Very Berry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)


The Very Berry Smoothie starts your day with a super food punch! This easy, healthy smoothie includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, plus some hidden spinach. Make some freezer smoothie packs ahead of time to have these on hand for a quick, nutritious breakfast.

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You hear the term “superfood” tossed around all the time, but what exactly does that mean? A superfood is one that is far and away more nutrient dense than other healthy foods. That means the nutrient-to-calorie ratio falls disproportionately in favor of the nutrients. Our smoothie ingredients, including the berries, spinach, flaxseed, and pecans, all fall into the superfood category.

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Not only are they incredible for your health, but berries, spinach, and the other ingredients taste really good when blended together in our Very Berry Smoothie. Here is your shopping list of real food (and superfood!) ingredients for this delicious Very Berry Smoothie:

  • frozen mixed berries
  • baby spinach
  • ground flaxseed
  • raw pecans (or your favorite raw nut)
  • unsweetened almond milk (or your choice of milk)
  • vanilla Greek yogurt (recommended: Siggi brand)

I think smoothies are even more fun to drink when you have some cute paper straws on hand like these to top off your beverage. So stinkin’ easy to enjoy a healthy, colorful breakfast, right?!

berry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Our Easy, Healthy Smoothies

The Very Berry Smoothie is actually the last and final smoothie recipe we’ll be sharing for a bit. We’ve paused from our usual freezer meal recipes to share 7 easy, healthy smoothie recipes on the blog that you can make ahead and freeze as smoothie packs. Be sure to try (or Pin for later) these others:

All of the easy, healthy smoothie recipes we have shared have a few things in common. Each recipe:

  • Tastes good! Yes, these smoothies are SUPER HEALTHY but we wanted to make sure they didn’t taste like weeds from the backyard.
  • Includes only simple real food ingredients that you can find in just about any grocery store.
  • Makes a single-serving (approx. 16 ounce) smoothie, which can work as a meal replacement. Or, divide it up among family members.
  • Includes fruits and/or vegetables and a source of protein and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied.
  • Includes freezer smoothie pack instructions so you can prep several of them ahead of time to have on hand.
berry smoothie in mason jar with straw

How to Use a Freezer Smoothie Pack

One of the best parts of these recipes, in our humble opinion, is that you can make several freezer smoothie packs ahead of time to have on hand for quick breakfasts and snacks. Having these pre-made packs at our finger tips has made our families into smoothie addicts! What an easy way to get superfoods into your diet every single day.

berry smoothie in mason jar with straw, freezer smoothie pack

Take a look at how easy it is to use your freezer pack in the morning…

If you’re concerned about reducing the use of plastic bags like we are, we can recommend these high-quality silicone storage bags. They are the perfect size for smoothie packs but also work well for any food storage. We’ve found that they are easy to clean (even dishwasher safe!), easy to use, and leak-proof. Silicone is one of the safest materials to store and even bake our food in, as it does not leach any chemicals into the food.

What Blender Do I Need to Make a Very Berry Smoothie?

Now, let’s talk blenders for a minute. Not all of them are created equal. I’ve owned a lot of brands over the years–Frigidaire, Cuisinart, Ninja, Vitamix, and Oster. To really pulverize the freezer smoothie packs, you’ll need a high-powered blender. The two blenders that stand out as winners from my experience are…

  1. The Vitamix (of course!) because it is very high-powered, super simple, and will last for an eon. I saved up for and owned a refurbished version that lasted over five years with daily use. I could have sent it in to Vitamix to get fixed but instead opted for the blender below (and am very happy).
  2. My current and more affordable Nutri Ninja Personal and Countertop Blender makes smooth smoothies and allows me to make single serving smoothies. Love the single serving blend-and-go design! The big blender doesn’t pulverize as well as the smaller containers do or the Vitamix, just so you know. We use the single-serving blender daily!
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With your superfoods and blender at hand, it’s time to start your day well with our Very Berry Smoothie!

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Very Berry Smoothie

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: One (16 ounce) smoothie
  • Category: Smoothies

Description

Start your day with a super food punch! This easy, healthy smoothie includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, plus hidden spinach. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.


Ingredients

  • 11 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (sub: milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or use plain yogurt and sweetened with honey to taste)
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc)
  • 1 cup spinach or kale, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons raw pecan halves (sub: any other raw nut)

Instructions

Make It Now:

1. Start by adding 1 cup almond milk and 1/4 vanilla Greek yogurt to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients.

2. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and stir/shake the blender or add up to 1/4 cup more almond milk, as needed, to make sure it gets smooth.

Make Freezer Smoothie Packs for Later:

1. Layer ingredients in small freezer bags (or reusable silicone bags) in this order:

  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc)
  • 1 cup spinach or kale, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons raw pecan halves (sub: any other raw nut)

2. Seal tightly, squeezing out the air, and freeze for up to 3 months.

3. To Blend: Start by adding1 cup almond milk and 1/4 vanilla Greek yogurt to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients. Break up the ingredients in the bag by hitting it on the counter or crunching it with your hands. Dump the ingredients from the bag in and follow blending instructions above.


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