10 Super Berry Smoothie Recipes to Kick-Start Your Day


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For my family, spring signals the beginning of little league baseball and a renewed level of busyness that makes staying on top of nutrition a bit of a challenge. Recently, I've been using berries, another spring/summer favorite, in smoothies to keep my kids fueled up. Using a simple blender, I can whip up a tasty treat in minutes that includes many fruits and vegetables that my kids wouldn't normally eat. 
Berries are sweet, but also contain a boost of disease-fighting antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. It's fun to hear my kids ask for seconds, especially when I know the smoothies we make are also loaded with spinach, kale, or chia or flax seeds to add fiber, protein and healthy omega fats. I make it a goal to get at least three servings of fruits and vegetables in each smoothie I make.
When I see a deal on berries, I buy double what I need and put half in the freezer. Then I can just pull out what I need, whenever I need it. Clean up is easy, too: Simply pop the blender parts into your dishwasher or hand wash with hot, soapy water. 

Fuel up with berries and other great smoothies by trying these SparkRecipes. 

Kirstin's Simple Berry Smoothie: This quick and delicious smoothie is a healthy way to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Samantha's Super Smoothie: With one serving of veggies and three servings of fruit, this smoothie is loaded with fiber and protein and is the perfect way to start the day.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie: Whether you're suffering from nausea, heartburn or in need of a refreshing snack or quick breakfast, this is a nutritious pick-me-up.

The SparkPeople Special Smoothie: Packed with calcium, protein and vitamins, this quick snack will keep you satisfied until your next meal.

Goin' Green Smoothie: Along with the explosive flavors of orange, strawberry, banana and spinach, you'll get at least two-and-a-half servings of fruits and veggies.

Blueberry Smoothie: You can prepare this easy and healthy smoothie using any frozen fruit.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry SmoothieThis vitamin-packed drink provides an energy boost while also satisfying those chocolate cravings.

Banana Berry Smoothie: It's thick, creamy and sweet, but doesn't have the added sugar and calories found in frozen desserts.

Quick Start Breakfast Drink: This is a smart, yet scrumptious way to kick off your morning when you need to grab breakfast on the run.

Rama's Three Berry Tofu Smoothie: This smoothie packs a protein punch along with the natural sweetness of berries.

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  • 39
    i can't wait for blueberry season. My favorite berry to pick. Will have to make the recipe that Mom Vicky has posted. - 6/13/2013   1:10:04 AM
  • 38
    WOW so many choices! - 6/11/2013   3:28:39 PM
    My favorite recipe:
    1c unsweetened almond milk
    2T ground flaxseed
    1 1/2 T Red Star Brewer's Yeast
    1 serving of fruit--frozen berries thickens it like a milk shake yummy
    1 1/2 scoop Optimum Nutrition protein powder - 5/13/2013   11:21:53 AM
  • 36
    I'm with MISSYRH3 on running the blender in the morning....too noisy and don't want to wake up the hubby who is still asleep when I get up at 4:30 a.m. That being said, I do love smoothies and if I had a quiet blender, I would definitely make smoothies for breakfast. However, so many of the recipes call fora banana and bananas make me sick. - 5/11/2013   11:43:44 AM
  • 35
    I've been on a huge smoothie kick lately. You can simply add greek yogurt to any of these to get some protein. In fact, I read somewhere (and it might have been on SP) that the antioxidants and other benefits of the fruit work better when there is yogurt involved. All-fruit smoothies aren't as good for you. - 5/10/2013   4:33:15 PM
    I have looked at all these smoothie recipes and the one thing they have in common is a serious lack of protein. At least for me, high carb-low protein does not work, especially for breakfast. High carb-low protein is also not a great way to achieve weight loss. I will not be trying any of these. - 5/10/2013   12:39:08 PM
  • 33
    My favorite smoothie combo is: 1 oz ea of fresh frozen mango, strawberry, blackberry, raspberries, dark cherries, pineapple & banana; 1 tbsp scoop of plain greek yogurt, 1 cup raw spinach, and 1 cup Vita coco coconut water.....I buy all of my fruits cut them up and freeze them......I don't need sweetener or sugar, the fruit is naturally sweet.. - 5/10/2013   11:24:19 AM
  • 32
    I love smoothies. I don't wash strawberries before freezing. makes them way to soggy. The rest I wash then freeze. - 5/10/2013   10:32:57 AM
  • 31
    Thanks for the awesome recipes! My favorite kind of smoothie is very similar to the Goin' Green one you have listed. - 5/10/2013   10:10:21 AM
  • 30
    My Go-To smoothie recipe:
    1/2 banana
    1/2 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    1/2 cup nonfat milk
    1/4 cup pasteurized egg whites
    1/2 cup strawberries
    1 tbsp peanut butter - 5/10/2013   8:17:16 AM
    my regular smoothie
    1 banana
    1 small container of yogurt - your choice
    1 tablespoon of ground flax seed
    1 tablespoon of peanut butter

    it is very satisfying and a complete meal

    I love this to use over ripe bananas.... - 5/10/2013   4:21:53 AM
  • 28
    mango, oranges, frozen (broken up) banana and spinach. Yum. - 5/10/2013   12:39:51 AM
    Love smoothie. Going to try - 5/9/2013   9:44:51 PM
  • 26
    They look delicious! - 5/9/2013   9:30:56 PM
  • DUCKY2222
    I make smoothies quite often here's a good one I did today for lunch
    1/2c fat free or low fat yogurt
    1/2c skim milk or low fat milk
    2 tbsp all natural peanut butter
    1/4 of banana
    1 bsp honey (I was out of honey and it was still good)
    4-6 ice cubes
    Blend until smooth This will make 1 serving - 5/9/2013   7:16:08 PM
    I have to try these!! - 5/9/2013   6:30:57 PM
    will try these out. thanks - 7/12/2012   11:25:33 AM
  • 22
    My daily breakfast smoothie basics are half banana (sometimes frozen), a small piece of fresh ginger, 4 oz of frozen strawberry, and an egg. I vary 2 oz of some other kind of frozen fruit (peaches, mango, pineapple) and enough of a non-caloric flavored water/drink to blend together to drinkable consistency. Yummy! - 3/11/2012   4:10:14 PM
    My favorite type makes enough for 10oz at breakfast and then 8oz left over for another meal replacement or snack. It's 1 piece of fruit (Today I did a Bosc pear), 1/4 Cup minute oatmeal prepared with water, 1 Tbs Ground Golden Flax Seed, 1 Scoop Vanilla protein powder dissolved in 1/4 Cup 2% milk, 2 Tbs low-fat plain yogurt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and about 3 ice cubes. I find I don't need more sugar than the whole piece of fruit. If I have only strawberries and/or blueberries: I use either 1/2 Cup blueberries or about 5 strawberries depending on the size of them. - 3/7/2012   9:48:14 AM
  • JMB369
    For an evening snack: 6 oz plain LF yogurt, about 3-4 chunks frozen banana (=1/2 banana), 1 cup frozen mixed berries (favorites are raspberries, blackberries, blueberries), and a little bit of skim milk or pineapple juice to make it liquid enough for the blender to do its work. I like to eat this with a spoon.

    If the smoothee is my breakfast, or a substitute for any other meal, I add a scoop of protein powder. GNC is my favorite because it dissolves so well. I have never tried adding greens, but I like the idea and will try it this week.

    - 3/6/2012   7:28:49 AM
  • 19
    Costco has a frozen mixed fruit blend by Wynona. I use a cup of that, a banana, a T. ground Flax seeds, a "blob" (less than .25 C) of Greek Yogurt and enough non fat milk to keep things moving in the blender. The less milk you add, the thicker the smoothie and the more it tastes like ice cream! I've been told I can add Spinach and/or Kale to the mix with no change of flavor but I've never done it. It's my almost nightly treat to get in my Fruits and Veggies and boost my calorie count if needed. A great treat. And I never thought I had room in my diet for smoothies! So glad I was wrong! - 3/2/2012   3:32:50 PM
  • 18
    Oh, almost forgot, Flaxseed and some water. - 3/1/2012   10:43:03 PM
  • 17
    Berries (Rasp, Straw, Blue, etc)
    Peaches - 3/1/2012   10:42:14 PM
  • 16
    I have one 5 mornings a week. Usually weigh and bag them on the weekend so all I have to do is add yogurt and skim milk with a bag of fruit in the blender. My favorite is :

    55 grams blueberries (1/3 cup)
    60 grams grapes
    80 grams strawberries
    60 grams banana
    6 ounces of yogurt
    1/2 cup skim milk
    1/3-1/2 scoop of Body Fortress strawberry protein & whey

    Delicious and filling - 3/1/2012   8:53:51 PM
  • 15
    I'm not into Smoothies. - 3/1/2012   8:10:38 PM
  • CDLBL123
    I do wash my berries before I put then in the freezer; however if going to keep berries for use over a couple of days I wash only what I will use for the day. - 3/1/2012   11:13:57 AM
  • 12
    I can never tell the sizes of the servings from the recipes unless they are explicitly stated. Some of these recipes may make an unsatisfying 1-cup serving. My favorite refreshing smoothie is all fruit, so it suffers from lack of protein, but this recipe makes two 2-cup servings, each about 160 calories:
    1 medium banana
    2 cups frozen berries
    1 cup orange juice
    Enough water to keep the blender from freezing up (1/4 to 1/2 cup)
    Blend till smooth in blender. - 3/1/2012   11:11:11 AM
    I never really thought of having a smoothie for breakfast,but it would make a great alternative for when I have to be out the door early and need something on the go.Thanks :) - 3/1/2012   10:56:30 AM
  • BZ1005
    Thanks! Can't wait to try some of these recipes!!! I always use frozen berries to make my smoothies more of a frozen treat. I also add protein on days that I am lacking, as pp said. Thanks again! - 3/1/2012   10:53:51 AM
    I'm not a fan of smoothie and would rather eat the fruit than drink it. - 3/1/2012   9:21:34 AM
  • 8
    This may seem like a stupid question, but should I wash the berries before putting them in the freezer? - 3/1/2012   9:01:52 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    Can't wait to start trying all the recipes out. They sound very good. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. - 3/1/2012   5:28:10 AM
    You can mix them at night, I have a blender bottle that I put mine in and in the morning I put the little wire blender ball in and give it a good shake. sometime if there is not citrus fruit or acidic fruit or veggies I will throw in some unflavored protein powder in it. - 2/29/2012   8:43:39 PM
  • ANGELA2720
    I like my smoothie with protein powder, Fills me up longer and usually is my lunch - 2/29/2012   8:08:14 PM
    my hubby is sleeping in the morning so i feel guilty starting the blender, could i blend this at night then just mix it with a spoon in the morning after leaving it in the fridge overnight?????? - 2/29/2012   7:22:07 PM
    I love that these are recipes I haven't seen before! Thanks! - 2/29/2012   7:16:02 PM
  • 2
    YUCK!!! - 2/29/2012   7:14:26 PM
  • 1
    I'm going to try a few if these, they sound delicious and a super easy way to get the kids to eat their veggies - 2/29/2012   2:52:37 PM

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