Raspberry Smoothie Recipes - Nourishing, Neutralizing and Detoxifying

raspberry smoothie

Raspberries are one of summer’s great delights and one of my favorite fruits.  I always look forward to berry season.  It means bowls of sweet, juicy, fresh raspberries.  If you have never considered adding them to smoothies then please do so.  With a milder flavor than say blueberries, and a bit more sharpness than strawberries, they complement almost any other fruit.  They will add a sweet tang to any raspberry smoothie, without the need for any further sweetening.

And because they are high in fiber and low in sugar, they are great for weight loss.

Raspberries offer an abundance of health benefits.  They are rich in vitamin C, (one cup will give you half of your daily recommended allowance), and also contain vitamin A and vitamin E..  High in fiber and low in sugar, they are great for helping with weight loss.

Raspberries have one of the most diverse range of phytonutrients of almost any other fruit, from anthocyanins, flavonols, tannins and ellagic acid. These phytonutrients not only have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, but are in significant enough quantities to protect us against oxidative stress and the dangers of excessive inflammation. 

Buying and Storing


Raspberries are plentiful from June until October in the northern hemisphere and from December to April in the southern hemisphere.  When buying look for fruit with a deep red color.  Select berries that are firm and plump, but avoid anything which is soft, mushy or moldy.  If you are buying berries that are pre-packed make sure they are not packed too tightly, otherwise they will crush and become damaged.

Raspberries are highly perishable and once purchased should be used within one or two days, otherwise, they will need to be frozen.  To prepare for freezing, wash gently and pat with a paper towel.  Arrange the berries in a single layer on a flat tray and place in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a plastic freezer bag.

These little berries are very fragile, so great care should be taken while storing them.  .Once purchased remove any berries that are moldy or spoiled, otherwise they will spoil the rest.  The remaining ones can be stored in their original container or transferred to a wide bowl or plate.  Then cover with plastic wrap.  They will keep unwashed in your refrigerator for one or two days only.   

How to Use in Smoothies

Raspberries can be added to smoothies either fresh or frozen.  But because of their short shelf life, frozen berries might be more practicable.  Remember, if you wouldn’t eat them, don’t throw them into your blender.

Creamy Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

raspberry chocolate smoothie

Ingredients

1 frozen banana
1 c frozen raspberries
1 ½ cups almond milk
½ c Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon cacao
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon flaxseeds
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Make

Combine the banana, raspberries, almond milk, Greek yogurt, cacao, almond butter, flaxseeds and vanilla extract and blender until thick and creamy.

Pour into two large glasses and serve.


Raspberry Mint Smoothie

raspberry mint smoothie

Ingredients

1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 ½ cups almond milk
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh mint

How to Make

Blend together the banana, raspberries, almond milk, vanilla yogurt and fresh mint until smooth and velvety.

Pour into two glasses and decorate with fresh raspberries.  Enjoy.


Raspberry Melon Smoothie

Raspberry melon smoothie

Ingredients

1 c raspberries
1 c chopped cantaloupe melon
1 frozen banana
1 c almond milk

How to Make

Roughly chop the cantaloupe into chunks.  Exact measurements are not necessary here.  Use more or less according to taste.

Place the raspberries, cantaloupe, banana and milk into a blender and process until smooth.
Makes 2 small glasses


Raspberry and Peach Smoothie

raspberry peach smoothie

Ingredients

2 peaches, stoned and quartered
1 c frozen raspberries
½ c Greek style yogurt
1  c almond milk

How to Make

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute or until smooth.  Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Pour into serving glasses.


Very Cherry Raspberry Smoothie

cherry raspberry smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup pitted cherries
1 frozen banana
1 cup of raspberries
½ cup apple juice

How to Make
 
You can use fresh or frozen cherries for this recipe, but if using fresh cherries you will need to remove the pits first. Place cherries, raspberries, banana and apple juice into a blender and process for 1 minute or until smooth.  Add ice if you prefer a thicker smoothie.

Makes 1 glass



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