Healthy Berry Smoothie Recipe

Berry Smoothie with Citrus

POSTED ON 1.4.2021

This berry smoothie started my love for green smoothies, as well as my family’s journey towards health. It’s the perfect starter smoothie!

The very first green smoothie recipe I ever tried was this one, the Very Berry Smoothie– and it changed my life. At that time, my husband and I were financially struggling as he transitioned to a new job as a pastor. We had no health insurance and our kids were at that age when all they did was pass colds back and forth (and they almost always turned into an ear infection). This berry smoothie recipe gave us the immunity boost we needed to stay healthy, as well as caused us to fall in love with green smoothies.

Berry smoothie recipe for immune boost

For the past 8 years, I’ve sipped green smoothies with my family, and used real, whole food to keep us healthy. We also use natural remedies to heal our body. We haven’t needed any prescriptions (or over the counter meds) since starting green smoothies, so that’s proof enough for me that real food heals!

Specifically, this berry smoothie’s got over 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It also boasts 8 grams of fiber, which keeps the body regular. Fiber is often overlooked, yet getting enough fiber daily can combat Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, certain types of cancer, and cardiovascular disease. That makes it an important ingredient in my opinion!

oranges blended with berries

Blend a quality smoothie EVERY time

Follow these steps to a perfectly blended smoothie, no matter the blender! First, make sure you start with a mix of fresh + frozen ingredients. I recommend at least 1 frozen fruit in each smoothie, so that it is nicely chilled. I also follow the 1 1/2 + 1 + 1 rule: 1 1/2 cups of fruit, 1 cup of leafy greens, and 1 cup of liquid in every smoothie. Finally, if you are blending with a non-high powered blender, then make sure to blend your liquid + leafy greens first. This will minimize the leafy chunks at the end, and also help your blender break down the ingredients better.

Note: this berry smoothie recipe has a little less water in it, because oranges act as a liquid and a fruit, they’re so juicy!

How to measure leafy greens

I often get the question, “How do you measure leafy greens?!” It’s a great question, yet the answer varies depending on the person. If you are new to green smoothies, I recommend a lightly packed 1 cup serving of spinach. If you’re a #greensmoothiequeen, then stuff those greens in as much as you can! Seriously though, if you need to start with 2 spinach leaves and work your way to more, then that’s great. I know that you’ll be adding more greens to each smoothie in no time, just like I did! These days, I just grab a few *big* handfuls of spinach for my smoothie, and skip the measuring cup.

best berries to use in a smoothie

Berry smoothie ingredient swaps

Green smoothies are super versatile, so don’t be afraid to make these recipes fit your pantry, as well as your tastebuds. I like the strawberry/blueberry combo in this berry smoothie, yet choose the berries you like best. Cherries + raspberries are also a great combo. If you need to cut down on the sugar, swap the banana with 1/2 cup cauliflower, or 1/2 avocado. That way your smoothie stays creamy and your blood sugar stays happy. If fresh oranges aren’t easy to find, you can sub in 1/2 cup 100% orange juice, just make sure it’s the kind with lots of pulp!

More berry smoothies

Berries are easy to add to smoothies, so I’ve got a whole list of recipes for you berry lovers to try:

What berry combos are your fav? Leave a comment and let me know! Let’s keep that antioxidant love going.

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Healthy Berry Smoothie Recipe

Berry Smoothie with Orange


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minute
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 6 minute
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

Taste the very first berry smoothie recipe that I ever made… and immediately fell in love with. It’s loaded with vitamins and flavors, making it a great kid-friendly immune booster. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup strawberries
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 banana

Instructions

  1. Blend: spinach, water & orange until smooth.
  2. Add: fruit and blend again.

Notes

You can swap the orange for 1/2 cup of orange juice with lots of pulp. Remember— fiber is our friend! 

  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: blending
  • Cuisine: plant-based

Keywords: berry spinach smoothie, berry green smoothie

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Dawn says:

    Delicious! With the frozen banana, strawberries and blueberries, it was thick like ice cream! Made for a great dessert!

  2. Caroline Hileman says:

    Liked this but next time I’ll use 1/2 orange

  3. Alannah says:

    So good! This one really made me feel like I got a major immune system boost. I ended up putting a whole banana in it and it was great!

  4. Melanie says:

    I forgot to rate the smoothie

  5. Amy B says:

    Great but basic berry smoothie

  6. Grace says:

    Blueberries seem to make the smoothies very thick, which is not my personal favourite. I even made this one thicker by adding chia seeds. However there’s a simple solution by adding water to thin it out a little. The flavour from the berries is really good.

  7. Beatrix says:

    Berries in the smoothie always start the day nice-

  8. Charity A Quinn says:

    This is another favorite smoothie on the Bingo board of smoothies. I made it two days because it was so tasty.

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