Healthy Breakfast Smoothies: Spinach + Berry Smoothie

Breakfast smoothies are a great way to fuel up for the day especially if they’re loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and protein like this Spinach and Berry Smoothie. Plus, I’m sharing how I meal prep breakfast smoothie packs and smoothie pops!

Healthy Breakfast Smoothies | Berry SmoothieThis post was previously seen on Nourish Move Love. I’ve updated the pictures and post to make it more reader-friendly including how I turn this breakfast smoothie recipe into meal prep smoothie packs for me and how to make this a kid and toddler-friendly recipe in the form of smoothie pops.

What makes this a Breakfast Smoothie?

I love smoothies as a quick, easy way of getting in a serving of fruit and green veggies on-the-go. What I DON’T love is feeling hungry again an hour later because my smoothie didn’t really fill me up.

The key to a smoothie that will sustain you until lunchtime is in the ‘extras’ you add in: specifically, healthy fats, fiber, and protein.

For this recipe, we upgraded a ‘standard’ fruit and vegetable smoothie with the addition of oatmeal and nut butter. Hello oatmeal smoothie! If you’ve never tried an oatmeal smoothie recipe you’re missing out.

There’s a full serving of oatmeal in each smoothie serving size — meaning you’re getting plenty of fiber, which supports healthy digestion and keeps you feeling full for longer.

Eating a diet high in fiber is one of the top things you can do to promote weight loss according to Mayo Clinic!

We also include a serving of nut butter — both for flavor and for function! Healthy fats help your body absorb nutrients and are necessary for your body to produce hormones {American Heart Association}.

Including a serving of healthy fats in this breakfast smoothie recipe means that you’ll be able to better absorb the nutrients from the blueberries and spinach. Additionally, you’ll feel more satisfied from the breakfast smoothie and not be reaching for a snack an hour later. 

Spinach and Berry Breakfast Smoothie

How do you meal prep Healthy Breakfast Smoothies?

I love the grab-and-go nature of being able to sip your snack or breakfast smoothie.

But what seems like a simple smoothie recipe can really take up a good portion of your precious time in the morning when you’re digging through the freezer looking for a specific kind of fruit, or cleaning up oatmeal you spilled trying to get it in the blender.

Enter DIY Meal Prep Smoothie Packs! 

Meal Prep Smoothie Pack

I like to batch prepare a stash of these smoothie packs at one time, typically on a weekend, so I can grab-n-blend during the week.

Simply pull the smoothie pack from the freezer, dump it into the blender, add a liquid base and any additional ingredients you didn’t freeze {like nut butter in this case}, and blend away!

I mentioned this in my Energizing Kale + Pineapple Smoothie Recipe, but here’s my process for making DIY Smoothie Packs!

  1. Storage bags. I personally love using these Stasher Reusable Silicon Food Bags that are freezer-friendly {as well as microwave and dishwasher friendly too}. But you can always use whatever sandwich-sized or quart-sized ziplock freezer bags you have on hand too.
  2. Ingredients. Add the blueberries {I use frozen berries but you could use fresh too or any berries you wanted to make it a triple berry smoothie}, banana {again, fresh or frozen is fine, it’s all going in the freezer anyways}, spinach, and rolled oats to the bag. DO NOT add nut butter and your liquid base. You’ll add those when you’re actually making the smoothie.
  3. Storage + How to Blend. Seal your smoothie pack and add it to your freezer. Then when you’re ready to actually make the smoothie all you have to do is grab your pre-prepped smoothie pack from the freezer, dump it into your blender, add your liquid base, add nut butter and any additional ingredients you’d like {protein powder or collagen peptides} and blend!

Breakfast Smoothie Recipe: Spinach and Berry Smoothie

Spinach + Berry Breakfast Smoothie
 
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A satisfying, healthy breakfast smoothie recipe! This Spinach and Berry Smoothie is great for those new to green smoothies and smoothie-pros alike!
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Breakfast, Snack
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 c nut milk
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ c blueberries {or fresh or frozen berries of choice}
  • ½ c spinach {feel free to increase to 1-2 c}
  • ½ c rolled oats
  • 1-2 tbsp nut butter
  • Optional: 1 scoop protein powder or collagen peptides
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smoothie reaches desired consistency. Feel free to add ice or adjust the amount of liquid based on personal preference of smoothie thickness.
Notes
**See below for additional details on how to use this breakfast smoothie recipe to create Meal Prep Smoothie Packs and kid-and-toddler-friendly Meal Prep Smoothie Pops.

How To Customize Your Breakfast Smoothie:

Of course you can always personalize your smoothie by substituting ingredients or adding in additional superfoods.

  • Substitutions:
    • Liquid Base – choose a liquid base that best fits your tastebuds whether is dairy milk, nut milk, water, coconut water or ect.
    • Banana – if you’re looking for a banana-free smoothie I typically like to substitute avocado to get the same creamy texture banana offers to smoothies. But with the nut butter in this smoothie you could always just omit the banana as well.
    • Spinach – as your ‘green’ tastebuds advance you can always play around with greens like kale and chard too.
  • Add-On’s: 

Spinach and Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Tips + Tricks for Making Smoothies + Smoothie Pops for Kids

This recipe is a great one for getting kids {and husbands} on the ‘green smoothie’ train. Spinach is such a mild leafy green that you TRULY cannot taste it, especially when blended with the sweetness of the berries, banana and creamy nut butter.

I actually originally had this titled recipe ‘berry smoothie for beginners’ because it’s a great way to slowly board the green smoothie train. In other words, you’re not hitting your tastebuds with any super intense, strong-tasting greens or superfoods!

You also can gradually bump up the amount of spinach in the recipe as your tastebuds adjust to a ‘greener’ smoothie recipe — start with 1/2 cup, and work your way up to 2 cups of leafy greens {and feel free to start experimenting with other varieties of greens, such as kale and swiss chard}.

Another pro tip for making smoothies for kids: popsicle molds! 

Berry Smoothie Popsicles | Smoothies for KidsMy two year old son, Brody, LOVES these Spinach and Berry Smoothie Pops. And I love it because they are simple to make, and it’s an easy way for me to sneak green veggies into his snacks.

It’s very convenient to pull a smoothie popsicle out of the freezer and have healthy, toddler-friendly breakfast or snack ready at a minute’s notice. Especially if he wakes up early from nap time and you have a couple more things you want to accomplish before you commit to mom-mode.

Here’s how I make these toddler-and-kid-friendly Spinach and Berry Smoothie Pops:

  1. Popsicle Molds. I personally have this super affordable popsicle mold set {under $7 on Amazon} and it works great!
  2. Ingredients. If I’m making a smoothie specifically to pour into popsicle molds, I’ll usually make it a little thicker by adding less liquid in this case. You also can adjust the sweetness level by adding extra banana or more berries to make this smoothie extra kid-friendly! One serving of this smoothie typically makes 4-6 popsicles for me.
  3. Storage. I pour the smoothie directly into the popsicle molds, add the popsicle sticks and store in my freezer. The nice thing about this popsicle mold set is that you can remove one popsicle at a time, run it under a little warm water and wiggle the popsicle out to serve. Our smoothie pops never last more than 2 weeks in the freezer, but I’d imagine they are good for up to 30 days in the freezer.

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2 comments
    • OOO well of course I love my Vitamix and use it for everything — but it’s an investment for sure {$300+}. If you are blending frequently for smoothies, soups, baby food or ect it’s worth the investment. Otherwise I recommend the Magic Bullet {$50}, Cuisinart Compact Blending/Chopping Set {$65}, NutriBullet {$100}, Ninja NJ600 Professional Blender {$100}. So I guess it all depends on your budget and frequency of use. Hope that help! xo-Lindsey