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Blueberry “Green” Smoothie

by TastefullyJulie on September 10, 2012

I know what you’re thinking right now.

You’re thinking, “She hasn’t posted anything in over a month and now that she has the house to herself again and plenty of free time, she gives us a green smoothie? Are we being punked?”.

But let me assure you, this is no joke. I overindulged in way too many things this summer.

Too much take-out.
Too much beer.
Too much wine.
Too much sun (as if that was possible).

So today, after the kids left for school – haaaaleluyah! – I felt like I needed a big glass of liquid health.

My “green” smoothies never actually turn out green because I add so much other stuff to them. Truthfully, they usually turn out an unappetizing shade of brown but the blueberries made this one a lovely deep purple shade.

Deep Purple? Smoooke on the waaater. Oh. Sorry.

If you’re one of those people who think green smoothies are gross, I encourage you to try this one. It actually tastes really good. Sometimes green smoothies ARE gross and I just chug them as fast as I can to get it over with, but this one has a delicious blend of interesting flavors.

Go ahead, don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!

Note: If you hate cilantro, however, this isn’t for you. You could try leaving it out or substituting parsley but I really love the little kick the cilantro gives this.

5.0 from 1 reviews

Blueberry “Green” Smoothie
 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 small sweet apple such as MacIntosh, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • small handful fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup water
  • dash of sea salt
  • juice of one lemon wedge
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender except ice.
  2. Blend very well. My blender has a “liquify” setting which works very well. You will probably need to stop and stir the ingredients a few times during the process.
  3. Once all is blended and smooth, add ice cubes and continue blending until no chunks of ice remain.
  4. Serve immediately.

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1 MAGDALENA September 10, 2012 at 7:11 am

sounds really nice! wonderful pictures too!
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2 Ashlee September 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

Your such a great photographer this looks like what I need as well after a weekend of too much beer and wine!
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3 TastefullyJulie September 12, 2012 at 8:50 am

That seems like every weekend sometimes, ugh! ;)

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4 CJ at Food Stories September 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Cilantro = icky for me but your concoction does look amazing … Happy Monday :-)
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5 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction September 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm

This sounds like a wonderful smoothie, though I’m not sure about the cilantro. . .it sounds interesting though!
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6 Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks September 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Hope you had a great summer Julie! My smoothies usually turn out brown too! I’ve been making this smoothie lately too, with pears and parsley. Love the flavour that lemon gives to them! Must give yours a try with blueberries.

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7 TastefullyJulie September 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

Pear and parsley sound great. I’m going to try that, too!

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8 Choc Chip Uru September 11, 2012 at 2:51 am

YAY welcome back my friend – with a killer detox smoothie too :D

Cheers
CCU
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9 Lisa September 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Mine turned out green!!! Tasted great though–loved the cilantro!

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10 TastefullyJulie September 12, 2012 at 8:48 am

Interesting, mine wasn’t even close to green. Glad you liked it, it’s so good for you!

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11 Lisa September 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I’ll have to try another one…I may have only used 1/2 cup of blueberries! oops!

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12 shannon @ a periodic table September 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Julie, this is one awesome smoothie. I never make “green” juice/smoothie drinks right, because they yes, are gross. this one doesn’t look AT ALL GROSS, and i’m excited about the cilantro and blueberries! I too maybe (maybe) overindulged this summer, and I need to lose a few pounds and start feeling less like i’m made of cake. this should do the trick.

i’m happy you’re back!

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13 TastefullyJulie September 12, 2012 at 8:48 am

Thank you, Shannon. Great to be back! Now, to work on some consistency. Um, yea.

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14 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 12, 2012 at 3:45 am

That sounds pretty perfect to me, I love fruit and vegetable filled smoothies.
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15 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies September 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I could totally use some detoxing too. I usually put kale in green smoothies, but I should give spinach a try!
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16 EA-The Spicy RD September 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I know what you mean about summer over indulgences! I don’t feel punked at all :-) Although I love bright green smoothies, mixing in some purple fruit makes them much more appealing for my kids. Hope you’re enjoying a little time to yourself with the kids back in school. I am for sure, although I can’t say that I have any more free time!
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17 kitchenriffs September 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Welcome back! Looks terrific – love the color. And you’re right that some green smoothies really aren’t very good. In fact, some are gross. This one though looks delish. And it must be – you said it was! Good stuff – thanks.
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18 Marian September 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Hi Julie, sounds so tasty and healthy. Marian

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19 Mary@FitandFed September 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

My husband tried to use up a large bunch of swiss chard by making a green smoothie out it it…..yeah. Gotta give him points for drinking one of the two very dark green glasses of juice that produced. Yours looks a lot better!
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20 Lauren @Part Time House Wife September 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm

What an interesting blend my friend! I will have to try this!
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21 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I need to make this delicious smoothie before summer escapes, completely :)
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22 Robin from Robinsbite September 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Such a beautiful color!!

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