The very base of every healthy smoothie is greens; such as kale, baby spinach, and/or Swiss chard. What happens too often though, is when the green mixes with the reds, blues, and purples of other fruit mix-ins, the result is an unappetizing grayish, thick liquid that sends any discerning child running in the other direction. It’s delicious and jam-packed with nutrients, but it’s hard explaining that to a young child. The good news is, this is an easy fix!

The secret? First, blend only your greens, including avocado, together with a splash of liquid (I typically use coconut or almond milk.)

Once the greens are completely blended, THEN mix in all your additional ingredients such as banana, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, apple, flaxseeds, chia seeds, etc. This will cause the dark hues of the berries to become the dominate color over the previously blended greens. Voila! Now you have a vibrantly colorful smoothie to enjoy.



  1. Erin Yanuskevich

    Hi Meridith,
    Just happened upon this blog post and it left me wondering about your blender of choice. Do you use a standard blender or did you opt for a Ninja or similar brand? Do you ever juice or stick mainly to smoothies?

    • meridith

      I use a NutriBullet because it’s SO easy to clean and doesn’t take up much counter space in my modest kitchen. I’d love a Ninja though!


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