1.4.2021

Berry Smoothie with Citrus

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

Healthy Berry Smoothie Recipe

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.

berry smoothie with blueberries and spinach
Healthy Berry Smoothie Recipe

Citrus Berry Smoothie

Taste the very first citrus 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. 
4.55 from 222 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Blending Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Servings: 1
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1/3 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 Protein Smoothie Boost, optional

Instructions

  • Blend spinach, water & orange until smooth.
  • 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! 

Nutrition

Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 3178IU | Vitamin C: 116mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 1mg
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Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Ashley Smith says:

    This has been one of my favorites! Right up there with beginners luck. My husband loved this one too!

  2. Maxine Thomas says:

    Day 4 made, day 5 smoothie until I can get to grocery store. Mango Madness. It had a dominant orange taste, but I used a whole small orange, and I used my combo pineapple/mango mix. I also added some hemp seeds. Tomorrow I will do todays smoothie.

  3. Christine Heath says:

    I used 1/3 of a cup of raspberries, and half a banana and half avocado. I had more blueberries so I used a few more. I make enough for 2, My husband & I. Very good.

  4. Judy L says:

    This was my favorite so far. It was sweet but not overpowering. I used a little less banana and substituted arugula and parsley for spinach. I added a little leftover silken tofu, which made it creamier and gave it some protein.

  5. AnnMarie says:

    Love, love, love this one!
    Great taste, creamy and scrumptious.

  6. Krista says:

    This is my jam! Loved the smoothie, perfect blend of flavors.

  7. Chris Miller says:

    This was very tasty, but I did have to add in more water, it was a little too thick.

  8. Katie says:

    My daughter and I loved this, reminded of us drinking freshly squeezed orange juice.

  9. SHEILA says:

    Very good! I will make again, just not my favorite. My grandchildren seemed to really enjoy it!

  10. Melinda N says:

    Not usually a fan of orange flavored drinks, but really enjoyed this one as it was subtle enough being mixed with the berries and bananas.

  11. Shawn says:

    This one was pretty good! I’ll add it in my rotation!

  12. Kimberly Felton says:

    One of my favorites! Love the taste of berries and banana.

  13. Jeremy says:

    Orange, eh? Who knew it was that amazing in a smoothie? That was incredible and the best yet. Looking forward to tomorrow.

  14. Mary says:

    I loved all the berries in this smoothie!! So yummy!!! I want to make another one NOW!!!

  15. Mary Anderson says:

    My son asked if I could make this every day! I swapped kale for spinach and cucumber for bananas. Need to go shopping.

  16. Julie says:

    It was good. I was surprised by how light it tasted for the amount of fruit it had in it. Being that it is higher in sugar, I’m not sure if it’s a go-to smoothie for me.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Julie, if you’re concerned about the natural sugars with any of our smoothies, you can simply flip the ratio of leafy greens to fruits. 🙂

  17. Karole T says:

    Very delicious. A++

  18. Tracey Cofell says:

    Truly, like this one. And the colour isn’t so icky either….lol.
    I’m all in for the bright green and purple ones but the brown ones just make me second guess my choices.

  19. Kathy says:

    Liked this one as well. Thought it was more filling than the other three so the remains went to the dogs. They loved it, but then again I feed them raw and lots of fruit and vegi’s every day in their food. Having fun with these daily treats.

  20. Lori says:

    Yummy!

  21. Windy says:

    Gave this smoothie 5 stars I added fresh Rosemary nice fresh flavor.

  22. Jessica Colley says:

    This one was pretty good! Although I had a few chunks. I didn’t blend it very well but I did blend the the orange, water, and spinach first! Maybe cause I didn’t let me blueberries and strawberries thaw out? I took them out of the freezer right before I blended.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Jessica, even with a high powered blender, it’s good to blend that green smoothie for about a minute. For a non-high powered blender, give the blender contents a stir half way through blending (blender off, of course!). This extra step will ensure a smooth drink every time.

  23. Lynn says:

    this is very high in sugar. That seems to be a problem? What do you think?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Lynn, this smoothie contains berries and citrus, two low-glycemic fruits, so it’s pretty low in natural sugars compared to other smoothies. If you prefer it to have even less sugar, sub 1/2 an avocado for the banana and/or add more leafy greens.

  24. Janette Thorpe says:

    Nice strawberry flavour! I would make this again!

  25. Amanda says:

    This smoothie is extra berry-licious! I give it 5 stars and can’t wait until Day 5!!

  26. Emily says:

    I don’t always have good luck with adding oranges (probably need a better blender!) But today’s was delish!

  27. Jeanette says:

    I loved the citrus flavor of the Very Berry smoothie. Drank mine before my morning workout. This is a keeper.

  28. Tracy Montgomery says:

    Very good. I added a little too much liquid but enjoyed the smoothie.

  29. Jen Hart says:

    This one is super refreshing but oranges and blueberries together aren’t my favorites! It’s still yum though and I’m enjoying the daily boost!

  30. Pam T says:

    Mine came out smooth and creamy because I used a whole banana which added more sweetness to the drink. I enjoyed it.

  31. Tiffany says:

    Excellent recipe! refreshing and satisfying. I will definitely make this again!

  32. Roxanne Villaluz says:

    I typically don’t like the berry smoothies mostly because I like eating my berries whole. But this was tart & sweet.
    Definitely going to do this again.

  33. Heather says:

    Loved this one!!!

  34. Meagan says:

    I loved this smoothie but I think with changes I didn’t make it taste light and fresh like I think it was suppose to. I’ll be making again with no changes even though my changes of omitting banana, adding cauliflower + coconut milk & chia seeds made a fantastic smoothie

  35. Heather Smith says:

    This one was pretty good. The orange flavor was strong so I would probably substitute or leave that out next time.

  36. Angie M says:

    Day 4 Very Berry, I added Kale today as well as extra spinach, so my smoothie was Very, Berry Green, super yummy.

  37. Melisa Breiner-Sanders says:

    Really like this one and the sweetness that is in it. Did it with just blueberries and turned out great.

  38. Christine says:

    This was really nice and refreshing. I left out the orange as I‘m not a big fan. I also used up some rice milk that needed to go instead of water.

  39. Amy says:

    Yes! Love the whole orange for added flavor and fiber.

  40. Precious says:

    I enjoyed this smoothie, just as much as the others. The orange flavor really stood out. I didn’t taste the berries though. I had to add a bit more water, I think I was a bit heavy handed with the spinach…gotta have my green leafy vegetables, lol

  41. Susan Garcia says:

    This one is good but too sweet for me. I only used half the orange.

  42. Grace says:

    The very berry smoothie was very good! I used frozen spinach and berries, substituted raspberries (and a few blackberries) instead of strawberries. I found the banana flavour a bit strong, but that could be from using a frozen banana? Hubby liked the flavour. I added chia seeds and pea protein powder to mine for an added boost.

  43. Josie Martiniello says:

    This is one of my favourites so far. I like the citrus taste from the orange! Another hit in our home.

  44. Margaret Eacker says:

    Really like this one. It needed more water as my orange must not have been juicy enough.

  45. Nicole says:

    Here for Rawkstar Bingo to rate Day 4 smoothie on the blog! 5/5! The taste of orange and the berries is an interesting combination!

  46. Caroline says:

    Very delicious with a nice combination of different fruits and the discreet presence of greens.

  47. Jan Hickey says:

    I forgot the banana, so I just ate it on the side. Even without the banana this was really good.

  48. Jennifer A says:

    A tad on the tart side, but still good. I may try it with almond milk next time to help tone it down a little.

  49. Connie M says:

    Love Day 4 Smoothie!

  50. Steve Dreger says:

    Day 4 – With added berries. Like the plain green smoothie better.

  51. Amy Robinson says:

    Next to day 1, this is one of my favorites! Had it for lunch today, along with a couple of breakfast items. Yummmmm!!

  52. Nichole says:

    Pretty good. I added some pomegranate powder to mine with a coconut smoothie cube.

  53. Connie says:

    The Orange makes it really fresh tasting.

  54. Tammy says:

    Not a fan of this one. I think It was too much orange and not enough other fruit. Will try again but cut back on the orange.

  55. M.I. Kenison says:

    This smoothie was good but I was overzealous with the greens and ended up with a greener smoothie than expected.

    It’s has simple ingredients and it’s easy to prep.

  56. Brittany J. says:

    Can’t go wrong with this smoothie! Loving this challenge so far.

  57. Julie says:

    Loving the challenge.

  58. Jamie says:

    This one is a keeper! Whole family loved it.

  59. Andrea says:

    My posts don’t seem to be saving to the blog so I’ll try this again…Great smoothie! You’d never know there was spinach in it. Added some parsley and flax meal for an extra boost. Delicious! Will make again for sure!

  60. Leesa says:

    Actually I really like this one! The citrus is a great addition.

  61. Dora Suarez says:

    Not bad. I enjoyed this much more than I expected too. I’m giving it 4 stars because when prepping my fruit in advance I opted to also freeze my orange, thus 1/3 liquid didn’t blend well until I added more to the mix. In the past anything with added citrus does not sit well with me and I don’t enjoy the pulp in my smoothie, freezing helped that. Cheers

  62. Amber says:

    Love this smoothie. I had to use a handful of frozen mango in place of the orange and also had to add a little more water.

  63. Angeline says:

    This was so good, I was really nervous to add that much orange in and it be over powering. This is so good I’m going to be making this shake again for sure

  64. Jennifer J says:

    This recipe was good, but if you’re pre-freezing the fruits, more liquid is required to get it fully blended. I added orange juice and water and it blended better. Good flavor!

  65. Mary says:

    Oh my! This is delicious! I used 1/2 cup avocado and a date in place of the banana because of an allergy. I love the orange flavor!

  66. Laura says:

    This smoothie was just ok. It tasted like a fancy orange juice, so maybe I used too many clementines? I also somewhat taste the avocado, which is weird, since when I substitute it for banana in the other recipes I haven’t tasted it. Overall, this was simple to make and tasted alright.

  67. Amanda says:

    This recipe is amazing!! I love the extra berry flavor! Bring on Day 5!

  68. Marguerite C says:

    I substituted kale from my garden. It was a little strong, but once I got used to the taste, I liked it.

  69. Susan says:

    We love it! This one is the best so far!!!

  70. Amanda says:

    This recipe was berry-delicious!! Love it and can’t wait to make more! Bring on Day 5!

  71. AZ Sue says:

    Still using the kale instead of the spinach, but I also added some chia seeds, flax, Spirulina and protein powder. The orange was a predominate taste, but it was a good one. I will probably use this one again.

  72. Jaimie Peeler says:

    I ended up adding a little almond milk to this one because my blender had a hard time. Lol at first wasn’t a fan of the orange taste but the more I drank the more I enjoyed it. My least favorite of them so far but still so so good.

  73. Lisa L says:

    I’ve liked them all, but this is the best so far! I wasn’t sure about the orange, but it complements the berry flavor nicely and even seems to make the berry flavors stand out better.

  74. Jeannette P. says:

    Really good! Added some powdered kale and a little fresh mint. Delish!

  75. Tina Migielicz says:

    I was surprised by how much I loved this smoothie! The orange really brightened it up! My kids approved too!

  76. Cynthia says:

    Love the combo of flavors!

  77. Kristin says:

    Love this one!! I love all things berry. Will make again for sure!

  78. Kelsey says:

    Not my favorite.

  79. Nidia Gago says:

    Pretty good

  80. Barb Dreger says:

    Swapping avocado for banana works well- stays creamy and is not as sweet. Prefer the all green smoothies myself, but this one is good too!

  81. Robin J says:

    Not my favorite.

  82. Deborah Gilbert says:

    I won’t lie I had to make a few modifications to make this work.

    1/3 of a cup of liquid was not enough for my blender. I probably used 1 cup of liquid (almond milk).

    I used avocado instead of banana due to allergies.

    I added in almond butter, collagen, and some maple syrup (because of the lost sweetness from the banana).

    I prefer tropical fruit smoothies over berry ones. But it is still tasty.

  83. Lalannie Knoll says:

    Light and refreshing with a zingy taste.

  84. Jenny says:

    Love this one! The orange adds just a bit of tartness to balance the berries.

  85. Mary D says:

    This one looks so amazing! I subbed a blood orange instead of a regular one since I had them. It was very good.

  86. Nelleke Beats says:

    Love the purple color. The color is More kid friendly appeal. Can’t wait to try with grand daughter

  87. Cheryl P says:

    Love blueberries so this is the smoothie for me! Very thick and creamy so just added more coconut water!

  88. Elizabeth says:

    Enjoyed this one, as did my little guy 🙂 Thank you dental floss (blueberries) Ha Ha! 😉

  89. Gloria says:

    This one was very good. I used coconut water.

  90. Hilde Ringen Johansen says:

    This kind of smoothie is what’s got me in to both smoothies and green smoothies! Berry smoothies are my go to, I added some gojisberries, a bit avocado, just a bit of bananas since I don’t like to much of those in smoothies, a lemon, made it mixed berries with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, and 2 eggs to make it a meal replacement (and ofc the orange, water and spinach that the recipe said) ..needed more fluid so ended up with more water and some orange juice so got over 3 portions ❤️

    Love it!

  91. Sheila says:

    Now this smoothie is my favorite. The flavors are so tasty! This one I will be making weekly. Very Good!

  92. Deborah Jacobs says:

    I had to add more liquid, a lot more liquid to this one. Perhaps because I prepped it in advance and it was frozen. I let it sit in the fridge overnight to thaw and then it was on my counter for an hour. It was still a frozen block of fruit and was too cold to consume. I used a blend of coconut water and tap water. It is an interesting one, but perhaps not my favorite. I saw that someone else, did not freeze the orange. Perhaps that is the ticket!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Deborah, try letting the frozen ingredients thaw in the fridge overnight, so they are still cold, yet thawed for easier blending. And, since the orange contributes a lot of liquid to the smoothie, using a fresh orange will help greatly!

  93. Carolyn Hoffman says:

    Tastes

  94. Birgit says:

    I used Clementines instead of Orange and loved it. i guess that‘s one more smoothie for the rotation.

  95. Marie Davino says:

    This one is thick and creamy and almost did not make it through my glass straw!

  96. Diana says:

    Made this one ahead and sampled it. Even with using extra berries and no orange I feel it is lacking. Definitely not crazy about it.

  97. Shelley Lofts says:

    On day 4 of the 10 day challenge. This very berry tasted pretty good. I used frozen raspberries instead of strawberries. I froze the orange…oops think I did wrong there. So I needed to add more water for it to blend. Will make again but I will blend up the orange first. And I am keen to try it with the avocado instead of the banana.

  98. Margie says:

    Oh My Goodness! I just tried day 4’s “Very Berry” smoothie! It is absolutely the best greenish smoothie I have ever had! It is so yummy, with a nicely balanced berry flavor. This time I did not pack the spinach tightly and I weighed it. (Next time a smoothie calls for 1 cup of spinach, I will weigh out 20 g.) I also added 1 chopped Medjool date for a touch of sweetness. No ice needed. I used cold water and frozen fruit (except for the orange). So far, this one is my favorite of the 10 day green smoothie challenge!

  99. Melissa says:

    My favorite so far! I swapped out the blueberries and used 2/3 cups strawberries also used coconut water instead of plain water. This smoothie is delicious. Will definitely be making it again.

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