Mixed Berry Smoothie

RECIPE

Smoothies are a go-to breakfast for me. 

I like them all year round and have tons of flavor combinations I enjoy. Smoothies are preferred over juices for me because they provide a lot of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Not to mention they are refreshing, forgiving and delicious! 

Smoothies are also so customizable and can easily be bulked up to add more nutrition. You can add yogurt, nut butters, protein powder, veggies…the list goes on and on. This berry smoothie is one of my kids’ favorites and is cool and creamy from the frozen bananas and yogurt.

All you really need is a good blender. 

Don’t feel like you must go out and buy something new, but a high-powered blender is great for smoothies because it really does help to break down all the fruit and vegetable fibers. If you find that your smoothie is still fibrous or the berry seeds haven’t blended the whole way, you can also run the smoothie through a fine mesh strainer before enjoying.

The first step in making a delicious smoothie is a little bit of fruit and veggie prep.

I like to buy bagged baby spinach and freeze it right when I get it home from the store. I transfer to a Ziplock bag and freeze it all. That way, I can grab a handful of frozen spinach leaves for my smoothies and know I will always have it on-hand. I also buy bananas in bulk, and when they start to turn I freeze them as well. Just peel them, break in half, and store in a Ziplock or reusable silicone bag. (I like the silicone bags best for bananas because they don’t freeze to the bag!) 

If your blender isn’t a high-power one, it helps to slice the banana into smaller pieces before freezing. The smaller chunks will blend better, and it won’t sound like you’re breaking your blender! The last step is having a variety of frozen fruit stocked in your freezer. You can use fresh fruit as well, but I like that the frozen fruit is already cold and seems to blend better. The result is a wonderfully cool and creamy drink, great for a hot summer day!

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Mixed Berry Smoothie

Servings: 4

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, frozen and cut into smaller chunks
  • 1 cup frozen baby spinach
  • 1 ½ cups frozen mixed berries
  • ½ cup (~100g) 5% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. Add frozen spinach, almond milk and vanilla to the blender. Mix on high until spinach is blended and you no longer see large green flakes of spinach.
  2. Add frozen mixed berries, frozen banana and Greek yogurt.
  3. Add any other *add-ins you enjoy.
  4. Blend on high until smooth! Depends on your blender, but I usually let it spin for at least 1 minute.
  5. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Serving Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 2%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 85mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Notes

*additional add-ins: 1 Tb hemp hearts, 1 Tb chia seeds, 1 Tb nut butter