Mixed Berry Smoothie is a burst of nutrients in smoothie form! Filled with frozen cherries, strawberries, and raspberries, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder – this smoothie will keep you going all morning long!
I’m on a big smoothie kick, and I love visiting the frozen fruit section at the grocery store to dream up my next creation. I love fresh cherries, so when I saw frozen cherries in the case, I knew I had to get them. I wanted a big bright red smoothie full of cherry and berry flavor! The end result is this mixed berry smoothie and is so absolutely delicious. It is definitely one of my favorite breakfast smoothies that I will be making over and over again for a health and filling breakfast.
Frozen Cherries – Cherries offer a ton of nutrition including antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. They are great for workout recovery because they support muscle recovery.
Frozen Strawberries – Another favorite fruit of mine to add to smoothies! They are readily available and I actually love freezing fresh berries in the summer so I have them in my freezer all winter. Of course, frozen strawberries are also delicious as they are typically frozen in their peak ripeness.
Frozen Raspberries – I love the flavor that raspberries add to this smoothie!
Milk – You can use whatever your favorite milk is for smoothies. I prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the hint of vanilla it gives to the smoothie, but cows milk, soy milk, oat milk, cashew milk, or really any milk you like would be great. Of course, the type of milk and protein powder you use will determine if it is dairy-free or vegan.
Yogurt – I have used regular and Greek yogurt in this recipe and they both work. Adding yogurt adds a boost of calcium, some healthy fat to keep you full longer, and makes the smoothie extra creamy. You can use flavored yogurt (like strawberry or vanilla) or plain. Since flavored yogurt has more sugar in it, it will make the smoothie sweeter so just keep that in mine. I made it using plain yogurt and it was plenty sweet for me.
Hemp Seeds – I either add these to the smoothie and they’re blended in with everything, or I sprinkle them on top to make the smoothie look visually pleasing. You can’t taste them and they add a great for a boost of fiber, vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and plant based protein. You could also add flaxseed or chia seeds if you want.
Vanilla Protein Powder – It has taken me a LONG time to find a protein powder that I actually like, but I am so happy with Ancient Nutrition’s Vanilla Collagen Protein Powder. It doesn’t add an overwhelming powdery taste to my smoothies, just a boost of protein and vanilla flavor!
While this smoothie recipe is delicious as-is, you can adapt it to your liking!
Add spinach or kale. I love adding a handful of spinach to my smoothies for a boost of nutrition and absolutely no flavor.
Add frozen banana or peaches. This adds some bonus flavor, a bit of sweetness, and some creaminess.
Switch out the berries. This smoothie would also be delicious with blueberries or blackberries!
Add a splash of vanilla extract. I love doing this (and also with almond extract) when I’m feeling a little fancy with my smoothies! It adds a boost of flavor with no calories.
Add some pomegranate juice. This adds a wonderful flavor along with the health benefits of pomegranates
Add nut butter. Do this one at your own discretion. I’ve never added nut butter to this smoothie (I do love a banana peanut butter smoothie!) and think it would affect the flavor, but it is a great way to add some protein.
Add honey or maple syrup. If you like your smoothies on the sweeter side, add a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup!
Decrease the milk to 1 cup for a smoothie bowl. I love making smoothie bowls and eating them with a spoon! This one would be delicious with a sprinkling of coconut flakes, oats, and some nut butter!
Is Mixed Berry Smoothie healthy? Yes! This berry smoothie recipe is full of antioxidants and nutrients from the berries, protein and calcium from the Greek yogurt, and omega-3’a from the hemp seeds.
What is the best liquid to use in Berry Smoothies? Any type of milk is the best liquid to use in this smoothie. Milk will add creaminess to the smoothie and I prefer using unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
What ingredient goes first in smoothies? I always add the liquid to my blender first, as it makes blending the smoothies easiest.
Like many smoothie recipes, this berry cherry smoothie recipe is quite simple to make. To start, add the milk to the blender. Next, add the cherries, berries, yogurt, and protein powder. Blend on high speed or, if you have a blender with a smoothie option, use that. Add a splash more of milk if needed, although I have not needed to do this ever with this recipe.
Serve immediately in one larger or two smaller glasses. Top with a sprinkle of hemp seeds, flax seeds, or chia seeds, if you’d like!