This simple Blueberry Smoothie is the perfect way to pack in your nutrients! Only 6 ingredients, but full of antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fats. A fantastic way to start your day or enjoy for an mid afternoon snack! This delicious smoothie is dairy-free, refined sugar free, Vegan, and Paleo.
Smoothies are our jam. One of the “rules” I have around feeding my family is to offer vegetables at every meal of the day. My little guy will happily munch on raw vegetables at any point during the day, but Miss Carbivore, not so much.
That’s where the smoothies come in handy. This blueberry smoothie is a great way to fill up on those vegetables, and is also full of nutrient goodness!
Blueberry Smoothie Ingredients:
These are the ingredients I use, but also giving you some substitutions:
Dairy Free Milk: I love flax milk, my homemade cashew milk, or coconut milk. Feel free to use your own personal favorite!
Frozen Blueberries: Fresh are also fine, but I love the consistency frozen blueberries gives to this recipe. Bonus, they are cheaper and can be found year round in the frozen section! Want to replace a different berry? Raspberries or mixed berries also work well.
Bananas: No real substitute here, but the added sweetness makes the smoothie much tastier!
Spinach: It’s so easy to boost nutrient content by adding greens to a smoothie. It doesn’t change the taste at all! You can omit if you don’t have any or swap with another green like kale.
Chia seeds: one of my absolute musts when I make a smoothie. I love chia seeds because the fiber content is so high, and they also provide a hefty dose of Omega 3’s!
Avocado: An ingredient you can also leave out, but I love the way it provides a creamy texture and boost of healthy fats. You can substitute with a 2 tbsp coconut oil or coconut cream. (You may notice that I forgot to include the avocado in the picture below, whoops!)
How to make a Blueberry Smoothie:
I toss all of my ingredients in my Vitamix or any high powered blender, and blend for a few minutes until smooth!
Of note, I do add the spinach last (on top). The other ingredients it doesn’t matter as much. Also, be sure to blend longer than you think. The frozen blueberries take a few minutes to really incorporate, and it will take your blender a little while to get through them.
You want the smoothie beautifully thick and creamy!
I often talk about the importance of a healthy breakfast. What I love about this smoothie are the healthy fats balancing out the fruit. In the morning on an empty stomach, it’s VERY important to not eat a ton of sugar.
Breakfast foods are often high in sugar and cause a spike in insulin. Pairing carbohydrates with a healthy dose of high quality fat or protein prevents this from happening. The flax milk and chia seeds are both high in Omega 3’s, which are lacking in most diets.
Finally, this smoothie is delicious! It makes for a great breakfast or afternoon snack.
Looking for more smoothie ideas? You’ll love my 3 Hormone Balancing Smoothies!
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- 2 cups dairy free milk (flax milk, coconut milk, almond milk, etc)
- 1.5 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 banana
- 1/2 large avocado
- 2 cups loose spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
In a high powered blender, add in all ingredients (spinach leaves last).
Blend for at least 2 minutes on a high setting, until smoothie is thick, smooth, and creamy. Serve immediately.
Heather - Butter & Burlap says
I love smoothes for breakfast and I always like to “sneak” a little green veggie in there too. You totally can’t taste it! Perfect idea for little kids. And I really appreciated your breakfast tip about avoiding high sugar in the morning. I think I’ve naturally just avoided sugar in the morning (because it would be a lot to take early in the morning) but when you broke down the facts, it makes a lot of sense!
Thanks Heather! I’m glad you enjoy the greens in your smoothies too 😉 And yes on the sugar. I think it’s most important for kids or people who pre-diabetic or diabetic. I do not like sugar in the mornings at all, but I know so many breakfast items are just full of sugar!
Lesly Mohr says
You have sooo converted me amy! Since we’ve come home from Germany, I’ve made smoothies every darn morning :). Our local farms freeze their berries and sell them at the grocery store, which makes it easy.. The girls found that they ‘tolerated’ hemp milk vs. the flax milk, and I have to add chia seeds in individually, as they seem to upset Elaine’s tummy. BUT…my girls are FINALLY eating veggies as well as fruit for breakfast. Thanks!!! (BTW…frozen spinach has been a lifesaver as it’s cheaper than the ridiculously expensive fresh spinach here in WA, and easier to prepare!).
Woohooo!! They are the best!
Smoothie’s the best breakfast I’ve ever had <3