It’s getting cooler here in Massachusetts and I’m going to hang onto the tastes of summer for a little while longer. Not that I have anything against fall flavors. I absolutely love the flavors in this spiced apple and pear smoothie.
I just really love summer so much. The warm air, the garden in bloom, and all of the wonderful tasting fruits. With how short the summers are around here I definitely live in the wrong part of the country!
This kiwi blueberry green smoothie is the perfect smoothie when you are looking for something light and refreshing. It’s great for any time of year, really.
I added baby kale to this smoothie which gave it a more earthy flavor. If you’re new to green smoothies or are looking to keep this green smoothie a little sweeter, try adding spinach instead.
You can always find a new leafy green to try from my guide 19 leafy greens to use in smoothies.
I also added black beans as a thickener. Mainly because I *love* beans in smoothies. They are a super quick and easy way to boost fiber and protein, and thicken your smoothie. You can skip the beans if you want and add chia seeds instead. Or any of the thickeners in 23 thickeners to use in smoothies that are not bananas. You could even use a banana!
Blueberries are loaded with vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C and fiber. They are often ranked as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. In addition to their amazing antioxidant benefits, they also are high in cardiovascular, cognitive and eye health benefits.
Kiwis are packed with more vitamin C than the equivalent amount of orange and are loaded with vitamin K. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and helps support the immune system. Kiwis are a good source of the mineral potassium.
Kiwis also contain a good amount of dietary fiber. Fiber is helpful in keeping blood sugar levels under control and for keeping you feeling full for longer.
In addition to having a wonderful smell and flavor spearmint contains vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. It also has many health benefits attributed to it including heart health, immunity, digestion, energy, and relaxation/stress reduction.
Limes are a moderately good source of vitamin C. They are packed with health benefits including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, digestion, energy boost, immunity boost, mental boost, and cleanse/detox.
Beans are loaded with protein and fiber making them beneficial for the digestive tract, blood sugar regulation, and cardiovascular system. The amount of protein and fiber per serving varies on the type of bean. Any of the “small” beans (small white, small red, black, red kidney beans) will give you about 14 grams of fiber and 8 grams of fiber per cup – at only 70 calories. That’s about half the daily recommendation of fiber for women.
Spinach has many health benefits including anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular, bone, and antioxidant benefits. It is packed with vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium and B vitamins. It is also high in calcium, potassium and fiber.
If you enjoy this smoothie, please share it with your friends.
Kiwi Blueberry Green Smoothie
- 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 2 large mint leaves or 2 tsp dried mint
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 cup black beans (or any color beans), cooked, fresh or frozen (optional)
- 1 cup baby kale or spinach, packed
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional, skip this if you are using vanilla protein powder)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (optional, the one I use can be found here)
- 1/4 cup water (more if using frozen fruit)
- 4 to 5 ice cubes (skip if using frozen fruit)
If using frozen blueberries, you may need more water and less ice.
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Want to know what I use to create these delicious smoothies? Visit my Resources page to learn more.
If you’d like to try other thickeners in smoothie check out my guide 23 thickeners to use in smoothies.