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Cinnaberry-Rific Green Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Cinnamon Smoothie

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 9.2.2014 | COMMENTS: 67


This yummy Cinnamon Smoothie uses ingredients that have a low glycemic index, which is great if you’re watching your sugar intake. Cinnamon may even help lower blood glucose levels. Health benefits aside, I love this smoothie! It’s sweet with a little hint of cinnamon, and creamy from the almond milk. I totally dig it. Plus, it’s hard for me to resist any smoothie full of berries.

Health Benefits of Cinnamon

According to various research studies done on the health benefits of cinnamon, this tasty spice has been shown to do some incredible stuff for the body such as…

  • Cinnamon contains large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants.
  • The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower your risk of disease.
  • Cinnamon has been shown to significantly increase sensitivity to the hormone insulin.
  • Cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels, having a potent anti-diabetic effect at 1–6 grams or 0.5–2 teaspoons per day.
Cinnaberry-Rific Green Smoothie from simplegreensmoothies.com

Blending Berries in Smoothies

Berries are a popular smoothie ingredient because they pack a punch in the flavor and antioxidant department. I like use a mix of frozen berries which I buy in bulk specifically for smoothies. Any berry will work here— use your favorite! You may notice that this smoothie isn’t green – gasp! Yep.

Berries will definitely take your green smoothies from a vibrant green to many shades of brown. But don’t worry, you’ll still be enjoying all the benefits of those leafy greens!

We use chard in this Cinnamon Smoothie. It’s important to rotate your greens every so often when you’re blending frequently. Chard, also called Silver Beet, has many health properties and a mild flavor. If you can’t find chard (or you just don’t care for it), spinach is a great substitute.

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Cinnaberry-Rific Green Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Cinnamon Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 oz smoothie 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

We love this sweet cinnamon smoothie loaded with nutrient-rich chard, antioxidant-rich berries and the perfect hint of cinnamon.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup chard (any color)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend chard and almond milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Notes

*Use at least one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

Keywords: cinnamon smoothie

Love berries in your smoothies too?

Here are some more of our very favorite recipes to blend up:

Strawberry Blueberry Banana Green Smoothie
Strawberry Ginger Zinger Green Smoothie
Raspberry Coconut Shortcake Green Smoothie
Berry Protein Bash Green Smoothie
Kiwi Berry Punch Green Smoothie

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  1. Ashlee says:

    Sign me up for anything cinnamon, can’t wait to try this!

  2. Jessica says:

    Mixed berries + cinnamon is always a great combo in my book!

  3. Kim says:

    Can I use spinach instead of chard?

  4. Amanda says:

    I love the idea of adding cinnamon to a green smoothie, I never thought of that!

  5. Georgia says:

    The cinnamon is such a fun twist on a berry smoothie. I used spinach and prob did double the cinnamon— it was deeee-licious!

  6. Olivia says:

    Simple and tasty. Going to start adding more dried spices to smoothies.

  7. Anna says:

    I was about to make the chocolate covered cherry smoothie for like… the 3rd day in a row (having major cravings) when I thought to myself “I really should try something else. I need to use these blueberries and strawberries I have.” WOW! This is so delicious! I added a little more cinnamon because I am using dandelion greens.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Anna,

      YAY! We’re so excited to hear you tried something new + loved this recipe!

      Cheers 🙂

  8. retta says:

    My boyfriend LOVES green smoothies and askes me every morning where his smoothie is. So it actually encourages me to stick with it and have one every morning, so I don’t mind if he nags me a little bit for a green smoothie. 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Retta,

      That’s awesome! He sounds like a great support + partner in reaching your health goals! It took my husband some convincing to enjoy green smoothies, before we started dating he considered any leafy green rabbit food.

      He sounds like he doesn’t need any convincing, but here is our blog post on why men should drink green smoothies…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/guys-drink-green-smoothies

      Cheers,
      Amanda, SGS Rawkstar

  9. sylvia says:

    Good combo, quick, healthy and easy. Thanks 4 sending
    smoothie recipes!

  10. Colleen Plugoway says:

    Which almonds would be the best to buy? There is an article out now saying even blanched almonds are sprayed with chemicals, particularly “Kirkland” brand from Costco. Please advise.

  11. Ron says:

    Getting a Nutri Ninja this week and I want to start using Chard more because I’m diabetic but unfortunately I can’t find it locally so I guess I am going to have to grow it myself. Once I do I am going to definitely try this recipe and I would be interested in any other Chard specific ones that you have.

  12. Andrea says:

    I’ve been in freezer cleaning mode the last few weeks and I had been hoarding frozen cranberries so this recipe will be perfect with the copious amounts of kale in my garden right now. Breakfast sorted for this week!

  13. Jasmine says:

    Hello, I’m pregnant and wanted to know if it’s safe to add protein powder to my smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi Jasmine. Congratulations on your pregnancy, each protein powder should state if it is okay for pregnant woman. We would suggest to go for a protein that is all natural like cashews or almonds.

  14. Clyde says:

    Good morning,

    A question about using avocados in green smoothies. Are the calories and fat in avocados are of concern? I didn’t think so, until I was asked the question. Your recipes are simple and delicious, thanks for being my go to reference for friends.
    Clyde

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi Clyde.

      Yes, Avocado: This fruit is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which help raise your “good” cholesterol levels. Using avocado will not only give you great fat content, but will also make your green smoothie extra creamy! https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/healthy-fats

  15. MsNicky67 says:

    I am currently in chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. I want to start back on drinking my smoothies for the health and nutrtional benefits but a friend gave me a powder called Chlorella which I plan to add to my smoothies. Has anyone heard of it or used it with their smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi Ms. Nicky.

      Our SGS team wishes you a speedy recovery! As for Chlorella. I have not heard or used it before. May want to ask a doctor or nurse for advice before consuming.

  16. Eric says:

    Love it. This is one of the best yet!

    I also like to add some extra protein/fiber (such as chia seeds, hemp hearts, oatmeal, yogurt, etc.) and a dash of sea salt. Good stuff!

    Eric

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Totally, we love adding protein to our green smoothies too. 🙂

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

  17. Erica says:

    Did anyone tried to lose weight with those smoothies? Like having one serving for breakfast, you eat lunch and second serving for dinner. I LOVE the fruit. If i have fruit snack in between as a snack is it too much?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Erica.

      Thanks for the comment. Jadah, our co-founder, lost 25+lbs by just changing her breakfast to a green smoothie, and ate her regular meals the rest of the day. Hope that helps.

  18. Heather says:

    Hey ladies,
    When using chard, do you blend the stem too? Or do you remove the leaves, as you do with kale?

    Thanks, loving them all.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Heather,

      Either way will work. I would suggest removing the big stems, but minor stems are totally bendable. 🙂

  19. Sofia says:

    Can I add plain greek yogurt to any one of your smoothies? I’ve been using water instead of almond milk (I can’t stand the taste of almond milk) but I want to add more protein to my smoothies.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Sofia.

      We prefer to stay away from milk products. 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.

      Here is a link to our favorite proteins: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

  20. Jorge says:

    saludos. me podria decir que son CHARD. vivo en Puerto Rico y personalmente no se.

  21. Sheila says:

    I am curious if you can use cranberries in a smoothie? I have not seen any recipes that include them.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Totally, Sheila. Here is a recipe you might enjoy: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/healing-cranberry-cleanser

      • Sheila says:

        Thank you for the link. After further searching, I did find a few recipes that use fresh cranberries. However, during my searching I saw a link on how to slice an avocado and possibly freeze the extra. Of course, I didn’t read the link at that moment and now I can’t seem to find where I saw it. Do you happen to have a section that might hold all of these helpful links? Thank you!

  22. Sue Phillips says:

    Something is missing from these recipes. Hardly anything is showing.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Sue.

      Here is the recipe:

      ingredients

      2 cups chard (any color)
      2 cups almond milk
      2 cups mixed berries
      1 banana
      ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

      directions

      1. Blend chard and almond milk until smooth.

      2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

      *Use at least one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

  23. Patty says:

    Personally, I mix several bags of greens together, Kale, baby spinach, chard and any others that are available at the time (such as beet tops) mix altogether in a large bowl then mesaure out two cups per baggie and freeze them. I usually end up with enought to last 30 to 45 days. This way I have no waste and I get a good mixture. Then I just mix up the rest, Coconut water, Almond milk, berries/fruit, and spices. Use what I have on hand and be creative!

    • Shay says:

      Great idea! I’m making my grocery list now and planning out smoothies for next week. That’s going to save time in the morning.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Great ideas, Patty! Thanks for sharing what works best for you.

  24. JoZi DeJesuso says:

    What do you mean by rotate your greens. When i make the green smoothies i use all three together chard kale and spinach with coconut water and either mixed berries or tropical fruit dependong on which i have available.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey JoZi.

      Rotating you green would mean, changing from spinach one week to buying kale the next. 🙂

  25. Brandon says:

    Good morning to you. A lot of your recipe include bananas but they make me tired. What can I use to substitute the bananas in my smoothies?
    Brandon

    • alyssa says:

      Bananas give the smoothies a creaminess which avocadoes can also provide. However, Bananas also give the smoothies a natural sweetness without having to add other sweeteners, which is a bit harder to duplicate. You could try a bit of honey if you need.

    • Nadine says:

      you can also use Stevia

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Brandon.

      Some great banana substitutes are:

      Mango
      Papaya
      Pear
      Chia seeds
      Fresh dates
      Nut Butters
      Unsweetened applesauce
      Avocado (won’t add the sweetness, but will definitely add the thick and creamy texture)

  26. Amelia says:

    Hi ladies! Thank you for this glorious recipe…I definitely need more greens in my life! What almond milk do you use? Are there any one can buy without nasty chemicals? Or do I have to make my own?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Amelia.

      Thanks for the comment. We do make our own, sometimes, but we also enjoy 365 brand Almond Milk or any organic, free of additives, stabilizers, and gums or carrageenan. 🙂

  27. patty says:

    I don,t like any of the other leafy greens. Wonder if I just use the spinach all the time? Is it that bad to do?

    • algoan says:

      Patty, I *only* use spinach… personally I think that all other greens I’ve tried overpower the flavor of the other ingredients. Spinach has a very neutral flavor, so it works well with everything.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

        Hey Patty and Algoan.

        We suggest our community rotates their leafy greens. 🙂 Even though it can be hard to change it up, it is best for you.

        https://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

        All raw leafy greens carry a small amount of toxins that protect plants from being entirely consumed by other animals—and wiping out the plant species. It’s a defensive trait, and something even we should be aware of. As humans, if we consume these toxins for long periods of time, they can build up and harm our thyroid. Some symptoms of alkaloid buildup are nausea, tingling in finger tips and fatigue. But before you dump your green smoothie down the drain, you should know that this isn’t anything to worry about as long as you are rotating your greens. Throughout the week, use a variety of leafy greens in your smoothies— like kale, spinach, romaine, herbs and carrot tops.

  28. Pamela says:

    Green smoothies are great but I have been told we need to cook kale for 7 minutes before using it because it has a mineral? that affects the take up of essential mineral needed by the thyroid

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Pamela.

      We suggest our community rotates their leafy greens. 🙂 https://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

      All raw leafy greens carry a small amount of toxins that protect plants from being entirely consumed by other animals—and wiping out the plant species. It’s a defensive trait, and something even we should be aware of. As humans, if we consume these toxins for long periods of time, they can build up and harm our thyroid. Some symptoms of alkaloid buildup are naseau, tingling in finger tips and fatigue. But before you dump your green smoothie down the drain, you should know that this isn’t anything to worry about as long as you are rotating your greens. Throughout the week, use a variety of leafy greens in your smoothies— like kale, spinach, romaine, herbs and carrot tops.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Pamela.

      We suggest our community rotates their leafy greens. 🙂 https://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

      All raw leafy greens carry a small amount of toxins that protect plants from being entirely consumed by other animals—and wiping out the plant species. It’s a defensive trait, and something even we should be aware of. As humans, if we consume these toxins for long periods of time, they can build up and harm our thyroid. Some symptoms of alkaloid buildup are nausea, tingling in finger tips and fatigue. But before you dump your green smoothie down the drain, you should know that this isn’t anything to worry about as long as you are rotating your greens. Throughout the week, use a variety of leafy greens in your smoothies— like kale, spinach, romaine, herbs and carrot tops.

  29. Jennifer says:

    I really love your smoothie recipes. 🙂 I only wish you listed how many calories were in them. 🙁

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Jennifer.

      Thanks for the comment. 🙂 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.

  30. Chelsea says:

    I love that cinnamon is in this and this sounds like it would go perfect together!! I cannot wait to try it.

    xox
    Chelsea

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