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Very Easy Berry Ensure Smoothie Recipe

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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-ounce can of Vanilla Ensure in powder form. It was about $8—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 two to three Ensure smoothies every day for two months, I have got it down. Here is my final easy smoothie recipe and some tips and tricks I learned along the way.

Prep timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

Single 16-ounce serving

I prepare a giant batch of Ensure using bottled water and pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.

I prepare a giant batch of Ensure using bottled water and pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.

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 powder and water without making a mess. I pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze. I do this step every couple of days to keep up my supply of Ensure ice cubes. Since I know I need five 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.

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Frozen Fruit Smoothie

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, and 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 runnier. 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 them immediately, and they'll stay gorgeous.

Recipe for Berry Smoothie with Frozen Mixed Berries

Recipe for Berry Smoothie with Frozen Mixed Berries

Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie

  • 5 Ensure ice cubes*
  • 4 to 6 frozen strawberries, (4 if large, 6 if smaller)
  • 8 frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup cherry cranberry juice**

*5 cubes is approximately half of a serving of Ensure, which is why I drink 2 to 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.

Instructions

  1. Prepare in blender on "Smoothie" setting until fully blended.
Banana and Berry Smoothie for Breakfast

Banana and Berry Smoothie for Breakfast

Tips for the Perfect Smoothie

  • Prepare your 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!

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