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Very Easy Berry Ensure Smoothie Recipe

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Heather is happiest when taking a beautiful photo, creating something in her kitchen, or elbows-deep in a DIY project.

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5 min

5 min

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 is my final easy smoothie recipe and some tips and tricks I learned along the way.

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 of 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

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

Recipe for Berry Smoothie with Frozen Mixed Berries

Recipe for Berry Smoothie with Frozen Mixed Berries

*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

Banana and Berry Smoothie for Breakfast

Banana and Berry Smoothie for Breakfast

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

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

Comments

Stephanie on March 27, 2020:

So my OB informed me that I need to start drinking ensure daily. Due to my extreme morning sickness I been hospitalized twice. So my husband bought me a 6 pack of the ready to drink original vanilla flavor can I use it the same way or does it absolutely have to be powder? Please help me im desperate for the health of my baby and myself

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 15, 2015:

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

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 15, 2015:

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.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 16, 2014:

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

emilybee on July 21, 2014:

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 :-)

Anna Christie from London, United Kingdom on May 23, 2014:

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

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 21, 2013:

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

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on September 17, 2013:

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

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 15, 2013:

@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 ;)

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on September 14, 2013:

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.

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

@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 :)

Yves on July 25, 2013:

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!

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on July 24, 2013:

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

Heather (author) from Arizona on July 24, 2013:

Hi Crystal Tatum. Thanks for commenting and sharing :)

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on July 24, 2013:

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.

Heather (author) from Arizona on July 24, 2013:

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

Heather (author) from Arizona on July 24, 2013:

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

Heather (author) from Arizona on July 24, 2013:

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

Heather (author) from Arizona on July 24, 2013:

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

Heather (author) from Arizona on July 24, 2013:

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

Heather (author) from Arizona on July 24, 2013:

Thanks thumbi7 . And thanks for stopping by :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on July 24, 2013:

@ 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 :)

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 24, 2013:

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

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on July 24, 2013:

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.

Ceres Schwarz on July 24, 2013:

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.

Eve on July 24, 2013:

Salivating..Hope to prepare it someday.Lovely recipe

JR Krishna from India on July 24, 2013:

Congrats on Hub of the day

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 24, 2013:

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

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on July 24, 2013:

Yummy! Congrats on the HOTD! Thanks for sharing.

Neelam Ramani on July 24, 2013:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 07, 2013:

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

LFFL on June 29, 2013:

I like the ice cubes.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on June 28, 2013:

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+

Firoz from India on June 28, 2013:

Beautiful recipe. Voted up.

Susan from India on June 28, 2013:

Interesting and informative hub. Thank you for sharing.