So many of you liked my California Dream Smoothies last month that I thought I’d share another one of our favorites with you – the Very Berry Smoothie.
As I mentioned, I love making smoothies, especially in the winter months. There’s just something about a whole bunch of fresh fruit in the morning, even when it’s dark and gray outside, to perk you right up. And who doesn’t love a meal where you can just throw everything in a blender and be done with it?
Lock it in, let it rip, and you’ve got ready to go energy!
As with my other smoothie recipes, I don’t add any sugar. There’s more than enough natural sugar in the fruit to make it sweet, but it doesn’t hurt to add a tablespoon of honey or agave to the mix if you like things a little sweeter.
You can use just about any combo of berries you like and make a delicious smoothie, but my favorites are strawberries and blackberries.
Mostly for the taste, but when you break it down nutritionally, strawberries are high manganese, and also provide a nice amount of folate and potassium, and both strawberries and blackberries are high in vitamin C and are great antioxidants. Then you get the potassium from the bananas and calcium from the milk and yogurt, and you’ve got a great start on your daily vitamins and minerals.
As a bonus, they blend into this absolutely gorgeous hue.
Because you need a burst of color with all this winter gray going on.
Some smoothie makers out there prefer to use frozen fruit for their smoothies. While frozen fruit works just fine, I like having the tartness of the fresh juice in there and being able to slice up a couple as garnish. It’s worth splurging a little more at the grocery store.
So here you go – tasty health in a cup! You can double the recipe without changing it up all that much if you want to have larger servings, but you may only need one and a half times the honey, depending on how sweet you want your smoothie.
Very Berry Smoothies
- February 5, 2020
- 10 min
- Print this
- 1 banana, frozen and quartered
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1 cup strawberries, tops removed
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 cup ice cubes
- fresh berries for garnish
- Step 1
- Add the ice to your blender and process it first to avoid getting chunks in your smoothie later.
- Step 2
- Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth, about 60 seconds.
- Step 3
- Pour into glasses, garnish with fresh fruit if desired, and serve immediately!
What other smoothies should we share? Mango-pineapple? Peach? Dare we go green?