Mixed Berry Smoothie

Whip up a mixed berry smoothie for a healthy breakfast! This easy recipe made with fresh berries is a great way to start the day.

a strawberry on the rim of the glass of a berry smoothie

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Healthy Mixed Berry Smoothie recipe

Breakfast is one of the toughest meals of the day for me.

I have to really think ahead to make sure I have something healthy that’s ready to go in the mornings.

Overnight oats are a go-to quick breakfast, because I can just pop them in the fridge the night before, but sometimes I forget.

That’s why I like to prep smoothies at the beginning of the week so all I have to do is blend them up in the morning.

Mixed Berry Smoothies are one of my favorite recipes because I almost always have frozen fruit in the freezer.

I like to salvage fruit that’s about to go bad by storing it in the freezer to use in smoothies. (And cocktails… hello frozen strawberry daiquiris.)

mixed berry smoothie ingredients

Ingredients

You only need a few healthy ingredients to make a Mixed Berry Smoothie.

This recipe is a great blank slate for adding your favorite smoothie mix-ins. Feel free to add your favorite protein powder, a handful of greens (like spinach or kale) or extra fruits like apples or peaches.

I do want to mention that this recipe doesn’t contain any added sugar because the berries are sweet enough on their own, but if you do wish to add a sweetener, either maple syrup or honey would be a great option!

Now, let’s talk about those smoothie ingredients. You will need…

A liquid ingredient

Liquids are key to making a creamy smoothie. They help the smoothie have a drinkable texture you can enjoy with a straw. Otherwise you’ll just have a fruit purée!

If you like a creamier smoothie, you can use your favorite type of milk. It can be a dairy milk or a plant-based milk like unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or oat milk.

Don’t like the taste of berries and cream? No worries. You can use juice instead. Orange juice is my favorite (mainly for the extra Vitamin C!), but you could also use pineapple juice or apple juice. Most fruit juice tastes great with berries.

A thickener

A thickening ingredient helps the smoothie to have a bit more texture and be less juice-like.

This recipe calls for one ripe banana. Fresh works best, but frozen banana can also be used.

Don’t like banana? Try one of these options instead:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup chia seeds or flax seeds
  • ¼ cup uncooked oatmeal

If the smoothie still isn’t thick enough, you can add more, but these measurements are a good place to start.

Berries

This healthy berry smoothie recipe calls for three kinds of berries: strawberries, blackberries and blueberries.

However, if you’d like to throw in some raspberries or (pitted) cherries, feel free to mix things up and use any combination of berries! Just know that you will need about 3 cups of berries total.

You can use fresh or frozen berries, but I recommend letting frozen fruit thaw for about 10 minutes before blending it up.

If you are using fresh fruit, I suggest adding a cup of ice cubes to the blender to keep your smoothie cold and to add some thickness.

berries in a blender

How to make a Berry Smoothie

When you’re ready to make this smoothie for breakfast or for a healthy snack, here’s what to do:

  1. Wash all produce. Remove the stems from the strawberries and blueberries (if any).
  2. Peel banana and break into a few pieces. Add to the blender.
  3. Add blackberries, blueberries and strawberries to the blender. Cover with oat milk.
  4. Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy immediately.

Leftover smoothie can be frozen into ice cube trays and added to future smoothies. Let them freeze all the way, then store them in a freezer-safe bag.

top view of a mixed berry smoothie

How to make a smoothie thicker or thinner

It all comes down to personal preference, but here’s what to do if your smoothie is too thin or thick for your liking:

If your smoothie is too thin: Add something to thicken it. A banana, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, oats and avocado can all help to add more texture to the smoothie.

If your smoothie is too thick: An easy way to lighten it up is to add more liquid, such as orange juice or milk.

My friend Madison has a whole post about adjusting a smoothie’s consistency that I recommend checking out.

two glasses of berry smoothie with strawberry garnishes

Variations and substitutions

There are tons of ways to mix up this healthy smoothie and tailor it to your tastes or to make it a little different every day!

Berry Smoothie: Use one kind of berry for a stronger berry flavor. Try an all-blueberry smoothie or a strawberry smoothie.

Chocolate Berry Smoothie: Add 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder to the blender and blend well. Chocolate protein powder would work too!

Vegan Berry Smoothie: Use orange juice or non-dairy milk as the liquid for your smoothie.

Protein Berry Smoothie: Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder or collagen peptides to the blender and incorporate into the smoothie for extra protein.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie: Add a scoop of your favorite peanut butter powder or a scoop of peanut butter (or almond butter) to the smoothie and blend well.

Mixed Berries Smoothie Bowl: Make a thicker smoothie by adding extra banana, Greek yogurt or chia seeds. Pour it into a bowl and top with fresh berries, granola and/or yogurt.

two mixed berry smoothies

Tips for making a great smoothie

Use a good blender when making smoothies. Blender blades do get dull over time so it’s important to replace your blender when it isn’t performing as expected anymore.

Always adjust the thickness to make a perfect berry smoothie. No one likes a watery smoothie or one that’s too thick to drink!

Getting the texture just right is worth the effort. See the section above about making the smoothie thicker or thinner as needed.

More smoothie recipes

If you like smoothie, try one of these healthy recipes:

a strawberry on the rim of the glass of a berry smoothie

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Yield: 2 smoothies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Mixed Berry Smoothies are a tasty way to start the day. Make it with fresh or frozen fruit.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cup milk or orange juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup ice cubes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash all produce. Remove the stems from the strawberries and blueberries (if any).
  2. Peel banana and break into a few pieces. Add to the blender.
  3. Add blackberries, blueberries and strawberries to the blender. Cover with oat milk.
  4. Blend until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend again until smooth. Serve and enjoy immediately.
  5. Leftover smoothie can be frozen into ice cube trays and added to future smoothies.

Notes

Fresh or frozen berries can be used. Let frozen fruit thaw for about 10 minutes before blending it up.

If you are using fresh fruit, add a cup of ice cubes to the blender to keep your smoothie cold and to add some thickness. (Not needed if using frozen fruit.)

If your smoothie is too thin: Add something to thicken it. A banana, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, oats and avocado can all help to add more texture to the smoothie.

If your smoothie is too thick: An easy way to lighten it up is to add more liquid, such as orange juice or milk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 8 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 9gSugar: 42gProtein: 10g

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