Smoothies are a great way to get a nourishing breakfast on hectic mornings—you can sip them while your getting ready to take on the day. You can even pack them in an insulated cup and carry it with you for the road.
They also make a great snack or lunch when time is just too crunched to sit down with a knife and fork, and they’re a really yummy way to sneak in extra servings of fruits and vegetables for picky kids who just won’t eat a berry.
In this Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie, the combination of milk and Greek yogurt will give you the necessary fuel you need to power through the morning, and the mixed berries add just-right hints of sweetness. Any combination of fresh berries will work in this smoothie, so use what you have on hand or what’s on sale at your local grocery store. If you have time, freeze the berries overnight before using them (or look for berries in the freezer section). The frozen fruit makes the smoothies extra thick and luxurious.
This recipe is part of our 3-Day Post-Holiday Diet Reset.
Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothies
1 cup whole strawberries, hulled
¾ cup blackberries
¾ cup raspberries
1 small banana, sliced
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1 ½ Tbsp honey
Combine all ingredients in a large blender. Blend until smooth and well combined. Pour into 4 glasses.
Yield 4 servings
In a hurry? Make freezer smoothie packs so you can blend even faster in the morning. Pour all the ingredients for this smoothie into a freezer-friendly zip-top bag. Place the smoothie pack in the freezer with the zipper at the top. Freezer overnight or until you’re ready to make the smoothie. Take the pack out of the freezer, and gently massage to break up the ingredients. Pour into the blender, and pulse a few times to bread up the larger chunks. Then blend until smooth. The frozen ingredients will make your smoothie extra creamy and cold.