Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe
Who would've thought that one of the world's tastiest summertime snacks could be made simply by shoving a bunch of random ingredients together and churning them into a slush? Why aren't all meals made this way if it tastes so good?
For me, breakfast smoothies are one of the few life qualities that keeps the world turning. Eggs? Bacon? Forget it. There's nothing like waking up dry-mouthed, walking to the kitchen, and filling up on a sweet, icy cup of blended fruit-milk.
This healthy berry smoothie covers all the breakfast nutritional essentials: protein, fiber, antioxidants, iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids... the list goes on. You won't find a better start to your day.
How to Make a Smoothie From Frozen Mixed Berries
The neat thing about smoothies is that you literally can't screw them up. Even if you double one ingredient or leave out another, the resulting drink is still going to satisfy the taste buds to some degree.
With that in mind, know that this recipe is extremely flexible. The ingredients listed below are just the one's I've found to be most flavorful and healthy together; most can be exchanged for a substitute more accessible to you. (Almond milk, for example, can be replaced by coconut milk if desired.)
Prep: 5 min | Cooking: 0 min | Total: 5 min
Frozen mixed berries (2 cups)
Almond milk (1 cup)
Banana, sliced (1 whole banana)
Honey* (1 tbsp)
Chia seeds or flaxseeds (1 tbsp)
Vanilla extract (1 tsp)
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth (you may have to stir it up a few times). Serve.
*Honey can be substituted with white granulated sugar or maple syrup to suit your diet/lifestyle.
History of Smoothies
Smoothies might be the world's happiest, most colorful beverage. It won't come as a surprise, then, to find out that smoothies were brought to life by some of the world's happiest, most colorful people.
Smoothies were invented alongside blenders. In the 1920s and '30s, health food and fitness businesses thought up the brilliant idea to make fibrous juices out of fruits and vegetables using the then-new blending machines. They tried marketing it, but the idea didn't catch wide public appeal.
The art of smoothie crafting only picked up speed during the '60s and '70s with the hippie movement. Hippies are known for their healthy, naturalist lifestyle, so the idea of drinking blended plants fit right in. Word spread, and soon too did recipes.