Super Berry Smoothie

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This afternoon, I had lunch at Panera Bread with my good friend, Lisa.  I don’t know why, but smoothies have become my new addiction.  I think part of it is due to the warmer weather, but I just seem to be craving berries.  I ordered a smoothie and was slightly appalled that it was $3.99.  Seriously?  $3.99?

When I came home, I scoured my (100+) cookbooks and the internet to find a suitable recipe.  Here’s what I came up with:

The Recipe

4 ice cubes
1 banana
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
1/2 tsp honey

In a blender, crush ice cubes.  Add fruits, juice, yogurt and honey.  Puree until smooth.

Is it a Keeper?
Oh my god!  This is so unbelievably fantastic!  What a delightful treat! I now have a use for my blender!  I could count, on one hand, the number of times that I’ve used it in my almost 10 years of marriage!

I will be making these all summer long! And, I won’t be paying $3.99!

Plus, we just planted 31 blueberry bushes so I’ll be sure to have plenty of blueberries to puree!  If any nutritionists are reading this, can you recommend anything I can add to make this treat even healthier?

OK, I’m off to finish my yummy smoothie!  Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Super Berry Smoothie”

  1. Here’s a recipe for a *Super Smoothie* (our Doc said it’s good for anyone so I’m sharing)

    1. Brew one quart of strong green tea (I use about 10 – 12 teabags – either caffeinated or decaffeinated). Let the tea steep for 10-15 minutes. Store in the refrigerator. Will keep for 7-10 days.

    2. Use 4- 6oz of the above for your base liquid for your smoothie. Place it in a blender.

    3. Add 2-4 oz. of chilled pomegranate juice or Welch’s Purple Unsweetened grape juice.

    4. Add 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries, blackberries or raspberries.

    5. Add one to two tablespoons of ground flax seed (Bob’s Red Mill Ground Flax Meal). Store remainder in fridge. It will keep for 3-4 weeks.

    6. Add any sweet Whole Fruit of your choice. (For example: pineapple, one sweet orange, peach, in season melon, ripe pear or one chopped small ripe (sweet) mango. Avoid canned or jarred fruit and any fruit containing “high fructose corn syrup”.

    7. Choose one or both (we do both):
    Protein Drink: Add 2 tablespoons of whey powder OR soy powder OR one 1/2 cup soy or low fat yogurt or kefir.

    One scoop or tablespoon Pro-Green’s

    8. Add 1/4 cup of crushed ice if you like your smoothie cold. (we don’t do this since everything is chilled already)

    9. Blend until it is of the right consistency for you.

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    • Thanks, Mom! 🙂 Use the strawberries you picked — they’re great in this! And, don’t forget to add lots of blueberries from the backyard!

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  2. I switched the OJ out with V8’s Strawberry and Banana juice (the light version). This way I can incorporate more fruits and vegetables into each smoothie. Super yummy!

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