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Berry-licious Smoothie

Packed with antioxidants and nutritional goodness

Compassionate Cooks, LLC

berry smoothie

Susan Fox/iStockphoto

Serves 1

It’s difficult to create a "recipe" for smoothies, because there are so many options and variations depending on your likes and dislikes. Berries are the most healthful option, as they’re packed with antioxidants and nutritional goodness. Bananas add much-needed potassium as well as thickness, and flax seeds add the ever-important Omega 3 fatty acids.

1 or 2 ripe bananas
1/2 to 3/4 cup or more frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen strawberries (or any other fruit: mixed fruit, pineapple, cherries, etc.)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
A few tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1 to 2 tablespoons almond butter (optional)

Blend until all mixed together. You can make it thinner or thicker depending on your preference. Yummy!

Other ingredients:
Frozen cherries
Frozen bananas (makes much thicker smoothies)
Frozen mango or papaya
Mixed berries
A dab of chocolate soy milk
3-4 dates (pitted)
Papaya nectar (Knudsen brand, found in natural food stores)
Coconut nectar (Knudsen brand, found in natural food stores)

Freezing Bananas:
When you have ripe bananas and aren't going to use them for banana bread or muffins, it's the perfect time to freeze them to use in smoothies. You can either freeze them whole and in their peel (though you have to wait for them to "defrost" before being able to break them up). They'll turn black on the outside when they're frozen, but they're still good. The easiest way to freeze them is just break them into chunks when they're ripe and store them in a freezer in a plastic bag or Tupperware.

Recipe courtesy of Compassionate Cooks, LLC.

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