Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Berrynana Smoothie

Raspberry, Banana and Dates smoothie 
My version

Summer's hiking to its peak.. In the middle of summer, who wouldn't crave for a glass of anything chill to quench their thirst and boost their energy.. and what if it is super delish? :) Sounds appetizing, doesn't it?? It definitely is! Don't be puzzled.. there's no word called 'Berrynana'! ;) 

Charge yourself with this power packed, flavorful and healthy smoothie. Just the right thing for this summer.. This is an extremely simple smoothie, made with frozen raspberries, bananas and dates. If raspberries aren't available in your location, you could also use strawberries. Make sure its ripe and sweet though.

Let me borrow some of my mom's health benefits tips she enlightens us with, for this recipe :) Bananas are a great base for any smoothie, giving it a thick and creamy texture. At the same time, they are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamins B6, C and antioxidants. Raspberries!! Need I say more about it's amazing flavor and tang! In this part of the world I live in, getting fresh yield raspberries is impossible. Imported fresh packs are available, very expensive though. But, for smoothies, I prefer having the frozen pack stocked in my freezer. Have read that raspberries are a good source of antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, vitamin C, folic acid, iron etc. and have anti-inflammatory properties.

I try avoiding sugar.. not 'coz of the health risks though ;) Let me be honest, I live more on ice-creams than I do on regular meals! :D Ice-creams are a weakness for me, especially during summers. Ah! I do that and make up for that by skipping sugar in juices and smoothies. I know there's no point! :D All my smoothies are naturally sweetened. Most often its either dates or honey. Trust me, the combination of Raspberries, bananas and dates is simply mind-blowing! It gives you the punch you need for the summers. Other than sugar, dates are a great source of energy and fiber, essential minerals, iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, zinc etc. It also contains vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.

If you don't want milk, you could very well avoid it. Maybe you could substitute that with soy milk or almond milk or just add water. Choice is yours.

To serve two :

Ingredients :


2 nos.

Frozen Raspberries

A handful

(If you are using Strawberry)

A handful


3-4 nos. Seeded.


As you prefer


1 cup

Preparation Method :

Blend everything together well. 

Make sure you add water checking the consistency. Smoothies are thick and creamy. So be sure not to add too much water and ruin the drink. 

You could spoon out a little and taste before you pour out into a glass. Add more dates for extra sweetness.

Hope you enjoy this refreshing smoothie! :)