Daphne Oz's Healthy Smoothie Recipe: Flavor-Packed With Banana, Cherry

Celebrity News Mar. 19, 2014 AT 8:00AM

Tired of your daily menu and in a food rut? Daphne Oz of ABC's The Chew shared her flavorful tips to spice up any dish -- using items even the most novice chef can incorporate. One of her favorite ways to infuse her food with real ingredients is with a smoothie, and as the New York Times bestselling author of The Dorm Room Diet and Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style and Everyday Fun explains, it packs a punch of healthy flavors that keep you full and satisfied.

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During a recent break from taping her ABC series, Oz -- who welcomed her baby daughter, named Philomena Bijou, on Feb. 26 -- showed Us Weekly just how to whip up her healthy Nutty Banana-Cherry-Spinach drink. First off, Oz understands that some may be turned off by adding spinach to their everyday menu, but the natural foods expert explains that in her recipe, those who sip won't even taste the greens.

Daphne Oz, of ABC's The Chew, shares her recipe for a Nutty Banana-Cherry-Spinach smoothie — and offers healthy ideas to add flavor to any dish — in this exclusive Us Weekly video.

In her smoothie, like with other dishes she prepares, the busy mom always tries to add a hint of citrus -- lime juice is a favorite -- along with Greek yogurt for tang. "Tang really wakes up your tongue," says Oz.

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When preparing side dishes to accompany larger meals, Oz suggests incorporating avocado, grated cheese or hummus. "Fat carries flavor, so the more you can add a dose of these fats in your foods, the more you'll be able to taste all of the other great flavors in your food," she tells Us.

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For more of Oz's tips to enhance your everyday meals with loads of unexpected flavors, watch the video above. The full ingredient list for the smoothie she whips up in the video is listed below.

DAPHNE OZ'S NUTTY BANANA-CHERRY-SPINACH SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS
1/2 frozen banana
1/3 cup frozen cherries
1 giant handful spinach, washed and dried
1/3 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1-2 teaspoons almond butter
frozen lime juice
water to blend

INSTRUCTIONS
Blend to desired consistency using a high-powered blender.

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