The Blue Ginger Smoothie (dairy-, gluten- & soy-free)

Blue Ginger Smoothie

A few weeks ago I was prepping some workplace wellness handouts for a workshop I was delivering outside Toronto.

The topic was the basics or building blocks of smoothies (a very popular topic, in my experience!) and I covered tips and tricks on how to turn a smoothie into a satisfying and satiating meal.

I was scanning my recipe archives on this site for additional smoothies to include in my handouts and I came to a surprising realization: I have hardly posted ANY smoothie recipes over the past 4 years!

In fact, I have only posted two: my Cool as a Cucumber Smoothie (which I developed after a tornado ripped through a town down the road from where I used to live) and my Lean, Mean Peaches and Green Smoothie.

Both were posted in 2014, both contain avocado and both of which are quite green!

Now some of us love our green smoothies but just as many of us, don’t! …

*Cue the sad face of a holistic nutritionist.*

There is also my Apple Pie of My Eye Smoothie Bowl but since it’s meant to be consumed slowly and deliberately, it doesn’t precisely fall into the quick & easy, grab & go smoothie category per se.

Smoothies are a real and regular part of my diet so it’s a bit of a crime that I have hardly shared any.

Therefore, in the interest of starting to rectify the serious smoothie recipe shortage around here, I thought I would share another one of my long-time favourites: The Blue Ginger.

(Sounds a bit like a rock band, no? Well, I have been known to play the harmonica, from time to time… though not very well… if it counts?)

My recipe notes indicate that I originally developed this smoothie in December 2013 and truthfully I’ve been enjoying it ever since.

Blueberries + ginger + a hidden mild green (spinach) = what’s not to love?

Here it is for your smoothie-making fun!  

Blue Ginger Smoothie

A smoothie that is sweet and a little spicy – and a super simple way to wake up your taste buds in the morning! It also contains fresh spinach (though it’s easily hidden for pickier eaters) and hemp hearts for a boost of plant-based protein.

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 small or 1 large
Author Ashleigh Grange


  • 1 cup milk of your choice (or water)
  • 1 medium ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup packed spinach
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 dollar size piece of fresh ginger, peeled


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Add more milk or water if you prefer a thinner consistency.

And now we’re up to a total of 3 smoothies on this site. Not BAD, eh.

More to come… stay tuned!

Life is a plate… Eat up!


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