Looking to add more fruits and vegetables in your day? This Banana Berry Smoothie is a simple (and delicious) solution to help you meet the recommended amount of fruits and vegetable each day.
The recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern, of the 2015-2020 edition of the Dietary Guidelines, is 2 cup-equivalents of fruit and 2½ cup-equivalents of vegetables per day. (source)
Reading those recommendations, it may not seem that hard, but on a regular basis, Americans are not meeting that target goal.
Why not start the day with a smoothie packed with fruits and vegetables? If you’re not used to adding vegetables to a smoothie, this recipe is a great one to start off with. The flavors of the berries and bananas take over and you won’t even know the spinach is even in there!
Once you start feeling a little more comfortable with adding vegetables into your smoothie, start trying new variations. Smoothie aficionados are adding vegetables like cauliflower, kale, cucumber, carrots, and even broccoli to their smoothie mix.
What vegetables do you add to your smoothie?
Save time in the morning and make smoothie bags. Pre-measure the fruits, veggies, and mix-ins (like chia, flax, peanut butter powder) of your choice in a ziplock bag. Now in the morning, all you have to do is drop the smoothie contents in the blender and add milk (or liquid of choice) for a smoothie ready in under a minute.
- ½ cup milk
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup raspberries
- ¼ cup wild blueberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup baby spinach
- water or ice, as needed, for desired consistency
- In a blender, combine milk, banana, raspberries, blueberries, chia seeds, and spinach. Blend until smooth.
- For a thicker consistency, add ice. For a thinner consistency, add water.
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