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Berry Smoothie

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.

Makes

3 servings

With two busy teenage boys in our house, getting everyone to eat well before school is a challenge. This thick berry smoothie is quick to fix and delicious, too. —Patricia Mahoney, Presque Isle, Maine
Berry Smoothie Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions

  1. Place the milk, berries and sugar in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Add ice cubes; cover and process until smooth.

Berry Smoothie Tips

What is the best liquid to put in a smoothie?

There are many great liquids to put in a smoothie. We recommend fruit juice or milk (any type, including nut and soy milks), or kefir, a fermented dairy milk that has even more belly-friendly probiotics than yogurt. Milk and kefir provide protein, while juice lends a sweet taste. You can also use a mix of the two in your smoothies.

What are the benefits of a berry smoothie?

Berries are packed with anthocyanins, powerful compounds that help protect our bodies from inflammation and disease. They’re what give berries their bright red, purple and blue colors. Fruits are also great sources of fiber, and berries are some of the most fiber-rich fruits around. (Psst! Did you know all these health benefits of strawberries?)

How do you thicken a smoothie?

There are many ways to thicken a smoothie. Go cold: frozen fruits (and even ice) naturally make a smoothie thicker. (Learn how to freeze your own fruit.) Choose creamy: bananas, avocados, and even nut butters lend a thick, rich feel to your smoothies. Add greens: spinach disappears into a smoothie while it helps to thicken it.

What are the healthiest ingredients to put in a smoothie?

Fruits and vegetables are the healthiest things you can put into a smoothie, as well as milk, yogurt or kefir. Supplement powders, ground ginger and cinnamon are good-for-you options, too. Here are dozens more smart ways to sneak more veggies into your diet.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 119 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.

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