How To Make a Yummy Nutritionally Packed Berry Smoothie

berry smoothie

This berry smoothie is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts. I like it because it is quick, tastes yummy, is very nutritious and most importantly, it sustains me until lunchtime. I am one who does not do well with the standard bowl of cereal or other breakfast entrees. If I eat pancakes or french toast for breakfast, my body responds as if I had just eaten a serving of cake and ice cream. I need something with protein. For some reason, this little gem of a smoothie works for me, and perhaps it will be good for you too.

berry smoothieWould you like to know why this berry smoothie is so healthy?

It is jam-packed with goodness.

  • Berries are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, plus they’re rich in antioxidants that can protect your cells from free-radical damage.
  • Hemp seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids which are essential fats that help reduce inflammation, which may reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Coconut oil has a unique combination of fatty acids that have a profound positive effect on health. This includes fat loss, better brain function, and various other amazing benefits.
  • Almond butter is high in protein, fiber, and monounsaturated fats.
  • Chia seeds are a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants.
berry smoothie ingredients

Of course, you can add or delete any of these items, here are the ingredients I usually use.

Berry Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk, or other plant-based milk)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons almond butter or other nut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon hempseeds
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen berry mix (raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries)

*Optional items you can add:

  • protein powder or collagen powder
  • a handful of spinach or other greens
  • a few walnuts or Brazil nuts
  • pumpkin seeds
  • other frozen fruits

Berry Smoothie Instructions

Put the liquid in the blender first, then add the rest of the items. Blend at high speed until smooth.

I do recommend using a HIGH POWER BLENDER. I have a BLENDTEC and have had it for years. It is a great appliance and I have had really good luck with the company backing up their product.

Another blender I recommend is the Vitamix. You can also get by with a less expensive model and brand, but if you’re going to be blending a lot and blending things like nuts, grains, etc. it’s worth it in the long run to get a good machine. They do last a long time!

berry smoothie ear plugs

I recommend wearing ear protection when using a blender.

I know this seems silly but I am big into protecting my hearing and these blenders really are quite loud.

berry smoothie

How much does this recipe make?

This usually makes enough for two people. If no one else is around to share, put some in a mason jar and place a lid on it or cover it with plastic wrap for later. It will even keep for a few days.

My husband loves it when I have an extra berry smoothie in the fridge for him.

*By the way, I love these plastic lids that fit on mason jars. I have regular and wide mouth lids. As you can tell, I put everything in mason jars. We even use jars as drinking glasses in our home. Nothing fancy here.

Give this yummy berry smoothie a whirl!

WARNING! Keep a napkin handy, no matter how careful you are this smoothie somehow ends up on the rim of your nose and around your mouth. You don’t even know it’s there. We have to check each other or look in the mirror before going out, sure enough there will be a little dab of purple goodness on my nose or lips.

How To Make a Yummy Nutritionally Packed Berry Smoothie

berry smoothie
This berry smoothie is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts. I like it because it is quick, tastes yummy, and is chuck full of nutrition!
  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Yield2 servings
  • Serving Size2 cups
  • Meta LabelLabel Value

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk, or other plant-based milk)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen berry mix (raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries)

Optional Item Additions

  • a handful of spinach or other greens 
  • a few walnuts or Brazil nuts 
  • pumpkin seeds

INSTUCTIONS

1

Put the liquid in the blender first, then add the rest of the items.

 
2

Blend at high speed until smooth.

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Jan Howell

Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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I am into day 3 of Phase 2, which is the SEVENTH day of the detox. For THREE DAYS it has pretty much green smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yep, so excited. So glad to have what I usually have for breakfast, minus the almond butter. (Which I do miss). I’m not a big fan of protein powders even if the Green Smoothie Girls brand is super clean with no animal products or grains. I think it is the stevia that is used to sweeten it. I prefer to have the protein drink by itself and not added to the smoothie. I have felt like my body needs more protein as I have been a little weak at times and tired. Before I started the detox I would have some Brazil nuts or nut butter with my smoothies and did great. I am sure my body is wondering what the heck I am doing!

The first day of phase 2, we could add mixed berries. The next day we added banana, and the next day apples. Today I feel a little bloated and not quite as good. Wondering if the fruit is not so great for me. I ate a 1/2 of banana, and did not add it to my smoothie. Would rather chew it than drink it.

This is arugula from my garden. I added that to my lunch smoothie. Interesting flavor it added. I usually eat it in my salads, but what the heck, I’ll drink my salad.

Took some ME time and applied a castor oil pack to my belly and tried to relax. Just a little concerned about the blood pressure not really coming down, even after starting the new medication. What is causing it??? So frustrating! The other night we took a nice evening bike ride, my husband and I.  It felt good to get outside and move my body. I could tell, though that I was not totally up to par. Sleeping has been a little challenging. Can’t seem to relax and go to sleep at night, and have not felt rested in the morning.

I am the only one who has not went off the diet at all. My husband just had the cereal and nuts that one morning, and the kids are doing the best they can. Allie has been working 12 hour shifts and has been sick. Sam is a trooper and hanging in there and doing quite well. I am not sure if he sticks to it and lunch or not, but at home he joins in with us. I don’t push it all, just excited they would even consider it. I love that they have a desire to eat better.

Getting ready to go shopping again for the next SEVEN DAYS.

Until next time my friends,

jan1

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