Berry Lettuce Smoothie Recipe

Berry Lettuce Smoothie Recipe

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You might be thinking to yourself, lettuce in a smoothie? That was my initial reaction. In reality, any green leafy vegetable can be blended into a smoothie.

As is the case with most greens, lettuce is a good option for anyone looking to lose weight because of its super low calorie count. 1 cup of lettuce contains about 8 calories. Lettuce has a high water content, but does offer varying health benefits depending on the type.

There are many different types of lettuce, each offering their own nutritional benefits. Romaine lettuce is especially high in vitamins A, K and C, and folate (folic acid). Romaine is also a good source of dietary fiber and minerals such as potassium and manganese. Iceberg lettuce on the other hand is a bit lower in nutritional content. Generally, the darker the green, the richer it is in nutrients.

When choosing a type of lettuce for your smoothie (or salads), my advice is to go with the freshest option available. Even better, try a salad mix containing a variety of greens. I’m fortunate enough to get regular and spicy salad mixes from my local, organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which is perfect for smoothies.

For anyone in or around the Brighton, MI area, check out Stone Coop Farm for local, organically certified produce. Enjoy!

Berry Lettuce Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups lettuce, chopped up
  • 1 fresh or frozen medium banana
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries or berries of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • A little honey, stevia, or maple syrup to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 serving of your favorite green superfood powder
  • 1 serving of your preferred protein powder

Show Time

Place all the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 231
  • Fat: 4g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 27g
  • Vitamin C: 56% RDA
  • Vitamin K: 267% RDA
  • Calcium: 14% RDA
  • Iron: 15% RDA

Please leave a comment below if you try this recipe. Happy Blending!

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22 Responses to Berry Lettuce Smoothie Recipe

  1. rachel vanderwal #

    Hey Ryan this is Rons daughter Rachel. I can’t wait to try out some smoothies!

    • Ryan #

      Hi Rachel! I hope you thoroughly enjoy the smoothies you try. Let me know how they turn out, or if you have any questions. Cheers!

  2. Jessica Subedi #

    Just made your smoothie and I gotta say it’s quite tasty. Thanks!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I’m glad you liked this smoothie, Jessica, it’s one of my favs. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Gus #

    Unfortunately, I was not impressed by this smoothie recipe. I made it and could clearly taste the lettuce, which was not to my liking. However, that said, after adding a few things (jelly, more honey, peanut butter, more blueberries, orange juice–hey, whatever is in the fridge) it was pretty good. I think that the original recipe just need more umph, if you know what I mean. Thanks, though, for a nutritional and easy lunch today!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Gus,

      I really appreciate the honesty. Not many people leave comments about my recipes not tasting very good. What I like even more is that you stuck with it and improvised to create a smoothie you enjoyed.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  4. Brenda #

    I tried it today but since I didn’t have enough lettuce I added cucumber instead. Plus ground almonds for a little nutty taste and yeah, I liked it!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Brenda,

      Cucumber and ground almonds, nice! Glad you liked it :)

      Ryan

  5. Sigi #

    Great recipe. Loose vs lose. My pants will be loose if I lose weight.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Sigi,

      Nice to hear you like the recipe. Thanks for pointing out my gaffe – it was just corrected.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  6. Angela #

    I love this smoothie, I replace water for coconut water and this was amazing!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Using coconut water is a nice upgrade, Angela. Nice to hear you love this smoothie :)

  7. Katrina #

    So delicious! Love taking it to dance practice to boost my energy, thank you!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Dance practice energy booster, lovely!

  8. Lindy Kennedy #

    Surprised it was so tasty! Thank you.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      You’re welcome, Lindy. I aim to please :)

  9. Mary #

    I just made the most delicious lettuce smoothie. Half a baby cos lettuce (organic), half an avocado, tablespoon of coconut oil; and water from two Thai drinking coconuts. Gorgeous. Yummy.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Sounds delicious, Mary! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Evelyn #

    Hi Ryan, thanks for your recipe. I tried it and I really enjoyed drinking it. Actually I’m not so much after the taste. What’s important to me is the health benefits that go with it. I like the taste of healthy! More power to you and your smoothies.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      The taste of healthy is a good thing, Evelyn :)

  11. a #

    How many people does it serve?
    Or how many ounces are in it?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      All of my recipes are one serving size. However, server sizes vary depending on age, health, health goals, etc. Tweak the recipes to suit your needs.

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