If your mornings are super busy and you need a one-handed breakfast, like a smoothie, you’ve gotta try this blackberry strawberry banana smoothie. It’s packed with antioxidants, fiber and a perfect balance of macronutrients to keep you full all morning. And this berry banana flavor combo? So good!
Why you’ll love this smoothie
- Packed with disease-fighting antioxidants and fiber from blackberries and strawberries (1,2)
- Simple ingredients you probably have on hand
- Perfectly balanced with protein, fiber, carbohydrates and healthy fats to keep you full
- Quick, one-handed breakfast for busy mornings
This blackberry strawberry banana smoothie is sweet, creamy and truly feels like a treat! It’s an easy breakfast for sure, but could also work as a quick lunch or snack too.
Blackberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie Ingredients
Frozen or fresh fruit
This smoothie recipe calls for strawberries, blackberries and bananas. Keep in mind that frozen fruit will make the smoothie thicker, while fresh fruit will thin the smoothie out a bit. You can use all fresh, all frozen, or a combination of both!
Plain Greek yogurt adds plenty of protein and tang that goes perfectly with the sweetness of the berries. You can also choose a low-sugar or no-sugar vanilla yogurt and skip the added honey!
Use whatever milk you prefer here. Cow’s milk and protein-fortified plant-based milk will up the protein content of the smoothie (making it more satisfying), so keep that in mind if you choose a lower protein plant-based milk.
I used almond butter here, but any nut or seed butter would work perfectly! Peanut butter, cashew butter, and sunflower seed butter are all delicious, healthy fat options.
I like to add just a little bit of added honey, but you can skip this if you prefer a lower-sugar smoothie (it’s still pretty sweet from the fruit alone!). You can also use maple syrup or regular sugar here.
How to make smoothies more filling
Have you ever had a smoothie and felt yourself reaching for a snack 30 minutes later? Use this formula to make a balanced, hunger-fighting smoothie every single time.
- Choose 1-2 cups of fresh or frozen fruit.
- Add at least 15g of protein (everyone is different, but this is a good place to start!). Examples include Greek yogurt, protein powder, cottage cheese, or silken tofu.
- Add 1 cup of milk of your choice. You can use cow’s milk or any plant-based milks that you like. Many plant-based milks are low protein, so that’s something to be mindful of. Choosing cow’s milk or a protein-fortified plant-based milk can help bump up the protein.
- Add a fat source! Great examples include 1 tbsp of nut butter, 1/2 cup avocado, 1 oz of nuts and seeds like almond butter, 1 tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds.
Is a smoothie a meal?
It can be, yes! When you’re replacing an entire meal with a smoothie, just be sure to treat it like a complete, balanced meal. It should have the same amount of calories and nutrients that a normal meal would have.
The biggest mistake I see made with frozen fruit smoothies is that they’re simply not enough food. If you make a fruit smoothie with no protein and no fat, you’re going to be hungry! Build a smoothie the same way you would build a balanced meal: protein, carbohydrates (fiber), and color!
Blackberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie variations
Turn it into a berry smoothie bowl
Pour your blended smoothie into a bowl and top with fresh berries. Smoothie bowl topping ideas include: fresh fruit, drizzle of nut butter, chia seeds, chopped nuts, granola, chocolate chips.. the possibilities are endless!
Swap the protein
Not a Greek yogurt fan? You can swap the Greek yogurt for cottage cheese (I swear, it works in smoothies!), protein powder, or silken tofu. You may need to adjust the amount of liquid needed, especially if you use protein powder.
Make it plant-based
Use plant-based protein powder., silken tofu, and protein-fortified plant-based milk instead of Greek yogurt.
Add even more fiber and nutrients
- Add a tablespoon of chia seeds or flax seeds for a fiber and healthy fat boost.
- Add 1/2-1 cup of frozen/fresh spinach or kale, or frozen riced cauliflower for even more vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.
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Need more easy breakfast ideas? Give my blueberry cheesecake overnight oats a go!
- 1/2 cup blackberries fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup strawberries fresh or frozen
- 1/2 banana fresh or frozen
- 1 tbsp almond butter swap for any nut butter you enjoy
- 1/2 tbsp honey If you use a sweetened yogurt, you may choose to skip the sweetener!
- 5 oz Greek yogurt Choose a low-sugar vanilla option for some extra flavor!
- 1/3 cup milk
- Add ingredients from the bottom up and blend!