With the winter chill settling into my neck of the woods, mornings call for a healthy start. This Triple Berry Smoothie is a bright, fresh, and invigorating breakfast or post-workout treat.
The University of California’s Berkley Wellness center created a triple berry smoothie they say is the perfect post-holiday repentance. I’ve tweaked their recipe, created by nutritionist and exercise physiologist Jeanine Barone, just slightly to my taste — and what I always have on hand in the freezer.
By adding a whole banana, the smoothie becomes thicker and more milkshake like. But, if you’re like my son and like it thinner — cut the banana in half.
Either way… it’s simply and divinely delicious!
Triple Berry Nutrition
This recipe calls for a 1/2 cup each of blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Here’s what each bring to the nutritional table.
Blackberries: packed with vitamins and minerals like C, K, and manganese, high in fiber, and may boost brain health.
(More blackberry nutritional benefits here).
Strawberries: an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, and also contain decent amounts of folate (B9) and potassium. They are also very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, and may benefit heart health and blood sugar.
(More strawberry nutritional benefits here).
Blueberries: one of the most nutrient-dense berries, are high in fiber, vitamins C, K, and manganese. “Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all the popular fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids appear to be the berries’ antioxidant with the greatest impact.”
(More blueberry nutritional benefits here).