Make a frosty raspberry smoothie is the prettiest anti-inflammatory smoothie, with a tart flavor and a beautiful bright pink color from raspberries, hydration from cucumbers, and creamy texture from yogurt.
This raspberry smoothie is bursting with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammation effects thanks to both raspberries and strawberries and creamy.
This raspberry smoothie is filling thanks to the yogurt and fruit and veggie fiber, and also extraordinarily hydrating, which leads to a healthier gut, better skin and a curbed appetite.
Raspberries - use frozen, and use organic if possibly since all berries tend to absorb pesticides into their skin.
Strawberries - same here, use organic. Both berries are hyper strong in fiber and anti-inflammatory power.
Cucumber - also buy cucumber organic and choose the English version wrapped in the produce section as the skin will be less bitter. If you buy unwrapped cucumber, peel before using in this smoothie. Also zucchini works well and adds more fiber. Either cucumber or zucchini needs to be unpeeled (unless you use unwrapped cucumber, chopped and frozen before making the smoothie to ensure the smoothie is frosty.
Yogurt - I used cashew yogurt, but any will work. The more fat, the creamier the smoothie. Or freeze the yogurt in ice cube trays, and blend it like that to thicken their texture.
Pomegranate juice - to add vitamin C, as well as a fresh bite and accent the sweetness from the berries.
How to Make This Smoothie
Step 1: Freeze your milk in ice cube trays, and at least the raspberries. Freezing ensures a frosty texture.
Step 2: Blend all ingredients until smoothie. Drink the smoothie right away, or pour into ice cube trays and freeze until you are ready to blend again.
Is this Smoothie Vegan & Dairy-Free?
As are all my smoothies, this raspberry smoothie recipe is Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
Two Important Tips
Never add ice to a smoothie - it waters down flavor, texture and nutrition.
Never add sugar to a smoothie if you can resist. Use green grapes or pears if you have to sweeten it. Both are sweet, yet neutral so won't change the flavor, and won't change most colors.
I have lots more ways to sweeten smoothies in a healthy way both on my blog or in my smoothie book.
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Raspberry Smoothie Variations
Instead of yogurt, you can use a banana, although that will add a sweeter flavor.
Instead of pomegranate, use lime juice to enhance the anti-inflammatory effect.
Instead of cucumber, use zucchini.
Add other flavors. Try mint or basil for an herbal take. Or chopped fresh ginger will add detox power and a zingy taste.
Change out the smoothie flavor all together? Use mango instead of strawberries for a more melon like flavor.
There are a lot of questions regarding the nutritional benefits of raspberry smoothies so I am addressing two common questions below.
Are Raspberry Smoothies Healthy?
Raspberry smoothies are high in fiber and strong anti-inflammatories, as well as supportive of gut health. They are rich in vitamins including vitamin C, magnesium, and iron. [source]
Can Berry Smoothies Help Lose Weight?
The combination of two berries and cucumber in this raspberry smoothie can because you'll feel full longer and feel hydrated, thus able to avoid weight-gaining snacks.
Other Smoothie Recipes
Healthy Strawberry Smoothie
Ultimate Green Smoothie
Chocolate Beet Smoothie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
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- 2 cup raspberries frozen
- 1 cup strawberries
- ½ cup cucumber or zucchini, either one chopped and frozen
- 1 cup dairy-free yogurt (frozen into cubes prior night)
- 2 tablespoon pomegranate juice or lime juice
- ¼ cup raspberries
- 2 tablespoon pomegranate jewels
- 2 tablespoon granola
- Freeze your yogurt into ice cubes, and wash and freeze berries.
- Blend up all ingredients.2 cup raspberries, 1 cup strawberries, ½ cup cucumber, 1 cup dairy-free yogurt, 2 tablespoon pomegranate juice
- Serve as pictured or any way you like to drink your smoothies.¼ cup raspberries, 2 tablespoon pomegranate jewels, 2 tablespoon granola
Serve & Storage
- Drink right away or freeze in ice cube trays to be blended again later.
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