We’ve been spending lots of time in our garden this summer. If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ve been seeing lots of green and a variety of colored, lush bounty. This is our first year as urban farmers, and we’re having so much fun! And with all the fresh, organic produce filling our freezer and refrigerator, I’ve been making more smoothie concoctions than I ever thought possible. (Cucumbers in a smoothie? Yum!)
We planted and have grown a number of berries, including blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. In the field behind our home, blackberries grow wild along the treelines on either side, and it’s been a longstanding tradition for us to gather them in mass, filling the freezer with bags of dark purple. Last year, I was baking pies mostly with these beautiful berries, but this year, I’m focusing on making cool, refreshing drinks with them instead.
With four different types of berries in my freezer, the decision was simple – use them all! And the combination of these four berries with almond milk is a treat not to be missed. This smoothie has a strong fruity flavor not overpowered by the inclusion of almond milk. I’ve found in other smoothies I’ve sipped that the flavor of the fruit is overpowered by the creaminess of the milk included, making it more like a milkshake than a smoothie.
In this smoothie, however, it’s all about the fruit.
Aside from creating fun drinks from my seemingly endless stream of berries, I like making my own smoothies because I get to control the amount of sugar in them. When you drop by your favorite cafe to get a cool smoothie, you’re likely taking in more than 30 grams of added sugar. However, when you make your own, you get to make that decision for yourself. Personally, I enjoy my smoothies with just a bit of honey and allowing the fruit to add the rest of the sweetness. Fruit is naturally sweet, and I like it served that way.
Whether you get your fruit from the garden, the farmer’s market, or the grocery, I highly recommend organic produce. My argument doesn’t center around pesticides or health. I make this statement purely on the basis of taste. Organic fruit just tastes better. Try a conventionally grown strawberry and an organic strawberry. That’s all the proof you need of what adds up to a better, sweeter berry. And this smoothie is far more flavorful and sweet with organic fruit. You’ll need far less sweetener when you opt for organic.
Enjoy my berry bounty smoothies for two – a sweet and refreshing celebration of the four best summer berries all in one glass!
Berry Bounty Smoothies
Makes two smoothies
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen blackberries
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 cup chilled almond milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Combine all the ingredients in your blender. Pulse until fully combined and smooth. Use a spatula to redistribute the mixture as necessary for a perfect blend.
- Serve in chilled glasses with a straw and a smile.