Providing 1 serving of leafy greens and 2 servings of fruit, this healthy spinach and cherry smoothie is the perfect start to your day!
Let’s get one thing out of the way: this smoothie is ugly.
What starts out as layers of bright green spinach and juicy red cherries turns into a reddish brown beverage.
But beauty is more than skin deep, and this smoothie is beautiful: creamy, naturally sweet and PACKED with nutrition.
As a dietitian, I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I don’t eat a lot of leafy greens. Yes, I know how important they are, but there’s something about the texture that I just don’t like.
So instead of eating salads and adding greens to sandwiches, I have to get a little more creative.
Green smoothies are the perfect vessel for getting a serving or two of leafy greens in each day. No prepping or cooking required. Just add raw baby spinach to your blender, add about a cup of fruit and half cup of milk and blend away.
This smoothie in particular has some heavy hitters for nutrition:
While one serving of this spinach and cherry smoothie has 8 grams of protein thanks to the Greek yogurt, if you’re looking to make this more of a meal than snack, there are a few ways to bulk up the protein:
Step 1: Measure out your ingredients and layer them in a blender. The key to layering to make sure the spinach is close to the blade – no one wants a smoothie with spinach bits in it.
Step 2: Blend on high, taste and adjust as needed.
Step 3: Pour into glass and enjoy!
Are you a fan of veggies in your smoothies? Share your favorite combos in the comments below and be sure to pin this recipe for later!
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