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Simply Smoothies and Cookbook Review

What do you eat for breakfast? Granola? Scrambled eggs? Oatmeal? Nothing? I’m going to argue that smoothies are the easiest and most nutritious way to start your day. In our kitchen, mornings mean blender front and center–simply smoothies.

Berry Blue Simply Smoothies

Robbie starts his smoothie by pouring milk, almond or soy, into the blender; mine begin with a cup of water. We both add a banana and another fresh fruit, depending on what’s in season or on sale; half of a pear or mango. We blend in chia seeds, and if there’s kale or parsley in the fridge—oh why not—in goes the green. Frozen berries color the whole concoction beautiful drinkable blue.

Our smoothies are simple and easy, and though they’ve evolved over the years, they don’t vary much from the old groove. I am trying to get more protein in the mornings and this year started adding a high quality vegan protein powder or almond butter, or sunflower seeds.

Horchata Simply Smoothies

Lately we’ve been stepping out of our usual smoothies routine, inspired by a new cookbook by fellow Utah blogger Deborah Harroun of Taste and Tell. It’s titled Best 100 Smoothies for Kids: Incredibly Nutritious and Totally Delicious No-Sugar-Added Smoothies for Any Time of Day.

The smoothies in Best 100 are definitely not just for kids. Kids at heart–everyone who enjoys nutritious and delicious smoothies–will discover tons of ideas for easy-to-make smoothies. I’d say 75% of recipes can be blended for breakfast; others, like the Watermelon Coconut Water, I’d drink as a pick-me-up later in the day.

Berry Beet Simply Smoothies

Some of the smoothies are juice-based, like pomegranate, carrot, apple, or orange, which means about 30 extra grams of sugar. I steered away from those, choosing to sample five recipes with milk as the liquid. Most of them begin with non-dairy beverages like almond, coconut or rice milk; if the recipe called for dairy milk, I swapped in vegan unsweetened almond milk.

The smoothie recipe in this post, Berry Blue, reminds me of a blackberry milkshake. Blueberries and blackberries turn it vivid midnight purple, plus it’s thick enough to eat with a spoon. Rolled oats and frozen underripe bananas bring in texture and subtle sweetening, and because the bananas aren’t completely ripe, the banana flavor doesn’t dominate.

Vanilla Honey Nut Simply Smoothies

Every smoothie in the book sounds delicious, and the ones I tried are incredibly so. I love Berry Beet’s color and equally bright flavor. Pastel pink Kiwi Strawberry is a smoothie marriage made in heaven. Vanilla Honey Nut—I swear it tastes like a vanilla malted! Horchata smoothie takes its cue from the Mexican rice drink, but this is easier to make and not nearly as sweet—perfect.

Need even more smoothie ideas? Check out my Pinterest Drinks and Bevs Good For You board. I share other blogger’s smoothie recipes on my Facebook page too. On my blog: Triple Berry Kale Smoothie.

My friend Chef Gwen at Pen and Fork blog documents her gourmet vanilla yogurt smoothies just for fun. She has created 331 different flavors so far; her latest is strawberry + pink peppercorn + lime. Check them out on her Facebook page or on Flicker.

Drink your breakfast! Simply smoothies…

Best 100 Smoothies book-Simply Smoothies

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Simply Smoothies from Best 100 Smoothies for Kids
Berry Blue Smoothie
From the cookbook Best 100 Smoothies for KIds, this filling smoothie is packed with antioxidants. Blackberries and blueberries are readily available, but if you are lucky enough to get your hands on other purple or blue berries like huckleberries, boysenberries, or marionberries, feel free to throw some of those in as well.
  • 2 ¼ cups milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 ½ frozen underripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup frozen blackberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  1. Pour the milk into a blender. Slice the bananas and add them to the milk.
  2. Add the blackberries, blueberries, and oats. Blend until smooth.
Recipe Notes
Recipe © 2015 by Deborah Harroun and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press


  • Teri Thomas

    Our family is in a blueberry, coconut milk, kale smoothie rut. I’m thrilled to to be inspired to try some of these unusual combos. Oats? Wow. See ya on Pinterest! Reply · 12 May, 2015

    • Letty

      Glad you like the ideas. Oats thickened the smoothie a bit. Reply · 12 May, 2015

  • Thank you so much, Letty – I’m so glad you have been enjoying the book!! You’ve made some of my favorites here. Thanks so much for sharing!! Reply · 13 May, 2015

    • Letty

      Especially the Berry Beet–absolutely delicious. And you said it was your favorite–I second that. Reply · 13 May, 2015

    • Letty

      My pleasure Deborah! Reply · 15 May, 2015

  • I typically eat a smoothie for breakfast that’s not smooth. In other words I eat fruit, because I’m not yet awake enough to be trusted with power tools (a blender is a power tool, right?) GREG Reply · 15 May, 2015

    • Letty

      Greg–years ago I started my day with a glass of right-then-and-there-freshly-squeezed orange juice. Loved it–but a nutritionist suggested that was a huge sugar jolt and to at least eat a handful of nuts too. Now my breakfast smoothies include protein, be it a spoonful of almond butter or a scoop of protein powder, or a dose of full fat plain yogurt.
      Isn’t a coffee maker a power tool? And an electric teapot? Reply · 15 May, 2015

  • I start my day with a smoothie but I love the look of the Vanilla honey nut. Maybe for dessert!! Reply · 16 May, 2015

    • Letty

      Thanks Tammy. The vanilla honey nut is better for mid-afternoon than breakfast. But it’s so delish you could convert someone to a smoothie habit. Reply · 21 May, 2015

  • Diane

    Thanks to you Letty, I have decided to buy a vita-mix. Reply · 17 May, 2015

  • This looks like a great book! All of those smoothies that you featured sound awesome. I especially love the watermelon coconut water. I could eat smoothies all day if I had that book sitting on the counter. Thanks Letty! Reply · 20 May, 2015

    • Letty

      Thanks MJ! You’re right–I continue to work my way through the book–and it is a good one. Reply · 21 May, 2015

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