Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blueberry Watermelon Green Smoothie Challenge

Sometimes it's fun to sit back and enjoy your food, savoring every bite just because you like it.  At other times, though, it's fun to set challenges for yourself while eating.

Don't worry, I'm not asking you to become the next Joey Chestnut!  I want you to challenge yourself to take a risk with the way you add greens to your breakfast.  For some of you, this might mean taking the scary step away from "safe" greens like spinach in order to incorporate intimidating leafy foods like kale and swiss chard.  For others, it might mean increasing the amount of greens you include in your recipe.

Whatever your challenge is, I wanted to make it easy for you.  This blueberry watermelon smoothie is sweet, flavorful, and incredibly easy to drink.  You'll find that it's not hard to push yourself to take a risk because you'll want to drink more and more of it!


1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen overnight
3/4 cup fresh watermelon
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 1/2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp or so of liquid sweetener (honey or agave)
EITHER 2-3 handfuls of kale or swiss chard OR a large pile of greens

1.  Cut watermelon into chunks; add to food processor along with banana, blueberries, yogurt, vanilla, and sweetener.  Pulse until blended.  Take a small taste of what you've just created.  Delicious, isn't it?

2.  If your challenge involves using a NEW form of green leafy veggie, add it and puree until well blended.  EJNOY!

3.  If your challenge involves using MORE greens than usual, start with 2-3 handfuls.  Keep adding from there, tasting along the way.  You'll know when you've hit your max.  For me, it was the point when the consistency of the smoothie started to change.  It still tasted delicious, but I knew I had to stop things if I wanted to be able to drink it through a straw instead of eating it with a fork and knife.  Take a look at the photo below.  That smoothie is just packed with kale and spinach.  YUM!

4.  If you have kids, don't leave them out of the challenge.  Baby C enjoyed this smoothie right along with me.  In fact, he was looking for more after we finished it.

---Unfortunately, I don't have any "in process" photos for you today.  I somehow deleted them from the camera before downloading them to my computer.  Luckily, I made this mistake with a super easy recipe that probably doesn't even merit step-by-step pictures.---

Packed with green goodness!

Baby C stops for a water break while enjoying his smoothie.
See the blueberry-stained greens on his little cheeks?


  1. Yummo! We love kale and spinach in our smoothies. Daddy just recently discovered the secret ingredient. LOL! My daughter was so proud that she had filled the blender to the top with greens, she let it slip, ;) We make smoothie pops to enjoy as well.

  2. I love it!! There's nothing like fooling your family members into eating healthier, right?

    I'm working on a smoothie pop post for a future date... you'll have to check back and let me know how it compares to what you do! Thanks for commenting.