No. 55: Basic Mixed Berry Smoothie

By no means am I a smoothie expert. I tend to stay away from juice bars and green drinks.

But a couple of you have asked for a basic smoothie recipe for breakfast or for a snack.

Here is one that is super easy to adapt. There are all kinds of add-ins and swap-out options, so play with it and make it yours. I also put some new ideas at the bottom of this post for you smoothie experts out there.

Berry Smoothie


For 2-3 servings
2 1/2 cups frozen mixed berries*
1/2 cup almond milk or skim milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1 ripe banana (optional)
Handful of kale leaves, stems removed (optional)*

*Frozen berries essentially take away the need for ice to keep this cold and frosty. If you used fresh berries, add a few ice cubes. We like to use organic berries from Costco.

*Spinach is another great option in place of or in addition to kale.

*Additional add-ins include: flaxseeds, chai seeds, protein powder, cocoa powder, a tablespoon or so of any kind of nut butter

To make

Put all the ingredients in a heavy duty blender.


If you have a crush setting (like our Ninja does), start in that mode. Stop to scrape sides of blender down. Once all items are combined, move to blend mode. Blend until consistency is smooth and thick, but not melting down.

Note: If you're having trouble blending or the blades get stuck, add some more milk or orange juice.

The results

I skipped the banana but added a large scoop of protein powder and big handful of kale to the mix. The smoothies were frosty and delicious, the kind of thick consistency we love.


This also prompted an Internet search for more out-of-the-box combinations. Here are some great ones:

*Have you ever had a date shake!? This recipe reminds me of them and they are so, so very good. If you're ever in Palm Springs, be sure to go here and get one.

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Amelia McCormick

Kansas girl transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina. Smiler, lover of great food and wine, facilitator, runner, storyteller, wife, optimist, and mother of sweet twins:)

Asheville, North Carolina