Easy Mixed Berry Smoothie

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on March 2, 2012

I love whole fruit juices and smoothies. I also love that smoothies made with fruit don’t really need any additional / added sugar – because fruit is already so naturally sweet!

They are one of my favorite snacks, especially on a hot day.

Smoothies are also a great way to get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables – it’s like a little mini-meal when made correctly.

The thing to watch out for though, is that most smoothies that you’d get at a restaurant have tons of unhealthy sugary additives (like ice cream or frozen yogurt) – which you really don’t need to make smoothies taste good! I like making smoothies at home, because then I can control what’s in them.

And the great thing is, it’s super easy to make your own smoothies at home: all you need is a blender (or a hand blender), a few ingredients, and 5 minutes. You don’t even need a knife if you use frozen fruits – which is what this recipe calls for!

Here is a recipe for an easy mixed berry smoothie, and it’s really healthy too.

The Ingredients 

  • 1 cup Frozen Berry Medley (I use the one from Trader Joe’s that has Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries), but you can also just use frozen Strawberries, frozen Blueberries, etc. – pretty much any combination of berries that you like.
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla SoyMilk: you can use any brand you like, but just make sure it’s unsweetened – and has only 0-1g sugar and 100 calories for 1 cup. For a creamier smoothie with more protein, use 1 cup soy milk.
  • Stevia or Agave sweetener, to taste (optional)

The Directions – there’s only one step!

Puree the berries and soy milk in a blender. You can also use a hand blender if you have one at home. Add Agave or Stevia to taste (once the smoothie has been prepared)

Note: If you don’t like Soy Milk, you can use 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (40 calories for 1 cup), or even regular 1% organic milk (100 calories for 1 cup). Using regular organic 1% milk makes this drink even sweeter and tastes just like a milkshake!

Nutritional Info

  • If you use 1/2 cup Almond Milk, this smoothie recipe has 125 calories, 5g fiber and 0.5g protein
  • If you use 1 cup Almond Milk, this smoothie recipe has 150 calories, 5g fiber and 1g protein
  • If you use 1/2 cup Soy Milk or 1/2 cup 1% milk, this smoothie recipe has 150 calories, 5g fiber and 4.5g protein.
  • If you use 1 cup Soy Milk or 1 cup 1% milk, this smoothie has 200 calories, 5g fiber and 9g protein.

The great thing about this recipe is: the entire cooking time is 5 minutes, but you end up with a delicious and super healthy smoothie which is a great option for breakfast or or a healthy snack. Hope you enjoy this delicious, cool, nutritious drink!

Easy Mixed Berry Smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

If you use 1/2 cup Almond Milk, this smoothie recipe has 125 calories, 5g fiber and 0.5g protein; If you use 1 cup Almond Milk, this smoothie recipe has 150 calories, 5g fiber and 1g protein; If you use 1/2 cup Soy Milk or 1/2 cup 1% milk, this smoothie recipe has 150 calories, 5g fiber and 4.5g protein; If you use 1 cup Soy Milk or 1 cup 1% milk, this smoothie has 200 calories, 5g fiber and 9g protein.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Frozen Berry Medley (I use the one from Trader Joe’s that has Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries), but you can also just use frozen Strawberries, frozen Blueberries, etc. – pretty much any combination of berries that you like.
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla SoyMilk: you can use any brand you like, but just make sure it’s unsweetened – and has only 0-1g sugar and 100 calories for 1 cup. For a creamier smoothie with more protein, use 1 cup soy milk.
  • Stevia or Agave sweetener, to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. Puree the berries and soy milk in a blender. You can also use a hand blender if you have one at home. Add Agave or Stevia to taste (once the smoothie has been prepared)

Notes

Note: If you don’t like Soy Milk, you can use 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (40 calories for 1 cup), or even regular 1% organic milk (100 calories for 1 cup). Using regular organic 1% milk makes this drink even sweeter and tastes just like a milkshake!

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

crave2live June 8, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Awesome recipe! I’d like to use this recipe for our website?

Blue Skies,
Carmelle
Crave2Live Nutrition

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Healthy Recipes June 9, 2009 at 1:49 am

Thanks for telling us a good Super Easy Berry Smoothie. Very easy to make and health drink at tea time. Sounds So good! Can`t wait to make my own.

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anjalim June 14, 2009 at 12:15 am

No problem! Let me know if you try it and how it turns out 🙂

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highlyirritable June 14, 2009 at 5:41 pm

We have something similar each morning – sometimes for a bit more “tang” I use yogourt instead of soymilk, and add a tbsp. of flax seed oil. Delish!

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anjalim June 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Great idea about the flax seed oil! It’s a good way to add some Omega 3’s into the recipe 🙂

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Blair January 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

I’m doing a juice fast right now and will try this one. I found that I like the fruit juices better than the veggie juices.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Oh great! I usually like fruit juices better than veggie ones too, but I’ve found that you can actually mix milder veggies (like kale or spinach) with strong tasting fruits (like apples or pears), and it ends up tasting completely like the fruit but you get some of the nutritional benefits of veggies too! Good luck on your juice fast!

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Parita @ myinnershakti March 2, 2012 at 5:50 am

Yum! Almond milk is great in smoothies as well. 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Definitely! As long as it’s unsweetened almond milk – it’s perfect!

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The Healthy Hostess March 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

This looks great! Anna is such a smoothie lover!!
xoxo

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Yay! I hope she loves it! 🙂

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Margaret March 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Wow!! Looks great, and I’m sure my kids will love it too. Thanks for the recipe!!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Thank you!! This recipe is super kid friendly – hope they love it!

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Suzi March 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Wow, this is one beautiful smoothie. I am going for the almond milk, sounds delicious.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Thank you so much Suzi! I’m sure you’ll love it with the almond milk!

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Monica March 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Great idea to use almond milk! We make smoothies every morning and our trick to keep it sweet without sweetners is to use a banana! Bananas are naturally sweet, and taste great mixed with almost any fruit. And we just use milk, so will try almond milk! Thanks

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 4, 2012 at 12:30 am

That’s a great point! Bananas are a great natural sweetener and they do taste awesome in smoothies! I love the texture bananas bring to smoothies too – they make them a lot creamier 🙂 Hope you like this recipe with the almond milk!

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Magda March 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

I’ve just discovered your blog. Like it! Yum, this looks great!
Thanks for the inspiration!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

No problem!! So glad you like it!

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Lance King March 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Indeed. Your blog gets the taste-buds excited!

Thanks for creating a healthy choice to eating good tasting food!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Yay!! Thanks so much Lance! 🙂

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Liz March 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

This is PERFECT basic recipe…I like to add a handful of spinach (~1/2 cup) or 2 kale leaves, stems removed, for extra nutrition! Great way to sneak veggies in for picky also!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Oh totally!! Adding spinach / kale are a great addition to this recipe to get more veggies! I still haven’t gotten the husband to try a green smoothie yet – but I’m trying really hard to get him to add spinach to this recipe. With enough fruit, you can’t even taste the greens but you get all the benefits of them! 🙂

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Cassandra June 25, 2012 at 8:33 am

You do while the berries are still frozen right?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Yup! You just add the frozen berries directly – no need to defrost them or anything. The ice from the berries adds a great texture and cools down the smoothie too which is great!

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Kaya February 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Im wondering why the emphasis on unsweetened almond milk? frozen berries arent so sweet naturally and if you dont add anything else, sweetened almond milk should actually make it taste ‘better’ without adding extra sweeteners like agave, stevia or xylitol? Just putting in my 5 cents 😀

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Hi Kaya! Thanks so much for your thoughts! Unsweetened almond milk has no sugar and no artificial sugars in it, but sweetened almond milk usually has quite a bit of sugar in it (up to 15g of sugar which is a lot!!) – more so than what a tiny splash of agave would add to the smoothie. And I’m not a fan of xylitol – I didn’t even know you could get that as a separate sweetener. I agree that sometimes berries + unsweetened almond milk will be sweet enough so you don’t need to add anything else. But if you did, I’d much rather add a tiny bit of agave or honey or stevia (which are all natural, unprocessed sweeteners), so that I could control the amount of sugar going into the smoothie myself (versus adding a ton of sugar unknowingly because of the sweetened almond milk). I hope that makes sense!!

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Kaya February 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Thats makes sense about being able to control how much sugar you want. I only ever make green smoothies so I pretty much add about 6 grams of sugar included with the vanilla sweetened almond milk. I really hate honey, the taste is just so strong that anything you put it in tastes like honey. Agave and stevia are ok though. Keep up the good work!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Ahh yeah what you said makes sense too! If you end up adding such little almond milk, then sweetened vs. unsweetened really doesn’t make that much of a difference. I can see your point about honey – I love the flavor of it but if you don’t like the flavor I can definitely see it being too strong/overpowering! Thanks so much for your thoughts!

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Carine March 28, 2013 at 6:08 am

Just tried it for a morning snack and it was delicious (I used almond milk)!
Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

Yay!! So glad you liked this! And almond milk would work perfectly in this recipe! 🙂

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Dragana @abouthealthyfood March 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

My son is able to drink smoothies all day long 🙂 This is a perfect drink, it’s just our cup of tea.
Thank you Anjali!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Awesome!! So happy to hear it Dragana!

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JIm July 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I used a few chunks of pineapple for sweetness, and some ice to make it less thick (personal preference) lovely, apart from the brain freeze!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Awesome!! Love the modifications you made Jim – so glad you liked this recipe!

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Robbin January 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

What about using skim/ fat free milk in the smoothie? Im not really a big fan of soy or almond milk.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 28, 2015 at 6:26 am

You can definitely use regular milk instead of soy or almond milk. It will taste just like a milkshake! Enjoy!

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TJ May 23, 2016 at 9:21 am

Hey! Your smoothies are amazing and we are using them in our school project to show that healthy food can be delicious!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 25, 2016 at 8:37 am

Thanks so much!

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Ruby July 20, 2016 at 8:52 am

This smoothie is really great. I added two tbsp of yogurt and it was really yummy!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 20, 2016 at 11:58 am

So glad you liked it Ruby!

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