Friday, January 13, 2012

Berry Almond Smoothies

I almost always have a nice little line up of dishes just waiting to be shared with you. No joke. I'm pretty sure there's more than I can count on one hand just hanging out, waiting for me to talk about how delicious they are...

Then this come along and cuts in front of all of them. How rude.

I couldn't help myself though. It's just that.good.

I know you're sitting over there, rolling those eyes of yours, thinking I've gone all detoxy and super health freakish. And yes, detoxy is totally a word. In my dictionary.

Anyhoo, I haven't. Just trying to meet the #1 goal I set for myself for this year. (i.e. Eat more fruits and veggies!)

In truth, I kind of forgot about the green monster smoothies as a way to trick myself into eating more spinach. That is until I ran across a different version of a berry green monster smoothie over on The Spiffy Cookie. Aha! I need such trickery in my life.

Last time I made a green monster, I used peanut butter, bananas, and apples, and it was most definitely tasty. But I love berry flavored things way more than banana, and besides, that's all I had hanging around. And berries + almond? Win. Although I love the flavor of almonds way more than chunky bits floating in my smoothie, hence, I opted for extract.

Berry Almond Smoothie
Original Recipe

1 apple, peeled and cored (I used a McIntosh)
12 ounces frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup 1% milk
2 ounces fresh baby spinach
1 teaspoon almond extract

Place the apple and frozen berries in a blender. Pulse until a puree starts to form. Add half the milk if it seems to not be mixing well. Add the spinach and remaining milk. Blend until mixture is smooth. Add almond extract. Mix until fully incorporated. If mixture is too runny, you can add ice to thicken it back up. If smoothie is too thick, you can add more milk.

Serves: 2

Wait! Please don't run away now that you know for sure that it has spinach in it. Cross my heart and hope to die... okay, maybe not really, but I swear, you really cannot taste the spinach in this. And it helps that this version isn't green. Just think -- one serving of veggies and about 1 1/2 servings of fruit per ~9.5 ounces (1/2 batch). Beat that V8 (especially that fiber content).

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 353g
Amount per serving
Calories 173Calories from fat 14
% Daily Value
Total Fat 1.5g2%
Saturated Fat 0.38g2%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 50mg2%
Total Carbs 38.2g13%
Fiber 9.1g36%
Sugars 25.6g
Protein 4.3g
Vitamin A 59%Vitamin C 83%
Calcium 13%Iron 10%


  1. LOVE that you used apples. i never think to do that. and love the extract idea!

  2. I really like that you added milk to this. I thought about doing that to the Trickster I posted. Glad to have inspired you to make this!!

  3. Ok, maybe I will try it - because it isn't green! And you say it doesn't taste like spinach. I am not a huge fan of smoothies, but love the idea of them. I just cant' get over putting spinach in them!

    1. Haha that's the same reason I tried this one first, not green! But I think I am ready to try the green one now.

  4. I can't believe how thick this looks without any yogurt! Very delicious looking, and a great way to hide some spinach :) Love the idea of using almond, one of my favorite aromas.



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