RECIPE: Spinach, Grape and Berry Smoothie

Alas Summer’s gone.  Hopefully you’ve frozen some strawberries to get you through the winter months.  Some folks feel you should only eat what’s in season.  I agree with this to some extent, but this smoothie recipe is one to enjoy Summer, Spring and Fall!  It would probably be fun with a splash (or two) of Rum in a daiquiri form, but that may negate some of the healthy potential of this delicious treat!  That’s for you, not me, to decide!  Use the optional superfood ingredients below if you are looking for that healthy, energy boost, but don’t worry they’re not essential to the YUM-factor or the Healing Power!

In a blender combine the following:

Spinach Grapes and Berry smoothie


1 cup filtered water

1 handful of spinach

4 frozen organic strawberries (or ripe, if you’ve got them)

1 handful of organic red grapes (mine were frozen)

1 Tbsp of goji berries (optional)

1 tsp of plant-based protein powder (optional)



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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

3 thoughts on “RECIPE: Spinach, Grape and Berry Smoothie

    1. Goji berries have been used in healing for centuries, have 18 different amino acids, phytosterols, and carotenoids, among other essential vitamins and trace minerals.

      I use organic non GMO from essential living foods.
      They are a little tougher/harder/dryer than a raisin, but are way more delicious!

      Unfortunately they are pretty spendy, like $18-20/ lb. so I try and load up when they’re on sale in the bulk isle at our food co-op


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