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Raspberry Smoothie : Coconut Shortcake


Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? This gorgeous Raspberry Smoothie is a family favorite because it tastes amazing and is loaded with spinach (yet no one notices!).

Bright, tart raspberries are blended with creamy coconut milk, sweet coconut water, iron-rich spinach, and a spoonful of flax seed. It’s just the thing when you’re craving something fruity, sweet, and healthy.

You can also use our coconut milk smoothie cubes in this recipe.

Health benefits of raspberries

The deep red color of raspberries means that they are high in antioxidants which can help prevent cancer and other diseases.

Raspberries are also naturally lower in sugar than many fruits, yet high in fiber and nutrients.

It’s also important to include lignans in your diet, and flaxseeds are an excellent source. Lignans may reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. So drink up and reap the benefits of starting your day the healthiest way possible…with a delicious green smoothie.

Raspberry smoothie using spinach and flaxseeds
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Raspberry Coconut Green Smoothie

Raspberry Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks
  • Method: blending
  • Cuisine: healthy

Description

Start your day with this ruby-hued “green” smoothie loaded with iron-rich spinach, antioxidant-rich raspberries, flaxseed (healthy fats and lignans), and coconut (healthy fats and fiber). Also great for dessert! 🙂


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 3 cups raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

OPTIONAL

  • garnish with coconut flakes or flax seed

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and liquid until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Garnish with coconut flakes and flax seed if you’d like, and enjoy!

Notes

*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

Keywords: raspberry smoothie

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  1. YVONNE

    September 2nd, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Hi, I am new to all this so unsure about quantities. Your picture of the ingredients, is that the exact amount to use for 2 serving? It doesn’t look a lot!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 3rd, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Hey Yvonne! 🙂

    Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz) but the photo might only show 1 serving. Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16 oz) everyday in the morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen drinks hers for lunch or sometimes as a mid morning snack Since green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage.

  3. SGS Rawkstar Lindsey

    September 10th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Yvonne! Sometimes the pictures only show one of the servings. This is just half of the recipe for one person. Hope that helps!

  4. Connie

    September 3rd, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Hi, is it ok if I will use low fat milk instead of the coconut milk?

  5. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 3rd, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Hey Connie.

    Great question! We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and infections. And if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

    It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family.

  6. roxi

    October 20th, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Hi,

    My son is 19 months do you recommend switching his full fat cows milk to almond milk? I don’t like the idea of hormones, antibotics etc and I am about to start the challenge 🙂 xx

  7. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    October 20th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Hey Roxi.

    What does your son’s pediatrician say?

    We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and infections. And if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

    It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family.

  8. Tammy

    September 12th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Very light and refreshing, not very sweet.

  9. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 15th, 2014 at 6:55 am

    🙂 Thank Tammy for the feedback. 🙂

  10. Amy

    September 17th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Does the smoothie end up red or is it more greeny? Normally when I put spinach it turns this browny/red colour and doesn’t look to appetising

  11. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 18th, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Hey Amy,

    Thanks for the comment. The raspberries turn it a beautiful red, but don’t worry about the color, it will be yummy and great for you. 🙂 Enjoy!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/smoothie-isnt-green

  12. Pam

    October 9th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Even if it doesn’t look appetizing, it can be! 🙂

  13. Dina

    September 18th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Day 2 – Sorry, couldn’t stomach this one. I think I like Almond milk better than coconut water.

  14. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 18th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Hey Dina,

    Feel free to use the liquids you enjoy most. https://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  15. Leslie Ross

    September 22nd, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Hi! This looks delicious! I’m just wondering if you are using canned coconut milk that is creamier or the coconut milk that comes in the 1 and 2 litre cartons just like regular/almond/and soy milk. Thank you!

  16. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 23rd, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Hey Leslie,

    We make our own coconut milk or we buy the carton coconut milk. 🙂

    DIY Coconut Milk:
    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/make-coconut-milk

  17. Harriet Boyd

    September 23rd, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I don’t ever see the calorie/carb/protein count for the smoothies. I’m a counter. How can I find out what the cal/carb/protein count is the smoothies?

  18. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 23rd, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Hey Harriet! 🙂

    Totally hear you. We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data and the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It. Hope that helps. 🙂

  19. Linda

    September 25th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I have issues with my bowel. If I take fiber as a way to get past this I bloat and end up in pain. Will the high fiber in smoothies act the same way as the fiber supplements like Metamucil?

  20. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    October 9th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Hey Linda.

    This can be a common symptom if your body is not used to drinking or eating lots of fiber. Green smoothies are high in fiber which is great for digestion, but for newbies, the high fiber can shock your body. Make sure you drink lots of water to help flush things out. And if you’re new to green smoothies one serving a day is enough, which is 2 cups (16 ounces).
    Make sure you drink lots of water to help flush everything out as well. Sometimes when you make sudden changes in your regular diet, or you add more fiber into your diet, your body needs to adjust. Every body reacts to food differently. If you feel bloated, you may have some personal allergies to certain fruit combinations, that is something you would have to consult with a health care provider about. Also, make sure you don’t eat any other foods 30-60 minutes before after you drink your green smoothies to give your body time to digest the fruits.

  21. laura

    October 13th, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    hola! recien voy a comenzar y estoy un poco perdida!! no se exactamente de donde sacar las recetas pero vi por ejemplo esta con frambuesas y no las consigo pueden reemplazarse? gracias!!

  22. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    October 15th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    ¡Hola! Gracias por acompañarnos. Estos son los ingredientes que se necesitan para este batido . no dude en utilizar cualquier baya en lugar de las frambuesas . 🙂
    2 tazas de espinaca
    Leche de coco 1 taza
    1 taza de agua de coco
    3 tazas de frambuesas
    1 cucharada de semillas de lino molidas
    De extracto de vainilla 1 cucharadita
    OPCIONAL : decorar con copos de coco , semillas de lino

  23. Heather

    October 30th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hi! THe recipes say they “Serve 2” so doesn’t that mean we’re not getting the two cups of spinach like hoped for in the 30 day challenge? I’m splitting them with my husband. Thanks!

  24. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    October 30th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Hey Heather.

    Great question, our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16 oz) everyday in the morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen drinks hers for lunch or sometimes as a mid morning snack Since green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage. That means each 16oz would have 1 cup of leafy greens! You are more than welcome to add more to your green smoothies! 🙂 Cheers!

  25. Megan

    January 26th, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    So, when you say Jadah drinks at least 2 cups in the morning, do you mean 2 cups, 16 oz. EACH or 16 oz. total, as her meal replacement? If each recipe makes about 40 oz., what do you typically do with the leftover smoothie? I’ve been drinking one for breakfast and one for lunch, so, finishing one whole recipe myself, each day… is that okay? Still eating a balanced meal and healthy snacks of nuts or veggies with hummus, etc…

  26. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 27th, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Hey Megan.

    Thanks for the reply. When I say two cups, I mean 16oz total. (sorry for the confusion) If you would like, you can replace 1 or 2 meals with green smoothies. If you drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.

  27. Rebecca

    November 13th, 2014 at 5:02 am

    This was a good one, I replaced the raspberries with frozen berries that I already had. So far my favorite has been the pineapple upside down cake. My kids are only 4 and 2 and this has been great for them too. They are eating a smoothie every morning for breakfast and loving it.

  28. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    November 18th, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Hey Rebecca!

    Thanks for the comment, we are so happy to hear your kids are loving this one! Cheers to you and your littles. 🙂

  29. Christie

    November 20th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    How many calories do these smoothies have? or how can you tell instead of doing the obvious and counting each ingredient.

  30. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    November 21st, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Hey Christie.

    We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data and the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  31. KK

    November 29th, 2014 at 6:32 am

    switched the raspberries with mixed berries! awesome!

  32. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    November 30th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Great idea! Yum!

  33. allie

    December 15th, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Really frustrated – so far all smoothies were great. I’m having trouble swallowing this one. Really don’t want to throw out the rest what can I do to salvage it? First time using coconut milk. It was from the can.

  34. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    December 15th, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Hey Allie.

    Thanks for the comment. We prefer using carton coconut milk or DIY coconut free of additives, stabilizers, and gums. We like adding bananas to save our smoothies. 🙂

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/make-coconut-milk

  35. Diamond

    January 7th, 2015 at 1:28 am

    This was the first one I tried and it really isn’t bad. I didn’t have any coconut water so I added a little extra coconut milk. Would be better with fresh raspberries rather than frozen. Overall: not bad and look forward to making the different recipes and creating my own too.

  36. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    January 7th, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Hey Diamond.

    I prefer fresh, I find that berries loose a lot of their flavor when frozen.

    That being said I do enjoy frozen pineapple, frozen banana, frozen mangos and frozen blueberries. 🙂

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