Smoothies are like the *it* thing right now. Smoothie shops are popping up on every corner in every shopping plaza across the country. A smoothie is such a wonderful concept. Fruit, milk, a thickener, and delicious flavorings. Blend it all together and you get your healthy, yet flavorful drink. You also get your natural vitamins for the day. It sure as heck beats shoving broccoli down your throat. As you guys know, smoothies come in many different flavors and they're incredibly easy to make. A lot of times, you can just blend up what you have on hand and voila, you have a smoothie! In my case, I have lots and lots of berries on hand at the moment. So, I figured it's my perfect chance to share my version of a triple-berry smoothie.
For the berries, you definitely go with frozen berries. They tend to blend up better. However, if you want to swap the berries out for different kinds, you can do that. For example, I don't use blackberries, but if you want to swap that in for blueberries, then feel free. Just keep the ratios the same as the recipe.
Pour the berries into the blender. Add in the lemon juice, lemon zest, orange juice, and orange zest. Pour in the milk and leban yogurt. (I use leban because it's tangy and delicious. My mom's leban recipe will be shared on the site soon, so stay tuned for that. A good substitute would be lebne, but your smoothie may come out a bit thicker. If you don't have access to either leban or lebne, you can use Greek yogurt.)
Add in the vanilla extract, sugar, salt, almond extract, and cinnamon. Blend everything together until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust if required. (If you find it too thick, add a bit more milk and if you find it too thin, add a bit more yogurt.)
Pour out and enjoy!
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen blackberries
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 small lemon, zest and juice
- 1 small orange, zest and juice
- ½ cup leban yogurt (can use greek yogurt if you can't get Leban)
- 1 ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (can use stevia or honey if you prefer)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined. Pour and enjoy!
You can use any mix of berries you prefer, but keep the ratios the same.
You can sub coconut milk or almond milk for the whole milk, greek yogurt for the Leban and honey or stevia for the granulated sugar.
(If you find it too thick, add a bit more milk and if you find it too thin, add a bit more yogurt.)