Berry Chocolate Smoothie

So I have been doing ‘green’ smoothies for about 2 weeks now.  I’ve talked about them a lot on facebook and figured I would blog the recipes we try and like.

In the first two weeks having them for breakfast and lunch, I have dropped my blood pressure 10 points and lost 8.5 lbs.  Yes, I have them instead of meals.  NO, I am not hungry.  Promise!  And I am a horrible snacker!!

What is a green smoothie? One that contains greens!  Spinach, collard greens, kale, etc.

Where I buy my stuff:

I buy most berries (strawberries, rasberries, blueberries, blends, etc) at Costco in the frozen foods section.

I buy other produce there as well.  Oranges, grapes, etc.  Pineapple I will buy there, cut two up and then freeze them.  Oranges and grapes I have thus far left fresh.  I prefer Cara Cara oranges.

I buy HUGE bags of spinach (2.5 lbs, triple washed) fresh from Costco and then freeze it.

I use a VitaMix for my smoothies.  You can make them in a regular blender, but it may smoke and you may burn out your motor.

With all green smoothies, you may want to lower the amount of greens initially.  I do not really taste them much so I use more.

Berry Chocolate
1 c frozen strawberries
1 c mixed berries (blueberry, blackberry, rasberry)
1 peeled cara cara orange
2 T chia seeds
2 scoops chocolate muscle milk powder
2 c frozen greens (we use collard greens or spinach – bought fresh, then frozen)
1 c water