In the Reboot Kitchen: Chocolate Berry Crunch Smoothie

By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Berries are ripe for the picking this time of year in the US.  Not only are they absolutely delicious, they offer an amazing array of health promoting phytonutrients.  The dark and vibrant colors signify the rich variety of nutrients – I always like to say, “if a fruit or veggie stains your shirt, it’s got to be good for you!”

I took our family’s favorite go-to morning smoothie for a quick and healthy start to the day and added more ripe fruits that are in season.  The cacao nibs add a crunch plus more fiber and antioxidants and the protein powder helps get me ready for a morning workout and the kids ready for an active day at camp.

Berries boast many nutrients; here are a few superstars:
Anthocyanin – gives blueberries, blackberries and cherries their blue or dark red/purple hue.  These gems not only act to scavenge damaging free-radicals but they also help to potentiate or assist other phytonutrients in their work to keep our immune system strong.  Research has shown their benefit in promoting a healthy heart, vision, memory and cognitive function.

Melatonin – this sleep regulating hormone also acts as an antioxidant has been identified in cherries.  Cherries also have anti inflammatory compounds that can help to ease joint pain.

Vitamin C – move over oranges! Get your daily dose and then some from this Vitamin C packed smoothie!  Just 1 cup of whole strawberries contains 141% of your daily needs!

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  • 1 cup (140 g)  blueberries
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) blackberries
  • 1 cup (200 g) strawberries
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used pea protein)
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 8 oz (1 cup / 240 mL) coconut water
  • Ice, as needed


  1. Wash all fruit and spinach.
  2. Remove pit from cherries.
  3. Remove green stem from strawberries (optional).
  4. Add all ingredients to blender.
  5. Blend on high for 45 – 60 seconds until smooth.
  6. Serve and enjoy.


  • Spinach – kale (Tuscan cabbage), romaine (cos)
  • Cacao nibs – cocoa powder (use less)
  • Pea protein – rice protein, spirulina, hemp seeds
  • Coconut water – unsweetened almond milk
  • Chia seeds – flax seeds

Servings: 2

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories530
  • Fat20 g
  • Saturated Fat8 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • Sodium290 mg
  • Carbohydrates76 g
  • Fiber25 g
  • Sugars44 g
  • Protein 18 g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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