My family and I love smoothies, which is great because it’s an easy and delicious way to ensure we are getting our fruits and veggies in. I have two berry smoothies I make for my family on a regular basis. One is a ‘green’ smoothie and the other is a regular full fruit smoothie. Both are ‘picky eater’ approved by my little people that freak at the sight of greens. Hooray! Let’s get right into it by starting with the ‘green’ smoothie.
Berry-licious green smoothie
2 1/2 ripe bananas
2 cups coarsely chopped kale
3 cups frozen berries
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tsp. stevia
2 cups coconut water
Put all of the ingredients in the blender in the order listed above. Blend for a minute or two, until well blended.
Makes about 7 1/2 cups
Picky eater tips: I don’t know about you, but I struggle in getting my kids to eat (or drink) their greens. If you have this struggle in your household too or are just getting used to incorporating greens into your smoothies, try starting with frozen kale or spinach instead. When it is frozen it reduces some of the bitter factor of greens. You could also just use romaine lettuce instead, which is much sweeter than kale and spinach.
Soy Berry-licious smoothie
2 1/2 ripe bananas
4 cups frozen berries
1/4 cup chia seeds
3 cups unsweetened and plain soy milk
1 1/2 tsp stevia
1/8 tsp vanilla (OPTIONAL)
Put all ingredients in the blender in the order listed above. Blend for a minute or two, until well blended.
Makes about 8 cups
Note: For an alternate sweetened soy berry-licious smoothie use vanilla soy milk in place of the unsweetened plain soy milk. When using the vanilla soy milk you don’t need to add vanilla and you only need 1 tsp of stevia.
Why did I use what I did?
If you have read my post on my homemade almond milk, perhaps you are wondering why I didn’t include it in my berry-licious smoothie recipes. While these recipes DO taste great with my homemade almond milk recipe, I do like to switch things up so we don’t get bored of the same thing ALL THE TIME. Soy milk is much thicker, so it adds a creamy richness to the smoothie that the almond milk doesn’t. The coconut water is super refreshing and light, which is nice on a warm day. Also, there are different nutrient values by switching it up. For instance, soy milk is much higher in protein and coconut water is a good source of potassium. For those that haven’t seen my almond milk recipe, here’s the link: http://hazeleyedherbivorehomemaker.com/easiest-and-truly-delicious-almond-milk-recipe/
In case anyone is wondering about the chia seeds, I try to add those to every smoothie I make for my family because they help naturally thicken the smoothie and because they are an excellent source of Omega 3’s, a healthy and essential fatty acid.
Before you make these smoothies, I highly suggest getting reusable straws. My family likes these stainless steel straws best: SipWell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws, Set of 4, Free Cleaning Brush Included
I personally prefer these glass straws:Hummingbird Glass Straws Clear Bent 9″ x 9.5 mm Made With Pride In The USA – Perfect Reusable Straw For Smoothies, Tea, Juice, Water, Essential Oils – 4 Pack With Cleaning Brush
Not only are they better for the environment, but they reduce our own exposure to plastic, which has been linked to negative health consequences. For more information see this link: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/plastic-not-so-fantastic/
Finally, the stevia you get is important. If you don’t use the Now brand ‘Better Stevia’, you may have to use more stevia than listed in the recipes because they often add fillers to stevia (here’s a link about that: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/fillers-and-additives-what-to-watch-out-for-when-buying-stevia/). Bummer, right? If you decide you want to try the ‘Better Stevia’ check it out here: NOW Foods Organic Better Stevia Extract Powder, 16-Ounce
Have you seen my other post on smoothie recipes? If not, you should check it out: http://herbivorehomemaker.com/vegan-and-sugar-free-smoothie-recipes-that-actually-taste-good/
What smoothie recipe are you going to try? If you have any questions or comments, feel free to let me know in the comments below. If you make this, I’d love to see how it turned out for you. If you are active on social media, please tag me in your post on Instagram @herbivore_homemaker or on Twitter @herbivorebekah.