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Recipe: Very Berry Smoothies

Recipe: Very Berry Smoothies

Very Berry Smoothies

by Erin Fletter
Photo by pilipphoto/Shutterstock.com
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

Fun Food Story

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Very Berry Smoothies

Very Berry Smoothies are berry yummy! They are also filling and high in fiber and antioxidants, including vitamin C!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • blend :

    to stir together two or more ingredients until just combined; blending is a gentler process than mixing.

  • chop :

    to cut something into small, rough pieces using a blade.

  • knife skills :

    Bear Claw (growl), Pinch, Plank, and Bridge (look out for trolls)

  • peel :

    to remove the skin or rind from something using your hands or a metal tool.

Equipment Checklist

  • Blender (or pitcher + immersion blender)
  • Cutting board + kid-safe knife
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Dry measuring cups
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Ingredients

Very Berry Smoothies

  • 1 C frozen berries (choose your favorite or a combination)
  • 1 fresh orange
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 C milk **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free milk)**
  • 1 C plain yogurt **(Omit for DAIRY ALLERGY or sub dairy-free/nut-free plain yogurt)**
  • 2 C ice
  • honey/sugar/agave syrup/stevia, to taste

Food Allergen Substitutions

Very Berry Smoothies

  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free milk. Omit yogurt or substitute dairy-free/nut-free yogurt.

Instructions

Very Berry Smoothies

1.
chop + peel

Peel and chop 2 bananas and peel 1 orange, adding them to your blender (or pitcher for use with an immersion blender).

2.
add + blend

Add 1 cup frozen berries, 2 cups milk, 1 cup yogurt, 2 cups ice, and honey or other sweetener to taste. Blend until smooth!

Surprise Ingredient: Berries!

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Photo by Ana Hollan/Shutterstock.com (girl eating wild elderberries)

Hi! I'm a Berry!

"To be specific, I'm an edible berry. We might be sweet or sour, colorful, juicy, and delicious! People around the world eat us alone, with other foods, and in jams, preserves, and pies! Yum! Did you know that bananas, pumpkins, tomatoes, and watermelons are technically berries!" 

  • Thousands of years ago, before crops were domesticated, hunter-gatherers picked wild berries, an activity people still enjoy doing today. 
  • Berry cultivation may have begun as early as the 10th century in Japan, the 14th century in Europe, and the 18th century in the United States. 
  • The word "berry" comes from the Old English "berie," from the German "beere."
  • Globally, strawberries are grown twice the amount of any other berry, although strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are not actual berries, botanically speaking—they are aggregate fruits. 
  • Botanical berries include blueberries, cranberries, elderberries, gooseberries, lingonberries, and persimmons.
  • Berries are a wonderful snack eaten by themselves or added to cold and hot cereal. But they are equally delightful when made into preserves, jams, and sauces. In addition, berries are often used in baked goods like cakes, cobblers, muffins, and pies. 
  • Berries are often called a "superfood" and are recommended by doctors and nutritionists for a healthy diet. They are high in antioxidants and fiber, and many have essential nutrients like vitamin C, helping to protect against cancer and chronic disease.

History of Smoothies!

Photo by Viktoriia Hnatiuk/Shutterstock.com
  • Smoothies were first created and christened "smoothies" in the early 1970s by Steve Kuhnau. He had a dairy allergy and wanted to make a healthy drink similar to a milkshake that did not contain ice cream. He tried blending different fruits and proteins and eventually came up with the smoothie! He opened the Smoothie King in 1973, which sold smoothies and health foods.
  • During the health food trend of the 1980s, smoothies became more widely popular, as they typically included fruit, vegetables, and other nutritious ingredients. 
  • Protein smoothies have protein powder added to them. They may also include milk or other dairy products. They act as a protein supplement for those who need more protein in their diet.
  • Green smoothies consist of fruit and leafy green vegetables, like spinach or kale. Yogurt smoothies include yogurt for protein. The "lassi" from India is a smoothie-type beverage consisting of yogurt, mango, sugar, and ice. 
  • Smoothies are a delicious way to eat your fruits and vegetables!

Let's Learn About the United States!

Photo by JeniFoto/Shutterstock.com (July 4th Picnic)
  • Most of the United States of America (USA) is in North America. It shares its northern border with Canada and its southern border with Mexico. It consists of 50 states, 1 federal district, 5 territories, 9 Minor Outlying Islands, and 326 Indian reservations. 
  • The country's total area is 3,796,742 square miles, globally the third largest after Russia and Canada. The US population is over 333 million, making it the third most populous country in the world, after China and India.
  • The United States of America declared itself an independent nation from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, by issuing the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Revolutionary War between the US and Great Britain was fought from 1775-1783. We only had 13 colonies at that time! On September 9, 1976, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and declared that the new nation would be called the United States. 
  • The 13 colonies became states after each ratified the constitution of the new United States, with Delaware being the first on December 7, 1787.  
  • The 13 stripes on the US flag represent those first 13 colonies, and the 50 stars represent our 50 states. The red color of the flag symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes innocence and purity, and blue symbolizes vigilance and justice.
  • Before settling in Washington DC, a federal district, the nation's capital resided in New York City and then Philadelphia for a short time. New York City is the largest city in the US and is considered its financial center. 
  • The US does not have a recognized official language! However, English is effectively the national language. 
  • The American dollar is the national currency. The nickname for a dollar, "buck," comes from colonial times when people traded goods for buckskins!
  • Because the United States is so large, there is a wide variety of climates and types of geography. The Mississippi/Missouri River, running primarily north to south, is the fourth-longest river system in the world. On the east side of the Mississippi are the Appalachian Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains, and the East Coast, next to the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • On the west side of the Mississippi are the flat Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains (or Rockies), and the West Coast, next to the Pacific Ocean, with several more mountain ranges in coastal states, such as the Sierras and the Cascades. Between the coasts and the north and south borders are several forests, lakes (including the Great Lakes), rivers, swamps, deserts, and volcanos. 
  • Several animals are unique to the US, such as the American bison (or American buffalo), the bald eagle, the California condor, the American black bear, the groundhog, the American alligator, and the pronghorn (or American antelope). 
  • The US has 63 national parks. The Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, and the Grand Canyon, with the Colorado River flowing through it, are among the most well-known and visited.
  • Cuisine in the US was influenced early on by the indigenous people of North America who lived there before Europeans arrived. They introduced beans, corn, potatoes, squash, berries, fish, turkey, venison, dried meats, and more to the new settlers. Other influences include the widely varied foods and dishes of enslaved people from Africa and immigrants from Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and the Pacific Islands. 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in the United States?

  • Education is compulsory in the US, and kids may go to a public or private school or be home-schooled. Most schools do not require students to wear uniforms, but some private schools do. The school year runs from mid-August or the beginning of September to the end of May or the middle of June.
  • Kids generally start school at about five years old in kindergarten or earlier in preschool and continue through 12th grade in high school. After that, many go on to university, community college, or technical school. 
  • Spanish, French, and German are the most popular foreign languages kids learn in US schools. 
  • Kids may participate in many different school and after-school sports, including baseball, soccer, American football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, and track and field. In grade school, kids may join in playground games like hopscotch, four-square, kickball, tetherball, jump rope, or tag.
  • There are several fun activities that American kids enjoy doing with their friends and families, such as picnicking, hiking, going to the beach or swimming, or going to children's and natural history museums, zoos and wild animal parks, amusement parks, water parks, state parks, or national parks. Popular amusement parks include Disneyland, Disney World, Legoland, Six Flags, and Universal Studios.
  • On Independence Day or the 4th of July, kids enjoy a day off from school, picnicking, and watching fireworks with their families. 
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Thursday in November when students get 2 to 5 days off school. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are popular December holidays, and there are 2 or 3 weeks of winter vacation. Easter is celebrated in March, April, or May, and kids enjoy a week of spring recess around that time.  
  • Barbecued hot dogs or hamburgers, watermelon, apple pie, and ice cream are popular kid foods for 4th of July celebrations. Turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are traditional Thanksgiving foods. Birthday parties with cake and ice cream are very important celebrations for kids in the United States!

Lettuce Joke Around

What do you call strawberries playing the guitar? 

A jam session!

The Yolk's On You

What’s a ghost’s favorite fruit? 

Boo-berries!

Lettuce Joke Around

I think I should work at a Smoothie shop.

I feel like I would blend in.

THYME for a Laugh

What do you call a sad strawberry? 

A blueberry.

The Yolk's On You

Why did the blueberry stop in the middle of the road? 

Because he ran out of juice!

THYME for a Laugh

What is a scarecrow’s favorite fruit? 

Straw-berries!

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