This healthy and antioxidant-rich red and green layered smoothie recipe is made with soy milk for extra protein and naturally sweetened with frozen fruit and pomegranate juice. You’ll definitely want to make this one again and again.
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I was feeling a bit bored with my usual green smoothie, so I decided to switch things up with this delicious (and oh so pretty!), healthy red and green smoothie. I just love how the swirled layers look when poured up in a glass. Plus, it’s also super simple to make and loaded with good for you nutrients from the frozen fruit, pomegranate juice, and spinach.
What You’ll Need for this Layered Red and Green Smoothie
- Frozen mango
- Frozen banana: you can use a fresh banana if you prefer, but the frozen banana makes a thicker smoothie which I prefer.
- Fresh baby spinach: you can also use frozen spinach if you’d like. Kale would also work if you don’t have spinach.
- Soy milk: you can use any non-dairy milk in these. I typically use soy milk because of its higher protein content.
- Ginger: you can use either ground ginger or fresh ginger root.
- Frozen raspberries
- Pomegranate juice
- Citrus: I used a blood orange, but you can also use a navel orange or 1/2 grapefruit for this smoothie.
Optional Smoothie Add-Ins
- Chia seeds: adding just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds provides an additional 4.5 g protein and 10 g fiber as well as some omega 3 fatty acids.
- Hemp hearts: add 3 tablespoons hemp hearts for 10 g protein and 1 g fiber.
- Almond butter: add 1 tablespoon almond butter for an extra 3 g protein as well as heart healthy fats.
- Protein powder: add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to boost the protein content.
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How to Blend the Perfect Smoothie
One technique to ensure that your smoothie blends up perfectly smooth (no matter what blender you use) every time is to make sure you layer your ingredients correctly.
- Blender Pitcher: Add greens (plus any nuts/seeds like hemp hearts) first so they are closest to the blade. Then add fruit and then your liquid. Putting your greens in the bottom means they’ll be sure to blend up smoothly as the fruit on top pushes them into the blade.
- Blender Cup: For smaller blender cups used for a single serving, you’ll want to layer the ingredients in the opposite order of the pitcher. Add your fruit to the cup first, then your greens, and then your liquid. Then, once you have attached the blade base and you turn the cup over to attach to the blender, the greens will be pushed to the bottom to be sure to blend up nicely.
More Delicious Smoothie Recipes
Healthy Red and Green Smoothie
For the green layer:
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2-3/4 cup soy milk or other plant-based milk
- Handful fresh baby spinach
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger OR 1/2 inch fresh ginger root
For the Red Layer:
- 1 cup frozen red raspberries
- 1/3 cup pomegranate-cherry juice
- 1 blood orange OR 1 navel orange OR 1/2 grapefruit peeled
- Add all the ingredients for the green layer to a blender cup and puree until smooth. Set aside.
- Add all the ingredients for the red layer to a blender cup and puree until smooth.
- To serve, divide red and green smoothie mixture between 2 glasses.