Simple Summer Superfood Smoothie

Written by: Chef Cary Neff on June 1, 2017


Enjoy This Refreshing and Healthy Summer Smoothie

Simple Summer Superfood Smoothie

June’s superfood is berries! The healthy snacking possibilities with berries are endless and you can find them being featured in our menus including a Very Berry Chicken Salad and Strawberry Cutie Pies across our cafes all month long. Use berries at home whether you’re trying to jumpstart your morning with freshness or remove added sugar from your afternoon routine for an energy boost, this super simple berry smoothie from Chef Cary Neff will keep you cool all summer and leave you feeling satisfied without weighing you down.

Merry Berry Smoothie Recipe
Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

1 cup vanilla fat free Greek yogurt

½ cup orange juice

¼ cup frozen blueberries

¼ cup frozen strawberries

¼ cup frozen blackberries

Instructions

Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.

Serving size: 8oz
Calories 87 | Protein 4g | Total Fat 0g | Saturated Fat 0g | Carbs 17g | Dietary Fiber 2g |
Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 16mg

Nutrition Highlights

  • Avoid using canned fruit that is packed in heavy syrup; fresh or frozen fresh fruit is best.
  • Greek yogurt contains less sodium and higher protein than its regular yogurt counterpart.
  • Berries are a great source of fiber.
  • One cup of blueberries provides 1/3 of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C, 4g of fiber and only 80 calories.
  • Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries contain dozens of antioxidants, which help prevent “rusting” or oxidative processes in the body.

Chef Tips

  • Freeze fresh fruit in ¼ cup servings (use a snack-sized bag) for easy portion control and blending.
  • Frozen bagged fruit can easily be substituted for fresh fruit.
  • Stock up on berries during the summer season and freeze them to enjoy berries year round.

About the Author

Chef Cary Neff
MHC Culinary Team Lead

Cary Neff leads the Morrison culinary team as the Vice President of Corporate Culinary Services and is charged with redefining the company’s food experience in more than 700 hospitals and healthcare systems across the U.S. Chef Neff is also the creator of the trendsetting food style of “Conscious Cuisine®” and the author of the New York Times best-selling cookbook “Conscious Cuisine in the Kitchen with Chef Cary Neff.” Chef Neff has been noted for his leadership in revolutionizing healthy cooking. His concept is based on the idea that nutritious food can be exciting and flavorful by recreating the center of the plate with whole sustainable grains, fresh seasonal vegetables that are consciously selected for their flavor and nutritional value.