Learn how to make the best Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe you can possibly make that will have you all set for meal prep so you can grab and go on even the busiest of days.
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I have a love/hate relationship with them.
I love them because they're delicious. They're refreshing. They're healthy because I jam-pack 'em full of all the good stuff.
But I hate them because, well, I just never seem to want to make them.
It means dragging all.the.things out, am I right?
Not only are we pulling out frozen berries and whatever milk we decide to use, but we're also adding in all the boosters.
So there's a jar of ground flax, a bin of protein, a tub of oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and whatever other supplement I'm feeling like that day.
It's just exhausting thinking about it.
But that changes now with this berry smoothie recipe that's ready to set you and your family up for healthy success right from the get-go.
Honestly, all you'll need to do when you want a smoothie is grab a jar from the freezer, run it under a bit of warm water to loosen things up a bit, and dump all the contents into the blender. Add a bit of your favorite dairy-free milk, blend it up, and you'll be good to go!
In fact, if your kid is old enough to use the blender (and please use caution and your own discretion there), they could definitely make this for themselves after school or for a summer afternoon treat!
You'll love how easy it is to prep these smoothies!
Step by Step Instructions for a Mixed Berry Smoothie!
Step 1 - Divide rolled oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, and protein powder among 6 glass jars.
Step 2 - Top each jar with a cup of frozen mixed berries.
Step 3 - Place a lid on each jar and freeze for up to 30 days.
Step 4 - When you're ready to enjoy your smoothie, remove jar from the freezer and run under warm water for a minute or so to begin to thaw just the edges of the berries and the smoothie base. This just makes it easier to pour.
Step 5 - Dump all contents of the jar into a high-powered blender jar. Pour about ½ a cup of almond milk (or milk of choice) into jar and swish it around to get anything you may have missed. Pour into the blender jar.
Step 6 - Top with 1-2 Tablespoons of maple syrup, ice cubes if you're opting for a thicker and colder smoothie, and blend on high until completely smooth, about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Depending on how thick of a smoothie you like, if you're using a Vitamix, the damper stick really comes in handy here.
Step 7 - Once your smoothie is completely blended, taste for sweetness, and add more syrup if necessary. Otherwise, pour back into the jar you originally used or another glass, and enjoy!
Now that I've walked you through exactly how to prep your mixed berry smoothies from start to finish, I'm sure you have a few questions for me. I know I did as I was experimenting!
Mixed Berry Smoothie FAQs
Absolutely! I do it all the time. I do find that sometimes the smoothie will separate a little quicker when I make it with water than if I'd made it with milk, but that's nothing a little stir of the straw can't fix!
Well, now this is getting a little technical here because, by definition, a smoothie is a drink made up of fruit blended with milk, yogurt, or ice cream. So we have the fruit. What if from the above question, you end up using water? And I don't think you'll be using ice cream (which hey, if you wanna, you totally could! no judgements!). So does that mean you have to use yogurt?
I'm going to break all the rules (as I tend to do) and say, no, you do not have to use yogurt either. I'm here to make you a completely easy berry smoothie recipe without yogurt, milk, OR ice cream... and I'm still gonna call it a smoothie. Call the food police on me.
Almost always, yes. But sometimes I'm not feeling a cold smoothie and just want to stick to something more room temperature, so I'll omit them but then I'm left with a smoothie that's thin and more like a juice.
That actually leads me to the next thought...
Cindy's Insider Pro Tips
Make It Super Thick
There are a lot of factors that go into making thick smoothies. A lot of people assume you have to use a frozen banana to make a thick smoothie, but no, I am not a lover of bananas in my berry smoothies. This is a berry smoothie recipe - no banana. They just don't mix nicely in my opinion.
First, you want to make sure all your ingredients are cold and the fruits are icy. That'll give you a good solid base.
Secondly, only add enough liquid to really get everything combined. Start with a little bit and add more if you need it. Once you add too much, you can't take it away.
Thirdly, and I'd say probably most important, you must have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix if you want to make a thick fruit smoothie. The great thing about the Vitamix is that includes the damper that allows you to push the mixture down as it's blending. With a thick smoothie, often you'll create air pockets or it will simply be too thick for the blender to get it moving on its own. Having the damper has been a game-changer when it comes to thick smoothies.
Make it as Healthy (or not!) as you'd like!
When smoothies very first became popular, they were all the rage. The healthiest thing you could put in your body.
Then of course, you had to have the naysayers that came in saying too much fruit was a bad thing and would just make you gain weight.
So enough of the controversy, let's talk this one out together.
Are berry smoothies healthy?
That's literally like asking if a vegan diet is healthy or if a keto diet is healthy. Some people are going to say yes, some are going to say no. Everyone's going to have an opinion.
But one thing I know for a fact is that real fruit & berry smoothies are a healthier option than most processed sugary granola bars and sodas or juices after school. This is something you'll just have to form your own opinion on, but I am of the opinion that, yes, berry smoothies are a healthy option.
Also! If you're really wanting to make a mixed berry smoothie healthy, you can always add in greens like spinach or kale. With how sweet the berries are, you'll completely mask the taste of the greens, and you'll get that extra boost!
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You can pass me that Cold Brew Smoothie any day of the week and we'll be best friends fo' life!
I'll always be a bit partial to my Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie though.
Now that you know how to easy it is to make this mixed berry smoothie recipe, please give it a star rating below and comment letting me know how it turned out for you.
The Best Mixed Berry Smoothie For Meal Prep
- Vitamix Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Low-Profile Container, Black (Renewed)
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- 6 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 3 scoops plant-based vanilla protein powder
- 6 cups frozen mixed berries
- ½ cup almond milk per smoothie
- 1-2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup per smoothie
- 5-7 ice cubes optional
- Divide rolled oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, and protein powder among 6 16-ounce glass jars.
- Top each jar with a cup of frozen mixed berries.
- Place a lid on each jar and freeze for up to 30 days.
- When you're ready to enjoy your smoothie, remove jar from the freezer and run under warm water for a minute or so to begin to thaw just the edges of the berries and the smoothie base. This just makes it easier to pour.
- Dump all contents of the jar into a high-powered blender jar. Pour about ½ a cup of almond milk (or milk of choice) into jar and swish it around to get anything you may have missed. Pour into the blender jar.
- Top with 1-2 Tablespoons of maple syrup, ice cubes if you're opting for a thicker and colder smoothie, and blender on high until completely smooth, about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Depending on how thick of a smoothie you like, if you're using a Vitamix, the damper stick really comes in handy here.
- Once your smoothie is completely blended, taste for sweetness, and add more syrup if necessary. Otherwise, pour back into the jar you originally used or another glass, and enjoy!
Another option for making quick smoothies on the go is my completely Make-Ahead Freezer Smoothies. You literally blend it all ahead of time, freeze it, pop it out 6-8 hours before you'll be ready to consume, and you're ready to go. Another great options for busy families just trying to get a little extra health in when they can!