Mixed Berry Smoothie - How to Make a Fruit Smoothie With Frozen Fruit

Mixed berry smoothie is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants etc. Making smoothie with a blender is fast and easy way to make quick and healthy daily meal or a snack.

Options are endless, but I prefer mixing fruits with cottage cheese and maybe adding some protein powder (vanilla or berry flavor). There is no need to add natural or artificial sweeteners - personally I like mildly bitter taste of berries, but if you prefer, you can add some sweetener of your choice.

How to Make a Smoothie with Frozen Fruit

 Mixed berries are best when they are fresh - just as any other fruits. But they are hard to find fresh during entire year - in fact, it is impossible. But fresh berries can be found as frozen berries - in many countries berries and similar fruits and vegetables must be frozen quickly after picking. That is why we have something called 'fresh frozen berries' :o)

Making a smoothie with a blender is easy - I use hand blender. It is easy and fast to use and quick to clean. Making smoothie is easy - throw ingredients in suitable pot, blend, eat and enjoy ...

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If you have time, take your frozen berries out of freezer and leave them for 30-45 minutes on room temperature to defrost. If you don't have time (welcome to the club), put your berries in strainer and wash them a little bit with warm (not hot) water. If it is summer, don't defrost them entirely.

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Put the berries into the suitable pot. I use shakers for the same reason I use hand blenders - I have them around and they are easy to clean :o)

Note: when making berry smoothies (and similar fruits smoothies) be careful about stains - single drop of berry juice can make a big mess and it is hard to clean ...

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Put some cottage or low fat cheese and some protein blend powder - casein protein powder is as good as whey protein powder. If you use casein protein powder, you will get really slow digesting meal (5-6 hours or even more), while combining cheese with whey protein powder will give you meal that will make you satiated for maybe 3-4 hours at most.

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Add some water and using hand blender (hand mixer) blend everything. As I said before, I add no sweeteners. After blending everything, try it and if you want, add some sweetener of your choice.

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Mixed berries desert is done. Enjoy it ...

Note: During summer, I often leave it in the freezer for 30-60 minutes, than it is like ice-cream. But if you don't defrost your berries entirely, your mixed berries smoothie will be cold enough after blending that you will not have to put it into the freezer - you have made yourself both great tasting and refreshing smoothie ...

Nutritional values of mixed berries smoothie (without protein blend powder) are:

Food Amount Protein Carbs Fats Fibers
Mixed Berries 150g 1g 13g 0.5g 6g
Cottage Cheese 150g 18g 4g 3g 0g
Total: 19g 17g 3.5g 6g
Calories: 76 kcal 68 kcal 32 kcal -

That is around 175 kcal, mostly from protein and carbohydrates, some from a fats. Fiber content is very good.

I like to add protein powder into my smoothies, just to increase protein content:

Food Amount Protein Carbs Fats Fibers
Mixed Berries 150g 1g 13g 0.5g 6g
Cottage Cheese 150g 18g 4g 3g 0g
UN Wheat Protein Isolate 25g 21g 3g 0.5g 0g
Total: 40g 20g 5g 6g
Calories: 160 kcal 80 kcal 45 kcal -

That is around 280 kcal, most of which comes from protein, some from carbs and very little from fats. Fiber content is the same - 6g. If you want, you can vary amounts of ingredients to achieve desired content.

In this smoothie I added Ultimate Nutrition Wheat Protein Isolate, but you can use any suitable protein powder. I recommend using some protein blend used as Meal Replacement Powder (MRP).

This meal is suitable even for lacto-ovo vegetarians.

Vegan Smoothie Recipe

For example, if you make mixed berry smoothie using only mixed berries and UN Wheat Protein Isolate (or any similar plant based protein powder), you will make great vegan smoothie recipe:

Food Amount Protein Carbs Fats Fibers
Mixed Berries 150g 1g 13g 0.5g 6g
UN Wheat Protein Isolate 25g 21g 3g 0.5g 0g
Total: 22g 16g 1g 6g
Calories: 88 kcal 64 kcal 9 kcal -

This smoothie has only 160 calories and it is very 'thin' - if I don't add some cottage or low fat cheese, I get hungry after smoothie like this really quickly. Fortunately for vegans, most of them are much 'lighter' than me and this meal can keep them satiated for hours ...