Banana Berry Smoothie

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I love fruits and vegetables but I have to admit, I have a hard time getting my daily allowance for a multitude of reasons - eating on the run, no time for frequent trips to the grocery store to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, and last but certainly not least, laziness (it seems to me that it takes much more effort to incorporate these nutritional powerhouses into my diet).  No more excuses! I'm approximately 3 weeks into 2013 and I've decided that this will be the year that I focus on eating healthier.  So, this weekend, I went out and bought a Vitamix blender. By the way, kitchen gadgets are my favorite thing to shop for so I'll use any excuse to purchase a new one. If you don't have a Vitamix, I would highly recommend it.  I've only had it for two days but I can tell that it's a love affair in the making.  
 
Here is the first in a series of healthy smoothie recipes that I'll be posting.  This banana berry smoothie is loaded with antioxidants and good way to start your day.
 
Adapted from Martha Stewart at marthastewart.com 
 
 
Makes 2 servings
 




Ingredients

  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries or raspberries
 




Instrucitons

 
Step 1: Combine (in the order listed) yogurt, banana, blueberries, and strawberries  (or raspberries) in a Vitamix and secure lid. Select Variable 1.
 
Step 2: Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into two glasses; serve immediately.
 




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