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    Banana Berry Bliss Smoothie

    Banana Berry Bliss Smoothie

    I missed Monday’s usual recipe, so today I want to bring you something fun and yummy! I’ve yet to post any drink recipes, so I thought it was about time to wet your whiskers! 

    Banana Berry Bliss Smoothie

    I was never a smoothie person. As a self-declared foodie, I enjoy all aspects of eating something. It’s not just about nourishment but there’s a whole experience that comes when eating food for us: the look, the smell, the crunch, the chew, the contrasting flavors, the complexities…yes, this is all possible in ONE bite! So the idea of DRINKING my meal was never really appealing to me. I always felt that if I didn’t CHEW something, did it really qualify as a MEAL?! 

    Since doing the 8 Week Challenge, I’ve totally changed my mind about smoothies! I absolutely love them and I would say almost half of my breakfasts during the week are various kinds of smoothies! My parents were so amazingly generous and gifted us with a Blendtec! If you’ve never heard of them, now you have! They do cost a bit, but worth every penny! This is the best blender on the market right now with the toughest blade and top notch motor, you won’t find another like it. It not only blends crazy good, it also MAKES soup and ice cream! That’s right, both boiling and freezing! Can your blender do that?! And as always, you can shop the pictures below! Absolutely incredible all the things it can do! Anyways, back to breakfast smoothies, using the Blendtec, we get breakfast made in literally less than one minute! And it’s so tasty and quite honestly, it satisfies all my greatest foodie desires in one drink!

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    So this morning I wanted to share with you our own smoothie blend called Banana Berry Bliss! I will put the recipe below for you to pin, print or add to your recipe manager! But I wanted to give you a few smoothie tips we’ve come to discover that will take your smoothie to a whole other level!

    1. Dates
    This is a magic trick we discovered that help sweeten your smoothies without adding refined sugar. We get the Parnoosh Honey Pitted Dates that can be found in the produce section and add about 3-4 per smoothie batch we make. Really makes a difference!

    2. Kale
    Let’s talk greens and not just any greens! If you’ve been using spinach in your smoothies to get your superfood greens, try switching it out for kale instead. I found that with spinach, it would sometimes give my smoothie a bit of a murky/muddy taste to it (no thank you!). But with kale, it almost gives it a chocolate taste! Ha! Ok my hubby doesn’t taste the chocolate, but for whatever reason, I DO! And it’s delicious! 

    3. Superseeds
    Say what now?! Yes, superseeds! If you don’t know, now you know! Get them, eat them, love them! My go-to for smoothies are chia seeds but we also add in flaxseeds and hemp hearts as well. This is the perfect way to get all those added nutrients your body needs including omega fatty acids, fibre and antioxidants! 

    Banana Berry Bliss Smoothie

    Banana Berry Bliss Smoothie
    Serves 2
    A quick and healthy way to start your day with this perfectly sweet and delicious smoothie!
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    Ingredients
    1. 1 cup almond milk
    2. 3-4 pitted dates
    3. 1/3 cup plain yogurt
    4. 2-3 tbsp chia seeds (or any other seed of choice)
    5. 1 cup frozen strawberries
    6. 1/2 frozen blueberries
    7. 1 banana
    8. 3 kale leaves, deveined
    Instructions
    1. Place almond milk and dates in the blender and blend until well combined.
    2. Add in remaining ingredients. Use smoothie setting on blender (if there is one) otherwise blend for roughly 45 seconds to 1 minute or until well combined.
    3. Serve and enjoy immediately!
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    I hope you enjoy this mouth watering smoothie as much as we do! Even my kids go nuts for it! What is your favorite smoothie to make? Leave us your answers in the comments below!

    Love & Blessings,

    CMartin-Sign

     

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    48 Comments

  • Reply Courtney @ What's Up with the Wilhelms April 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    This looks so delicious! I am pinning for later, thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Christine April 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks love! Hope you enjoy it! xox

  • Reply Ryan @ Loved and Lovely April 29, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Ummm…. this looks AMAZING! Like, really, really good. I’ve been wanting a new blender, as the one we have is the cheapest thing ever, and smoothies are a pain. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Christine April 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Ryan! This blender is a bit of a life changer, as it should be for the price! Start saving those pennies! Thanks for visiting! xox

  • Reply Brooke Knipp April 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    1. I’m jealous of your blender. There I said it.
    2. We LOVE smoothies at our house!
    3. THANK YOU for the dates tip–I didn’t know about that before. I generally use honey, but it’s tricky because it hardens up once it hits the cold smoothie. Definitely going to try the dates.
    🙂 🙂

    • Reply Christine April 29, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Haha Brooke! I was jealous of my friends until I finally got one! And you’re welcome! We’ve also tried honey…but with these honey dates, you kinda get best of both worlds! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Olivia Schwab April 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    This looks incredible! I’m for sure going to have to make this recipe soon! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    • Reply Christine April 29, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Olivia! I hope you enjoy it! xox

  • Reply Chelsea April 29, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Looks sooo good. I need to incorporate Kale into more things. I’ve only ever tried it once making Kale chips and it was a big Kale fail.

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 10:58 am

      I’ve never tried Kale chips, although I’ve always wanted to. But in a smoothie, it’s an easy way to stuff it in and get in those added nutrients! Thanks for stopping by love! xox

  • Reply brittany April 29, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    This looks so good! I make an arbonne protein smoothie every morning with almond milk, spinach leaves, flax seeds, and pbfit! Love it!

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 10:58 am

      Sounds delicious! Thanks for stopping by Brittany! xox

  • Reply Heather @ The Nerdy Fox April 29, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I’m saving this.. it looks so yummy!

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Heather! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Katelyn April 29, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I love love love smoothies!! So happy to find a new recipe. Love the idea of using dates!

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Let me know how you like it Katelyn! xox

  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors April 29, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    All my favorite things in one smoothie – you can’t start the day much better than this!!

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Right?! Thanks for stopping by Sam! xox

  • Reply Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy April 29, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Your smoothie looks delicious! I enjoy Almond Milk, esp the sugar free version, and all of the fruits in your recipe, but I just can’t get use to Kale. I tried it in a juicer last year and just did not like it at all.

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

      I should go back and specify that I use the unsweetened almond milk as well! And have you tried Kale in a smoothie? I’m thinking I wouldn’t like it either with juicing…but it honestly doesn’t have much taste in the smoothie. Thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Tina April 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I haven’t had a drink for breakfast since high school (and I don’t want to tell you how long ago that was!). But gee, this looks FABULOUS!! Maybe you’re going to teach this old dog a new trick!

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Ha! Love it Tina! Like I wrote, I wasn’t a smoothie fan either but recently, it’s been fabulous! Thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Denise April 29, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Oh my goah! This looks so yummy. I am saving this one.

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Thank you lovely! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Shonda April 29, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    This looks amazing. I wish I had the patience to make my own smoothies. I usually just run down to Juice Heroes for my fix.

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

      This takes ONE minute with the Blendtec! You can do it girl!! xox

  • Reply Scarlett April 29, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Looks so yummy – I just wish someone would come over and make it for me.

    I love your website also. Very pretty home page.

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Awe thank you Scarlett! I really appreciate that! And thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Angie April 29, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    LOVE Smoothies! Thanks for the point about dates! I forget what a great addition they would be!!

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

      A little added, natural sweetness! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Jennifer Fuller April 30, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I’m a huge smoothie fan and these look delicious!

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Thanks Jennifer! Hope you love it! Thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply jessica April 30, 2015 at 7:45 am

    That looks so delicious! I normally am not a sweets person, but I sure do love a good smoothie. I definitely need to try this! Thanks Christine for sharing.

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

      You do Jessica! it’s so good and not too sweet! xox

  • Reply Scott April 30, 2015 at 9:44 am

    This is the time of year my body craves smoothies like this. Yours looks fantastic!

    • Reply Christine April 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Agreed! Thanks Scott!

  • Reply K. Lee Banks April 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe – I love smoothies! I have a favorite morning one that I make with oats, banana, peanut butter, almond milk, and flax-chia seeds.

    I’ve never thought of adding dates, because they are not a favorite of mine – maybe blended up, I wouldn’t really notice!

    • Reply Christine May 1, 2015 at 10:22 am

      That combination sounds delicious! I will have to try it too! And I don’t find you notice the dates, as long as you blend them first. Just adds a nice subtle sweetness! Thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Leighann April 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Looks yummy! I like to have these types of smoothies with my eggs after a workout. It helps keep me full to sip it throughout the morning. I never thought of adding dates. I’ll have to try it.

    • Reply Christine May 1, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Good idea to have it alongside eggs…would keep you fuller for longer I bet! Try the dates…it’s great! xox

  • Reply M from The Stay-at-Home Life April 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I love smoothies, it’s a great way to sneak in extra veggies.

    • Reply Christine May 1, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Michelle Hwee April 30, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Yumm! This looks so good. I love the fresh ingredients used and how easy it is to make! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Christine May 1, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Absolutely! Enjoy Michelle! xox

  • Reply Lauren White May 1, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    This sounds really good! My husband and I love smoothies but he always insists on adding tons of extra sugar. I always explain to him that he shouldn’t even bother making one then and that the point is to be healthy! LOL! This sounds so tasty though! I’d love to make in the morning and sip on my way to work!

    • Reply Christine May 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Ha! Ya, kinda defeats the purpose a little bit! Have you tried Stevia? It’s a natural sugar substitute and it tastes great! Maybe that would satisfy the sweet tooth more than a few dates would! xox

  • Reply Miranda (Myrabev) May 3, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Looks so yummy and so deliciously refreshing. I am yet to make that one smoothie that stands out for me so will definitely try this one out.

    • Reply Christine May 3, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Let me know how you like it! Thanks for stopping by! xox

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