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Eat Well May. 10. 2013
Beverages

All Bluebs Smoothie

May. 10. 2013
Beverages
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

pictured: All Blueb smoothie with added spirulina

All Bluebs (aka blueberries!)! This beautiful smoothie is packed with nutrients that will give your body energy and keep you running on high all morning long with plant based fuel. What I love most about this blueberry smoothie, are the {secret} ingredients that will have even the pickiest of eaters (kids, husbands, teenagers, etc.) get their greens in! Can you guess which greens are hiding out in this blueberry smoothie?

If you guessed spinach and kale, you won! (Sorry no tangible prizes here but only the wealth of knowledge, ha). If you’ve never tried the Stripped Green Smoothie, which is my everyday go-to smoothie then this is a great one to start out with for adding greens. First of all, the color that blueberries produce are so vibrant and solid that you’re able to easily sneak in a couple handfuls of greens without you noticing it. Secondly, the bananas create a creamy texture that combines well with the other ingredients (you may also add more bananas to your level of sweetness and thickness).

Lastly, this smoothie is especially great if you’re someone who scrunches up there face in slight confusion or disgust by the color of green smoothies (which are gorgeous if I must say!) or if your friend, loved one, child “hates” anything green –they won’t suspect greens hiding out in their smoothie and I promise I won’t tell!

pictured: All Blueb Smoothie with no added spirulina.

Nutrient breakdown of ALL BLUEBS |

  • Easy to digest
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants
  • Polyphenols
  • Phytonutrients | anthycyanins, flavonols, hydroxybenzoic acids, hydroxycinnamic acids, hydroxybenzoic acids, and resveratrol (all fancy ways of saying phytonutrients galore!)
  • Protein
  • Vitamins K, C, A, B6, and riboflavin
  • Minerals | manganese, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and copper

 pictured: Left) including spirulina on the Right) no spirulina 

All Bluebs Smoothie
Recipe Type: Smoothie
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A raw fruit and green smoothie filled with blueberries and spinach.
Ingredients
  • 1-2 frozen bananas
  • 2 cups frozen/or fresh organic blueberries
  • 1 heaping handful of organic spinach
  • 1 heaping handful of organic red kale
  • 1 teaspoon organic spirulina
  • 1 scoop of vanilla Vega protein (optional, may use protein powder of choice or omit completely)
  • 1/2-1 cup filtered water (or almond milk)
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • stevia (optional, for a sweeter taste)
Instructions
  1. Simply combine all ingredients in Vitamix//high speed blender until thick and creamy.
  2. Put a straw in it (or eat with a spoon!).
  3. DEVOUR!
Notes
The amount of liquid and frozen bananas depends on the texture you’d like and sweetness[br]Sweetness// more bananas = a thicker and sweeter smoothie

I hope you all enjoy this smoothie as much as I do! I’d love to hear of any experiences you’ve had with picky eaters who dislike their greens. Have you ever tried “hiding” greens or other vegetables in meals? Comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Have a great weekend!

xo McKel 

 

p.s. If you’re interested in making your own smoothies with the same blender I use, Vitamix is the one for me (and for you too!). I’m an affiliate with Vitamix, which means you get a discount when shopping through Nutrition Stripped. Simply click on the Vitamix icon to your right, here, or use Coupon Code 06-008786. Happy blending!

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 frozen bananas
  • 2 cups frozen/or fresh organic blueberries
  • 1 heaping handful of organic spinach
  • 1 heaping handful of organic red kale
  • 1 teaspoon organic spirulina
  • 1 scoop of vanilla Vega protein (optional, may use protein powder of choice or omit completely)
  • 1/2-1 cup filtered water (or almond milk)
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • stevia (optional, for a sweeter taste)

Directions:

  1. Simply combine all ingredients in Vitamix//high speed blender until thick and creamy.
  2. Put a straw in it (or eat with a spoon!).
  3. DEVOUR!

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  • Joshua W.

    This is almost the exact smoothie that I made when I started my fitness “journey” two years ago. I knew that I needed to eat more fruits and vegetables and smoothies were the best way to ease into healthier eating.

    I like to add a few raspberries and blackberries to mine and, when in season, cranberries.

    Great site. I’m learning new things with each post.

    • Awesome! Thank you for the great feedback and support. I love the idea of using cranberries, such great health benefits with a little sour tang! Thanks for stopping by and reading 🙂

  • OH MY GOSH. That color is TO DIE FOR. Look at how beautiful that is, I can’t get over it! I love all of the delicious stuff you “hid” in there, too. You’re an expert!

    • Haha you’re so sweet Allie! Thanks for the love, it’s such a great smoothie to try 😉

  • Kristine

    Hi! My question is about filtered water. I see it in a few of your recipes. Is it really necessary over tap water? Enlighten me! Thank you!!