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Super Savory Smoothie

Posted on November 8th, 2010

Monday Morsel

sometimes random.
sometimes deep.
just a little something
to begin your week.


For the past three months I have enjoyed a smoothie each day. My new mantra: a smoothie a day keeps the doctor away! Although the recipes I have used to make the smoothie constantly evolves, the health benefits from each smoothie remain consistently powerful. Not only do my smoothies helps me incorporate 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables I strive for each day, they also are an easy snack to take on the go.

The smoothie recipe below was recommended to me by a dear friend and originated from The Ell Farm, an organic farm in Cincinnati. I continue to tweak it and find new ways to make it work for me.

Super Savory Smoothie

[Makes four smoothies; I eat one and freeze the other three in glass containers.]

2 Tbs ground flaxseed [Make sure the flaxseed is ground so that you can receive all of the health benefits.]

2 Tbs Barley Green [Read about the health benefits here and here. I bought mine through Ell Farm but I also found it online here.]

2 Tbs Brewer’s Yeast [Read about the health benefits here. You can buy it online here or at Whole Foods.]

1-2 Tbs Whey Powder [Read about the health benefits here. My nutritionist recommended Biochem which you can find at Whole Foods.]

½ tsp Cinnamon [Read about the health benefits here.]

1 6 oz. container Stoneyfield organic yogurt

2 cups frozen berries [I buy frozen bags of Wild Blueberries and Mixed Berries at Costco but anything will work.]

1-2 bananas (to make thicker)

Fill the remainder with water and ice.


Recently another friend of mine recommended I add spinach to my smoothies. This sounded like a great way to include more greens, so I added a handful of spinach to my smoothie and couldn’t wait to try it. Of course, guess when my blender’s motor decided to burn out? Exactly. Yesterday. With an entire smoothie ready to be blended in the glass pitcher! I tried just about everything to jumpstart the blender and finally had to raise the white flag of surrender. So, unfortunately, I haven’t tried the spinach in my smoothie recipe yet, but I plan to incorporate it this week as soon as I find a new blender. Now if only the new blender could make warm smoothies as Chicago enters the chilly winter months!

If you have any smoothie suggestions, I’d love for you to share them below.

3 Comments on “Super Savory Smoothie”

  • Julie Nor says:

    Good morning, Michelle!
    I saw your smoothie morsel on facebook feed and had to check it out. I too have a smoothie everyday. I can honestly say that it is a highlight to waking up. I put spinach in mine as well. Though I love using fresh ingredients, I have found that frozen spinach works so much better. I slice it in cubes and put in a freezer bad to pull out for each smoothie.
    I’m trying your concoction next!!

  • michellewarner says:

    Hi Julie! Great to hear from you! Thanks for the tip – I will try that when my blender is in working order. :) Hope you’re doing well!

  • shannon absher says:

    Hey i love that you sent this recipe out – i’ve done these kind of smoothies in the past and have recently started up again, especially for jake since most days it’s the most nutrition he’s gonna get:)

    You gave me some good ideas here so thought I’d also let you know i add kale to mine (SUPER good for you), you just may have to blend it a couple minutes. also, we use agave nectar as it’s an all natural sweetener and a little better for you than honey. These smoothies are great for toddlers as well cause you can sneak all kinds of things in there – broccoli, spinach, carrots,etc.

    Thanks again for your recipe tips!!

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