Mother Earth Living Banana Blueberry Smoothie

I had been a long time subscriber to The Herb Companion since the late 1980’s (herbs have always been a passion for me)  and in 2012 this magazine combined with Natural Home and Garden to create Mother Earth Living.  I decided to give this new magazine a try and I have not been disappointed.  “The latest on natural health and sustainable lifestyles”.

Anyways, this recipe was in a recent issue of Mother Earth Living magazine and has ingredients I usually have on hand, even most of the “boosts”.

  • 8 oz. milk (could use almond or soy milk – I used my Smart Balance skim milk)
  • 1/2 cup banana slices, frozen
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen

You can use any combination of fruit; the frozen ingredients gives the smoothie a thick texture.  Add water if you want a thinner consistency, or add ice chips if you want it thicker.

I liked their suggestions for immune-enhancing boosts such as 1 cup baby spinach, 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1/4 cup oatmeal, 1-2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds, 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, honey or cinnamon to taste.   I will have to experiment…

Comment:  On Feb. 4, 2013 I did experiment by adding 1 cup of spinach and a nephew suggested that when he adds spinach to a smoothie he also adds  some sugar or honey as well.  When you add the spinach the smoothie does need some type of sweetener, at least for me anyways.  I probably added 1-1/2 tbsp. honey.  The color does change, the spinach is not totally blended (along with specks of blueberries) and it does have a slight undertone of spinach.  But I liked it – you just have to experiment with the amounts to suit your taste.

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See also my recipes Weight Watcher’s Fruit Smoothies Two Ways, Strawberry Greek Yogurt Smoothie and Almond Milk Banana Smoothies.

4 thoughts on “Mother Earth Living Banana Blueberry Smoothie

  1. I am a huge healthy smoothie fan. Can’t start my day without them. I love adding spinach to every flavored smoothie I have. I use coconut milk in mine and can’t wait to try your addition of the unsweetened cocoa. Thanks.

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  2. Can you see/taste the spinach if you added it? I mean I love bananas and blueberries and spinach, but I’ve never had them together!

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    • I have never had blueberries, bananas or spinach together either. Yes, you can see specks of spinach as well as the blueberries (see my new picture and comment). I did feel it needed a sweetener and I used honey to taste. I liked it and of course when you consider the added nutritional value of the spinach I think it is a “good thing” 🙂

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