Antioxidant Berry Banana Smoothie

Berry Banana Smoothie
Marti Sans / Stocksy United
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving

Berries are recognized as some of the most powerful superfoods in the plant kingdom. They're rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, they're heart-healthy, and they're considered to be vital foods in anti-aging medicine. On top of that, they’re delicious.

This gluten-free, dairy-free antioxidant berry banana smoothie makes a great breakfast in warm weather, or a yummy pick-me-up in midmorning or mid-afternoon.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened organic coconut water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen berries (mixed, organic, such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries)
  • 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks (preferably frozen)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon protein powder
  • Optional: 4 ice cubes

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.

  3. Serve immediately.

Tips

  • It’s advantageous to use frozen fruit because the quality sold in supermarkets today is very good and that they’re frozen at their peak of ripeness, which is not the case with store-bought fresh fruit, which is not always sold at its ripest.
  • If you have an abundance of fresh berries that you bought while they were in season, seal them in freezer-proof sealable bags, and save them for the winter months.
  • Use this smoothie as a meal replacement when on the go. It provides plenty of energy and it helps to control cravings if you get the munchies.

Recipe Variations

  • Dairy variation: This recipe is dairy-free, but you can add yogurt or skim milk without detracting from the smoothie's antioxidant properties if you don't follow a dairy-free diet. You can also use nut milk.
  • Sweeten it up: Add honey for sweetness or pomegranate juice for extra berry flavor. Adding liquid to the blender will thin out the berries a little, but it will allow them to move more freely in the blender. Add liquids a little at a time, so you can monitor the smoothie for the consistency you like best.