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September 9, 2012

Every fruit based recipe I’m seeing right now has hurdled me into fall with apples, pears, but I’m digging in my heals, calling time out, and sticking with berries to prolong that summer feeling.  I’ve been buying up blueberries and raspberries from the farmers markets and storing them in the freezer so I can continue to enjoy summer.  The blueberries just get tossed in a colander and given a quick wash and then are packed right back into the plastic container and put into the freezer.  The raspberries I’m a little more gentle with, freezing them in a single layer before putting them into a baggie for storage.

Usually I thaw the berries about 3/4 of a cup at a time to mix in with yogurt and granola for lunch, but I’ve tired of that, so I’m switching things up and having yogurt fruit smoothies for breakfast.  Generally I see smoothies being made with yogurt, fruit, orange juice and/or milk and ice cubes, but I think the ice just dilutes the drink without giving me any nutritional value.  That’s where I’ve substituted the frozen berries, getting the fruit and the ice cold, without any water.

Berry Yogurt Smoothie

1 container non-fat Greek yogurt (5.3 oz, and I use Oikos from Dannon)
1/2 medium banana, peeled
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 to 1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 to 1/3 cup non-fat milk

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.  The amount of liquid you use will depend on how thick or thin you like your drink.  I prefer them really thick, using only 1/4 cup each of the OJ and milk.  Substitute any berry you like for the blueberries and raspberries.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Angie permalink
    September 10, 2012 6:24 am

    Looks really refreshing and not only nutritious but something quick to make in the mornings before work. Can’t wait to try it!

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