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Weekly Recipe #168: Simple Summer Smoothie

Rachel Bratek, University of Minnesota – The Emily Program Dietetic Intern

Photo Credit - Martin Raybould/Flickr
Photo Credit – Martin Raybould/Flickr

As I was growing up, one activity my dad and I would always enjoy doing together was making smoothies. We would find random ingredients throughout our kitchen and mix them in the blender and see what our concoction tasted like. Sometimes they weren’t the greatest tasting, but the below recipe is sure to be a great one.

You can never go wrong with a berry smoothie. It is not only delicious (which is a huge plus!), but it is filled with many nutrients. Berries are filled with antioxidants, which are natural substances that can help prevent cell damage. They can help fight cancer as well as lower blood pressure. Not only do berries have these health benefits, but they also help boost heart health and help control weight due to their high liquid and fiber content.

To increase your berry consumption try the below recipe as either a snack or quick breakfast item. Just think of all the good you are providing your body with by having this smoothie!

Simple Summer Smoothie

Servings: 4 cups


  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • ¾ cup yogurt (any flavor that you prefer)
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 4 ice cubes
  • ½ teaspoon honey, optional


1. Place the banana, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and ice cubes into a blender. Pour in the orange juice, yogurt and honey. Puree until smooth.

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