Making a Berry Smoothie for my kids is a big part of our family’s routine. Now that my daughter wears braces, making berry smoothies recipes comes in handy after a (painful) visit to the orthodontist.
I also like making berry smoothies since they’re an easy way to get in a serving of fruit or vegetables into our diets. Plus, we can drink them on the go during our busy mornings or in the afternoons on the way to a sports meet.
Why I like adding protein powder to berry smoothie recipes
My son wrestles, so a berry smoothie with protein powder is part of his healthy eating routine and helps him stay in his weight class.
I like adding protein powders to berry smoothies, because the added protein makes smoothies more satisfying and staves off hunger between meals.
However, many of the protein powders on the market are whey based. I have a food sensitivity to whey, so I can’t use whey based protein powders since they give me a tummy ache.
My kids can tolerate whey just fine, but that means I buy a protein powder for them and another kind for me. Not very convenient.
What type of protein powder is best for berry smoothies?
People who are vegan don’t want whey-based protein powders since they don’t eat protein from animal sources. Usually they’re stuck with vegan protein powders that are soy based. However, some folks have concerns about soy and want an alternative.
That’s why I like Orgain Organic Protein Powder since it’s made from plant-based proteins like brown rice, hemp, chia, and pea. Orgain is made from organic plant sources and gluten free. There’s no dairy, soy, lactose in Orgain products, and it’s non-GMO.
Orgain Organic Protein Powder is smooth, not at all gritty, and has a delicious flavor that both my kids and I like.
You won’t have to add any extra sweetener to your Berry Smoothie, because Orgain is sweetened with stevia and monkfruit. Best of all, 2 scoops of Orgain Powder has 21 grams of protein and 5 grams of organic fiber!
This Mama’s tips for making a berry smoothies recipe
I love using frozen berries in smoothies. Not only are they available year round, they’re so easy to use since they’re already washed and prepared. If you have lovely fresh berries on hand, add a handful of ice cubes to thicken your berries smoothie.
You’ll also need a high powered blender to blend the frozen berries or ice cubes. If you make a lot of smoothie recipes, it’s worth buying one. (I have a Blendtec and love it! When my kids broke it, the company replaced the jar for free. )
I used Sweet Vanilla Bean Orgain Organic Protein Powder in my berry smoothies recipe. Orgain also makes Creamy Chocolate Fudge and Berry Flavor. Haven’t tried the berry one, but the chocolate fudge is a family favorite!
Finally, to keep this berries smoothie recipe vegan and dairy free, I used unsweetened coconut milk. You can use lite coconut milk from a can or your favorite unsweetened coconut milk from the refrigerator section of the grocery store.
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 scoops Orgain Organic Protein Powder
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Cover.
- Pulse on high until frothy. Serve in a tall glass with a straw or on the go in a blender bottle.
- Serving size: 1/2 of recipe or 1
Originally posted on September 21, 2015. Updated with new information and pictures.