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.


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.


  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!


    • 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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