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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe

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A simple berry smoothie that’s healthy, creamy, and has no added sugar! Naturally sweetened and full of antioxidants, this smoothie is the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert!

berry smoothie in a glass with a metal straw

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!

Smoothies are also an easy way to get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables – it’s like a little mini-meal when made correctly. And this healthy mixed berry smoothie is no exception! It’s one of those easy smoothies that’s super customizable and totally satisfying too!

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Most smoothies that you’d get at a restaurant have tons of unhealthy sugary additives (like frozen yogurt or fruit juice – orange juice and apple juice being the most common) – which you really don’t need to make smoothies taste good! I like making smoothies at home, because then I can control the sugar.

The great thing about this recipe is: the entire preparation 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 berry shake!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick and Easy
  • A few simple ingredients
  • 5 minutes
  • A healthy and nutritious snack
  • Full of antioxidants
  • No added sugar
  • Low in calorie
  • Heart healthy

How to Make a Simple Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

recipe ingredients

Frozen Berries: I used a Mixed Berry medley that had Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries, but you can use your favorite berries – frozen Strawberries, frozen Blueberries, etc. – pretty much any combination of berries that you like. You can also use fresh berries, but then you will need to add ice cubes.

Milk: You can use any kind of milk you like! If you use a plant based milk, 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. You can also use almond milk, regular low fat organic milk, or another dairy-free milk alternative.

Equipment

All you need is a blender (or a hand blender).

Instructions

Dump & Blend! Add the milk to a blender, then add the frozen berries. Puree until smooth and creamy. You can also use a hand blender if you have one at home.

fruit in a blender

Serve: Add agave to taste to taste (optional). Blend a few more seconds to combine. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with fresh herbs or fresh berries.

berry smoothie in a glass with a metal straw

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!

Recipe FAQs

Are berry smoothies healthy?

Yes! This fruit smoothie with berries is a healthy option! Here’s what makes this the perfect recipe for healthy eating:
1. High in Antioxidants: Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest amount of antioxidants of all fruit. Antioxidants in berries may help reduce free radicals that cause oxidative stress. In addition, antioxidants help to reduce the risk of some diseases.
2. Excellent Source of Fiber: One serving of this delicious smoothie recipe has 5 grams of fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer, and reduces your overall appetite.
3. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Berries are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, vitamin K, and folate.

Are berry smoothies good for weight loss?

They can be good for weight loss if you are making your own smoothie at home, and controlling the ingredients you add. Getting a berry smoothie from a restaurant or drive through is often laced with added sugars, creamers, and processed ingredients. If you follow this simple recipe at home, and enjoy it as a quick breakfast or snack, accompanied by other healthier options throughout your day, it can promote weight loss.

What is the healthiest liquid to add to a smoothie?

The healthiest option is filtered water. It is calorie free, and easy to add. However to achieve a creamy texture, the next best liquid to add is an unsweetened dairy-free milk. These have fewer calories, sugar, and fat than regular milk. I recommend using unsweetened almond milk, or unsweetened soy milk. Do not add sweetened ice creams, or creamers. These are high in fat and sugar.

Do you need to add ice to smoothies?

You don’t need to add ice to your smoothies if you are using frozen fruit. The frozen fruit acts as the ice that makes it thick and creamy. However, if you are making with fresh fruit, and desire a thick and cold texture, add about 1/2 cup of ice. Add the ice after the milk to the blender so that it can easily blend and you don’t end up with chunks of ice.

Will kids enjoy this smoothie recipe?

Yes! Kids will love this smoothie recipe. It’s naturally sweetened, and super creamy, making it a healthy snack or breakfast that kids will ask for! If they like it a little more sweet, add some banana or a touch of agave syrup.

berry smoothie in a glass with a metal straw

Variations and Substitutions

Use Fresh Berries: Instead of using a frozen berry medley use a combination of your favorite fresh berries (or fresh + frozen mixed). For the highest antioxidant boost use fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. You will also need to add a half cup of ice to achieve a thick cold texture.

Use Different Type of Plant-Milk: There are so many varieties of plant-milk on the market today. From soy, rice, almond, cashew, coconut, and oat milk. Use your milk of choice, just keep in mind the nutritional information will change depending on the milk you use. There will also be a slightly different flavor depending on the milk you choose, for example coconut milk will have a mild coconut flavor. When choosing your plant-milk, just be sure to choose one that has no added sugar.

Add a Boost of Protein: If you really want to amp up the protein, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. I like a simple pea protein powder. For extra protein, you can also add 1/2 cup (or more) of plain Greek yogurt.

More Sweetness: This berry smoothie is naturally sweet, but has a bit more of a tart flavor. If you prefer a sweetened flavor add ripe bananas, vanilla extract, or a dash of agave or maple syrup.

Healthy Fats: Feel free to add your favorite nut butters or seeds like almond butter, peanut butter, hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flax seeds. You’ll get both healthy fats and added protein!

Extra Greens: To get your serving of veggies and fruits for the day, feel free to add fresh spinach or baby kale to this berry smoothie. The greens are a great way to get some extra fiber too!

Expert Tips

  • Use a frozen berry mix for ease of use, and also to create a thick and cold texture.
  • Choose your favorite berry combination. Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest antioxidants.
  • Use a no sugar added plant-milk.
  • For added protein, add a scoop of your favorite sugar free protein powder.
  • Add the milk first, followed by the frozen fruit. This helps to keep the fruit from getting stuck on the bottom of the blender. Feel free to add more milk as needed – you want enough liquid so that your smoothie is easy to drink but not too thick or thin.
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5 from 6 votes

Berry Smoothie

A simple berry smoothie that's healthy, creamy, and has no added sugar! Naturally sweetened and full of antioxidants, this smoothie is the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Frozen Berry Medley combination of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries
  • 1/2 cup Milk of Choice 1% organic milk, unsweetened plant milk (almond, soy, oat, etc.)
  • Agave sweetener to taste (optional)

Instructions

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

Video

https://youtu.be/k84mub636m4

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Use a frozen berry mix for ease of use, and also to create a thick and cold texture.
  • Choose your favorite berry combination. Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries have the highest antioxidants.
  • Use a no sugar added plant-milk.
  • For added protein, add a scoop of your favorite sugar free protein powder.
  • Add the milk first, followed by the frozen fruit. This helps to keep the fruit from getting stuck on the bottom of the blender. Feel free to add more milk as needed – you want enough liquid so that your smoothie is easy to drink but not too thick or thin.
Note: Nutrition information calculated using unsweetened soy milk.
Alternative nutritional values: 
  • Using 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk: 97 calories, 5g fiber, 13g sugar, 1g protein
  • Using 1/2 cup 1% Organic Milk: 129 calories 4g fiber, 19g sugar, 5g protein 
  • Using 1/2 cup Oat Milk: 143 calories, 5g fiber, 22g sugar, 3g protein

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g

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Smoothies are nutritious, delicious, and easy to customize. Try a fruity favorite, or blend up a healthy green smoothie that is vegan, vegetarian, AND dairy-free.

Fresh, flavorful ingredients mean that you don’t have to rely on sugar for a sweet treat.

57 responses to “Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe”

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

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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

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

  5. 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!

    • 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!

  6. 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 😀

    • 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!!

    • 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!

  7. 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!

    • 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! 🙂

  8. 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

    • 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!

  9. 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.

    • 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!

  10. 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!

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

  11. 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.

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

    Blue Skies,
    Carmelle
    Crave2Live Nutrition

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