Easy no added sugar raspberry smoothie

 
Easy no added sugar raspberry smoothie
 

Easy no added sugar raspberry smoothie

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The weather is FINALLY starting to warm back up which means it’s the perfect time for smoothies! This easy no added sugar raspberry smoothie is simple, easy, and a great way to get your kids in the kitchen. And on those hot summer nights, when you really don’t want to turn on the oven or stovetop, smoothies are a great addition to dinner. They don’t have to be saved just for breakfast!

My own girls (ages 4 and 5) love getting to throw their favorites into the blender and “push the button on”! We may have to take turns on that one because apparently it’s quite the honor to push the button, but anyways…

 
Easy no added sugar raspberry smoothie
 

And the great thing about smoothies is that while you can follow a recipe, you don’t necessarily have to. Just throwing some of your favorite fruits and veggies into the blender with a liquid of your choice and maybe some yogurt or nut butter, makes for a great smoothie.

Lately, my girls have been REALLY into adding frozen raspberries to their smoothies. And I wish it was because they love to listen to mommy’s ideas and recommendations, but no… it’s because they saw an episode on their favorite YouTube channel, Blippi, all about frozen raspberries and now they’re obsessed.

 
Easy no added sugar raspberry smoothie
 

In the video, Blippi makes a super simple frozen raspberry smoothie, and my girls now have it memorized by heart and ask for the same ingredients every time (scroll down to the bottom of this post for the recipe we came up with based on the video).

But I also love that the video shows them exactly where the frozen raspberries came from. He walks the kids through the farm, shows them how they’re harvested and then immediately frozen, and then how they eventually make it to the freezer section at our local grocery store.

Once they saw the episode, they immediately asked if we could buy frozen raspberries next time we were at the store. I obviously said yes. So the next time we were at the store and in the frozen section, my youngest (then about 3 1/2) exclaims quite loudly, “Look mommy! Blippi brought the frozen raspberries here!!” Anyone in earshot got a good laugh!

 
Easy no added sugar raspberry smoothie
 

Some other things I love about frozen raspberries for my girls (and myself) include:

  • They have about 80 calories/cup. 

  • Compared to other berries, frozen raspberries are one of the lowest in natural sugar.

  • They're an excellent source of Vitamin C! 

  • Frozen raspberries are frozen when they're really ripe... this keeps all the nutrients they have in tact.

  • Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber. Eating fiber helps make you feel full faster. 

  • Frozen raspberries are easy to use and are available  all year!

  • Using frozen raspberries may help you waste less food.

  • Frozen raspberries are naturally sweet!

Frozen raspberries grow until they’re completely ripe. Then, they’re frozen really quickly. This helps them taste their best and saves most of their nutrients.  They’re sweet and tart, and taste good in a lot of different recipes! You can add frozen raspberries to smoothies, yogurt, and even as toppings on toast. (You guys know how I love my toast!)

And they may even help you waste less food. You can take as many as you need or want from the bag and then close it back up and place what’s left in the freezer, and you don’t have to worry about spoilage happening quickly like you do with fresh produce.

In addition to smoothies, you can use frozen raspberries in:

  • Homemade jam

  • Yogurt bowls

  • Fruit pizza

  • Naturally red desserts

  • Toast toppings

  • Pancakes and waffles

  • Oatmeal

  • Frozen ice cubes (for flavoring water and other beverages)

  • Muffins

  • Raspberry sauce

  • Salad dressing

  • Popsicles


 
Easy no added sugar raspberry smoothie
 

Easy no added sugar raspberry smoothie

Yield: 1 adult serving or 2 kid servings

If this smoothie is going to be a snack, we just use:

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 banana (fresh or frozen)

3/4 cup whole milk

And, if it’s going to be a meal or part of a meal, we also add in:

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2 Tbsp nut butter (no added sugar)

1-2 Tbsp seeds (chia, flax, pumpkin, etc. whatever we have on hand)

Add all of your ingredients to a high powered blender or food processor and blend for 30-45 seconds. Pour into glasses and enjoy!!

 
Easy no added sugar raspberry smoothie