On Smoothies, Part II

Following up from the earlier post about what I put in my smoothies, I’m back to give some tips for making layered smoothies.

Red and Purple Smoothie

Making a layered smoothie starts with making two (or more) smoothies of different colors. It’s helpful to make both smoothies the same consistency. Otherwise, make sure the smoothie on the bottom layer is more dense than whatever you intend to put on top. It’s normal for the layers to mix a little bit. Sometimes, I’ll make one of my red, green or orange smoothies, and then just mix up some berries and yogurt to layer on top. This is a quick alternative to making two different and more involved smoothies.

layered green smoothie

One great technique that I recently discovered is to pour your bottom layer in your glass and then add in a handful of ice cubes. When you pour your second layer on, the ice cubes will help to keep your top layer from mixing to much with the layer below. The ice cubes also help to keep your smoothie ice cold.

Fruit Veggie Layered Smoothie

Once you’ve got the layering part down, it’s time to add some toppings. This is just a fun way to finish off your smoothie and make it that much more fun to eat!

Suggested Smoothie Toppings:

  • Granola
  • Freeze dried raspberries (or other freeze-dried fruit. I am a fan of these, as you can tell)
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Nuts – cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.
  • Sliced fruit – slices or chunks of whatever you already put in your smoothie, like strawberries or bananas, make a great topping
  • Shredded coconut
  • Mint leaves

Share some of your favorite smoothie toppings in the comments!



On Smoothies, Part I

If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed that I have a thing for smoothies. Some of you have been asking for recipes and tips, so this is the post for you! I can’t say that I use any sort of specific recipes or measurements, but this post will talk a bit about what I like to add to my smoothies.

Beet Berry Layered Smoothie

Some days I add all of the items listed, sometimes I pick and choose and change proportions. I use a Nutri Ninja blender and blend most of my smoothies using the ultra-blend setting.

My red/purple smoothies tend to include:

  • Red Beets (raw, a few slices)
  • Berries (usually a mix of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sometimes just a handful of one kind of berry)
  • Cherries
  • Chia seeds (a generous tblsp)
  • Strawberry Kefir – one of my FAVORITE smoothie additions (no more than 4oz)
  • Pomegranate or blueberry juice (no more than 4 oz)
  • Water (as much as is needed to smooth out the blend without it getting too watery)

Strawberry Kefir

My orange smoothies tend to include:

  • Baby Carrots (4 or 5, cut into smaller pieces)
  • Golden beets (raw, a few slices)
  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Ginger (one thumb or so)
  • Orange Juice (4 oz, usually less)
  • Coconut Flour (a generous tablespoon or so. It adds protein! and flavor)
  • Water

Green and Red Smoothie

My green smoothies* tend to include:

  • Baby Spinach or Kale (a generous helping)
  • Banana
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Golden beets
  • Ginger (one thumb or so)
  • Organic Maca Powder (1 tsp or so)
  • Aloe Vera Juice (a few tablespoons)
  • Apple Juice (4oz or less)
  • Water

*The trick to getting a green smoothie to stay green is to not add anything that is a contrasting color – adding red or purple fruits and veggies will make a nice brown color. Brown smoothies are still delicious, just not as photogenic. And the better they look, the more fun they are to drink! :)

Carrot Ginger Smoothie

You’ll probably notice that I don’t tend to use almond or soy or dairy milk in my smoothies. I have used these things in the past, and will sometimes throw a splash in here and there, but I generally just don’t like the taste of almond or soy milk very much. I tend to stay away from dairy milk in my smoothies because I am usually drinking them pre- or post-workout. I just don’t want milk in my system right before or after a workout.

A few notes:

  1. All of the fruits listed are usually frozen, bought in bulk in the freezer section of the grocery store.
  2. Sometimes I add ice cubes. Why not?
  3. I tend to add things in amounts of about 4oz
  4. Ingredients like maca powder, aloe vera juice, coconut powder, ginger, etc., I use interchangeably amongst all the different colored smoothies I make. I just do a lot of experimenting. Usually, if you add stuff you know you like, it will turn out tasty – although I have had a few smoothie fails here and there.
  5. I am of the opinion that smoothies taste better when served in a mason jar.

Orange and Red Layered Smoothie

I’m dying to hear suggestions for other things I can add to my smoothies – what do you all put in yours?? I’d love to know!

Stay tuned for Part II of the smoothies posts, which will include tips for layering smoothies and suggestions for toppings!



A Spinach Smoothie – and it tastes good, too!

I never really thought spinach smoothies could taste any good, but I managed to concoct something that is now my go-to breakfast smoothie. I’m sure it helps that I added about 15 other ingredients but hey, whatever works, right? I’m now very easily adding more of those leafy greens to my diet by starting the day with a heaping helping of spinach.

Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie


  • 2 cups vanilla flavored almond milk
  • 1.5 cups (or a large handful) of baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon flax seed
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup (or handful) frozen strawberries

Put everything in the blender and blend until it is nice and smooth and delicious. Makes 2 smoothies.