During the week, I can’t do breakfast; The idea of eating solid food at 6:00 AM is impossible for me. The irony? I am SO hungry when I wake up…like border-line hangry. So, during my 30 minute commute to school, I devour 2 of these Mixed Berry Banana Smoothies. Not only is this smoothie absolutely delicious (black berries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and banana), it’s also super easy to throw together. It’s packed full of good things like vitamins. fiber, calcium, and iron -the perfect start to your day. When you’re on the go, quick and easy are ideal. What’s even better, my kids love this smoothie. When you discover a food that your kids love and is healthy-that is a major win!
How many of you have a Magic Bullet? I admit, it took me a while to be converted. I didn’t understand what the big deal was about this tiny blender. Then, my parents gave me a Magic Bullet for Christmas. You guys, I’m hooked. It is by far the best blender I have ever used that is also a reasonable price. While my old blender worked well for smoothies, my Magic Bullet blends smoothies in about 30 seconds-so important when I’m hurrying out the door in the mornings. It’s also perfect for grinding coffee beans and creaming tofu (the BEST egg substitute).
Another must-have is a straw. I cannot drink my smoothie without a straw. Before straws, I’d take a sip of my smoothie and end up with a smoothie mustache that would rival any toddler. I’m ashamed to say this, but I would burn through 2 disposable straws a day. It was horrible. I knew I needed to find a reusable option. I did a quick search on Amazon and found these silicon reusable straws. They are actually infant straws but they are perfect! Not only do they come in a 6-pack with their own cleaning brush, but they’re soft and flexible which makes them easy to use. If you haven’t found the perfect reusable straw, you need to order these.
Tips and Tricks:
- This recipe easily doubles to serve more than one person.
- This smoothie recipe is versatile. You can easily swap out the mixed berries for another fruit. Sometimes, we add all frozen strawberries!
- Ensure your berries are frozen. They are the “ice” in this smoothie. If your berries are fresh, you smoothie will be warm. Not ideal.
- If you find your smoothie is too thick, you can add more milk. This smoothie maxes out my 16 oz Magic Bullet cup. If you have the room, go for it!
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- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2/3 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 cup milk
- 8-10 spinach leaves
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 banana
In the cup of your blender, add banana, milk, spinach, yogurt, mixed berries, and flax. Ensure you add the banana and milk before adding the yogurt to prevent it from sticking to the bottom and walls of your blender. Add flax last to ensure it doesn't clump in the milk.
With lid securely in place, blend on high until all ingredients are thoroughly blended. If you find some ingredients aren't blending, you can pulsate to help ingredients incorporate.