Today, we’re featuring a video of my youngest son, Alex, making an Easy Blueberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie. Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to get my kids to eat a few servings of brain boosting fruit at breakfast, plus by adding some Greek yogurt into the smoothie, they get a little extra protein to give them a kickstart in the morning.
I have a Vitamix blender, which I love, but it is a big investment. However, if you make smoothies, pureed soups, and sauces often, I think it is well worth the money. If you don’t want to invest in a Vitamix blender, I recommend buying another blender that has a one-piece body. I have gone through a lot of blenders over the years, and found the blenders that have to be taken apart to clean a nuisance. When they aren’t put back the right way, they leak, causing a huge mess.
I have some tips and tricks that I’ve found result in successful smoothies and frozen drinks.
Here are a few tips for making smoothies in a blender:
- Add liquid items first (juice), then softer/less solid items (fresh fruit), and finally harder items (e.g., ice, frozen fruit)
- Use cut-up pieces of fruit, not whole
- When making frozen drinks, first blend all ingredients except for the ice, then add ice and continue blending until smooth
- Don’t overload with ice – start with less ice then add more if you want
Blueberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen banana slices or one medium banana cut-up
- 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup orange juice
Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.
Disclosure: I was provided a Breville Hemisphere Mini Blender for this review. All opinions in this post are my own.
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Brian @ A Thought For Food says
I love your honesty about your experience with the blender. I think it’s a real challenge finding a blender that really kicks butt and does all the things you need it to do… which this seems like it does most of those things. My father is on a smoothie kick and I bet he could use a new blender. He’d probably love this!
Thanks Brian – it is hard to find a blender that does everything well. My college son is actually using this blender for his breakfast smoothies and it works great for that.
Wonderful video, smoothie and giveaway! I love bigkitchen.com!
Anele @ Success Along the Weigh says
Great video! I’d love to blend up one of those babies! 🙂
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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says
oh love this!
Beth @ Tasty Yummies says
This video is too cute. Your son is a natural. Plus I love that the duck and the monkey were there for moral support. So cute 🙂
Thanks Sommer, Alison and Beth – the duck and monkey definitely provide moral support! BigKitchen has a wide array of kitchen products – love them!
This is the perfect recipe for the kids to make at home. They do love their smoothies growing up. Such a healthy habit we never talk about. I wish I got into the habit of making them at home when my son was growing up. Your youngest is so adorable!
Thanks Shulie – smoothies are so easy to make and homemade ones are the best since you know exactly what goes into them. I think kids naturally like smoothies because they’re sweet, creamy and frosty like milk shakes. I like them since they’re an easy way to get into at least 2 servings of fruit in the morning.
I love these videos, and this smoothie is simple and sounds tasty!
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Love the recipes!!! And what a cutie in the video, already an expert smoothie maker 🙂
Your sons are so sweet, Jeanette! And I really want the Calphalon waffle maker on Big Kitchen. I need one!
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What a cute blender and very useful too! Love your review and video Jeanette! I also like the Breville Brushed Stainless Steel Two Slice Panini Press from the Big Kitchen Store too!
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I would love a Wok!
I like the ACME juicer to make fresh veggie juice!
I actually need a new blender as mine is on its last cycle so thank you so much!
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I love the selection of dutch ovens, and the purple Le Creuset Bean Pot!
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I really want one of those gorgeous Dutch ovens. But I need a blender!
This Breville Hemisphere Mini Blender sounds fabulous for the homecook and I love your smoothie recipe! My blender just broke so this would be perfect timing! I also love the Vitamix in the Big Kitchen Store for a commericial grade blender as well but it is obviously larger than the Mini Breville – and the Mini Breville is prettier and cuter too!
I love their Luigi Bormioli glassware.
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Perfect for the season. Loved it!
Vivian Chacon says
Love the review – your son is adorable!
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I love contests! I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at those stand mixers and immersion blenders! I also like the stainless steel cookie cutters 🙂 Thanks for hosting this!
Janet Roberson says
Love all the product reviews and the breville blender is my fav so far.
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Hi, Jeanette! Smoothies are on my list of “things to do/eat” for breakfast and snacking so that I can get the rest of this extra weight off. I LOVE the Le Creuset griddle/skillet. Would be great for indoor grilled veggies!
Definately the Dutch Ovens! I love being outdoors camping, and nothing tastes better than Dutch Oven breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!!
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We make smoothies for the kids every afternoon for snack, Strawberry/Banana with a scoop of supergreens. My blender just died tonight making one so I would LOVE a new blender.
France @ Beyond The Peel says
This is one of my favorite smoothies!
Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking says
I have an old blender and have been thinking of buying a new one for a while now. I’d sure love to win this Breville mixer form BigKitchen
What a great video! Alex is a natural in front of the camera…and he makes a beautiful smoothie!
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I loved watching your Son make a smoothie! You’re my favorite food site:-)
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Thanks everyone for your comments and your participation in this fun giveaway!
Great video…and the blender using in this video is also very cute…
So has anyone instead of a blender used a margarita machine? Wondering if I can do 2 different things with one machine? My old blender is on its way out. Any suggestions?