They say you eat with your eyes, and my Mixed Berry Smoothie will also prove that you drink with your eyes too! This smoothie is a triple threat as it has a beautiful color, it’s delicious, and it’s a healthy breakfast option full of vitamins and nutrients. The color itself is enough to make me want to blend one up and take some photos of it, because it’s not too often when you can find natural colors like this.
Smoothies make an excellent breakfast choice because they are an easy way to get the health benefits of so many fruits all in one sip. My Mixed Berry Smoothie is packed with vitamins and nutrients from all of the ingredients that blend together to make this delicious drink. Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C, which can help with boosting the immune system to prevent sickness. Let’s face it, we all need that especially during the winter season. The other berries featured in this drink are blackberries, and on top of containing Vitamin C as well, blackberries are also rich in anthocyanins, an antioxidant that gives blackberries their deep purple color. It’s been known that purple foods have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-viral benefits, on top of being great for brain health.
Bananas are also a key ingredient in this smoothie, as with many others. Bananas help to make smoothies thick and creamy, and they also benefit your body. They are high in potassium, which can help with sore muscles after a workout. Let’s also not forget that fruits of all kinds contain fiber for digestive, and since this smoothie contains a variety of fruits, you’re getting a good source all packed into one drink.
Since this Mixed Berry Smoothie uses almond milk, it is suitable for vegan, vegetarian, and Whole30 diets. But even if you are not on a particular diet, this smoothie would be a delicious, healthy addition to your mornings, or if you’re battling with a sweet tooth, try it for dessert!
If you have the time, you can use fresh fruit for this Mixed Berry Smoothie. But if you want to save time, you can use frozen fruit. Sometimes, if I purchase a large quantity of strawberries and don’t get to finishing them all, I just wash them and freeze them before they go bad. That way, I always have strawberries ready to pop in a smoothie. You don’t even need to cut off the tops, and I blend them up just the way they are and it takes just fine! In fact, the tops of strawberries add more fiber to the mix and they can also help with an upset stomach.
Also, if my bananas are close to becoming overripe, I just cut them up and freeze them. I find that freezing them in separate bags makes it really easy to just empty it out into the blender (affiliate link). This helps so that I’m not adding too many or too few bananas from a huge bag.
If you decide to use frozen fruit over fresh, just skip adding extra ice. But no matter what you do, make sure to serve it up in a glass so you can see the beautiful colors!
Meal Prep Tips
I have a variety of smoothie recipes that can help you develop a smoothie meal prep. I can get tired of the same flavors every single morning, which is why I like to switch it up. On top of the different flavors of this smoothie, you’re also brightening up your day with how vibrant this drink is.
To meal prep, I find that mason jars are a convenient way to keep the ingredients together and ready to be added quickly to a blender, but you can also use freezer bags or other containers. Just make sure to keep the almond milk out of the freezer and add it when you’re ready to blend.
Sometimes the mornings can be so rushed, and skipping out on breakfast can leave you feeling depleted by lunch and with more room to overeat. But since blending a smoothie can literally take less than 1 minute, there is no excuse not to have a healthy breakfast.
- 1 cup strawberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- 1 banana
- 1½ cup almond milk
- 1 cup ice
- Blend all ingredients in blender