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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Comments

  • 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
    Pineapple
    Cantaloupe
    Berries (Rasp, Straw, Blue, etc)
    Carrots
    Celery
    Chard
    Kale
    Oranges
    Kiwi
    Mango
    Spinach
    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
    14
    LOVE TO GET UP IN THE MORNING AND HAVE A SMOOTHIE,BERRIES,PINEAPPLE,STRAWBER
    RIES,MANGO,BLUR BERRIES,GREEK YOGURT,AND FLAX SEEDS,KEEPS ME GOING UNTIL 1 PM,WITHOUT BLOOD SUGAR DROP.I AM A FA.CDLBLK123 - 3/1/2012   4:07:59 PM
  • SAMANTHABABYFIT
    13
    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
  • TONGATEE7
    11
    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
    10
    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
  • 2DIETORNOT2DIET
    9
    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
    7
    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
  • URBU2IFUL
    6
    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
    5
    I like my smoothie with protein powder, Fills me up longer and usually is my lunch - 2/29/2012   8:08:14 PM
  • MISSYRH3
    4
    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
  • KMKANDROSKY
    3
    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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