A Berry Smoothie That’s Actually Good For You

photo by Brigitte Tohm

Have you tried Costco’s famous berry smoothie? It tastes like someone just took a handful of berry flavored popsicles, threw them in a blender, and then served them in plastic cups and called them a smoothie. I’m about radical transparency. They’re delicious. But they are full of sugar. The berry smoothie at the Costco Food Court is 16oz and is loaded with a whopping 30 grams of sugar. That’s the equivalent to a 3/4th can of soda. As delicious as it is, that fact alone is an evil parasite of a thought that lingers in the back of my mind, feeding off the guilt that’s being generated with each sip of smoothie.

This actually happened by accident that initially was stemmed from a hankering for ice cream, and sadly not having any. Working from home, I can’t break the zone and just drive to the store to get ice cream. So I just grabbed everything I imagined someone would put in ice cream, but didn’t add any sugar. Thus creating an identical dupe to the berry smoothie that the Costco food court has, that is actually super good for you.

Here’s the breakdown:

Makes 2 servings:

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
  • A small handful of ice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 TBSP ground flaxseeds
  • 1 TBSP raw, slivered almonds
  • A large handful of spinach

Blend yogurt + the frozen fruit first, then add the remainder of ingredients & blend for 1 minute or until it’s smooth. Add a TBSP of water occasionally if you’re experiencing problems of it blending properly. The goal is to achieve the consistency of froyo, so be minimal with it! Add an occasional ice cube until the consistency you’re going for is achieved.

Pour into a glass cup, sprinkle some dried coconut shavings on top if you’re feeling extra sassy or if you want to add some depth to your instagram story content, and enjoy with zero guilt because you’re doing your body a huge favor.

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