This strawberry banana blackberry smoothie features the bright, fresh flavors of fiber-rich berries with the creamy sweetness of the banana. It pairs with cinnamon and hemp hearts to make it more balanced and a blood sugar-friendly snack or healthy dessert that the whole family loves!
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Do you ever feel like the first few warm days of spring have you ready to fully jump back to cool, fresh smoothies and salads? Because I sure do! Especially as I'm getting seeds started to plant in our garden as soon as the danger of frost is over. Not to mention the tiny flowers already peeking out from our strawberry bushes!
This blackberry strawberry banana smoothie is one of our current favorites. My kids are already obsessed with strawberries and bananas, and it's been a fun way to get them more excited about another berry my husband and I love - blackberries.
Why You'll Love This Smoothie
This strawberry blackberry banana smoothie is delicious. It's naturally sweet and creamy from the berries and banana, with a little extra sweetness and flavor coming from cinnamon.
I've also added hemp hearts for a dose of heart healthy fats and protein, to help make this smoothie more balanced and blood sugar-friendly (along with the high fiber berries). (Plus you can always add more protein, too - check out these 40 ways to add protein to a smoothie that aren't protein powder!)
Plus, it's a smoothie! It doesn't get much easier than throwing a few ingredients in a blender, letting it blend a minute, and then pouring out a delicious snack or part of a meal.
- Strawberries: Nutritionally there are very insignificant differences between fresh and frozen, so use whichever you have or prefer. Note that frozen fruit makes for thicker and creamier smoothies.
- Banana: I typically use a fresh banana, but you can certainly use frozen, too.
- Blackberries: Same thing - fresh or frozen!
- Almond milk: I prefer an unsweetened vanilla almond milk in this smoothie, but there are so many milk options - use whatever you drink!
- Hemp hearts: Hemp seeds are a great source of heart healthy fats (including omega-3s), protein, and iron, making them an excellent addition to help balance a smoothie. Plus they don't change the taste of the smoothie.
- Cinnamon: Adds the slightest bit of additional flavor and sweetness. Plus there's some research that suggests cinnamon can help support balanced blood sugars.
How to Make a Strawberry Banana Blackberry Smoothie
Smoothies can't get simpler. Add all the ingredients to your blender, blend, serve, and enjoy!
I typically recommend blending at least a minute. It may seem like longer than you need, but I promise that's how you get the smoothest, creamiest smoothies.
I love to view recipes like smoothies and salads as more of a starting point or inspiration. Get creative with it! Here are some of my favorite additions:
- Spinach - spinach is my classic vegetable addition when I want to add some greens but not change the flavor. Note this will change the color of the smoothie!
- Frozen riced cauliflower - an easy and convenient vegetable option! You can add ¼ to ½ cup for a veggie boost. Cauliflower (in these smaller amounts) won't change the taste or the color.
- Frozen summer squash or zucchini - another easy veggie addition! It's also very undetectable to the taste of the smoothie.
- Ginger - add a little zesty flavor!
- Citrus juice or zest - a splash of citrus goes such a long way with adding more brightness to the flavor!
- Vanilla extract - vanilla gives a homey, cozy, but delicious vibe to this smoothie.
- Coconut water - this makes a great addition if you're looking to add some natural electrolytes and more sweetness. You can sub half or all of the water for it.
- Collagen peptides - while far from the magical superfood they're often marketed as (check out my very popular dietitian review of collagen), I do personally like adding collagen peptides sometimes for an unflavored boost of protein.
Let me know in the comments if you try any delicious flavor variations!
Let's chat a second about blenders! Number one - use what you've got! But if you use your blender frequently and you're looking to invest in a new or high-powered blender, try some of my these blenders:
- The Vitamix and the KitchenAid 400 are both an investment, but are excellent high-powered blenders that will serve you well for many years. I've had both for years!
- I know many folks who have the Ninja blender and love it. I haven't personally used one, but I have friends and family who do and they swear it works just as well as a more expensive blender for a fraction of the price.
- A Nutribullet is a classic, more affordable blender option.
How to Store Leftover Smoothie
Have leftover smoothie? I love and recommend these methods for saving and storing leftover smoothie:
- Ice Cube Tray: Pour leftover smoothie into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, you can take frozen smoothie cubes and put them in a mason jar in the fridge for about an hour. Then just give it a good shake and you're ready to drink! Not enough leftover for a full smoothie? Pop a cube or two into the next smoothie you make. (These silicone ice cube trays make for easy ice cube removal and come with lids!)
- Mason Jars: If you're going to come back within the next 12-24 hours to finish your smoothie, simply pour it into a mason jar, seal the lid, and leave in the fridge. Need to save it longer? Pop the whole mason jar in your freezer for up to three months. Then let it thaw a few hours on the counter or in the fridge before consuming.
- Popsicle Molds: Popsicle molds are undoubtedly my kids' favorite way to enjoy leftover smoothies! Just pour into a popsicle mold, add sticks, and freeze. Sometimes I find it helpful to run the mold under warm water for 10-15 seconds to help loosen the popsicle from the mold, but then just remove and enjoy! (I love these silicone popsicle molds that come with a lid and a little funnel, as well as these collapsible silicone popsicle molds with reusable sticks.)
Is this blackberry strawberry banana smoothie healthy? Well let's check out the nutrition stats:
Based on a yield of 2 smoothies, each smoothie has 180 calories, 28 g carbs, 6 g protein, 7 g fat, 8 g fiber, and 15 g sugar (note that it's all natural sugar, there is no added sugar in this recipe). It also contains potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron.
I would say that this smoothie can absolutely fit into an overall balanced diet! (Also note that I would consider it on the low side to be a meal in and of itself, but you could absolutely pair it with other foods to create a more balanced breakfast or lunch.)
"Healthy" is Subjective - You Do You
Know, too, that “healthy” is subjective. The foods that help one maintain their health may or may not work for you - and that’s okay! Honor the body you have. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I suggest eating a variety of nourishing foods that help you feel good and achieve or maintain your health, balanced with the foods you love. Remember - an election isn’t won with every vote, but the majority. Your health is the same way - the overall dietary pattern is what matters most.
More Smoothie Recipes You'll Love
Oh, and if you're a blackberry fan? You've GOT to try my chocolate covered blackberries! They're so good, and can easily be made as a no sugar added sweet treat!
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Strawberry Banana Blackberry Smoothie
- 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 tablespoon hemp seeds
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high for at least one minute, or until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into two glasses, serve, and enjoy!