Drinks

May 7, 2020

Mixed Berry Banana Smoothie

Fuel your body with a burst of vitamin C, antioxidants, protein, and healthy fats with my Mixed Berry Banana Smoothie! This breakfast is the perfect start to your day or a great recovery snack after your workout.

I’ve discovered in the last year or so that I am OBSESSED with breakfast—both cooking it and eating it. I love the energy in the kitchen that comes from creating small, healthy meals because they set the stage for my mentality for the rest of the day.

When I take the time to make a well-balanced breakfast, my body feels so good and I’m more motivated to take care of it. This smoothie recipe is one of the best recipes I’ve created to do just that!

I mix in lots of different ingredients to make sure there’s not only protein and healthy fats, but lots of different vitamins and antioxidants inside the smoothie.

A glass of mixed berry banana smoothie

Why are vitamins and antioxidants important?

Vitamins are key to cell growth, cell maintenance, and protecting our immune system. Each vitamin performs different functions, so it’s important that we include foods in our diet that give us each vitamin.

Here are some of the key vitamins we should be eating each day:

  • Vitamin A: helps promote hair and nail growth, improves eye function, and keeps skin and teeth healthy
  • Vitamin C: helps the body heal wounds, absorb iron, and protect cells from infection
  • Vitamin D: helps the body absorb calcium, strengthen bones, and may lower risk of some cancers; it’s also an essential hormone!
  • Vitamin E: protects cells from damage, helps cells absorb vitamin K, and repairs muscles
  • Vitamin K: critical for allowing the body to form blood clots (so you don’t bleed out and die from a paper cut!)

In addition, antioxidants protect your body from free radicals (molecules produced from the breakdown of food or exposure to tobacco), which may play a role in decreasing chances of heart disease and cancer. Vitamin C and vitamin E double as antioxidants.

This smoothie has many of the vitamins I mentioned above to give your body a great head start on the rest of the day: vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin K.

It also has potassium, fiber, calcium, omega-3 fats, and no added sugar. Can you believe it? This breakfast has all these amazing ingredients without any supplements or protein powder!

Mixed berry banana smoothie

Delicious and nourishing ingredients

Delicious flavors, that’s what! I’m telling you, this is one of my favorites to date because there are so many wonderful ingredients, packed with all the nutrients you need! Let’s take a look:

  • Mixed berries: good source of natural sugar, vitamin C, and antioxidants
  • Banana: good source of potassium and helps thicken the smoothie
  • Kale: great source of vitamin K and antioxidants
  • Nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt: great source of protein and fiber, good source of vitamin D and calcium. This brand is my absolute favorite!
  • Almond milk: lower in calories compared to regular milk
  • Honey: source of natural sugar (replaces granulated sugar)
  • Chia seeds: good source of omega-3 fats and fiber
  • Cinnamon: source of antioxidants and enhances flavor

Substitutions and variations

  • Use fresh fruit instead of frozen. Just make sure to add ice cubes so the smoothie so it's still thick and refreshingly cold!
  • Swap the frozen kale for fresh/frozen spinach
  • Replace the almond milk with regular dairy milk for a boost of protein
  • Try using your favorite fruit-flavored yogurt in place of vanilla yogurt!
  • For vegan diets: use dairy-free yogurt and maple syrup

Mixed berry banana smoothie

If you try this recipe, I'd love to hear about it! Tag me on social media @kapaicooking and leave a comment below sharing your experience! I do my best to answer each comment, and your opinion is valuable to the content creation in my kitchen!

Mixed Berry Banana Smoothie

Fuel your body with a burst of vitamin C, antioxidants, protein, and healthy fats with my Mixed Berry Banana Smoothie! This breakfast is the perfect start to your day or a great recovery snack after your workout.

Author:

Brooke Harmer

Prep:

5

min

cook:

0

min

total:

5

min

servings:

1

Ingredients

  • 1 C frozen berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 C frozen kale (or spinach)
  • 2/3 C almond milk (or any milk)
  • 1/2 C nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp honey (optional)
  • 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.

Notes

Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of one smoothie.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 smoothie / Calories: 382 / Fat: 6g / Saturated Fat: 0.4g / Carbohydrates: 70g / Fiber: 20g / Sugar: 30g / Protein: 19.5g