Berry "Green" Smoothie
When Ocean Spray approached me about making a smoothie recipe using their diet juice drinks, I was immediately on board. I already buy Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice almost every time I go to the grocery store – it’s my favorite! They have a bunch of different varieties (Cran-Grape, Cran-Pomegranate, Cran-Cherry) and some Blueberry-based flavors as well, but my favorites are the straight cranberry version or the Cranberry with Lime (yum). It’s funny because my favorite thing to drink at home is half diet cranberry juice (sometimes with lime!) + half club soda over ice, but it turns out they also have a Sparkling Diet Cranberry drink. I guess I’ll try that next since it’s probably pretty close to what I’ve been making on my own – great minds think alike! The Diet Ocean Spray juice drinks only have 5 calories per serving, so it’s a great way to still get a fun, fruity drink without a ton of sugar and calories.
I’ve been meaning to post a “green monster” smoothie on my blog for quite a while. When Ocean Spray sent me a base recipe for their own Mixed Berry Smoothie I figured this was the perfect opportunity! You might be looking at the photos and thinking “where’s the green?” If you’re unfamiliar with the term, green monster smoothies contain a secret ingredient that contributes a bevy of healthy benefits and usually gives the smoothie a green color (the berry colors overpower the green in this one) without affecting its fruity flavor. What’s the secret ingredient? Spinach! Stay with me. Spinach is packed with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants and is also known to improve your vision, skin, bones, immunity, blood pressure and brain function. Need more convincing? If you haven’t done this before, spinach in a smoothie might seem crazy, but I promise all you’re going to taste is delicious fruit flavors from the juice, banana and frozen berries. Trust me!
This smoothie is thick and smooth and packed full of fresh, fruity flavor. You can even make it your own by trying it with different Ocean Spray Diet Juice flavors for different flavor combinations. Which one is your favorite?
Berry "Green" Smoothie
Source: adapted from Ocean Spray
¾ cup Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice (or any of the other Ocean Spray Diet juice flavors if you want to change it up!)
¾ cup frozen mixed berries
½ a medium banana, sliced
6 oz nonfat strawberry yogurt (or other berry flavor)
1 packed cup raw baby spinach
1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and drink up! Entire recipe yields about 2 1/3 cups.
Yields 2 (at a little over 1 cup each) servings. WW P+: 3 per serving* (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving from myfitnesspal.com: 99 calories, 22 g carbs, 0 g fat, 4 g protein, 4 g fiber
OR if you want to drink the whole thing:
Yields 1 (2 1/3 cup) serving. WW P+: 6 per serving* (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving from myfitnesspal.com: 197 calories, 43 g carbs, 0 g fat, 8 g protein, 7 g fiber
*If you choose not to use the Weight Watchers recipe builder to calculate your smoothie (in which case the fruit is free) the only points in this recipe will come from the yogurt you use.
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