice milk work for some of these smoothies?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.6.2014 at 11:29 am #

      Rice milk would work, Brittany! Any other nut butter would work, too :-)

  6. Marie 12.27.2013 at 11:10 am #

    Can I use non fat Greek yogurt or protein powder?

  7. Yolanda 11.21.2013 at 1:20 am #

    Why do u have to soak almonds over night before blending ?

    • Jadah and Jen 11.22.2013 at 7:06 am #

      Don’t have to, Yolanda :-) It helps to blend them and bring out their nutrients when you do, though.

  8. Lottie 10.29.2013 at 2:41 pm #

    What is a good trade for the banana? I’m trying to cut the sugar. Would apples work?

  9. Lottie 10.29.2013 at 2:41 pm #

    What is a good substitute for the banana? I’m trying to cut the sugar. Would apples work?

  10. Lori 10.7.2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I didn’t have any spinach left, so I used 2 C of bok choy. I also only had 1 C of unsweetened almond milk and so I used that and added 1 C of water also and added a couple Tbsps of probiotic. (I also froze both the strawberries and blueberries) and it came out absolutely delicious. (I soaked my almonds overnight also). I’ve been drinking smoothies for 1 week now and watching my sugar intake and eating a little better and I’ve seemed to have lost approximately 3 lbs so far! amazing!! thanks for the awesome website!!

  11. Kiya 9.27.2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Can I leave out the bananas? This is the perfect smoothie for me but I detest bananas.

    • Jen Hansard 10.1.2013 at 6:58 am #

      Of course! You might need to add a soluble fiber to thicken it up a bit (like avocado or even chia seeds).

    • Don Anthony 11.12.2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Another option is ground flaxseed, and/or sunflower butter or another nut butter

  12. dev&trey 9.13.2013 at 8:02 am #

    were just getting in to the whole healthy thing and this is our second time trying out a green smoothie an they are awesome i must say my husband doesn’t like greens so this way i can get him to eat them and enjoy them with out him feeling forced to eat them lol thanks again.

  13. Lisa Vickery 8.6.2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Absolutely Delicious! Great Recipe! Great Website! Keep up the terrific work!

    Lisa

  14. Shara 7.17.2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Hello, I tried this smoothie with a slight change; I used only a cup of almond milk and added one cup of plain, non-fat Greek yogurt. It was delicious. I didn’t soak my almonds, however. I used whole, raw almonds and they blended just fine. Can you tell me the reasoning behind soaking them first? Thanks.

  15. Kara 6.19.2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Just getting into the Simple Green Smoothie site and let me first say I absolutely love it! I tried this one today. I used an avocado because I have never been a fan of bananas. It had a strong almond flavor which i loved but I did have one question. I have tried green smoothie recipes from elsewhere and with those and this one, I find that my smoothies taste really good, but never look very appetizing. Instead of “green” they typically turn out to have more of a brownish grayish with a hint of green color (sounds unpleasant, I know). It started out beautiful bright green but as soon as the berries went in everything went downhill, appearance-wise.I was just wondering if that’s normal or if I’m missing out on some kind of smoothie-beautifying trick that gives the green color? Do I need to be adding more spinach? Is the “green” in the name just from the ingredients? I always see such pretty pictures online but never can get that look from my finished product. Any tips?

    *Just a side note, I don’t think the avocados are causing the browning because the ones I have are just shy of completely ripe, so they are super bright green and stay that way for a while after cutting. I made an avocado pasta sauce last night and have leftovers in the fridge that are still bright beautiful green.

    • Jadah and Jen 6.21.2013 at 5:57 am #

      Hi Kara! You’re not alone! Almost anything with berries won’t be green… It is kind of sad, but I guess we just had to get over that :-) If smoothies that use light colored fruit still aren’t green then you may want to try adding more leafy greens. You should get a nice and green one every now and then!

  16. Andrea 5.1.2013 at 4:33 pm #

    If you use almond meal instead of almonds, how much do you use?

    • Jadah and Jen 5.2.2013 at 7:32 pm #

      Hi Andrea! One cup of whole almonds equals anywhere between 1/2 to 3/4 cup of almonds depending on how fine you grind them :-)

  17. emily firkus 4.27.2013 at 2:53 pm #

    What amount of almond meal is equivalent to 1/2 c almonds?

    • Jadah and Jen 4.29.2013 at 5:50 am #

      Hi Emily! I hope that this answer will help… If you grind 1 cup of whole almonds you should get somewhere around 3/4 cup of ground almonds. Does that make sense?

  18. Renie 4.11.2013 at 9:47 pm #

    I just made the Berry Protein Bash smoothie from your new e-book this morning, but this version of the recipe calls for a banana. It’s way
    better with banana- it needs the extra sweetness and creamy body. Thanks and enjoying your blog!

  19. Christina J 4.2.2013 at 6:58 am #

    Good morning!
    Yesterday went great!! Today I’m making the berry protein bash. I am using the smoothies as a meal replacement and a snack for the day. But I need to add more protein to my day, my daily goal is 60 grams. Have you ever tried adding protein powder to them? Thanks!!

  20. Tim King 3.26.2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Where’s all the nutritional analysis of these drinks? Just curious. I tried this one last night and did the homework on the nutritional side, and it works out to 22 grams of protein and somewhere around 33 grams of carbs …. I did switch out for soy milk to up the protein a little more so the ratios were more balanced …. but, this drink wasn’t all that bad …. ;)

  21. Sharon 2.25.2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Can I used soy milk instead of almond milk?

    • Jen H 2.26.2013 at 6:58 pm #

      It would work, Sharon. Just make sure it is unsweetened.

    • Tim 3.26.2013 at 3:59 pm #

      Absolutely! But, Jen is right … use unsweetened…. Trader Joes has great stuff, and so does SILK….

  22. Lauren 2.6.2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Hello Ladies,

    I have a question. I have a nut allergy and notice this calls for Almond milk and Almonds. Is there anyway to get the same pack of protein in this drink without that ingredient?

    Thanks!!

    • Jen H 2.6.2013 at 6:42 pm #

      Hey Lauren. You could swap out the raw almonds with 2 servings of hemp protein powder. Then use rice milk, soy milk or even water as your liquid base. The protein content will be down a little, but you can always add more protein powder if this is a concern. If you don’t have a dairy allergy or sensitivity, you could even add greek yogurt to this smoothie instead of hemp protein powder. But honestly— we are not fans of dairy, so it’s hard to recommend that approach. But I know it must be hard with a nut allergy— so i thought I would throw out some extra options. Let me know what you end up doing and how it tastes!

      • Michelle 2.21.2013 at 4:09 pm #

        Hi. Thanks for an awesome website! I’ve never been a smoothie type person but I must say that after I’ve been introduced to your site, I’ve an acquired taste! :) Tomorrow I plan to do the berry bash. Can I use coconut milk instead? If so how much? And walnuts instead of almonds since those are what I currently have on hand?

      • Jen H 2.22.2013 at 10:46 am #

        Well, that is music to my little ears Michelle! Glad to have you here. You can definitely use coconut milk— it will give it a sweeter, creamier taste with it. If you can get unsweetened coconut milk that would be best. I personally don’t know about walnuts in green smoothies— never tried myself but I think they would work well. Maybe someone else will comment and share their experience??? I follow the “don’t knock it until you try it” motto.

    • Don Anthony 11.12.2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Use sunflower butter to replace the nuts and use your favorite tea as the base:)

  23. Anna 2.3.2013 at 7:46 am #

    First smoothie I tried and it was delish! My children’s ages 5, 4 and 16 months were trying to take it away from me! I am in training mode and this was great for after an intense workout. Thank you and can’t wait to try another. So glad you can store it too!

    • Jen H 2.4.2013 at 8:04 am #

      That is wonderful news! What are you training for? I’m thinking of getting into training mode for a half marathon— I used to run a lot and miss it.

  24. Lola 1.30.2013 at 8:11 am #

    Hey there

    I’m just new on the community of the green smoothie and I’m gonna start taking some of these recipes for mi daily diet. I would like to start with the “berry protein bash” recipe first. I wanted to know if you can take this one as a breakfast and it’s going to give you all the nutrition that you need to start the day?

    Thanks for your reply! and keep posting!

    • Jen H 1.30.2013 at 12:41 pm #

      Hi Lola. This smoothie is a great one to use as a meal replacement (it has protein which will sustain you for longer periods of time.) As for deciding if this is a good breakfast meal replacement for you…I can’t say. Every one is different— and depending on how active you are, you might need more calories than one smoothie. But for me I can half the recipe and be full until lunch (unless I go on a bike ride then I need the other half of the smoothie as a mid morning snack). Hope that helps! :)

  25. rochelle 1.28.2013 at 9:02 am #

    what other substitutes can I use for the almond milk?

  26. rochelle 1.28.2013 at 9:00 am #

    hi, we don’t have blueberries here in our country. Could I replace with canned blueberries?

  27. Kymberle 1.26.2013 at 10:33 am #

    Howdy!

    I’m allergic to bananas, can I substitute them for avocado? And what is a great replacement for sweetness since I can’t use the banana? Look forward to your reply.. Thanks

    • Jen H 1.26.2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Hi Kymberle— If you want it sweeter, I would try mango as a substitute. You can also use avocado and then sweeten it with dates. Hope that helps.

  28. Kate 1.25.2013 at 8:07 am #

    Hi there! First of all, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful green smoothie recipes. I always want the benefits of greens in my smoothies, but it usually ends up too chewy or bitter. Your recipes have been amazing – both nutritious and delicious! With that said, this one did not turn out so great for me. I used 1/2 cup of unsoaked almonds and the smoothie turned out very strange… sort of cement like (weird, I know). I noticed the Power Protein Smoothie I made this morning called for only 10 almonds but went ahead and just added almond butter after yesterday’s smoothie. I know there are great benefits to soaking almonds so I’ll likely try that next time, but I thought I’d give others a heads up to try soaking their almonds over night before adding them to their smoothies and learn from my mistake :) Thank you again, Jadah and Jen!

  29. MelBelle 1.24.2013 at 6:55 am #

    Hi! I’ve been following you guys for a couple of months and just wanted to tell you this was the BEST smoothie I’ve ever tasted!! I used Hemp milk instead of almond milk for the added omegas and added a scoop of vanilla protein powder and a couple spoonfuls of almond butter. It was SOOOO good!! I replace 2 meals a day with a smoothie so I try to incorporate plenty of protein when I mix my smoothies. I’m thinking about adding hemp seeds in nxt time instead of the almond butter to see how that tastes :)

    • Jen H 1.25.2013 at 5:58 am #

      Yeah! Glad you found a favorite! Vanilla protein powder would go nicely with this.

  30. Lindsey 1.14.2013 at 7:59 am #

    so… what is the typical serving size for your smoothies? 8oz/1cup? i noticed that this one make 4-5 cups, so potentially i could make this once and have a smoothie for 4 days before i have to pull out the blender again, right?

    • Jadah S 1.14.2013 at 11:22 am #

      Lindsey, a serving size is 2 cups, so if you made this entire batch, you could save the leftovers for the next day. You could also make half of this recipe to make sure you want if for another day too. :-)

  31. Angela 1.13.2013 at 12:58 pm #

    I just tried the berry protein bash smoothie. I liked it a lot! I am wondering if there is a way to get nutritional and calorie information for the smoothies?

  32. Ashley 1.13.2013 at 11:53 am #

    I made this smoothie and it wasnt sweet enough and it didn’t taste very sweet or good, so i decided to add a kiwi…and that made it even worst! It was so bad I literally could have cried and I had to chew it because of the nuts.

    • Jadah S 1.14.2013 at 11:19 am #

      Ashley, to sweeten this up add a banana. And you can soak your nuts the night before, so they are not crunchy. Jen and I both use powerful blenders, so we don’t get the crunch. Almond butter is another alternative to using the whole nuts. :-)

  33. Nialong85 1.10.2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Hi,

    I am new at this so i just have a quick questions for you.

    1. How long can i keep my smoothie for? as in can i keep it until the next day? or do i need to do a fresh smoothie everyday?

    I am really trying to loose my belly after having my 2nd child so i am now willing to try anything that will work HELP!!!

    • Jen H 1.10.2013 at 8:07 pm #

      You can definitely make a smoothie and store it in the fridge for a few days. Just make sure it has a lid to help with oxidation. We love mason jars for this very reason. Congrats on juggling two kids— it’s a tough feat. I also have two so I get it. :) You can also share these with your kids— mind love green smoothies.

    • Kem 1.24.2013 at 7:33 am #

      Hey Nia!! Nice to see that you’re here with the rest of us getting healthy!!.. All the best with this challenge!!

  34. Jen H 1.9.2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Great idea Arellys. The sweetness really depends on how fresh and ripe your fruit is. Sometimes my strawberries are not ripe enough and are tart. The bitterness definitely comes out in the smoothies then. A banana always saves the day.

  35. Harley 1.8.2013 at 1:42 pm #

    I made this and I wasn’t a big fan. It tasted a bit bitter. Anyway to make it a tad sweeter? Other than that I loved this smoothie.

    • Arellys 1.9.2013 at 3:51 pm #

      Harley,

      Try adding half or a full banana to sweeten it naturally. Hope that works for you! :)

      • Tim 3.26.2013 at 3:55 pm #

        To be honest … mine wasn’t all that sweet … It wasn’t bitter, but, it wasn’t all that sweet… You can always put a “drop” … Notice, a “drop” of honey …. might I repeat, a “drop” …. because honey is extremely high in sugar …. it might be natural sugar …. but, sugar, nonetheless …. so … be extremely careful …. The other, more healthy way, perhaps, make sure you get sweet strawberries …. I think that’s what my problem was …. The other thing you could do is get the Almond Vanilla Unsweetened …. You might also try adding in a capful of vanilla extract …. REAL vanilla … not imitation …

        Trader Joes Unsweeted Soy Milk is awesome! Does wonders….

  36. Victoria 1.8.2013 at 12:23 pm #

    So here I am, first day, trying my first Green Smoothie. L O V E I T !!! I’m hoping to drop a few lbs over the next months, run more and get in shape – one year after moving the Europe to the US its showing on my wasteline!!!!

    This smoothie is delicious.

    I don’t have a counter-top blender, so just used my hand blender (just watching I don’t get sprayed!). It worked out just fine but I’ll be investing in a big blender soon.

    So pleased I found you!

  37. Allison 1.7.2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Can I substitute the almond milk with non fat greek yogurt? If so, how much yogurt should I add to a typical smoothie to increase my protein?

    • Tim 3.26.2013 at 3:51 pm #

      I would look on the carbohydrate side, because that is what’s going to impact your blood sugar most likely…. Some of the greek yogurts, non fat, have 23 grams of protein per serving and 9 grams of carbs…. (which, in reality, isn’t a lot to begin with) and that’s for a cup. In this case, there’s 16 tbs in a cup …. So, 23 grams for a cup, divided by 16 tbs, is roughly 1.4 grams of protein / tablespoon.

      I would kick this up about tbs of it in there …. that would give you roughly 7 grams extra of protein, and roughly 2 grams of carbs (IF the yogurt you have is 9 grams/1 cup) ….

      That might be overwhelming …. simply put … a couple of tablespoons … lol… Sorry …. :) Tim

      • Parys 6.12.2013 at 8:55 pm #

        Haha! I like how incredibly complex your answers are… Every time I read one if your posts, they make my day!

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