Berry Good Smoothie


Did you like the cheesy play on words? Does it sound like someone with an Indian accent saying “very good”? Because in my head it does and might as well name a smoothie something that makes you chuckle.

So here it is. A smoothie. Not like a typical grab-and-go/coffee shop smoothie with vanilla frozen yogurt and lots of fruity syrup added in. That stuff is just sugar in a cup.

My version of a smoothie uses whole fruits and vegetables, along with other filling ingredients to keep you satisfied! (Note: It’s important to use the whole fruit instead of syrup, since the fibre from the fruit helps to slow down the release of sugar in your bloodstream, so you’re not having a sugar high and then a crash). In addition to fruit and veggies, I also like to add in some good fat (e.g. almond butter), some more fibre (e.g. rolled oats), some protein (e.g. protein powder) and superfoods (e.g. hemp, chia) to balance out my smoothie and turn it into a breakfast.

Why a smoothie? It’s quick to put together in the morning, an easy way to get in a lot of nutrients and fibre, it’s yummy, portable and gives you a boost of energy instead of having to turn to a cup of coffee!

The ingredients below are a good place to start. Play around with the ingredients and how much water you want, based on your preference. And the better your blender, the better this will turn out! (I use a Blendtec).

Berry Good Smoothie
Serves: 1


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup strawberries or blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. hemp or chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

About Alina

I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.
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  1. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to
    be really something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and very broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  2. I agree with you about processed food,but what about protein powder?isn’t that a processed food?

    1. Hi Dianne! Good question. The main reason I tell people to stay away from processed food is because of the additives, preservatives, poor quality ingredients e.g. GMO corn, refined oils (i.e. canola, soybean) and use of excessive sodium or sweeteners. Of course, some foods that “technically” are processed (like Mary’s Organic Crackers), are made with whole, organic, clean ingredients and are exempt from this rule. As a general rule of thumb I say to stay away from processed/boxed food, but then use discretion if you feel you’re buying a high quality product from a health food store with nothing but real food in it.

      When it comes to protein powder, same rule applies. I only recommend organic, (preferably sprouted) vegan protein powder with no artificial sweeteners, or New Zealand whey isolate that comes from grass-fed, organic dairy. I think it should only be used if someone feels they aren’t getting enough protein in their day, otherwise nothing beats real, whole food.

      Hope that answers your question!

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