Berry “Green” Smoothie
When Ocean Spray approached me about making a smoothie recipe using their diet juice drinks, I was immediately on board. I already buy Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice almost every time I go to the grocery store – it’s my favorite! They have a bunch of different varieties (Cran-Grape, Cran-Pomegranate, Cran-Cherry) and some Blueberry-based flavors as well, but my favorites are the straight cranberry version or the Cranberry with Lime (yum). It’s funny because my favorite thing to drink at home is half diet cranberry juice (sometimes with lime!) + half club soda over ice, but it turns out they also have a Sparkling Diet Cranberry drink. I guess I’ll try that next since it’s probably pretty close to what I’ve been making on my own – great minds think alike! The Diet Ocean Spray juice drinks only have 5 calories per serving, so it’s a great way to still get a fun, fruity drink without a ton of sugar and calories.
I’ve been meaning to post a “green monster” smoothie on my blog for quite a while. When Ocean Spray sent me a base recipe for their own Mixed Berry Smoothie I figured this was the perfect opportunity! You might be looking at the photos and thinking “where’s the green?” If you’re unfamiliar with the term, green monster smoothies contain a secret ingredient that contributes a bevy of healthy benefits and usually gives the smoothie a green color (the berry colors overpower the green in this one) without affecting its fruity flavor. What’s the secret ingredient? Spinach! Stay with me. Spinach is packed with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants and is also known to improve your vision, skin, bones, immunity, blood pressure and brain function. Need more convincing? If you haven’t done this before, spinach in a smoothie might seem crazy, but I promise all you’re going to taste is delicious fruit flavors from the juice, banana and frozen berries. Trust me! To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
This Berry Green Smoothie is thick and smooth and packed full of fresh, fruity flavor. You can even make it your own by trying it with different Ocean Spray Diet Juice flavors for different flavor combinations. Which one is your favorite?
Berry "Green" Smoothie
- ¾ cup Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice, or any of the other Ocean Spray Diet juice flavors if you want to change it up!
- ¾ cup frozen mixed berries
- ½ a medium banana, sliced
- 6 oz nonfat strawberry yogurt, or other berry flavor
- 1 packed cup raw baby spinach
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and drink up! Entire recipe yields about 2 1/3 cups.
6 per serving* (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com) *If you choose not to use the Weight Watchers recipe builder to calculate the PointsPlus for your smoothie (in which case the fruit is free) the only points in this recipe will come from the yogurt you use. adapted from Ocean Spray
I have partnered with Ocean Spray through DailyBuzz to help promote their new Ocean Spray Diet product. I have been compensated for my time commitment to work with this product, however my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
This looks delicious and healthy! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks again Emily for the time and effort you put into this amazing food blog.
Thanks Kim 🙂 I hope you like it!
Mmm I have a smoothie every day. I don’t think I’ve used Ocean Spray yet though- will try!
Let me know what you think, Katrina! 🙂
What would be a good substitute for the banana? Unfortunately I have a very low tolerance to them… :o(
Hm, another dense fruit…maybe cantaloupe or mango?
A pear is a great base for a smoothie too!
I also use avocados as a smoothie base! Higher in calories but they have all those good monounsaturated fatty acids.
Interesting. I’ve used cran-grape Ocean Spray in smoothies before, never the diet version though. Something new to try I guess?
Definitely! Saves some sugar and calories and tastes just as good.
Does the Diet Ocean Spray have Aspartame or any of those fake sugars?
No aspartame, but I do believe it is sweetened with splenda.
I love making green smoothies…so much, I dedicate a blog to them: http://www.kellynoellerotterman.blogspot.com
My favorite uses a pear, red grapes, and any leafy green (but especially rainbow chard)! It’s so sweet! Add 1/2 slice pineapple for a little extra flavor.
Sounds yum, Kelly! I’m definitely planning to make more 🙂
I haven’t tried your smoothie recipe but I have cooked/baked a handful of your recipes for my boyfriend and me this past couple weeks. We have just started weight watchers and we are both trying to lose about 30 pounds! your blog is helping us be on our way! thank you so much for this it is so helpful and we love it! My boyfriend was in shock when he found out we could have cheese 😀 he didn’t believe in it but you have helped me make him believe! Thank you for all your recipes! you are making this journey a little easier!
Haha, you can definitely have cheese! I could never live a life without cheese…:). I’m so glad you two are enjoying the recipes. Good luck on your weight loss journey – you can do this!
Looks like you are really getting the hang of that new camera! Great looking picture!
Thanks so much, Lisa!! I’m certainly trying to learn. Slowly but surely 🙂
Delicious! Just made it! (also just made 3 activity points too! It was great after a workout!)
This is perfect for me since I’m newly working out of my house!! So excited I can get my spinach in and be healthy. Thanks Em!
P.S.- I really like your OceanSpray glass!
I just need you to know that I am obsessed with your blog! Everything I’ve tried of yours is simply amazing and is helping make my weight watchers successful. Thank you so much!
I just made this…and it’s delish! I used strawberry banana yogurt. I’ll be making this regularly. Thanks, Emily!
Can you taste the spinach in this? I’m intrigued by the “green” smoothies, but have been too freaked out to try them so far.
Nope! Just tastes fresh and berry-like!
I have recently found your site and love the recipes, even this green smoothie. I have never tried the green ones, but going to make this :). I am on ww and have lost about 3st, with 1 st to go. I was looking for new recipes when i found your site. Thank you.
Emily, I have to tell you that I have never liked smoothies before. Really, I never have and the thought of a “green” smoothie seemed like it would be just as bad, but this… I have fallen in love with this berry smoothie! It’s easy, only 1-2 WW points and SO filling! Love it! Thanks so much!