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Berry Smoothie Recipes

by: Sharon Carter, staff writer

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Berries are a great way to get a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into your diet.  Berries are one of the most commonly used fruits in most smoothies because they compliment many different types of ingredients and don’t typically overpower other ingredients.

Some of the most common berries for smoothies are strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.  There are other types of berries if you are lucky enough to come by them, but as far as commercially available these are the core berries you’ll find in your supermarket or farmers market.

You can use fresh berries in your berry smoothie recipes, but since because frozen berries are available year round in most grocery stores, and you want the slushy frozen texture anyway, you might as well always have a bag or two of frozen berries stashed away in your freezer for when your berry smoothie craving kicks in.

You can purchase each type of berry individually in case you need them for a specific recipe like a strawberry banana smoothie.  Or you can purchase them already pre-mixed such as in a berry medley of strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry which is often cheaper than some of the fruit types that are isolated.  Frozen berries are often cheaper than their fresh counterpart and always available. When possible opt for organic frozen berries.


Below are a couple simple Berry Smoothie Recipes:


Strawberry Smoothie Recipe:

1 cup frozen strawberries
½ cup grape juice
½ cup ice


Blackberry Smoothie Recipe:

1 cup frozen blackberries
½ cup grape juice
½ cup of ice


Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe:

1 cup frozen mixed berries
½ cup grape juice
½ cup ice


Mixed Berry Yogurt Smoothie Recipe:

1 cup mixed frozen berries
½ cup plain or vanilla yogurt
½ frozen banana
½ cup ice cubes
½ cup water ( or juice of choice)

*Note all the Berry Smoothie Recipes above you can substitute water for the juice to create a lower sugar smoothie. Using grapejuice or apple juice for the base compliments most berry smoothie recipes nicely and bumps up the flavor if you have more of a sweet tooth. You might want to add more ice or frozen berries according the consistency you desire.