Berry Banana Smoothie

Berry Banana Smoothie

Original Post Date: May 31, 2012

I’ve been drinking these smoothies practically every day for the past two months. Why? Not only do they taste delicious, and are quick & easy to make, but my children like them and they are healthy… my husband and I have adjusted our eating habits to include 4 servings of vegetables, 2 servings of fruit, and at least 8 – 8 oz. cups of water a day. One “giant” serving of this smoothie has 2-3 servings of fruit, 1 serving of veggies and 8oz. of water — it’s an easy way for me to eat/drink all of that and I can take it in the car with me.

I use frozen fruit that I either freeze when I come across a great deal or bags of  frozen strawberries and a frozen berry mix that I buy at Costco. The frozen berries mix includes blueberries, raspberries and blackberries; plus berries are full of healthy antioxidants. Bananas freeze well, so it’s another great way to salvage those over-ripe bananas. (From experience, I suggest peeling the bananas before you freeze them. It will make your life a little less messy.) You will also need a blender. I have an Oster Blender that I bought at Costco for $30; it’s not fancy, but it gets the job done. So, don’t let your blender stop you from trying smoothies ~ (Update: I own a Vitamix Blender now)

I add vanilla for flavor and stevia for sweetness. Both are optional

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Berry Banana Smoothie (Serves 2-3)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

I serve these to my children as part of their breakfast, as a before sport energy booster or as an after school snack. When I have spinach, I sneak it in as and added serving of veggies, I’m a tricky mom like that. My kids aren’t brave enough for a green monster smoothie…. yet 

Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Servings: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Strawberries Frozen if possible
  • 1 Banana Fresh or Frozen
  • 1 cup Mixed Berries Frozen
  • 1/2-1 cup Water* or Ice Use Ice if using fresh (not frozen) fruit
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/64 tsp Stevia . **Optional sweetener
Directions
  1. Break the banana into 2-4 chunks and add to the blender.

  2. Add the Strawberries, Berries, and 1/2 cup of the water. 

  3. Blend until smooth & creamy, adding more water as needed. I have to stop my blender & mix it with a spoon once or twice.

Recipe Notes

Optional Ingredients:

  • *Substitute Coconut Water as an option - also gives it a flavor boost as well as more nutritional value
  • 1 large handful of spinach leaves, flax seeds, protein powder etc.
  • A dash of Stevia powder - a natural sweetener I use to counter-act the tartness of the berries)
  • OR a sweetener/sugar of choice -  raw honey, maple syrup etc… flax seeds

  • Fresh or frozen fruit to dress up the smoothie for guests, dinner parties etc.



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