Chock full of vitamin C and calcium, these easy berry smoothies will please your palate while boosting your daily nutritional needs! Plus you can whip one up in no time!!!
International Food Bloggers Conference
The trip to Seattle for the International Food Bloggers Conference was fast and furious. A whirlwind of activities, friends, laughter, learning, and inspiration. I was exhausted when I returned home. Three days was not enough to travel across 4 time zones and back without some repercussions. But within a day or two, I found out that I was a winner of a not just one, but two of the conference sponsors’ giveaways! Such a fabulous bonus.
First to arrive was the most powerful blender I’ve ever experienced! These strawberry smoothies were whirled to perfection in my spankin’ new Nutri Ninja® Blender DUO™ with Auto-IQ. The built-in intuition of this small appliance was amazing. It pulsed and blended to the ideal smoothie consistency. I have never owned or used one of those high-end blenders, but this one exceeded my expectations and seemed to do everything the competitor does but at half the cost.
Easy Berry Smoothies!
Noosa Yoghurt was another one of the #IFBC sponsors. They hosted one of the conference’s breakfasts where we were able to sample their seasonal pumpkin yogurt, now available at Target. It was terrific. Noosa is one of my favorite brands of yogurt; it’s thick, creamy with the perfect amount of sweetness. It seemed logical that it would be fabulous to make a berry smoothie with their coconut yogurt.
The cultures come directly from Australia, but the yoghurt is made in Boulder, Colorado. We used coconut for these smoothies for a touch of tropical flair. I also was gifted two Analon non-stick skillets. Technology has certainly improved since my last purchase as you can actually use metal spatulas to flip food while cooking.
There were lots of goodies in the “gifting suite,” too, like this Complete Citrus Tool from Crisp Cooking. And Crisp Cooking, which showcases unique tools for healthy eating, has generously offered some of their products for one of my readers! Scroll down to see how and what you can win. I’m so grateful for all these conference bonuses. Bill thinks I should be out there buying lottery tickets, but I think it’s someone else’s turn to be a winner!
How to Make Strawberry Smoothies
My sister and I whipped up these easy berry smoothies when she was in town. Tossing in a frozen banana, frozen strawberries along with yogurt, milk, and honey, we gawked at the blender doing its thing. We sipped and giggled and decided to make another batch…this time jazzing up the recipe with fresh ginger and vanilla.
Maddy nearly choked on her first swallow and burst into laughter. “Cough syrup,” she spat out in hysterics, “It tastes like cough syrup!” Blech. That batch was not able to be salvaged. Next time we’ll blend up some margaritas!
- 1 peeled banana, frozen
- 5-8 ounces frozen berries (I used raspberries and strawberries)
- 1 cup milk
- 8 ounces coconut yogurt
- Sugar or honey to taste if needed
- Add all ingredients to blender and puree till smooth. Garnish with berries if desired and serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 114gFiber: 24gSugar: 74gProtein: 16g