The smoothie — a drinkable breakfast, snack, or workout drink — is one of the easiest culinary creations to make at home. A variation on the kinds of fruity drinks made in tropical countries for years, it was christened “smoothie” in the 1960s. As it grew to include healthy add-ins, boosting it from a snack to a meal, the smoothie began to inch into the healthy mainstream. Suddenly, smoothies were everywhere! Check out these sensational berry smoothies as a starting point. Each one is simple and completely delicious.
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Pomegranate juice is an antioxidant superstar, and its wonderfully tart flavor is balanced by banana and creamy kefir.
Total Time: 5 minutes
The antioxidant superstar pomegranate juice adds a wonderful, tart flavor to this smoothie. A banana and some creamy kefir balance the tartness and make it a lovely pink.
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 large frozen banana, cut in chunks (see Tip)
- 1 cup kefir or, yogurt, or non-dairy milk
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
In a blender, pile in the strawberries and frozen banana, then add kefir and pomegranate juice. Process to puree, serve garnished with pomegranate seeds.
Hidden-Spinach Berry Smoothie
You’ll enjoy a salad's worth of healthy spinach in this luscious smoothie, and hardly notice it's there!
Total Time: 10 minutes
Start your day with a big spinach salad? You will enjoy a salad's worth of healthy spinach in this luscious smoothie, and hardly notice it's there. Try freezing your own local berries when they are in season to use in smoothies all year long. When bananas start getting soft, just peel them, pop them in a freezer bag, and freeze to use in smoothies. Using frozen berries and bananas will give you a thick, almost ice-cream texture, and you may need to add a little milk to help it blend.
- 2 cups frozen or fresh raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or a mix
- 3 cups spinach (packed)
- 1 cup yogurt, kefir, or a non-dairy alternative like almond milk
- 1 large banana, fresh or frozen
Put the berries and spinach in the blender first, and add the yogurt and banana. Process, scraping down as needed. Blend until smooth and serve.
Tips & Notes
If the smoothie is too thick to blend, add milk or a non-dairy alternative as needed to blend.
Mixed Berry and Oat Smoothie with Granola
Berries disguise the secret ingredient (tofu!) and a sprinkle of granola adds a tasty crunch.
Total Time: 5 minutes
Set your oatmeal and berry cereal bowl on its head, and make this easy, creamy smoothie. Berries disguise the secret ingredient (tofu!) and a crunchy sprinkle of granola adds a tasty flourish.
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries
- 4 ounces firm silken tofu
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups vanilla soymilk or other milk
- 1/2 cup granola
In a blender, place the mixed berries, then tofu, oats and soymilk. Process until smooth. Serve in two glasses, with 1/4 cup of granola on top of each.