Healthy Berry Smoothie Recipe

Berry Smoothie with Citrus

PUBLISHED: 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!

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

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. 


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Ingredients

  • 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! 

Keywords: berry spinach smoothie, berry green smoothie

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  1. Caroline Hileman says:

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

  2. 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!

  3. Melanie says:

    I forgot to rate the smoothie

  4. Amy B says:

    Great but basic berry smoothie

  5. 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.

  6. Beatrix says:

    Berries in the smoothie always start the day nice-

  7. 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.

  8. Stephanie P. says:

    I’m always hesitant when I see water/ice in smoothie recipes thinking they’ll mute the flavors, however there’s such a small amount here it doesn’t detract at all, just helps make the smoothie nice and creamy.

  9. Nicole says:

    Good one, I had to sub cherries for the blueberries but love the orange taste. My favorite berry combination is cherry plus cacao … This is a nice change.

  10. Raychel says:

    This was delicious! I was lucky to have a really juicy orange from a (semi-local) Citrus farm in TX. I used all blueberries and added some microplaned ginger!

  11. Akasha Villalobos says:

    Yummy! I added an extra banana, though. Good recipe.

  12. Cynthia says:

    I love strawberries and blueberries but combining into a smooth isn’t always my fav. Still a great recipe.

  13. Lesley R says:

    Delicious, love that I can actually put whole oranges in my smoothies now that I finally got a vitamix! Will probably sub fresh strawberries for frozen next time

  14. Anne says:

    Delicious! I hadn’t been putting oranges in smoothies, but really liked it with the berries and banana. I will definitely make again.

  15. Stephanie H says:

    The combination of berries and orange together was good. My children also approved of this recipe.

  16. Tara Pittman says:

    This is a delicious green smmothie. I love the berry taste.

  17. Erin says:

    I don’t typically blend smoothies with citrus and berries together, so this was a change for me. SO good! I kept a lot of the white pithe on my orange (per SGS blog posts of the past!) and only noticed it a little. Great smoothie.

  18. Venetria Patton says:

    I was challenged in following directions so I missed the step of blending the orange with spinach and water so my second blend was still chunky. I then added additional Madagascar mango coconut water for a third blend. I also added chia seeds to the second blend.

  19. Dory says:

    I ended up using half the suggested amount for some of the ingredients and added a little vanilla protein powder to the mix. I also used a different blender today (not as powerful), which may explain why it was a bit chunkier and not the most appetizing thing to look at. However, it sure did taste great. I love berries – 4 stars ⭐️

  20. Susan says:

    Super yummy! Love all kinds of berries. Berries n orange great combination.

  21. paul bowers says:

    I love berries so this smoothie was for me! The added citrus gave this a really nice twist! As always, I add a protein power boost for a complete meal and this kept me going all day long!

  22. Sabrina Schroeder says:

    This one is really great, it almost tastes like it has a little chocolate in it. I used Kale instead of spinach.

  23. Titilola Palmer says:

    This was super yummy. I could really taste the orange which was a nice switch up. I always add a little vanilla plant based protein powder to my smoothies. The first time I have ever added an orange to my smoothie and I’m glad I did because I discovered that it makes a delicious addition and is one that I will be adding to my smoothies to switch things up in the future.

  24. Kathy Overstreet says:

    Tough day for me (post-chemo side effects), so I had this smoothie for supper and I left out the orange (wasn’t sure my tummy could handle the citrus). Plus, I added some oatmeal and Metamucil!!
    I’ve had this one before, sooooo, I know how the orange makes it pop with flavor!! 🙂

  25. Danna says:

    Loved the combination of berries and citrus!

  26. Ren says:

    Love the orange in this one. I left the peel on.

  27. Cristina Ribeiro says:

    REfreshing!

  28. Lynne Miles says:

    This was very good. The fresh orange adds the liquid it needs so don’t be fooled by the 1/3 cup of water. This one is very sweet would be a great one to help one get used to green smoothies.

    Add some peel and enjoy a little extra orange flavor.

  29. Kar says:

    Good taste

  30. Susan Smith says:

    Tastes good even with extra greens. The hint of orange is just enough to compliment the smoothie.

  31. Eve says:

    I absolutely loved this one! The orange really stands out and makes this one of my new favorites

  32. Loren says:

    Berry good! Made this smoothie to go and made a nice meal replacement. Added hemp and pumpkin seeds to it and what little was left from my homemade almond milk. Yum!

  33. Judith Walter says:

    Excellent flavors. Loved it

  34. Sloane Grey says:

    I like this one, simple and yummy!

    • Amanda Fitzsimmons says:

      I loved the taste of the orange in this one. I used ice cubes instead of water since all of my fruit was fresh. Not the most appealing color but I will definitely try this one again!

  35. Kathi says:

    Love this one! Citrus makes it extra tasty

  36. Dawn says:

    It was good. Only as good as your freshest fruit.

  37. Deborah says:

    Substitution alert. My orange didn’t look well so I substituted papaya. This was good but not my favorite. No one flavor stood out and I didn’t get a berry vibe from it. Perhaps I missed something by not having an orange available.

  38. Shelby Foreman says:

    Yummy!

  39. Vashti Phillips says:

    I did not like this smoothie as much. It had a lot of pieces from the orange. However, I managed to appreciate the benefits of the berries. I also added some flaxseed powder and extra water. Another day #4!

  40. Shari Guymon says:

    I enjoyed this smoothie. I followed the recipe and only added chia seeds as an extra ingredient to boost the fiber and protein content without altering the flavor. I want to first try all of the smoothie recipes as written for evaluation of the recipe and later alter to create flavors more to my liking. This recipe had a defined citrus with berry flavor. It was all that I had for breakfast, and it was quite satisfying.

  41. Ajcdav says:

    This one is extremely refreshing. Very fruity and flavorful. Will be making this many more times.

  42. Lauren says:

    Great smoothie. The orange flavor really came through.

  43. Elizabeth Reyes says:

    Love this Berry Smoothie with the added orange!

  44. Dora says:

    I love blueberries but their tartness in smoothies is something I have yet to learn to love, maybe a full banana instead of half could have worked? I did find the orange to be delightful, something I used to despise. Side note, I supplemented this blend by adding some hemp seeds and avocado for a meal replacement smoothie.

  45. Suzie says:

    Delicious blend of fruit and greens. It was refreshing and the orange added a citrus note that was very pleasant.

  46. Jess Spitsbergen says:

    Definitely one of my faves!!

  47. Maria Barrios says:

    Very Tasty! Loved the taste! You can’t taste the greens. My daughter loved it. I am not a fan of berries, but this might change my mind about them.

  48. Julie M says:

    Too sweet. I’d probably sub avocado for the banana next time.

  49. Susan says:

    It may look green but it doesn’t taste green. Flavors of strawberry and orange and a hint of banana. Fresh.

  50. COURTNEY says:

    I really like this one. I put in whole mandarins, peel & all, so the orange flavor is strong. My teenager thought it tasted like disinfectant, so we might try peeling the oranges next time – unless it’s just for me! I don’t think this will replace prescription medication for our family, though – we’ve got complicated medical issues – but the recipe is a keeper!

  51. Sarah Jasinski says:

    I am drinking this smoothie right now and I love it! It is packed with so much flavor! I especially love the orange zing. Again, I subbed water for coconut water

  52. Laura Perkins says:

    Tastes wonderful! My 7 year old loved it. Next time, I will sub avocado for some of the fruit, as I have diabetes.

  53. Mindy says:

    Love the flavor the orange gives to this smoothie! It’s a keeper!

  54. Kimberly Wade says:

    This is a really delicious smoothie. I love the addition of the orange. My favorite of the challenge so far.

  55. Anna says:

    Never had a smoothie before with a whole orange in it. Love it!

  56. Melanie says:

    Sorry, This one was not my favorite! I think it was the orange. I also added organic kale.I still enjoy drinking my Smoothies.

  57. Kathi says:

    Thick!

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