Want a delicious berry smoothie recipe that'll hit the spot? This awesome, easy option is a must try.
Not only are smoothies super delicious and filling, but they’re a great way to sneak in extra nutrients like antioxidants, vitamin C, protein, added fiber and more. And while there’s virtually no wrong way to make a smoothie, berry smoothies are loaded with good-for-you benefits and seriously tasty. If you tend to prefer fruity blends, recipes that call for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries can deliver tons of flavor and easily up the nutritional value of your next blend. Here’s everything you need to know about making the ultimate berry smoothie at home.
Before we whip ourselves into a berry-infused frenzy, let’s answer some of the most pressing questions on how to maximize the nutritional benefits of this fruity fuel.
The short answer is yes. In most cases, berry smoothies made with real, nourishing foods are, well, berry good for you. The trick is to choose your ingredients wisely. Look for whole, less-processed foods that are high in wellness benefits and low in added sugar, preservatives and unhealthy fat. Keep your shopping list lean, mean and clean by shopping for fresh or frozen berries, nut milks that are free of refined sugar and chemical stabilizers, preservative-free nut butters, fresh leafy greens, and healthy nutritious protein sources like nut butter, plant-based protein powders or plain, unsweetened yogurt.
Most smoothies on their own are not specifically designed for healthy weight management as much as they are intended to provide your body with highly nutritious fuel that is easy and convenient to consume.
However, good-for-you smoothies can make a nice addition to many weight management plans. Consulting your doctor or nutritionist is always best on a matter like weight management because every body is different!
If your goal is to keep calories to a minimum, select your berry smoothie ingredients carefully. Adding leafy greens, whole berries (good sources of fiber), and even zucchini (instead of banana) are clever ways to keep sugar low and nutrition high!
The key to enjoying smoothies is to treat them like a meal, not a snack. Smoothies are best used as a way to deliver high-nutrient ingredients like veggies, fruits, nut milks and protein powders into your daily routine easily. We enjoy them as a breakfast or lunch replacement!
Think all berries are created equal? Here’s a quick cheat sheet for some of the most popular berries for smoothies and what you can expect when it comes to nutritional value.
Nutritional information per 1 cup:
Whether you opt for fresh berries or frozen, you’re likely to enjoy the very same nutritional benefits regardless (score!) so it’s really a question of convenience, affordability, and taste. Do you prefer your smoothies on the icier side? Opt for packaged frozen berries in the frozen food aisle and add them to your smoothies without defrosting. Or if you prefer a juicier berry that’s a little more farm-fresh, peruse your produce aisle instead. Worried your fresh berries will go to waste? Extend the life of your produce and freeze your own berries by popping them into a tupperware and stashing them in the freezer to have on-hand for future smoothies.
Building the ultimate berry smoothie is a no-brainer when you stock up on these power-packed ingredients to keep on-hand throughout the week.
If you’re a fan of PB & J, you’ll love this berry-infused, nutty blend that just so happens to deliver a dose of antioxidants, protein, fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Grab your blender and enjoy!
Prep time: 10 min
Servings: About 2
Add berries, almond butter, spinach, Vanilla Almond, and ice cubes to a high speed blender and blend until you’ve reached your desired consistency. Top with chia seeds or hemp hearts or extra whole berries!
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