Mixed Berry Summer Smoothie

Mixed Berry Summer Smoothie ~ From Bikini Killer Cookies to Belt Bust’n Chocolate Bars, I’m kicking the week off with a healthy summer smoothie that’s packed with antioxidant-packed  super foods.

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Mixed Berry Summer Smoothie

I’m not intentionally doing a 180 here, but boysenberry season has just begun here in California. Every year I go crazy stocking up on them. The season is so brief, lasting for less than ninety days I have to get them while I can. Similar in appearance to a blackberry, the boysenberry is distinctly different in taste but packs a similar antioxidant punch.

When you can find them, buy a lot. If someone had sold these to me as Mother Nature’s candy instead of raisins (eww) when I was kid, I would probably have gone the way of Violet Beauregarde—color stained, bloated and floating away from a lack of self control.  But instead, the boxes of raisins that mom brown-bagged for school, ended up sprinkled over the playground grass.

As a result, I don’t try to push raisins on my son. Luckily he and I are huge fresh fruit consumers and this is one of our favorite ways to enjoy our daily recommended serving .

Really, can you think of better way to get your healthy fruits than sipping it all in one delicious glass of frosty goodness?

A few notes:

  • This recipe is highly adaptable. If any of the berries are not in season in your area, substitute with another berry or just double up any of the other portions.
  • Your palate, your preference. Adjust the texture of this summer smoothie to your preference by adding more yogurt for a creamier and thicker smoothie; or for a thinner smoothie add more juice. Any type of yogurt will work so you can easily substitute the vanilla yogurt with  non-fat, plain, or sugar-free.
  • I make these smoothie year around.  During the winter months I use frozen berries since it’s really not worth buying fresh under-ripe berries.
  • And hey, check it out—no sugar! Seldom will you find that here on Bakers Royale. Well, I should clarify, that’s no added sugar. The sweetness comes solely from the goodness of the raw ingredients.

Mixed Berry Summer Smoothie

Makes 3 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup boysenberry
  • 1/3 cup strawberries
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1 large ripe banana

Instructions:

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

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21 Responses to “Mixed Berry Summer Smoothie”

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    Carla — June 20, 2011 @ 2:19 am

    That last 1/3 cup says just berries. What are the berries?

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    • Naomi replied: — June 20th, 2011 @ 2:22 am

      Hi Carla- Thanks for asking, that’s blueberries. The recipe has been updated.

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    Kadee — June 20, 2011 @ 4:20 am

    yum! I think you meant the lovely Violet Beauregarde with that Willy Wonka reference though! ;)

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    • Naomi replied: — June 20th, 2011 @ 7:00 am

      Kadee-OMG! THANK YOU for telling me. That’s what I get for writing late at night. Fixed!

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    DessertForTwo — June 20, 2011 @ 4:39 am

    I had no idea boysenberries are such a thing out here in Cali (I’m new to Cali). I made hand pies last year with them, now I’ll have to investigate more desserts :)

    P.S. Small typo: 3 montH season (in the first paragraph)

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    • Naomi replied: — June 20th, 2011 @ 7:00 am

      Ah, thanks Christina! I’m notorious for that and many other spellng and grammar offenses!

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — June 20, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Healthy and delicious!

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    Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures — June 20, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    I love boysenberries too! I grew up with several bushes of them in my backyard, so it wasn’t until I was an adult and out of my mom’s house that I realized they were special. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen them for sale outside of a farmer’s market or u-pick farm.

    Your smoothies sound and look great – love the pink color. I just got a new blender and will be trying your recipe soon! :)

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    Jeanette — June 20, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

    I love that this has no sugar added.

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 21, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    Ooo, haven’t spotted any boysenberries yet but I’ll be keeping an eye out.

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    Marla — June 21, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Naomi, I love your sippy diversion with this beautiful smoothie recipe. As a kid my favorite yogurt flavor was Danon boysenberry – have not ever purchased them though. Now I will be on the lookout :)

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    Sara — June 21, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    Summer love in a glass!

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    sweetsugarbelle — June 22, 2011 @ 6:31 am

    My mom’s friend used to make boysenberry jelly when I was a kiddo, but now I cannot even remember what they taste like! I would be so interested to taste them again, although I have no idea if they are even availiable in my area! You completely piqued my curiosity!

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    Marcelo — June 22, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    Omg, just found your blog. I think i’m gonna get fat and drunk quickly!!

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    Eliana — June 23, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    This is perfect for summer and chocked full of so much deliciousness.

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