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Very Easy Berry Ensure Smoothie Recipe

Updated on November 12, 2013
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5 stars from 3 ratings of Very Berry Ensure Smoothie
Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: Single 16 oz serving

Does Ensure Taste Good?

When my OBGYN told me to start drinking Ensure as a nutritional supplement, I said, "You got it!" Ensure is gluten-free and has 24 essential vitamins and minerals, so why not?

I have family members that drink Ensure and knew they weren't fans of the strawberry or chocolate flavors. My family had also mentioned that off brands didn't taste very yummy. I went to the store and took a look at my choices. I noticed that you pay more for the nutrition drinks that are pre-made and packaged into individual servings. I purchased a 14 oz can of Vanilla Ensure in powder form. It was about 8 dollars-- my least expensive alternative without purchasing a generic brand.

I got home and prepared the vanilla drink with bottled water, took a sip, and immediately spit it into the sink. I'd like to think I'm not a picky person when it comes to food and drink because I'm really not. But I just could not finish or enjoy this beverage not to mention drink it on a regular basis per doctor's orders. So I had to get creative. I needed to discover not just how to make Ensure taste better but how to make Ensure taste good. No offense to the people who make it.

I used some ingredients I had on hand and began experimenting. After making and drinking 2-3 Ensure smoothies every day for 2 months, I have got it down. Here's my final easy smoothie recipe and some tips and tricks I learned along the way.

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The first and probably most important trick to masking the flavor of the ensure is freezing it.

I prepare a giant batch of ensure using bottled water. I do this in my blender so I can effectively stir together large quantities of the powder and water without making a mess. I pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. I do this step every couple days to keep up my supply of Ensure ice cubes. Since I know I need 5 cubes for each smoothie I make, I can tell when I need to buy more Ensure. This is much easier than looking at the unmixed powder and trying to guess.

What if I don't want to freeze my Ensure?

I tried preparing my smoothie with unfrozen ensure and it was gross. One time I couldn't wait for the cubes to fully freeze and my impatience was not rewarded because my smoothie still turned out sub par.

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

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The trick to getting a deliciously thick smoothie that's ice cold relies on your prep work.

I purchase my fruits fresh from the grocery store, wash them and freeze them in their own containers. The strawberries and bananas can take a little time to hull and peel but it makes life easier in the long run. If I've got extra time, I'll prep little Ziploc baggies with single servings of the frozen ingredients so I know exactly how many smoothies I have left. This also makes early morning smoothie prep a breeze. Even if I'm in a hurry, I can grab a frozen baggie, some juice, and make the perfect breakfast smoothie happen.

Who wants a smoothie that's runny and just "kind of" cold?

Freeze all of your ingredients except for the juice. Even making a smoothie with fresh unfrozen bananas doesn't cut it. It comes out less cold and more runny. The good news is that berries and bananas lend themselves very nicely to the freezing process. Bananas don't even turn brown in the freezer. Slice them, freeze immediately and they'll stay gorgeous.

Smoothies with Banana

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*5 cubes is approximately half of a serving of Ensure, which is why I drink 2-3 smoothies each day.

**I love using Ocean Spray cranberry cherry juice for this smoothie. I buy the kind that is 100% juice and has no sugar added.

Ingredients

  • 5 Ensure ice cubes*
  • 4-6 Frozen Strawberries, (4 if large, 6 if smaller)
  • 8 Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/2 Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Cranberry Juice**

Instructions

  1. Prepare in blender on "Smoothie" setting until fully blended.

Good Tasting Smoothies

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Tips for the Perfect Smoothie

  • Prepare Ensure ice cubes in advance
  • Freeze your fruit
  • Don't freeze your juice
  • Rinse out glasses and reusable smoothie straws immediately. Strawberry seeds like to get stuck inside.

Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe

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Each Serving of Ensure Contains these Vitamins and Minerals

Ingredient
% of Daily Value
Biotin
25%
Calcium
15%
Chloride
8%
Chromium
15%
Copper
15%
Folate
25%
Iodine
15%
Iron
15%
Magnesium
10%
Manganese
30%
Molybdenum
25%
Niacin
25%
Pantothenic Acid
25%
Phosphorus
10%
Riboflavin
25%
Selenium
15%
Thiamin
25%
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin B6
25%
Vitamin B12
25%
Vitamin C
60%
Vitamin D
15%
Vitamin E
20%
Vitamin K
15%
Zinc
20%

© 2013 Heather Rode

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Delicious, yummy and healthy. Thanks for the recipe. I'll give this a go this spring.

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Delicious, yummy and healthy, just by looking at the photo. I'll try this out sometime soon in the spring. Thanks for the recipe Heather.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      indeed, a very smoothie berry, no wonder you got the badge

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      emilybee 2 years ago

      Great recipe! I had to have Ensure a few years ago after surgery and came up with some recipes, too. Will try this one if I need Ensure again :-)

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      Toya Christie 2 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Sounds like a delicious smoothie and the protein powder adds that extra boost for energy and vitality!

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      @dianetrotter-- Thanks for checking out my other hubs and the kind words ;) Take care

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 3 years ago from Fontana

      I just looked at some of your other recipes. Wow! Amazing!

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      @dianetrotter-- I hope this works out for you! Let me know. I have even made this smoothie for friends and family and they didn't know it had the ensure until I told them afterwards. They were really taken aback that they couldn't detect a hint of anything but deliciousness. I'm also perfecting a frozen and blended coffee version so check back if that strikes your fancy ;)

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 3 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you for the tip...freezing the ensure. I know people say it tastes good but not to be. I'll see if freezing and using in a smoothie will do it.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      @savvydating-- Thanks for the kind words. Definitely share this with anyone who needs to drink ensure. I don't know how I would have survived if I didn't get creative ;)

      @dianetrotter-- I love greek yogurt! I bet it would come out super yummy with frozen yogurt. You'll have to let me know how it goes :)

      @moviesreviews-- Thanks for stopping by. I hope you're able to try it and love it as much as I do :)

      @carolbetz-- Thanks for stopping by. The nutritional value is off the charts even before you factor in all the yummy frozen fruit. I hope you can try it and love it as much as I do :)

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      savvydating 3 years ago

      What a fabulous idea! Who would have thought. I've known three people who were told to drink Ensure due to having various illnesses. They had to force the stuff down. I tried it once, and it was the most horrible thing I've ever tasted. No doubt, this hub is going to be a god-send for those who have reached their limit... now they can drink Ensure and actually enjoy it. Yea!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 3 years ago from Fontana

      Yum! I just started making smoothies about a month ago. I use Greek yogurt. Maybe I'l try to free it.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Hi Crystal Tatum. Thanks for commenting and sharing :)

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Great idea. I know lots of people need Ensure for various health reasons and this is a way to keep it from being so boring. Voting up and sharing this one.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Thanks for stopping by, womensrights. I hope you can too :)

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Thanks, Ceres Schwarz. I hope so. I hate to think about how many people stopped drinking ensure because they couldn't stomach the flavor.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Great idea, CarlySullens. I bet your kids would enjoy it. My husband is such a picky eater and he loves this smoothie.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Thanks rose-the planner . Thanks for sharing with your friends. I hope they enjoy it.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      pstraubie48, Thanks for sharing. It can really be yucky, I agree!

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Thanks thumbi7 . And thanks for stopping by :)

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      @ Vacation Trip, Thanks!

      @ jabelufiroz, Thanks for the kind words and vote :)

      @ btrbell, Hi neighbor! Thanks for stopping by.

      @ LFFL, Thanks! The ice cubes definitely make life so much easier.

      @ MsDora, Thanks for reading. Even more tempting once you've tasted ;)

      @ Neelam Ramani, Thanks for the kind words and the vote!

      @ Thelma Alberts, Thanks for stopping by. Always happy to share something delicious :)

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Congratulations on HOTD, well deserved! This looks absolutely delicious and not complicated. I have made smoothies before but the Ensure is a new twist. I know people who drink Ensure so I will have to pass this along. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Great job! This smoothie looks delicious! I might try it for my kids in the morning to get their extra vitamins and minerals before they go to school.

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      Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

      Good hub on how to make an easy berry Ensure smoothie. The images of the smoothie makes it look really good. This is helpful for those that may not like the taste of Ensure and that love smoothies.

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      and Issues about women...hubs written by Eve 3 years ago

      Salivating..Hope to prepare it someday.Lovely recipe

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      Congrats on Hub of the day

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      I cannot imagine this tasting as good as it looks. My Daddy had to drink Ensure (20 years ago) and thank you, NO, I did not care for it. In 20 years it has probably improved.

      And you have glammed it up with all of these lovely fruits so I imagine it is 100% better. When I saw the photo, I said.."Please pass me one." I will now have to give it a try.

      Angels are on the way to you. ps

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! Congrats on the HOTD! Thanks for sharing.

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      Neelam Ramani 3 years ago from Delhi, India

      Congrats on HOTD.. Very tempting recipe with great pictures.. Well deserved...voted up

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for what looks like a great recipe. I'm tempted.

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      LFFL 3 years ago

      I like the ice cubes.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow! I nsure wish I had known about this when I practically lived on Ensure! Great ideas, will bookmark for future reference! Thank you! up+

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      Firoz 3 years ago from India

      Beautiful recipe. Voted up.

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Interesting and informative hub. Thank you for sharing.

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