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Getting Smooth with Berries

There are as many ways to make berry smoothies as there are berry smoothie drinkers. Luckily, there aren’t that many ways to fail at concocting one of your own. Here are a few of our favorite recipes….

*Note that any of these recipes can be made with either fresh or frozen fruit, depending on your temperature preference. When making these recipes frozen, you may choose to add slightly more liquid if it becomes too thick. All of these recipes are made without dairy.

We're sampling this dark and delicious drink at the store today!
We’re sampling this dark and delicious drink at the store today!

Triple-Berry Zinger

Kick-start your day with this antioxidant-rich drink. The ginger and orange juice will wake up your taste buds.

Yields 1 quart (4 cups) of beverage

1 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)*

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)*

3/4 cup cherries, pitted

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup coconut water

1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, more to taste

Place the blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and ginger in a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and consistent. Through the top of the blender, slowly pour in the orange juice and the coconut water. Taste and add more of the above ingredients as you like. Pour and serve chilled.

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Tropical Slam

This peachy keen drink combines all the sweetest fruits slam you with the sugars you need to get going.

Yields 1 quart (4 cups) of beverage

1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)

2 bananas (fresh or frozen-about 1 1/2 cups chopped)

1 peach (fresh or frozen- about 1 cup chopped)

1 mango (fresh or frozen- about 1 cup chopped)

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup orange juice

Place the strawberries, bananas, peach and mango in a blender and blend 2-3 minutes until the mixture is smooth. Through the top of the blender, add the coconut milk and orange juice slowly. Taste and add any of the above ingredients to reach your desired thickness. Pour and serve chilled.

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Fiber Fabulous

An outrageously green smoothie for an outrageously regular day. Get your daily dose of fiber with raspberries and kale.

Yields 1 quart (4 cups) of beverage.

2 cups fresh kale

2 bananas (frozen or fresh)

1 pint (1 cup) raspberries (frozen or fresh)

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup coconut water

Place the bananas in a blender and blend thoroughly until smooth (no chunks). Add kale and blackberries and blend 3 more minutes. Through the top of the blender, add the pineapple juice and coconut water. Taste and add more of any of the above ingredients for desired thickness.Pour and serve chilled.

A Word About Freezing Fresh Fruit.

Whether you’re freezing berries, bananas or peaches, remember to slice them thin (if needed) and freeze them in a single layer on a non-stick baking sheet. Piling them into a container to put in the freezer will result in a large block of frozen fruit that’s hard to separate. If you would like to use the fruit one small portion at a time, it’s best to freeze it in a single layer, then transfer it to another container once it is fully frozen and store it in your freezer that way.

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