Healthy Raspberry Smoothie

4.17.2020

Jump to Recipe Plant-Based Recipes • Healthy Raspberry Smoothie 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!). What’s inside this raspberry smoothie Blending a tasty smoothie takes the right ingredients and formula to turn out […]

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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!).

What’s inside this raspberry smoothie

Blending a tasty smoothie takes the right ingredients and formula to turn out well. Over the years, I’ve learned what works best when it comes to taste, texture and nutrients.

Bright, tart raspberries

I used fresh ones for the photo, but normally I use frozen raspberries. They chill the smoothie and are almost always more affordable.

Creamy coconut milk

The coconut milk makes this smoothie creamy YET also satisfying. The healthy fats will help curb your appetite and help your body absorb the nutrients of the plant-based ingredients.

Hydrating Coconut Water

Coconut water has a naturally sweet taste, so there’s no need to buy it sweetened with added sugars. Coconut water is considered nature’s gatorade and hydrates the skin. See how healthy a raspberry smoothie can get?!

Coconut flakes on raspberry smoothie

Iron-Rich Spinach

Spinach is the hero in this smoothie. You won’t taste it at all, yet you reap all the phytonutrients. Spinach also helps slow the absorption of the fruit sugars into your blood stream because it’s high in fiber.

We’ve even tossed in a spoonful of flax seed to boost your omega 3’s and healthy fats. 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 raspberry smoothie recipe.

Ingredients for a smoothie include raspberry, spinach, coconut flakes.

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.

Before you blend this raspberry smoothie

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Happy blending this raspberry smoothie!

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Raspberry Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Start your day with this ruby-hued raspberry 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

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • garnish with coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and liquid until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.
  3. Garnish with coconut flakes and enjoy!

Notes

*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

Keywords: raspberry smoothie

Make this Healthy Raspberry Smoothie!

I really hope you blend this and love it! It’s a simple treat that really nourished the body and satisfies a sweet tooth. Comment below with any questions or ideas you have!

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  1. Dana says:

    SO good! Perfect thickness 🙂 I swirled in almond butter at the end before topping with coconut flakes. Yum!!

  2. Fiona Gough says:

    Just tastes likes yummy raspberries.

  3. Nickie says:

    Hi! I absolutely love so many of your recipes! If I don’t have flaxseed is there a good replacement? Thanks!

  4. Regina says:

    Hi have have grounded flex seed is that ok to put in a smoothie? Is there any difference in the ones that are not grounded?When will your book be coming out?I have lots of bananas in my freezer and they are change color to like a brown look is it ok to still use them in a smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Regina,

      Great questions! Ground flaxseed is a great choice! Adding flaxseed in ground form to your green smoothie helps your body absorb all of its nutritional benefits!

      We’re so excited! Our book hits shelves on November 3rd! You can pre-order our book online now, and get rawesome bonus goodies! Or pick it up in Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, or Sam’s Club!

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/books

      Bananas changing color in the freezer? No worries! It’s a natural reaction to freezing, the taste + nutrition is still there!

      Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens! 🙂

  5. Elizabeth says:

    When you list coconut milk are you referring to coconut milk from a can or in a container in the refrigerated section of the grocery store (like cow’s milk or almond milk)? Is there a difference?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Great question! The container doesn’t matter, as much as, making sure you’re reaching for coconut milk + not coconut creme. Coconut creme is higher in fat + has a custard like consistency…reach for coconut milk which is lighter + has a more milk like texture.

      Hope this helps!

  6. Regina says:

    Hi is there any difference between the grounded flex and the hold?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Regina!

      Thank you so much for reaching out! Both ground and whole flax seed provide our bodies with a healthy dose of insoluble fiber. One of the bonuses of ground flax seed, however, is that, since it is broken down, our bodies can benefit from the insoluble fiber of the outer shell PLUS the soluble fiber that’s contained inside the seed. When eating whole flax seeds, they tend to pass right through the digestive system without being broken down, so we eliminate the soluble fiber. If you have whole flax seed on hand and want to add more soluble fiber to your diet, you can always grind the seeds in a coffee grinder!

      Hope that helps :). Happy Blendin’!

  7. Djam FR says:

    Hi,
    I leave in Switzerland and in Europe cups are not a reference we are used to deal with unfortunately!
    Any chance you’ll ever consider also using other measurements ?? Such as ml or grams?
    It is difficult to find the right weight for different type of ingredients listed in your recipes…
    That said love your recipes … But had sometimes to improvise the quantities !!

    Thanks in advance
    DFR

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Djam,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + your suggestion! I’ll forward it to our team. In the meantime, here are our suggested measurement conversions…

      Spices | Proteins | Superfoods:

      ½ tsp = 2mL
      1 tsp = 5mL
      2 tsp = 10mL
      1 TBSP = 15mL
      2 TBSP = 30mL

      Fruits:

      Mango | Pineapple | Strawberries | Beets | Carrots | Blueberries | Raspberries | Leafy Greens

      1 cup = 250mL
      1 ½ cups = 375mL
      2 cups = 500mL

      Liquids:

      Water | Coconut Water | Coconut Milk | Almond Milk | Fresh Squeezed Juice | Rice Milk

      ½ cup = 125mL
      1 cup = 250mL
      1 ½ cups = 375mL
      2 cups = 500mL

      Grams:

      1 cup of leafy greens = 30g
      2 cups of leafy greens = 60g

      • Djam FR says:

        Hi Rawkstar,

        You rock!
        This answer is the bomb !!!
        Thank you ever so much for these lists of conversion!!!
        I’ll copy paste it straight away in a safe & easy place for my next smoothie trials !!!
        Me and my husband are addicted to them and I’m now converting my friends as well !!
        PS: I froze my fruits because they were perfectly ripe and did not want to waste them (had too much). Then used my frozen fruits for smoothies. Result is just delish! With summer approaching I’m going to have lots of fun making smoothies for my parties !

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Djam,

      Yeah! We’re so happy we could help! And great call! We love freezing our own fresh fruit! It’s a great way to prevent waste, and to stock up when our favorite items are on sale or in season! 🙂

  8. Kerry says:

    This sounds great, but it will have to wait until raspberries go on a sale. Those suckers are expensive!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kerry,

      Cherries + strawberries make a great replacement in the meantime. Or frozen fruit is always available!

      Cheers 🙂

  9. Kelly says:

    I substituted the raspberries for strawberries added two bananas as well as sub the coconut milk with coconut water and added a tbsp of shredded coconut. Came out delicious. Thanks.

  10. courtney m. says:

    I couldn’t find the nutritional facts for this. Would you mind helping me out? Love the smoothies!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Courtney!

      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.

  11. Vanitha says:

    Day 2 of my smoothie challenge. My smoothie did not have the gorgeous colour that yours had. In fact, it doesn’t have a very appetising colour at all…but still drinking it.

  12. Diamond says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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. 🙂

  13. allie says:

    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.

  14. KK says:

    switched the raspberries with mixed berries! awesome!

  15. Christie says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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.

  16. Rebecca says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Rebecca!

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

  17. Heather says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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!

      • Megan says:

        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…

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

        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.

  18. laura says:

    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!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      ¡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

  19. Linda says:

    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?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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.

  20. Harriet Boyd says:

    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?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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. 🙂

  21. Leslie Ross says:

    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!

  22. Dina says:

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

  23. Amy says:

    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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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!

  24. Tammy says:

    Very light and refreshing, not very sweet.

  25. Connie says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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.

      • roxi says:

        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

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

        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.

  26. YVONNE says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Lindsey says:

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

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