Watch Me Make this healthy Blackberry Smoothie:
Today those amazingly healthy for you “weeds” are still tiny at our house. So I’m using store bought spring greens in this smoothie. Still very healthy and just a bit easier than donning rubber boots and coat and facing the elements.
This smoothie recipe came out of my cravings. I’m obviously greens deprived. Winter stayed long this year. We are about a month behind on our gardening schedule. I’ve been spoiled. Dave did winter gardening for several years, giving us fresh greens right through the winter. But Last winter Dave Held off. The garden took a break and so did he.
Eating Seasonally has its challenges. I’m craving green juices, salad and green smoothies for breakfast! I finally bought a HUGE container of greens from Costco to get me through. Now I am down to just a handful of that delicious greenery. Most of the rest are in me! Well, Dave got a few 🙂
Green smoothies like this one are good meal replacers. This smoothie is full of good quality carbs that won’t blow up your glucose intake too bad. But it will fill you up and get you going! I can live on a blender full (and have) without any other food all day. The blackberries I’m using are frozen from last summer’s harvest.
We have a TON of them! Blackberries work great for smoothies. I just toss them into the blender frozen and the smoothie is perfectly cold, thick and fresh.
Find a bag of frozen blackberries or use fresh if you have them. Blackberries are an all star superfood fresh or frozen! The health benefits of blackberries are amazing!
All berries are fantastic for you. If you can’t find blackberries in the freezer section of your grocery look for your favorite frozen mixed berry blend. But not a juice or frozen concentrate that is heavily sweetened and syrupy. Just berries! No added sugar.
Healthy Blackberry Smoothie Recipe:
Healthy carbs and protein make a sustaining meal replacement. I cut down the added sugars but fruit is naturally high in sugar. If you are on a strict low carb or low sugar diet smoothies may not be for you.
This smoothie is slightly sweet just from the fruits and vegetables I used. To lower the carbs and sugar somewhat omit the maple syrup.
Flax and steel cut oats are great carbs naturally designed to keep the glucose index down and the fiber up for sugar digestibility and blood sugar control. Blackberries and bananas are actually pretty good at blood sugar control too!
Fresh carrots, mandarin oranges (any orange variety will be fine) and the old faithful and incredibly good for you banana fill out this meal replacing smoothie. This combination of fruits gives you an array of nutrients.
I used mandarin oranges because they are fresh in season right now and I have a ton of them (Thank you Costco)! The extra zing of sweet tart flavor of Mandarin oranges is well suited to this smoothie recipe.
Only use FRESH mandarins (or cuites). Not canned. if they are out of season when you want to make this recipe, use any fresh orange in season.
The carrots may seem counterintuitive for a smoothie. Do they blend up well raw? Yes! Do they give the smoothie body and a chunky texture? For sure they do.
You can leave out the carrots if you really want a finer textured morning drink. This smoothie is almost thick enough to chew with a TON of healthy fiber. That makes this a really satisfying breakfast drink. You will know you ingested something wonderful. I love it!
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- 1 Cup Frozen blackberries
- 2 Cups Spring Greens
- 1 banana
- 3 mandarin oranges
- 1 large carrot
- 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 Cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax
- 1 tsp. steel cut oats
- Peel the banana and oranges and break apart the sections
- Chop the carrot into 1/2 inch sections
- Add all the ingredients to your blender and pulse until it is blended up. Adjust liquids to your desired consistency.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 217 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 71mg Carbohydrates: 41g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 26g Protein: 11g