Very Berry Smoothies

Very Berry Smoothies

Smoothies are a fantastic way to start your day. Bright, fresh, packed with vitamins, and extremely easy to make {seriously, you just pop the ingredients in your blender and go!}, you should always have a couple go-to smoothie recipes at your disposal. Let this be one of them!

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 then, 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?

Like so.

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.

[lt_recipe name=”Very Berry Smoothies” summary=”You can make this beauty with any combo of berries you like, but my favorites are strawberries and blackberries.” servings=”2″ total_time=”10M” print=”yes” image=”×683.jpg” ingredients=”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” ]Add the ice to your blender and process it first to avoid getting chunks in your smoothie later.;Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth, about 60 seconds.;Pour into glasses, garnish with fresh fruit if desired, and serve immediately![/lt_recipe]

What other smoothies should we share? Mango-pineapple? Peach? Dare we go green?

2 responses to “Very Berry Smoothies”

  1. Looks tasty…

    I always have liked fruit, especially berries. I haven’t tried a smoothie yet but I would love to make homemade apple juice one day.

    • We use our juicer to make apple cider fresh from apples we pick in the fall. You should try that with the apples from the tree in your front yard!

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