I love whole fruit juices and smoothies. I also love that smoothies made with fruit don’t really need any additional or added sugar, because fruit is already so naturally sweet. And smoothies can be the ultimate way to jam pack as much nutrition as possible into one drink. It’s great for the kids, and the adults.
There really is no wrong way to make a smoothie, but I think this recipe is a great jumping off point if you haven’t done any.
Mixed berry smoothie is a refreshing and healthy child – approved fruit and yogurt combination and is super easy to make! Smoothies are a great choice for breakfast or snack in the middle of the day.
Can you ever have too many recipes for smoothies? I don’t think that way! This mixed berry smoothie is the current favorite of my girls, so I thought it was time for me to share it with you. Making takes about 5 minutes, and thanks to Greek yogurt it’s packed with protein so it’s both refreshing and filling.
HOW MAKE A MIXED SMOOTHIE BERRY?
This mixed berry smoothie is simply frozen berries, banana, Greek yogurt vanilla, your preferred liquid, and sweetener if you wish. I buy mixed frozen berries bags and always have a couple in the freezer when a craving smoothie strikes.
I usually use apple juice to make these smoothies as it eliminates the need to add any sweetener later. Other liquid options would be nice to skim milk, almond milk, coconut milk or even cranberry juice. I usually reach for a little honey when I sweeten smoothies.
As I said, if you’re using juice, it’s not really necessary here, but if you go with a less sweet liquid like skim milk, you may want to add some.
I’ve got a crazy 3-year-old, and on days when I can’t get her to eat more than 2 bits of anything, these mixed berry smoothies are a lifesaver. Nutrients, protein and fiber are her favorite color, bright pink! So while this may be a simple recipe, it is definitely worth sharing for all of you out there who are trying to make your families healthier to eat (and drink!).
And the great thing is, it’s very easy to make it . All you need is a blender, a few ingredients, and 5 minutes.
Try this recipe and make a drink of a life time.
- 1 1/2 cups apple juice,you can also apply almond milk, skim milk, coconut milk or other flavor of juice
- 1 banana sliced
- 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries
- 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey optional
- Optional garnish: fresh berries and mint sprigs
Smoothies are the favorite way for fresh or frozen berries to enjoy. Whether berry season and fresh blackberries and blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are coming out of everybody’s ears or berry season is gone for a long time, but freezers are full of efforts to make it last (to freeze your own, see How to Freeze Berry). This recipe makes a single smoothie, but it doubles or triples or more easily— the batch limit depends on your blender’s size only.
This “recipe” is just as much a template as anything, importantly. Despite the name “mixed berry smoothie,” if that’s what you like or have on hand, you should feel free to use just one type of berry.
- 3/4 cup orange juice,
- 1 cup berries (fresh or frozen),
- 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt.
Steps to make it
Add up all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. This may take 2 minutes, which seems like a long time to leave something in a blender, but it’s totally worth the smooth texture at the end. If you don’t use frozen berries and want to add a few ice cubes to thicken things up, get the greatest thickening effect by adding them one at a time, running the blender, and processing each until it’s fully incorporated. It takes some extra time, but it’s worth the true “smoothie” texture that results. Pour into a large glass and serve as soon as possible.
Frozen berries create a smoothie that is naturally thickened. Just toss in 2 or 3 ice cubes for the same cold effect with fresh berries.
Use whatever type of yogurt you prefer, but if the yogurt has no other flavors in it, the berry flavor will shine through the best. Nonfat and low – fat yogurt are fine, but the creamiest, most satisfying smoothie will be the result of a whole milk yogurt.
Stay away from seed – rich berries like strawberries and blackberries and stick with blueberries and raspberries if you prefer to avoid seeds in your smoothie.