Straw and Rasp Berry Smoothie

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Smoothies are one of the easiest and fastest ways to get a healthy dose of vitamins in. Smoothies can be made with any type of milk (my favorite is almond milk), juice, or even just plain water. I love adding fresh and frozen fruits like berries, bananas, peaches, and pineapple. For a regular smoothie use fresh fruit. If you want a smoothie that is more like an ice-cream use frozen fruits. To add more health benefits try adding in some vegetables as well! Some of my favorite vegetables to add are fresh spinach and kale. For this recipe I kept it really simple and will add other recipes as I make them. What are some additional food items you can add? Maple syrup, honey, freshly squeezed lemon or lime, almond or peanut butter, cocoa, or flax seed oil for example.

When you make fruit smoothies, you may not even need to add sweetener because the fruit is enough as it is. If you do prefer to add some sweetener, start with smaller amounts and work your way up to your preference. I like my smoothies to have as little sweetener as possible. I love to make smoothies for breakfast, snack, or even for dessert!

Makes about 2 servings

Preparation time 5-10 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups almond milk

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Preparation:

In your blender, combine all the ingredients. There is no specific order that you have to add the ingredients. Just throw it all into the blender, put on the lid, blend on high until fully blended, and you’re ready to go! If the frozen fruit gets stuck in the blender and nothing is moving, simply turn off the blender (for your own safety!), stir the ingredients with a spoon, put the blender lid back on, and turn the blender back on again. Depending on how good your blender is you may need to stir it a few times before it is totally done and smooth. Drink right away.