Packed with brain-boosting fruits and veggies, healthy fats and protein, this Berry Green Smoothie is perfect for breakfast on the run or an afternoon snack!
This post is sponsored by Dole Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Dole provided me with free coupons and compensated me for my time. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are mine.
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been on a bit of a smoothie kick lately and I’m quite certain my smoothie love is only going to intensify as the weather gets warmer! Today I’m teaming up with my friends as Dole to share my current favorite smoothie!
Dole wants to inspire people to eat more fruits and veggies in 2015 and you guys know I can get on board with that!! This week (March 16-22) is Brain Awareness Week, a week designated to bring awareness to the progress and benefits of brain research. Since many fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that may help improve memory and overall brain function, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this brain-boosting smoothie!
I was asked to include one of the following brain foods in my recipe- strawberries, blueberries, spinach or broccoli- and I managed to use all but broccoli in this smoothie! The berries are packed with antioxidants which are great for brain health- blueberries especially may help protect against dementia. Spinach contains antioxidants as well, plus it’s rich in lutein, which is good for the brain!
Over the weekend, I used some Dole Fresh Baby Spinach to restock my freezer with a batch of my Frozen Spinach Cubes so I would have some to use in this Berry Green Smoothie!
In addition to all the fruits and veggies, I added yogurt for a protein boost and nut butter (Crunchy Chocolate Nuttzo is my current fav) for a dose of healthy fats! Bonus- nuts are great for your brain as well!
Ready to make one of your own? Here’s how:
Berry Green Smoothie
Fruits, veggies, protein and healthy fats all in one delicious smoothie!
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- 2/3 cup frozen Dole berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries)
- 1/4 cup orange juice (or milk)
- 2 frozen Dole Spinach Cubes or 2 handfuls fresh Dole spinach
- 1 Tbsp nut butter
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 5–6 ounces yogurt (plain or flavored)
- 2 Tbsp oats, optional
- Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- *Note – if you use fresh spinach you may want to add a couple ice cubes
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Want more brain-boosting recipes? Check out these two:
Berry Spinach Salad
Green Pancakes with Pear Lime Relish
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