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. Amy Wheeler says:

    This one was very thick. I think next time I’d like it better if I thinned it out with a bit of almond milk or water

  2. Colleen says:

    For my blender, I definitely needed to add more water to make this work. I think the recipe differs depending on the size of orange you are working with. The taste is OK for me, but not as appealing as some others.

  3. Aurilia Hill says:

    Verry Berry smoothie does not taste like a green smoothie at all. Very light berry flavor, love it!

  4. Laura says:

    Super tasty! Used a raspberry orange to add something wild to my smoothie!

  5. Catherine Lennon says:

    I wasn’t sure if I was meant to peel the orange so I left some peel on . I found the citrus overpowered all other flavours – I am not sure very berry is the name I would use as the man flavour was the orange – STILL DELICIOUS just for those expecting a full berry flavour .
    I am loving these recipes – this isn’t my favourite but IS delicious and will make again, I will probably cheat next time and peel the orange – while full of nutrition I find any peel overpowering unless in cooked food .
    Thanks for another great smoothie a must for all you orange lovers !!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Catherine, you can peel the orange but try to leave as much of the pith, or white part, on as possible. It contains lots of wonderful fiber and vitamin C. Here’s a great post that talks about peels and whether to keep them on or get rid of them- To Peel or Not to Peel? Happy blending! 🙂

  6. Gillian says:

    This was a little bit too sweet for me. We have new season Spanish oranges (in the UK) which are lovely and sweet, also ripe banana & blueberries. Would be great for kids and those who like the sweeter smoothies; also for post workout recovery. Still enjoyed.

  7. Sandra S says:

    This is my least favorite smoothie recipe . The whole orange with the peel was overpowering. I pre-prepped the ingredients and my Vitamix struggled all the frozen fruit.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Sandra, we recommend peeling your orange before you blend it. Many folks like to cut the peel off their oranges so they can save as much of the pith, or white part, as possible. It’s full of fiber and vitamin C. Here’s a great post on peeling fruits + veggies before blending: To Peel or Not to Peel?

  8. Sarah says:

    This smoothie was a beautiful purplish color and tasted good!

  9. Beth says:

    The Very Berry smoothie is very delicious! I usually take a smoothie to work with me and some don’t really hold up well over time but this one stayed delicious and yummy-looking until I was able to enjoy it. I definitely put this one on my favorites list.

  10. Tammy Verhulst says:

    Making sure I rated this recipe. I know I have commented already.

  11. CJ says:

    Not sure I like this as much as others on here. Peeling the orange was so futzy, and I think I got too much pith in there. Next time I will try mandarin oranges, they are a little sweeter.

  12. Sarah says:

    Tired this recipe in the 10 day challenge and really enjoyed the hit of citrus from the orange. Really good, but be prepared for some pulp from the orange depeding on the power of your blender.

  13. Melanie Skinner says:

    Enjoyed it. Added 1/4 avocado also.

  14. Monique King says:

    Good

  15. Donna Schwartz says:

    This was my favorite so far! So delicious. I think it’s because we get such sweet juicy oranges down here in Florida!

  16. Marie-Claude LAFLEUR says:

    Mot my favorite but really good. I did not make it in this current 10-day challenge because I had leftovers from day 3, but dis make it in other challenges and just because!
    Full of antioxidants!!

  17. Fiona Gough says:

    I only used half an orange and the flavour was still quite strong.

  18. Patti says:

    Loved this recipe!

  19. Deanna Perlmutter says:

    Very berry was certainly very berry. Since I’m
    Fighting a cold, the orange was the dose of vitamin C I needed. This combination was great & I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  20. Astrid Carreras says:

    I could not believe how delicious this recipe is. Love the extra kick of flavour that adding the orange gives this recipe.
    First time adding an orange to a smoothie .
    Thank you Jen great recipe.

  21. Yolanda Moneyhun says:

    Very good!

  22. Kimberly says:

    Good smoothie but falls a little short from my favorites.

  23. KayLyn Fox says:

    I love blueberries!! This one was not so sweet but I liked the tang the orange added.
    Thank you!!

  24. Mamaguz says:

    This one was delicious! My favorite so far. My kids loved it at so did the visiting neighbors! 🙂

  25. Julie says:

    This is the first one in this challenge that I like. Maybe because I didn’t have to substitute the ingredients too much (the store didn’t have frozen mango or pineapple) and I found that I prefer not to go without the banana. Adding the leafy greens doesn’t change the flavor much, which is encouraging.

  26. Mary says:

    This was one of my favorites. Though I made it twice, a second for my daughter on her work break. Somehow, one was more berry tasting and one was citrus. I liked them both, but quality of fruit and a small varying of ingredients can change the taste a big bit!

  27. Melody says:

    Love recipes that add oranges!

  28. Christine says:

    Very good.

  29. Debi says:

    It was a good smoothie. We would make it again.

  30. Christine says:

    A winner! Got 3 of 3 family members to drink this today! Even my skeptical nutrition major loved it!

  31. Amelia says:

    I liked this recipe but I had to switch out the orange which I like but I’m allergic to .

  32. France says:

    I don’t know what I did wrong, but I sure didn’t like the taste of this one. I will try it again after the 10 days with a different mix of berries and maybe coconut water instead of plain water.

  33. Zohra says:

    This has been the easiest smoothie to make with items I have on-hand. The flexibility of “mixed berries” allows me to use any combination of berries I happen to have. The banana adds the sweetness that I love w/o adding actual sugar/honey/etc.. Plus the banana allows you to add more greens without compromising on flavor.

  34. Estella Johnson says:

    Liked my smoothie!!!!

  35. Patrice says:

    Day 4 – Very Berry. This one made me feel very healthy with the addition of the orange; however, the orange overwhelmed the flavor of the berries.

  36. Naomi says:

    I enjoyed this smoothie, I felt like I had more energy.

  37. Efef Salem Wood says:

    Really good. Had it yesterday on the go. Haven’t had one yet that I didn’t like.

  38. Joy says:

    Loved this one!

  39. Marcie says:

    Very good and refreshing.

  40. Frances says:

    I think my blender didn’t do a very good job. I should maybe upgrade. I liked the smoothie though.

  41. Leasa says:

    Very good!

  42. Nelleke Beats says:

    Loved the berries. I added aronia berries to increase immunity and antioxidants

  43. Bethany says:

    This was a very good smoothie as they all have been. I’ve been adding cacao nibs for the magnesium. They are so good and filling.

  44. LeeAnn says:

    Loved this one, my husband even really enjoyed it and he’s super picky.

  45. doris wiggins says:

    very good

  46. Kristina M says:

    Finally a smoothie that isn’t too thick ,I’m sure it was because of the orange . The banana pretty much took over most of the flavor though but still good.

  47. Michelle says:

    Honestly I wasn’t sure I could drink this one because of the orange but I prayed and asked God please don’t let it burn my stomach and He answered me. As stated before the simplicity and taste of these smoothies is what I enjoy. I look forward to each one. Thanks

  48. Cathy says:

    It was ok

  49. Jemyra Ingram says:

    I enjoyed this smoothie. I’m more of a fan of smoothies made with water and coconut water.

  50. Nickie says:

    Berries and banana! What’s not to love! Well only two of my hour kids liked it, but I love this one!

  51. Greg says:

    Another winner! I added an apple to it! I like how smooth all of these smoothies are.

  52. Deborahh says:

    Love all your smoothies
    This one addictive for sure
    Light & refreshing!

  53. Cindy says:

    Day 4, that smoothie color! I had to explain it was ok to a friend. But ignore the color focus on taste.

  54. Janie says:

    The color was not appealing, but the smoothie was very tasty. I would definitely drink it again.

  55. FNU says:

    Was good but not as delicious and creamy as the others, not my favorite too but tasted good though, thanks

  56. Cindy A says:

    Day 4 – Very Berry. I expected this one to be one of my favorites but it is the first one that I have not given a grade A. It is a bit bland, especially considering how much fruit it has in it. Also VERY thick so even my Vitamix wouldn’t blend without adding extra water!

  57. Susan says:

    Delicious !

  58. cat says:

    quite thick, more so than i prefer. but certainly tasty.

  59. Sue says:

    Like berries in smoothies,

  60. Robert Bowen says:

    As always I added some Kale. I used water instead of coconut water since I am not a fan of coconut. I also used mandarines instead of the orange. Came out great. Not too sweet, not too bitter. I did need to add a little more water since this was very thick in the end.

  61. Steve Dreger says:

    Used avocado and it was great!

  62. Ktibet says:

    This tates awesome

  63. Sherry Villeneuve says:

    Very Berry was very good. I use coconut water for it’s good hydration properties and had to add a little more than the 1/3 cup called for because I add protein powder to my smoothies. Was tasty!

  64. Mary Middleton says:

    I loved this smoothie! Will have it again for sure.

  65. Tanya says:

    Delicious 🙂 did half spinach half kale, no oranges and it was amazing! Ugly as sin but delicious lol

  66. Susan says:

    Delicious, Loving this challenge and my Vitamix

  67. Lm torres says:

    Yum yum yum!!
    Loved this.
    I had to double almost triple the water bc all my fruit was frozen.
    So good! One of my favs!

  68. Ann says:

    This was a pleasant change from days 2 & 3 of the 10 day challenge. I contemplated putting in the orange peel, I’m glad I skipped it.

  69. Karen R says:

    Day 5 Smoothie
    Very good!
    I like mint so I added some and it raised it up to the next level!

  70. Carol Jel says:

    I thought the orange might overpower but it didn’t, just a little extra tingle. Very nice.

  71. Jess says:

    I liked the sweetness of this smoothie. The fresh taste of the berries was great!

  72. Alissabeth says:

    Totally wasn’t expecting such a citrus punch. Very refreshing!

  73. Anna says:

    Easy to make and tasty. The colour isnt the most appealing but it tastes good.

  74. Joan says:

    Thick and creamy .. I feel like I’m indulging here!!! This recipe made ALOT so I shared it with hubby. We both enjoyed it and the mixed berries was a nice change up.

  75. Linette G says:

    I really like the citrus taste in this one.

  76. Audrey says:

    I made this with 1/2 an orange because I felt there was a lot of fruit in it. I liked the freshness of it. Will make it again!

  77. Susan says:

    This one was a winner! I added the antioxidant smoothie cubes(just 2 for starters). And it worked out very well. I’m thinking I prefer water in smoothies over almond milk.

  78. Rebecca Starkey says:

    Very tasty….loved the citrus. Felt super charged after drinking this smoothie.

  79. Helen Thadathil says:

    Very Delish! But it came out really thick. So i diluted with little more water!!

  80. Dianna Ebright says:

    I consider myself a Rawkstar on this smoothie as I forgot to peel the orange and used it in the mix. It was obviously pretty bitter, but I powered through it. I will remember to peel the orange on the next batch.

  81. Debbie Ramer says:

    Added cacao to mine for a super food boost, plus chocolate was on my radar, and this does the trick!

  82. Kimberly Watt says:

    #4 Smoothie was great! I have it for breakfast so I add my lean protein powder & chia seeds
    And a fancy glass! Cheers!

  83. Leslie says:

    Really yummy. After tasting it, I added vanilla protein powder and made it creamier.

  84. Atlanta says:

    Made this today , added glow protein powder, maca, and spirulina and brought it to work.

  85. Sandy says:

    I love how smooth and frothy this one is. Granted, instead of using the water, I used the leftover creamy coconut milk from making the Simple Green Veggie Bowl (which was a hit with my parents as well).
    One of these days I am going to figure out how to post a photo on FB, but for now I just keep taking pictures of everything I make,
    The SGVB was delicious! I made it for dinner at my parents’ tonight and everyone loved it. Oh, and my mom really liked the Day 1 smoothie. She drank both instead of sharing with my dad.

  86. Every recipe I’ve tried is good! Including this one. Following a recipe tastes so much better than just throwing whatever is in the fridge.

  87. Yvonne says:

    Day 4 “very berry”was “very delicious”. I subd coconut water for the water and added a little extra plus I added Chia seeds, almonds, and superfood Everyone in the family tried it and loved, it all five of us. my 11 yr old grandson said it was the best and I should make more . More rawkstars in the making. #simplegreensmoothies are awesome!

  88. Vanessa says:

    I think it’s good

  89. Raquel says:

    Loved it but did have to add a bit more water. Added my chia seeds also

  90. Sue says:

    I enjoyed this smoothie. It was an on the go smoothie as I drove kids back to college. It really helped me have the energy to make it through a very long day.

  91. EricaRuth says:

    Pretty yummy… Added coconut oil and chia seeds to make a full meal.

  92. Stephanie says:

    Tasted really good. Just had to add a lot more water.

  93. Camille Maxfield says:

    What a great day! My family loved our version of Very Berry Green Smoothie! One even rated it the best smoothie they have ever tasted! Wow!

  94. Luda says:

    Let’s just say «Wow!” Can’t even tell there’s any greens in there , and it’s so yummy ! I added parsley and cilantro to it after I tasted the original recipe

  95. Amy says:

    I really enjoyed this smoothie. I used a clementine instead of an orange and added my vanilla protein powder. Very tasty!

  96. Leah says:

    My fave so far. A nice tangy taste. I also added chia for some extra nutritional power! Yummy!

  97. Marie says:

    So refreshing with the orange in it. This is one of my favorites.

  98. Karen R says:

    Day 4 Smoothie
    I enjoyed this smoothie. Added chia seeds and kale! Yummy!

  99. Joni C Watling says:

    Nice to change things out today with some different fruit. The flavor was nice. Overall, this texture was a little more difficult for me to drink than some of the previous smoothies. Then again, that could have been my fault since I added both protein and collagen powder before blending.

  100. Kate says:

    It was good. I’m not a huge banana fan.

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