This creamy banana berry smoothie is not only delicious but also nutritious. It’s easy to make and only needs a few ingredients. You can also use either fresh or frozen fruit. I prefer frozen because it adds body to the smoothie.
You’ll be amazed by how easy it is to get your children to consume vast amounts of nutrition. When you offer them one of these, they’ll happily accept it and drink it to the very last drop.
Nutrition-Packed Fruit Smoothies
I’ve been making smoothies ever since I bought my first blender, which was many years ago.
The fact that I could add more nutrition to my diet appealed to me. There were even times when I substituted a smoothie for a meal.
I love the fact that you can toss a bunch of fruit, veggies, yogurt, and other ingredients into the blender and come out with something so good.
If you want to add protein powder or another supplemental ingredient from the nutrition aisle at the store, that’s all the better.
On occasion, I’ll add something green, but that always dulls the bright colors of the berries. So I rarely do that if I’m making it for other people.
Some smoothies have a bunch of ingredients. But this orange smoothie only requires 3 things … although you can add more.
If you want to enhance the orange color, you can add carrots to the blender. Or if you want it a deeper red-orange, toss in a couple of strawberries.
One of the things I sometimes put in this is either vanilla-flavored protein powder or flavorless collagen powder.
Creamy Banana Berry Smoothie Ingredients
You only need 4 ingredients to make these delicious smoothies: yogurt, a banana, frozen mixed berries, and milk.
You can use whatever type of milk you prefer. I happened to have almond milk on hand. So that’s what I used.
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
How to Make Creamy Banana Berry Smoothies
It is so easy to make these smoothies you’ll think you’re doing something wrong. All you have to do is toss all of the ingredients into your blender.
Then turn it on and let the blender do the work. I started with it on the lowest setting and worked my way up to the highest. It took about a minute.
Shake vs. Smoothie
Although you might call a smoothie a shake or vice versa, there are some differences. A smoothie is typically made with whole fruit that you pulverize in a blender, while a shake often has ice cream or milk to give it a smooth consistency.
I make this berry smoothie with yogurt, which makes it creamy. However, you can make your berry smoothie without yogurt and use milk instead. You can even add an additional smooth fruit or vegetable, such as an avocado. But keep in mind that when you add something green to the mixture, the color will change and possibly not be as appetizing.
Kid Friendly Smoothies
When my daughters were little, they loved smoothies. In fact, I could bribe them with their favorite smoothies to get them to come in from playing outside.
If they were playing with other kids, everyone got some. I was able to divide the contents of the blender into the number of kids who loved my smoothies.
I remember some of the kids coming over and asking if I planned to make smoothies. That was some of the best flattery they could have offered, so of course I said yes.
And then occasionally, one of their moms would ask for my recipe. Again, I said yes.
It was nice to know that these kids enjoyed my smoothies so much that they went home and talked about them..
Now my older daughter makes smoothies for her children. I’m happy to know she enjoyed it enough to continue with this healthy tradition.
Berry Smoothie Benefits
These smoothies have a variety of fruit in them, including a banana and mixed berries.
According to Healthline, berries are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and many other nutrients that keep the body healthy and fight inflammation.
They also help to fight inflammation and may assist in lowering your cholesterol levels. Since berries are low in calories, they can be eaten while on most diets.
According to the American Heart Association, a banana is an excellent source of potassium, a nutrient that is necessary to maintain a healthy heart. Bananas also aid in digestion, memory, and other body functions.
Since I love smoothies so much, I’ve posted other recipes. They’re all good, and since we can access fruit at any time of year, everything is easy to find.
One of them is my delicious coffee peanut butter smoothie. This is the perfect breakfast drink if you’re in a hurry and have to bring it with you.
Another one we like is this watermelon lemon smoothie. It’s so refreshing and something the whole family will enjoy.
We also look forward to this lemonade smoothie. It puts a delightful twist on a favorite summer drink.
You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation when you sip on this delicious pineapple smoothie.
- 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
- 1 medium-size banana
- 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup of milk (any kind you like)
- Put all of the ingredients into your blender.
- Blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
- Pour into chilled glasses and serve cold.
The frozen berries make it cold. However, if you want it more frozen, you may use a frozen banana or add 1/2 cup of ice.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 244Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 15mgSodium 140mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 4gSugar 27gProtein 11g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.