This Mediterranean berry smoothie is great as a breakfast or snack when you’re following a Mediterranean diet. When you’re short on time, simply throw everything together for this filling, creamy smoothie that’s packed with nutritional benefits.
I love starting my mornings on a refreshing note with this berry smoothie.
Not only packed with nutritious ingredients but also it also bursts with delightful flavors.
It’s easy to customize too, so you can easily change it up throughout the week depending on what you have in the pantry.
With a delicious berry taste, this is the kickstart you need to get your mornings off in the right way.
The combination of ingredients makes this a healthy overall meal. Here’s why:
- An Antioxidant Powerhouse: Blueberries, the star ingredient, are known for their impressive antioxidant content. These compounds help combat oxidative stress, promoting overall health and well-being.
- Fiber-Rich and Satiating: The inclusion of oats and blueberries makes this smoothie a great source of dietary fiber. Eating more fiber aids digestion but also makes you feel fuller for longer and thus helps you curb unnecessary snacking.
- High in Protein: Greek yogurt contributes a substantial amount of protein, essential for muscle repair and growth. We all need sufficient protein, no matter how much we work out, so this is a very easy way to top up your protein count.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this Mediterranean blueberry smoothie:
- Frozen Berries: The star of the show! I often go with blueberries but use whichever berries you like. Frozen berries blend into a creamier smoothie and are usually cheaper, but fresh berries will still work. Smoothies with fresh berries often thicken slightly more as it sits. If you have fresh berries, freeze them for 30 minutes before you add them to the blender.
- Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is packed with protein and makes it extra tangy, creamy and satisfying! Be sure to use plain Greek yogurt.
- Milk: Milk helps to blend up the smoothie. You can use any milk you want, but if you want to keep it dairy free, use oat or almond milk.
- Rolled Oats: Rolled oats give the smoothie body, make it more filling, and add that delicious freshly baked flavor. Rolled oats are my preference, but instant oats also work well, so just use what you have in your pantry. Steel-cut oats don’t blend very well for a smoothie.
- Honey: this is optional, but it does add some sweetness to your smoothie. You might find it a bit plain without it. However, remember that the sugar count can quickly rise when using these sweeteners, so keep the quantity to a minimum to maintain the healthiness of the recipe.
For blueberry smoothie variations, see some ideas below:
- Spinach: Transform your smoothie into a blueberry spinach delight by adding a handful of spinach to the blender. Although it may slightly alter the smoothie’s color, you won’t be able to detect its taste.
- Bananas: When combined with blueberries, frozen bananas create a heavenly flavor pairing. This also adds some natural sweetner, meaning you can use less or no honey.
- Protein Powder: Boost your protein intake by incorporating a scoop of your preferred protein powder. Vanilla will usually work best, but feel free to experiment.
- Maple Syrup: If you desire a sweeter smoothie, you can opt for hony or maple syrup. Both will sweeten the smoothie, but the honey taste is more floral while the maple syrup is more woodsy.
- Seeds: Seeds are great sources of healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber. Consider incorporating chia seeds, hemp seeds, or flax seeds to give your smoothie a nutritional boost.
- Spices: If you really want to experiment with your smoothie, try adding different spices such as ginger, turmeric or cinnamon.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract can always add some delicious taste.
- Dates: these can add the extra sweetness without needing to use honey or a similar sweetener. However, be sure to soften them in a cup of very warm water for 5 minutes first, which then makes them perfect for blending.
How to Make This Mediterranean Breakfast Berry Smoothie
This smoothie is super simple!
- Add the Ingredients: add the frozen berries, Greek yogurt, milk, oats and honey to the blender.
- Blend Together: Blend everything until smooth. Stop to scrape down the sides occasionally.
- Adjust: If the smoothie is too thick for your liking, you can add more milk if necessary.
- Serve: Pour into glasses, top with some extra rolled oats berries and a drizzle of honey and serve.
More Mediterranean Diet Breakfast Recipes
If you’re looking for other quick and easy breakfast recipes for the Mediterranean diet, check out these below:
- 1 ¼ cups (225g) frozen berries
- 8 oz (225g) plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup (100ml) milk
- ¼ cup (20g) oats, plus extra to serve
- 1 tsp honey, plus extra to serve
- Add everything to a blender. Whizz everything until the smoothie is smooth.
- Add extra milk if the smoothie is too thick.
- Pour into glasses, top with some extra oats and a drizzle of honey (optional and serve.
Amount Per Serving Calories 192Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 8mgSodium 50mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 3gSugar 20gProtein 14g
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