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You don’t need to read this blog to know it’s hot out these days, but that said, what can you do about it? Well, you can’t change the weather, that’s for sure, but you can make it just a wee bit more enjoyable. How? Excellent, summer berry smoothies! Utilizing freshly-frozen berries from one of the best vendors in the Northwest, Columbia Fruit, below are two different smoothie recipes that are sure to not only help cool you down but also serve the holy grail role of being “super tasty and firmly healthy,” all at the same time. Enjoy!
 

Smoothie #1: Berry Orange Dream

This smoothie is one of my very favorites and a frequent “go to.” This concoction reminds of a blend between an orange dreamsicle and berry flavor. You can’t go wrong here!
 

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This is my favorite smoothie of all-time. And while this recipe doesn’t call for bananas, they just look great on top! Image Courtesy: BettyCrocker.com

 

Ingredients:
2 Cups of “Summer Berry Blend” from Columbia Fruit – link here
1 1/2 Cups of orange juice (pulp aspect doesn’t matter)
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup of lowfat vanilla yogurt – link here
1 tablespoon ground flax seed (optional, but adds nice texture)
1 tablespoon honey (optional, but sweetens things a bit more)
1/4 cup of protein powder (optional, if you’re working out)
3/4 Cup of ice cubes
 
Smoothie Instructions:

Doesn’t get much easier than this. Simply put all of the above items into a covered blender and hit the “smoothie” button if its available. Puree works fine as well. Blend to your desired consistency (test with a spoon or straw). Enjoy!
 

Smoothie #2: Berry Banana Surprise

The blend between berries and bananas is a natural and tasty one. Here’s a great smoothie recipe that utilizes this perfect marriage. FYI, the results from this recipe are more for one serving (vs. the 1.5 to 2 servings in the first recipe). Enjoy once again!
 

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Doesn’t this smoothie just look incredible? Adding a few frozen berries from your Summer Berry Blend bag doesn’t hurt the look or the taste! Image Courtesy: Unsplash.com and Francesca Hotchin

 
Ingredients:
1 Cup of “Summer Berry Blend” from Columbia Fruit – link here
1 Frozen ripe banana
1/2 Cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt – link here
1/4 Cup of orange juice
1 Teaspoon of honey (optional)
 
Smoothie Instructions:
Uh, yes, once again, the instruction are beyond simple. Just put everything into your blender and press the “smoothie” button (or puree if that’s not an option). Blend to your desired consistency.
 
For more information on the Colubmia Fruit brand mentioned in this blog article, check them out here!
Tillamook Cheese’s low-fat Vanilla Yogurt also makes the ingredient list in both of the above recipes, check them out here!
 

AUTHOR: Dan Meyers