LC Stick A Straw In It Note
Few things make us feel like a kid again more than sipping something through a straw. Especially when it’s something that’s sooooo thick it’s sort of difficult to suck through a straw but because you don’t know that at the time you end up sucking in your cheeks until you resemble your reflection in some crazy fun-house mirror. This blueberry smoothie is sorta like that. (Thick, that is. Not your reflection in a funhouse mirror.) If that’s a problem for you or the straw-lovers in your household, just add a little more juice. Otherwise, simply stick a straw in it and deal.
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 2
Special Equipment: Straws (optional)
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. The berry smoothie will be really, really thick. (Not all blenders have the same horsepower. If your blender stops rotating its blade, turn the blender off and unplug the blender and stir the ingredients with a spoon. If you know your blender isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, you may want to start by adding just the kefir and juice to the blender and then slowly adding the berries, a few at a time, through the hole in the blender’s lid. You can always add a little more juice.)
Taste and add more agave nectar or honey, if desired, in 1/2-teaspoon increments.
Scrape the berry smoothie into a couple glasses and, if desired, stick a straw in it.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
The perfect berry smoothie recipe! The thickness of this smoothie is just right. The kefir bumps it up a level from yogurt or any type of milk. (Sometimes Greek yogurt makes a smoothie too thick, and it ends up needing to be thinned with milk.) I like the tartness of the pomegranate juice and kefir and a teaspoon of agave syrup was just enough to smooth it out. If you have all the ingredients on hand, this is really about a 10-minute process. Next time I'll try it with a banana added.
I've never used kefir before so this berry smoothie recipe was new for me. I used no sweetener and it was just perfect without it. The combination of the sweet frozen berries and the tart pomegranate juice and kefir was refreshing and filling. The fiber element of the small seeds of the strawberries is good. I debated really blitzing the smoothie with my VitaMix but decided to just leave well enough alone. I may re-blend the remaining portion and see how that goes. All in all, this is a smoothie recipe I will be making again and again.