10 Super Berry Smoothie Recipes

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5/9/2013 6:00 PM   :  45 comments   :  557,684 Views

For my family, spring signals the beginning of little league baseball and a renewed level of busyness that makes staying on top of nutrition a bit of a challenge. Recently, I've been using berries, another spring/summer favorite, to keep my kids fueled up. Using a simple blender, I can have a tasty treat whipped up in minutes that includes many greens that my kids wouldn't normally eat. 
 
Berries are sweet, but also contain a boost of disease-fighting antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. It's fun to hear my kids ask for a second glass, especially when I know it's loaded with spinach, kale, or chia or flax seed to add fiber, protein and healthy omega fats. I make it a goal to get at least three servings of fruits and vegetable in each smoothie I make.
 
When I see deal on berries, I buy double what I need and put half in the freezer. Then I can just pull out what I need, whenever I need it, and clean up is easy too: just pop the blender parts in your dish washer or hand clean with hot soapy water. Fuel yourself with berries and other great smoothies by trying these SparkRecipes. 
 
Samantha's Super Smoothie

Kirstin's Simple Berry Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

The SparkPeople Special Smoothie

Goin' Green Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Un-Chained Recipe Contest: Banana Berry Smoothie

Quick Start Breakfast Drink

Rama's Three Berry Tofu Smoothie

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Comments

  • JEANETTE.B
    45
    I'm new to incorporating smoothies into my diet but I'm finding they can be a delicious time saver. I knew I needed more fruits and veggies in my diet but I just didn't know how to do it. Having them already "chewed" up and thin enough to pull through a straw works for me. Wish I had know about this when my kids were little. - 7/7/2014   2:57:22 PM
  • 44
    I love making mine with vanilla whey protein, ice cubes and fresh fruit. My favorite one is made with those things plus some coconut, orange juice, and pineapple. I also like to put some peanut butter in mine. - 1/17/2014   6:05:54 PM
  • ALERT59
    43
    Your recipes sound delicious; but how can this be a health site when there is such a load of sugar in everything? That may be the most damaging thing you could publish. And worst of all, you do not give the grams of sugar on the page, but the reader has to search that out for himself. You should at least let people know what they are getting. - 8/28/2013   7:52:28 PM
  • 42
    I like to experiment with different ingredients. Just this morning I put a cup of plain greek yogurt, 1 cup of Tropicana Farmstand peach mango juice and 1 cup of frozen mango chunks in my single serving blender and whirred them up. Awesome! - 8/22/2013   2:32:24 PM
  • 41
    I just started making breakfast smoothies about a week ago. I put one cup of water and one packed cup of baby spinach in the blender and blend it real good. Then add one cup of frozen berries, 1 1/2 tsp ground flax seeds and 1 scoop vanilla protein powder. I got the triple berry blend from Costco of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. It's just over 200 calories and keeps me satisfied for a few hours. - 8/14/2013   7:43:27 PM
  • 40
    love the ideas, also remember that fresh fruit can be frozen just toss in freezer in a good baggie, they made a cool treat any time. so buy enjoy now or later. - 8/14/2013   12:57:36 AM
  • 39
    i can't wait for blueberry season. My favorite berry to pick. Will have to make the recipe that Mom Vicky has posted. - 6/13/2013   1:10:04 AM
  • 38
    WOW so many choices! - 6/11/2013   3:28:39 PM
  • MIZMAC4
    37
    My favorite recipe:
    1c unsweetened almond milk
    2T ground flaxseed
    1 1/2 T Red Star Brewer's Yeast
    1 serving of fruit--frozen berries thickens it like a milk shake yummy
    1 1/2 scoop Optimum Nutrition protein powder - 5/13/2013   11:21:53 AM
  • 36
    I'm with MISSYRH3 on running the blender in the morning....too noisy and don't want to wake up the hubby who is still asleep when I get up at 4:30 a.m. That being said, I do love smoothies and if I had a quiet blender, I would definitely make smoothies for breakfast. However, so many of the recipes call fora banana and bananas make me sick. - 5/11/2013   11:43:44 AM
  • 35
    I've been on a huge smoothie kick lately. You can simply add greek yogurt to any of these to get some protein. In fact, I read somewhere (and it might have been on SP) that the antioxidants and other benefits of the fruit work better when there is yogurt involved. All-fruit smoothies aren't as good for you. - 5/10/2013   4:33:15 PM
  • JESUSAN
    34
    I have looked at all these smoothie recipes and the one thing they have in common is a serious lack of protein. At least for me, high carb-low protein does not work, especially for breakfast. High carb-low protein is also not a great way to achieve weight loss. I will not be trying any of these. - 5/10/2013   12:39:08 PM
  • 33
    My favorite smoothie combo is: 1 oz ea of fresh frozen mango, strawberry, blackberry, raspberries, dark cherries, pineapple & banana; 1 tbsp scoop of plain greek yogurt, 1 cup raw spinach, and 1 cup Vita coco coconut water.....I buy all of my fruits cut them up and freeze them......I don't need sweetener or sugar, the fruit is naturally sweet.. - 5/10/2013   11:24:19 AM
  • 32
    I love smoothies. I don't wash strawberries before freezing. makes them way to soggy. The rest I wash then freeze. - 5/10/2013   10:32:57 AM
  • 31
    Thanks for the awesome recipes! My favorite kind of smoothie is very similar to the Goin' Green one you have listed. - 5/10/2013   10:10:21 AM
  • 30
    My Go-To smoothie recipe:
    1/2 banana
    1/2 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    1/2 cup nonfat milk
    1/4 cup pasteurized egg whites
    1/2 cup strawberries
    1 tbsp peanut butter - 5/10/2013   8:17:16 AM
  • GABSTER26
    29
    my regular smoothie
    1 banana
    1 small container of yogurt - your choice
    1 tablespoon of ground flax seed
    1 tablespoon of peanut butter

    it is very satisfying and a complete meal

    I love this to use over ripe bananas.... - 5/10/2013   4:21:53 AM
  • 28
    mango, oranges, frozen (broken up) banana and spinach. Yum. - 5/10/2013   12:39:51 AM
  • DELLMEL
    27
    Love smoothie. Going to try - 5/9/2013   9:44:51 PM
  • 26
    They look delicious! - 5/9/2013   9:30:56 PM
  • DUCKY2222
    25
    I make smoothies quite often here's a good one I did today for lunch
    1/2c fat free or low fat yogurt
    1/2c skim milk or low fat milk
    2 tbsp all natural peanut butter
    1/4 of banana
    1 bsp honey (I was out of honey and it was still good)
    4-6 ice cubes
    Blend until smooth This will make 1 serving - 5/9/2013   7:16:08 PM
  • SIMPLYSWEET421
    24
    I have to try these!! - 5/9/2013   6:30:57 PM
  • OCLIAO
    23
    will try these out. thanks - 7/12/2012   11:25:33 AM
  • 22
    My daily breakfast smoothie basics are half banana (sometimes frozen), a small piece of fresh ginger, 4 oz of frozen strawberry, and an egg. I vary 2 oz of some other kind of frozen fruit (peaches, mango, pineapple) and enough of a non-caloric flavored water/drink to blend together to drinkable consistency. Yummy! - 3/11/2012   4:10:14 PM
  • WHITECRAYNE
    21
    My favorite type makes enough for 10oz at breakfast and then 8oz left over for another meal replacement or snack. It's 1 piece of fruit (Today I did a Bosc pear), 1/4 Cup minute oatmeal prepared with water, 1 Tbs Ground Golden Flax Seed, 1 Scoop Vanilla protein powder dissolved in 1/4 Cup 2% milk, 2 Tbs low-fat plain yogurt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and about 3 ice cubes. I find I don't need more sugar than the whole piece of fruit. If I have only strawberries and/or blueberries: I use either 1/2 Cup blueberries or about 5 strawberries depending on the size of them. - 3/7/2012   9:48:14 AM
  • JMB369
    20
    For an evening snack: 6 oz plain LF yogurt, about 3-4 chunks frozen banana (=1/2 banana), 1 cup frozen mixed berries (favorites are raspberries, blackberries, blueberries), and a little bit of skim milk or pineapple juice to make it liquid enough for the blender to do its work. I like to eat this with a spoon.

    If the smoothee is my breakfast, or a substitute for any other meal, I add a scoop of protein powder. GNC is my favorite because it dissolves so well. I have never tried adding greens, but I like the idea and will try it this week.

    - 3/6/2012   7:28:49 AM
  • 19
    Costco has a frozen mixed fruit blend by Wynona. I use a cup of that, a banana, a T. ground Flax seeds, a "blob" (less than .25 C) of Greek Yogurt and enough non fat milk to keep things moving in the blender. The less milk you add, the thicker the smoothie and the more it tastes like ice cream! I've been told I can add Spinach and/or Kale to the mix with no change of flavor but I've never done it. It's my almost nightly treat to get in my Fruits and Veggies and boost my calorie count if needed. A great treat. And I never thought I had room in my diet for smoothies! So glad I was wrong! - 3/2/2012   3:32:50 PM
  • 18
    Oh, almost forgot, Flaxseed and some water. - 3/1/2012   10:43:03 PM
  • 17
    Pineapple
    Cantaloupe
    Berries (Rasp, Straw, Blue, etc)
    Carrots
    Celery
    Chard
    Kale
    Oranges
    Kiwi
    Mango
    Spinach
    Peaches - 3/1/2012   10:42:14 PM
  • 16
    I have one 5 mornings a week. Usually weigh and bag them on the weekend so all I have to do is add yogurt and skim milk with a bag of fruit in the blender. My favorite is :

    55 grams blueberries (1/3 cup)
    60 grams grapes
    80 grams strawberries
    60 grams banana
    6 ounces of yogurt
    1/2 cup skim milk
    1/3-1/2 scoop of Body Fortress strawberry protein & whey

    Delicious and filling - 3/1/2012   8:53:51 PM
  • 15
    I'm not into Smoothies. - 3/1/2012   8:10:38 PM
  • CDLBL123
    14
    LOVE TO GET UP IN THE MORNING AND HAVE A SMOOTHIE,BERRIES,PINEAPPLE,STRAWBER
    RIES,MANGO,BLUR BERRIES,GREEK YOGURT,AND FLAX SEEDS,KEEPS ME GOING UNTIL 1 PM,WITHOUT BLOOD SUGAR DROP.I AM A FA.CDLBLK123 - 3/1/2012   4:07:59 PM
  • SAMANTHABABYFIT
    13
    I do wash my berries before I put then in the freezer; however if going to keep berries for use over a couple of days I wash only what I will use for the day. - 3/1/2012   11:13:57 AM
  • 12
    I can never tell the sizes of the servings from the recipes unless they are explicitly stated. Some of these recipes may make an unsatisfying 1-cup serving. My favorite refreshing smoothie is all fruit, so it suffers from lack of protein, but this recipe makes two 2-cup servings, each about 160 calories:
    1 medium banana
    2 cups frozen berries
    1 cup orange juice
    Enough water to keep the blender from freezing up (1/4 to 1/2 cup)
    Blend till smooth in blender. - 3/1/2012   11:11:11 AM
  • TONGATEE7
    11
    I never really thought of having a smoothie for breakfast,but it would make a great alternative for when I have to be out the door early and need something on the go.Thanks :) - 3/1/2012   10:56:30 AM
  • BZ1005
    10
    Thanks! Can't wait to try some of these recipes!!! I always use frozen berries to make my smoothies more of a frozen treat. I also add protein on days that I am lacking, as pp said. Thanks again! - 3/1/2012   10:53:51 AM
  • 2DIETORNOT2DIET
    9
    I'm not a fan of smoothie and would rather eat the fruit than drink it. - 3/1/2012   9:21:34 AM
  • 8
    This may seem like a stupid question, but should I wash the berries before putting them in the freezer? - 3/1/2012   9:01:52 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    7
    Can't wait to start trying all the recipes out. They sound very good. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. - 3/1/2012   5:28:10 AM
  • 6
    You can mix them at night, I have a blender bottle that I put mine in and in the morning I put the little wire blender ball in and give it a good shake. sometime if there is not citrus fruit or acidic fruit or veggies I will throw in some unflavored protein powder in it. - 2/29/2012   8:43:39 PM
  • ANGELA2720
    5
    I like my smoothie with protein powder, Fills me up longer and usually is my lunch - 2/29/2012   8:08:14 PM
  • MISSYRH3
    4
    my hubby is sleeping in the morning so i feel guilty starting the blender, could i blend this at night then just mix it with a spoon in the morning after leaving it in the fridge overnight?????? - 2/29/2012   7:22:07 PM
  • KMKANDROSKY
    3
    I love that these are recipes I haven't seen before! Thanks! - 2/29/2012   7:16:02 PM
  • 2
    YUCK!!! - 2/29/2012   7:14:26 PM
  • 1
    I'm going to try a few if these, they sound delicious and a super easy way to get the kids to eat their veggies - 2/29/2012   2:52:37 PM

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