Superfood Power Smoothie.

A slim-down power smoothie recipe filled with super foods including spinach, strawberries, flax, and apple. Refreshing, nutrient packed, with no added sugar.

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

I can’t imagine summer Sundays without a big brunch. In an effort to keep my June detox going, we made a lightened-up meal this morning. Complete with cheesy spinach quiche, heavy on the spinach and crustless style– try it that way if you’re looking for a protein-packed, low carb option. And a batch of skinny double chocolate muffins for my sweet tooth fix. Though after eating 3… are they even skinny anymore?

Whatever, it’s the weekend. Also my excuse for a couple margs last night.

Additionally, I made a double batch of these smoothies later in the day. I call them power smoothies because they are filled with some of my favorite super foods like apple, spinach, flax, strawberries, and banana. The perfect drink to fuel up for my 100-miles-in-June goal.

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

Today’s power smoothie recipe combines two of my favorite smoothies in one.

As you can see, there are two different layers. I layered this smoothie recipe for two reasons. (1) Because mixing all of these ingredients together creates one ugly brown/green concoction, horrible for food photography. And (2) layered smoothies taste better. No?

If you don’t feel like rinsing out your blender for each layer, then by all means – throw all of the ingredients in and blend until creamy, cool perfection.

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

Let’s break down this nutrient-packed smoothie recipe.

One layer is a thick green smoothie made from five simple, nutritious ingredients: spinach, frozen banana, ground flax, almond milk, and 1/2 an apple. Feel free to use kale instead of spinach if you prefer. Don’t worry, you can’t taste the greens with all of that banana and apple. There’s nothing worse than a green smoothie tasting like vegetables in my mind.

The other layer is made from strawberries, frozen banana, and almond milk. The same exact concoction I call Skinny Strawberry Banana Milkshakes. Have you tried those yet? I make one of those more than any other smoothie recipe on my blog. So refreshing, especially now when strawberries are in their peak.

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

A note on the flax: the ground flax is completely optional! Please don’t make an extra trip to the store if you don’t have any on hand. I keep it around for a little extra omega-3 action. I throw it into homemade granola and on top of salads.

In both layers, frozen banana takes the place of ice and yogurt. I really don’t like putting ice into my smoothies because the end result has a slushie-like consistency. Maybe it’s just me or my blender. Rather, I prefer frozen banana chunks which results in a smooth, creamy, milkshake-like texture. Hopefully you’re hooked on frozen bananas by now, for as much as I talk about them.

I didn’t use yogurt in today’s smoothie recipe because I wanted to keep it dairy-free. If you have any on hand, add about 1/4 cup of your favorite flavor (strawberry or plain greek yogurt* would be great) for a creamier texture. *It would no longer be vegan.

One of these slimming smoothies is so satisfying. And this is coming from a girl who can eat an entire container of hummus and still be hungry. 8 servings? Yeah right. I drank one about 2 hours ago and normally would be gnawing off my arm by now, but am surprisingly still full. Though maybe it’s the feast we ate this morning…

A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

If you’re looking for a dairy free, no-sugar-added sweet treat to keep you fueled – this smoothie hits the spot. The recipe makes 2 smoothies, so I have one waiting for me in the fridge for “dessert.” Whoa whoa whoa, who am I? This detox is making me talk crazy.

 

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Superfood Power Smoothie

A slim-down green smoothie recipe filled with super foods including spinach, strawberries, flax, and apple. Refreshing, nutrient packed, with no added sugar!

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large bananas, previously peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1 heaping handful spinach (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1/2 of a large apple, chopped (or 1 small - use your favorite variety)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk*
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax (optional)*
  • 7 large strawberries, sliced

Directions:

Peel the apple if you do not prefer the skin to be in your smoothie. I did not peel mine.

Blend 1 banana, the spinach, apple, 1/4 cup almond milk, and flax together until smooth. Add more milk if it is too thick. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Pour equally into 2 glasses.

Rinse out the blender and blend 1 banana, 1/4 cup almond milk, and the strawberries together until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed and add more milk if it is too thick. Pour the strawberry smoothie on top. Serve immediately.

The layered smoothie look is optional, so you may just blend all of the ingredients together instead. 

*Use your favorite milk, keeping in mind the recipe will no longer be vegan if using cow milk.  I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

*The ground flax is optional.

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A slim-down fruity green smoothie with no added sugar and tons of staying power! Refreshing and simple. @sallybakeblog

   

74 Responses to “Superfood Power Smoothie.”

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    Jazzmin Kaitaposted June 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Wow! Looks so pretty! I love the 2 layers! The green and pink layers go so well together! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Green smoothies are my favorite and the pink and white straws are gorgeous! I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and I look forward to every post you put up! Keep up the great work!

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    Eve @ Baking the Dayposted June 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    These smoothies look amazing! I love putting greens into my drinks, extra nutrition for nearly zero cals. I must add this recipe to my detox plan!
    Eve

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    • Sallyreplied on June 8th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Eve, hope you enjoy it!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted June 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I love that it’s two-toned layered-look :) Nice! And yes, to what you said about food photography, brown smoothies, and yeah, gotcha!

    I hope you enjoyed your margs last night. I had a few during the day but had to sober up and write/edit last night. Darn :)

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    • Sallyreplied on June 8th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Margs were definitely enjoyed and I’m glad you treated yourself to a few as well Averie!

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    Jasmine @ A cupcake for my thoughtsposted June 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    This looks delicious! The two layers look so pretty and I can imagine more appetizing than a brown smoothie :) Might have to try this for breakfast tomorrow morning!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 8th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Let me know how you like it Jasmine!

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    Caleyposted June 8, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I love the layered look! The strawberries are gorgeous…I just bought a new reusable bag at Sprouts Market, and it is covered in strawberries, just like your photograph :) So summery!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 8th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Cute bag! I have one with raspberries all over it :)

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    Claireposted June 8, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    What is a good substitute for the bananas? I can’t stand bananas and have yet to find a good replacement for them in smoothies.

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    • Sallyreplied on June 8th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Flavored yogurt, perhaps – you’ll need a flavor since there is nothing else in the green smoothie besides apple and spinach. Maybe a little ice too because you’ll need something frozen for a thick texture.

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      • Clairereplied on June 8th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

        Thank you so much!

      • Candacereplied on August 20th, 2014 at 7:45 am

        If you don’t like banana it might be good with some frozen yogurt, then you’ll still get the thick smoothie consistency.

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    Librarian Lavenderposted June 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    What an amazing looking drink! The combination sounds really nice and it looks so festive and healthy! Wonderful recipe.

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    Kamiposted June 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Same question as someone else, what’s a good substitute for banana? I can’t eat raw bananas :(

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    Mirposted June 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    If you’ve gotta detox, then this is the way to go! This is a great breakfast. Or you can break out that PB chocolate protein-heavy smoothie you made a few months back! That was delicious.

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spiceposted June 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    What a beautiful and healthy smoothie! I’ve never tried spinach in a smoothie before, so now I have the perfect excuse to! Love the layered look! Pinned!

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Projectposted June 9, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I love using frozen bananas in my smoothies! I put ground flax in my smoothies sometimes too. I usually alternate between flax and chia seeds. Love the layered look!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2014 at 10:21 am

      I’ll try chia seeds next! Great suggestions Polly – thanks!

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    Matt Robinsonposted June 9, 2014 at 1:49 am

    This looks and sounds like the perfect smoothie for a summer morning. Love it so much!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies)posted June 9, 2014 at 1:53 am

    So pretty! I love the texture bananas give in place of ice too – and my blender hates ice, so it works out well :)

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    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2014 at 10:21 am

      So does my ninja blender/processor. I can process peanuts and dry almonds into smooth, silky nut butters but it cannot do ice!!

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    Hanaposted June 9, 2014 at 2:01 am

    this looks so yummy!

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    Hayleyposted June 9, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Well it LOOKS absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to try this out. I have all the ingredients so it’ll probably be tomorrow’s midday snack :)

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    Amyposted June 9, 2014 at 8:08 am

    So pretty! It reminds me of a semi-precious gem that I stumbled across a few years ago called a watermelon tourmaline (it looks exactly like what it is named for!) and I’m sure it tastes just as precious!
    I am trying to have a healthy winter here and get back into ‘those’ skinny jeans that every woman has in her wardrobe. Luckily I’m training for another race and this looks like just the pick me up after training sessions! Thanks Sally and good luck with your 100 miles in June challenge!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Sounds like a gorgeous gem Amy! I’d love to see one of those. Good luck training!

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    Lisa @ Simple Pairingsposted June 9, 2014 at 9:47 am

    What a beautiful layered smoothie, Sally! So cute. What looks better, tastes better, right? :)

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    Anisa from The Macadamesposted June 9, 2014 at 9:54 am

    It’s been a while since i’ve been on here because I am travelling but this recipe looks to die for! I will definitely be able to make this on the road in our camper van!
    Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Safe travels Anisa!

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    Laurenposted June 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    AMEN to the no ice cubes. I swear it becomes a water mess. I love my smoothies to be so thick you barely can get it up the straw OR you have to use a spoon!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes “smoothie ice cream” – when it’s so thick you can pour it into a bowl and eat it with a spoon :)

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    Beth @ bethcakesposted June 9, 2014 at 11:02 am

    These smoothies look so great! I bought a new blender recently, so I’m saving up all the smoothie recipes I can find so I can try a whole bunch. I’ll definitely be adding this to my list! Love all the healthy things you packed into these. Plus, the layers are gorgeous, and I agree that that totally makes them taste better. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Let me know if you try this one Beth. We registered for a fancy blender and I can’t wait to get it!

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    Kloe's Kitchenposted June 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

    This looks amazing, Sally! All of you recipe do though…who am I kidding! :) Smoothies full of “good stuff”! What could be better? I am training for another race myself. I figured after kind of toning down over the spring it was time to start running again. Since we are in the middle of moving out of state it is sometimes hard to find the time….but I love it so it will work. BTW: I am making your giant cinnamon roll cake today for a friend’s birthday party tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your recipes! -Kloe

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    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Good luck training Kloe! I know it’s tough. We are moving to another state as well next month! Love that cinnamon roll cake. Great birthday idea!

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    ashley - baker by natureposted June 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

    This is gorgeous!!! I could drink one of these everyday :)

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    Rachelposted June 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I love the two colours! It looks so cool!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweetposted June 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    This smoothie is packed with all the good stuff! Love the color too! Pinned and shared!

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    Shelby S http://bellabakes.netposted June 9, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    This would be the perfect pre or post swim practice snack! ;)

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    Julie Wposted June 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Yum! This smoothie looks delicious! And it’s packed with wholesome ingredients! I’ll definitely give it a try. :-)

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    Julia | JuliasAlbum.composted June 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    What a beautiful smoothie – love the two layers! And I noticed that on some photos the top layer is pink, and on others – it’s green! So cute! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks for noticing Julia. Clearly I have a little too much fun in the kitchen!

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    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfectionposted June 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    These are gorgeous, Sally! I’ve long since gotten over the gross green/brown color that happens when you add spinach; but this idea is brilliant-a pretty smoothie with spinach! Can I put in a request that you work on a acai bowl that we can make at home?? They are my new obsession! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      acai bowl… I’ve never had one! Now I’m intrigued. I don’t cook with acai that much but now I might test it out. Thanks Elaine!

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    Lindaposted June 9, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Sally — this smoothie was delicious! Thanks so much for posting! I used Kiwi instead of apple, and it still turned out delicious!!
    I have one question… how did you get the colors to layer like they did? Was it really thick? Mine was not super thick, and the red just ran into the middle of the green… still tasted amazing, but did not look like yours (my 6 yr old, was hoping it would look more like yours!!) I’m wondering what your secret to layering the colors was? Thanks for a delicious smoothie! :-)

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    • Sallyreplied on June 9th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Hey Linda! So glad you tried it. The green layer is extremely thick (apples are less watery than kiwi) and the strawberry layer is a little less thick. Try adding another 1/2 of a frozen banana or so to each layer. That will thicken it up too!

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      • Lindareplied on June 9th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

        Thanks for the reply… i will try that! I thought it probably had something to do with the consistency… Thanks for the tips!!
        It was super yummy, none the less… :-)

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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakesposted June 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    This smoothie looks delicious Sally! I love how bright and fresh all the fruits are and the colours of the smoothie. So summery!

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolateposted June 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    So pretty! Actually it looks like there should be watermelon in there or something!

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLouposted June 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    What a fun idea to layer the smoothie! This looks so pretty! I love using unsweetened vanilla almond milk in smoothies – so creamy and so much flavor with so few calories. Perfect for detoxing!

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    marcieposted June 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I love the layers here — the colors make it so inviting! I’ve never tried apple or spinach in smoothies before. I may just need to branch out. :)

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    Claraposted June 9, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    This looks so good! I definitely want to try this on my trip. I leave tomorrow!

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    Claraposted June 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    http://sambazon.com/recipe/chocolate-peanut-butter-protein-acai-bowl/ I bet you would love this, Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 10th, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Sounds and looks amazing! Thanks for sharing Clara.

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    Kelly - Life made Sweeterposted June 9, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    This smoothie looks fantastic Sally! I love the pretty layers and bright summery colors. This sounds perfect to keep you going through the day :)

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    Shineeposted June 10, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Beautiful presentation as always, Sally! I love layered smoothies, I have done 5 layers couple times. It might sounds like overdoing, but for beautiful rainbow smoothie, I’ll do it again. haha
    I also never put ice in my smoothies, to me it tastes like watered down smoothie.

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    • Sallyreplied on June 10th, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Rainbow smoothie – I will try that sometime!

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountainposted June 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Bahahaha yeah I can’t imagine anyone wanting to drink a mysterious brown smoothie. But an adorably layered one full of superfood-goodness? Count me in!

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    Jelliposted June 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    The colors here are beautiful, Sally! I never add sugar to my smoothies and don’t use apples in them much either, come to think of it. Will have to give this a try. Love how you added your trademark sprinkles to the bottom of one of those glasses!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 11th, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Actually Jelli, that’s just the design on the glass! But adding sprinkles is a great idea. They’re a “super food”… right?! ;)

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    PassTheKnifeposted June 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Gorgeous presentation. I have all of these ingredients in my refrigerator.. I’m going to whip this up right now, yum!

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    sireeshaposted June 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Omg, i spent nearly 5 hours reading your blog carefully..loads of inspiration and energy is wat i gained..lovely work sally..

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    Margaret Anne @ Natural Chowposted June 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Golly, Sally! This smoothie looks fantastic. I love that there’s flax and apple in this recipe! This is a great smoothie for those trying to lose weight and those trying to eat healthier. Beautiful pictures, Sally! :) Pinned!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 11th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Margaret! Hope you try it sometime.

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    Lindsay Ann @ Lindsay Ann Bakesposted June 13, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Love the first photo with the sprinkles at the bottom of the glass! Sooo pretty with the two-toned look. Will it still be as thick and creamy looking with regular milk? allergic to almond :(

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    • Sallyreplied on June 13th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Definitely! I’ve used skim milk with it as well.

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    Nikkiklingposted June 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Great smoothie for my boys-but the layers didn’t quite stay apart. I saw your tip above about aiming for a thicker consistency, but I wouldn’t…it was plenty tasty with pink swirled into green!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Bakingposted June 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Sally, you’re going to have the healthiest summer ever with all of your running, smoothies & salads! I’m so impressed and inspired by your dedication to your 100-mile goal (less than halfway through June and you’re already 2/3’s done — WOW!) and cleaner eating. You’re going to be the most stunning bride on your wedding day! :) P.S. I love the rainbow dots on the bottom of your glass! I actually have a similar one (from Kohl’s, 6 years ago) that’s short and squat. Too cute!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 16th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Love this glass Amy – the bottom looks like sprinkles! I would love a shorter one to add to the collection. And thank you for the kind words. I definitely indulged this past weekend so now I’m back on track this week.

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    Sarah @ Sarah's Bake Studioposted June 21, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I LOVE homemade smoothies. They are a great way to get your daily servings of fruit and veggies. I make a similar smoothie with blueberries instead of apples. Yum. I’ll have to try making one with apples now! :)

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    Ashley | Our Full Tableposted June 27, 2014 at 12:05 am

    LOVE THE SPRINKLES!

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    Sarahposted July 9, 2014 at 2:49 am

    I love the two layers – never seen anything like it before!

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    Melissaposted September 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Do your smoothies save well in the fridge when they yeild more than on serving?

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    • Sallyreplied on September 13th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      They do – but I usually put them back into the blender with some ice to blend them up again and get the consistency a little thicker.

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