Let’s talk smoothies.

To be honest, I didn’t used to drink them very often. I had a hard time finding combinations that I liked, and I almost always want a hot breakfast, not cold.

But a few years ago, I finally started figuring out mixes that we really liked, and now we make smoothies year round – even in the winter! On cold mornings, I just pair a smoothie with something else hot like eggs or toast or oatmeal.

green smoothie

One of our all time favorite smoothie mixes? It’s a little sweet, a little tropical, and pretty green. Also a great way to get in some fruits + veggies with breakfast!

There’s a frozen fruit mix we’ve found that we LOVE – it’s a mix of frozen peaches, pineapple, mango, and strawberries, and that’s what we use in our smoothies almost 100% of the time.

But the other secret? I buy a big bag of spinach + baby kale mix and throw it in the freezer, too. Once the greens have frozen, I crush them up in the freezer bag and then we’ve got greens ready to go. So easy! And this is one way that Nick is okay with some kale in the smoothies. Whenever I’ve tried using kale (even baby kale) raw/straight from the fridge, the flavor is MUCH stronger than when we freeze it beforehand.

Plus, once the greens are frozen, I don’t have to worry about them going bad before we have the chance to use them, so it’s saving us money and waste, too!

green smoothie

Stonyfield and Hamilton Beach recently paired up together for bloggers to test out this little single serve blender, and I had the chance to try it out.

I normally make smoothies in a much larger blender, so this one was nice because it helped me keep my portions just right. I could have this on my own in the morning, or Nick and I can easily share a smoothie from this little blender, too.

I really like that it takes up so little space on the counter AND that the blender container also serves as a to-go container for busy mornings. I’ve only used it a few times so far, but I’m really liking it!

green smoothie

And Hamilton Beach and Stonyfield want to share this little blender with one of you, too!

Want to win your own single serve blender and some Stonyfield coupons to try out your favorite smoothie recipe?

To enter:

– Tell me your favorite smoothie mix

Want extra entries?

– Tweet about the giveaway and tag @HamiltonBeach @Stonyfield and @branappetit

– Tell me the first smoothie you would whip up if you win!

Good luck!!*

My favorite green smoothie

Still on the fence about adding greens to your smoothie? This is the perfect mix to start out with. There's enough fruit to cover up any flavor from the greens, but enough greens that you get a good mix of fruit AND veggies in your morning drink!


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Stonyfield Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen spinach/baby kale mix
  • heaping 1/2 cup frozen fruit mix (pineapple, peach, mango, strawberry)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice


  1. Pour the water into the blender. Add in the yogurt, frozen greens, frozen fruit, and orange juice.
  2. Pulse the mixture a few times until the fruit starts to break up. Blend until all the greens and fruit are broken down and the mixture is smooth, adding a little more water or juice if needed.

*Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Prize is provided by Stonyfield and Hamilton Beach. As part of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club, I had the opportunity to try out and review this blender from Hamilton Beach and received yogurt coupons, as well. All opinions and recipes are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting brands that support us!


  1. My favorite smoothie is yogurt, mixed berries with fruit juice. I avoid the greens

  2. My favorite smoothie still is yogurt, banana, berries, pineapple juice, a little milk and ice. Yours sound great, thought, and I love the idea of freezing the fresh kale/spinach mix first. Thanks!

  3. My first smoothie after winning would have coconut, pineapple and some adult juice since it isa celebration drink.

  4. I love my smoothies to have spinach, beets, wheatgrass, carrots and a few fruits like bananas, strawberries and apples! I don’t add any yogurt just a little orange juice and pour over ice. Super Yummy!

  5. Almond milk, yogurt, almond butter, bananas, and honey. Fantastic smoothie combo!

  6. The first smoothie I would try if I win would be your favorite green smoothie with yogurt.

    Also thanks for the idea of freezing the spinach! Been tossing out what was getting old.

  7. My favorite smoothie is berries (any) banana, chia, homemade coconut milk yogurt, spinach=broccoli “ice” cubes.

  8. The first smoothie I might try is one mt DIL recently mentioned with banana, peanut butter, cocoa, and a bit of almond milk (I’d likely use my coconut milk yogurt instead of almond milk)

  9. We have just recently started doing smoothies. Our family has committed to eating healthier and so making smoothies has been a great start! We like to throw in alot of fruit- yogurt, ice, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, almond milk and most recently- spinach! That was a huge step for me!

    The first smoothie we would make would be our favorite one- the individual servings would be so nice!

  10. my favorite is hemp protein powder, hemp milk and avocado

  11. i would make a chocolate, almond and papaya smoothie

  12. love your idea of freezing the fresh greens. I like a simple smoothie of fruit, greek yogurt & honey. I would try your recipe as my first smoothie. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. My favorite type of smoothie would be when I use a frozen banana, strawberries, blueberries, strawberry greek yogurt, a little almond milk and enjoy.

  14. If I won, I’d whip up a chocolate protein smoothie for after a workout.

  15. I love mango banana blueberry smoothies.

  16. I would make a strawberry banana smoothie with kale.

  17. Love this combo! The OJ is a fun touch!

  18. My favorite smoothie is raw warrior vanilla, frozen banana, flax milk and kale

  19. First one if I won would be spinach soy milk frozen banana and peppermint extract and protein powder

  20. chia seeds + banana + blueberries + spinach + almond milk!

  21. I love a smoothie with chopped apple, cinnamon, sliced banana, Greek yogurt and a touch of almond milk!

  22. I would make a chocolate peanut butter smoothie with sliced banana mixed in and almond milk!

  23. my go to smoothie is almond milk, vanilla protein powder, spinach, frozen banana (I cut them up and freeze them as they turn brown!), PB2, chia seeds, and sometimes frozen blueberries or strawberries.

  24. Personal blenders are so wonderful! I’d try a chocolate smoothie with PB2!

  25. My favorite smoothie is with yogurt, kale, spinach, coconut milk, chia seeds and lots of fruit!

  26. Frozen rasberries, coconut water, spinach and some flake coconut (unsweetened). YUM!

  27. My favorite smoothie is mixed berry, yogurt, chia seed and spinach!

  28. I would make your green smoothie if I won!

  29. I would make a green smoothie like yours.

  30. I make smoothies with my homemade kefir.

  31. apple juice, bananas, ice, vanilla yogurt, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, green apple, grated fresh nutmeg, and when I want a luxurious snack vanilla ice cream on top of it all!

  32. Banana, apple juice, yogurt, flax, and kale.

  33. My favorite smoothie is strawberry and banana

  34. Next I would whip up a peanut butter and banana smoothie!

  35. My favorite is vanilla protein powder, frozen peaches and plain kefir.

  36. Mango kale is my favorite combo

    • Hi Marie – congratulations!! You’re the winner of the blender prize pack! Please email me your name and mailing address (to branappetit @ gmail) and we’ll get your prize on its way!

  37. The first smoothie I wouild make is a mango kale smoothie!

  38. banana, kale, mango and oranges!

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  40. My favorite smoothie is almond milk, a frozen banana, and frozen pineapple!

  41. The first smoothie I would whip up would be peanut butter and banana!

  42. Frozen banana, peanut butter, blueberries, and milk!

  43. I really love oranges and mangoes!

  44. My favorite smoothie mix is spinach, pear, honey, coconut milk, ice, and banana.

  45. The first smoothie I’d make is a strawberry with ginger and lemon.

  46. I use Spirutein chocolate protein powder, yogurt, and blueberries.

  47. The first smoothie I would make is strawberry and banana with yogurt.

  48. papayas mangoes and oranges

  49. My favorite is strawberry banana, but I can drink any fruit smoothie. I always add banana because I like the texture it adds.

  50. I have never put yogurt into one of my smoothies, so I would make a strawberry banana with yogurt.

  51. That’s funny, I’ve been freezing kale too. I like smoothies with kale, mangoes, and bananas.

  52. I love mango smoothies

  53. I really love carrot, mango and orange smoothies.

  54. I like mango, pineapple and banana smoothies.

  55. My favorite smoothie is:

    Frozen Raspberries, Strawberries, peaches, & blueberries
    full fat plain yogurt
    local honey
    unsweetened coconut
    flaxseed meal
    almond milk

    So delicious.

  56. Favorite green smoothie right now is spinach, blue berries, mint, coconut water, and I add lime juice. So good!!!

  57. I love a smoothie with berries and yogurt.

  58. My favorite organic smoothy is:

    1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)
    1/2 small raw beet (skin intact)
    2 asparagus stalks
    1 celery stalk
    3 raw brussel sprouts
    1 cup kale
    1 cup spinach
    1 TBLS flaxseed (milled)
    1 TBLS chia seed

    Blend all ingredients in a Ninja blender.
    Blend for at least 2 minutes for smooth texture.
    Add purified water to meet desired consistency.
    The beet and blueberries give enough sweetness for me.
    But can use a little Stevia if needed.
    My husband (who hates veggies) likes this so much he drinks this twice a day.

  59. blueberries, bananas, plain Greek yogurt, spinach for a base and then I add whatever I have on hand from there.

    Tip – I freeze practically everything I don’t think I will be able to use before it goes bad. Bananas in small slices, freeze on wax paper covered cookie sheet. Once frozen I transfer to ziplock.

  60. The green smoothie I’ve loved so far is: Kale, spinach, flaxseed, ginger root, strawberries, banana and honey..& I added mango to switch it up from the recipe I was given. I would love to try yours next as I’ve been looking for another go-to!!

  61. My favorite smoothie is coconut milk, raspberries, and honey.

  62. My favorite smoothie is blueberry, mang, spinach, lemon. It’s yumm and awesome..

  63. The first smoothie that I would make if I win this blender is my favorite smoothie that I mentioned (blueberry, mando, spinach, lemon).. Yummmm!!

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