Monday, February 20, 2012

Immune Boosting Berry Spinach Smoothie

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 If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I felt a tickle in my throat this weekend. You know the one. That sneaky tickle that taunts you with the threat of a cold. I think it's totally unfair. Moms should not get sick. We don't get to take sick days off work. Toddlers do not stop having tantrums and the dishes do not wash themselves.





















So my only option was to fight this bad boy. On Sunday I looked in the fridge for the most nutritious ingredients I could find. Pomegranate juice, frozen and fresh blueberries, fresh spinach, and a banana come together to make an icy cold sweet treat that kicked this cold's butt. This smoothie is a great immune booster during cold season, but even better, it's a delicious and easy anytime snack. Try substituting your favorite frozen fruit.

 Taste tester approved.

Berry Spinach Smoothie 
makes 2 small smoothies

1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana
1/4 cup fresh blueberries (optional garnish) 

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more juice if needed to blend. Garnish with fresh berries if desired.
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52 comments:

  1. Berries and spinach! Would never think to combine these two. Looks delish.

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  2. How can I resist such a vibrant drink! Gorgeous, and Ibet tasty.

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  3. Yum. Headed out to do my grocery shopping in a few... I'll have to pick up some pomegranate juice to make this!! I love smoothies with spinach, apple, banana, yogurt and grapes, too (especially with their rockin' green color)!

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  4. Can't really imagine this combination, but I bet it is pretty damn healthful :))) And yes, that is so unfair that we moms do not have the right to get sick and get sick days

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    1. You really don't taste the spinach. It mostly tastes like blueberry pomegranate :) With a hint of herbyness.

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  5. This sounds delicious, I have been craving green smoothies for awhile now! This will be breakfast tomorrow!

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  6. I have always wanted to try spinach in my smoothie. This sounds like a great combo. Love the picture of your little girl too!

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  7. Looks so delish! I am going to make this for my dessert tonight!! I could use some antioxidants!

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  8. You know I always "say" I'm going to start making more smoothies at home... never do :( These might just get me back on track!

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  9. This looks so yummy! Pinning now! Thanks!

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  10. I love smoothies, especially ones with spinach! Can't wait to blend this one up!

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  11. Yum. Smoothies always make me feel so healthy--I can't wait to try this version!

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  12. hope you feel better soon, love!
    i swear by zinc.

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  13. I haven't done any smoothie since Summer?! Wow, thanks for a great post and a reminder to make one. That little tester is so cute!

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  14. Whoop! Good health in a glass. Love it!

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  15. Marina,

    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! It is really tasty and I even put 1 to 2 Tbs of nonfat plain Greek yogurt and it added a little richness :)

    Kailee

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    1. Yay Kailee! So glad you liked it. Adding Greek yogurt is a great idea. xo

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  16. I love adding spinach to shakes and blueberries are the perfect way to cover the resulting green color - plus they're so good for you. Love the shake and I'm glad you kicked the cold's butt!

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  17. I know what I'm having in the morning for breakfast...XoXo

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  18. Now this is one that we would drink! I have had a few too many that we just couldn't swallow! The kiddies would love this one too. Hope the tickle went away and stays away! My trick is always 3 echinacea and an Airborne.

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  19. Wow, Marina. This sounds fantastic! I've got to try this one. Thanks for sharing it! I'm pinning this, for sure.

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  20. I definitely tried this recently- it does the trick!!! Hope you are feeling better!

    www.bluebonnetsforsal.com

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  21. mmm that looks delicious, and your little girl is so adorable!

    xo Gillie

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  22. How absolutely delightful! I am going to make this incredible smoothie for breakfast tomorrow!

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  23. I am not usually a huge smoothie fan but if the smoothie looks like this, so pretty and colorful and yummy I am up for it!

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  24. Anonymous6:10 AM

    I drink spinach smoothies every day now. You are right - you don't even taste the spinach. So delicious and so healthy. I add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed and sometimes a spoon of ground almond as well.

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  25. This is hilarious! I must of been feeling the blueberry vibe as well because I made a similar smoothie yesterday. Mine was not as pretty as yours but it tasted amazing. I used 5 pieces of dinosaur kale and orange juice instead of the pom juice and the spinach but otherwise our smoothies were pretty much the same :) Oh, and I had some flax seed but I always add that. I may try this with the pom juice to get some extra vitamins!

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  26. I'm a smoothie addict and this would be a perfect addition to my smoothie rotation!

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  27. Marina this smoothie sounds like the perfect healthy treat! Love it!

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  28. I love smoothies, this is awesome. I love your little taste tester.

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  29. This sounds delicious and what an adorable picture of your little one!! :)

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  30. These smoothies are great I add greek yogurt and flax seed also drink them at least 4 times a week. They are delicious

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  31. This looks delicious and its a combination I wouldn't have thought of for a beverage...a salad maybe. Yummy. I'll give it a try. Hope you kicked the tickle to the curb with this.
    Karen

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  32. I love smoothies~so good and so healthy! I hope it helped to stave off a cold! I hate that foreboding "tickle" in the throat feeling.
    Yep, moms are on the job 24/7!

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  33. Anonymous1:27 PM

    What other juice besides pomegranate would taste good in this? Or is it the pomegranate that has the secret cold fighting vitamins?

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  34. Oh yes, I would love to try this combination! It looks great!

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  35. omg this is so drool-worthy! and since i am in full-on spring/summer mode already from the 65 degree dc days, this is perfect! this season, i seem to have skipped right over the soothing hot chili recipes and jumped straight into summer salads! you might enjoy my *sunshine salad + berry citrus dressing* too! http://channingosity.com/2012/02/22/sunshine-salad-berry-citrus-dressing/
    xo

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  36. My family and I make protein smoothies every morning for breakfast. I've never thought of adding spinach, so I'll have to try that out tomorrow morning! Thanks for the tip.

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  37. what a deliciously healthy smoothie! Love the addition of the spinach. Love your pictures!

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  38. This looks delicious and so refreshing! The spinach component is so unique. Thank you for sharing :)

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  39. I have been wary of tossing spinach into my smoothies. I know, I know - vitamins etc. but the ide aof rinking spinach scares me a bit. But your adorable little one seems to be happily enjoying it with a big straw, so I think I'll have to brave it!

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  40. Marina, glad to hear you beat the tickle. This is such a healthy & vibrant smoothie. Love the photos too :) Your little gal is precious!

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  41. I just did a similar post today on my blog. I added a yogurt with good probiotics. You're so right, it's not fair when mommy gets sick!

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  42. That looks so wonderful! Love your pictures.

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  43. YUM...this is exactly what I need post run:)

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  44. Your little one is so sweet Marina!
    You're so right! We, mom, should not get sick. I'm struggling with a cold these days and it's so hard not to get close to my wee one to bath her with kisses :(

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  45. Sounds like a fantastic remedy. Hope you're feeling much better - love the addition of the spinach,
    Mary x

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  46. mmmmmmmmmmmmm...good...gnam gnam...

    METAMORPHOSE CONCEPT

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  47. Adding spinach is new and different one.

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  48. Anonymous1:46 PM

    I made one of these this morning but added raspberries, probiotics and coconut oil. Filling and delicious!

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    1. Oh good idea! I love coconut oil!

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  49. I almost had all ingredients. I used apple juice instead. Thank you! It was delicious.

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