June 7, 2015

Berry Sunrise Smoothie

Have you ever planted a garden? It is a lot of work.  Pulling weeds, tilling, raking, planting the plants and seeds, putting stakes in the ground where the seeds are, fertilizing, watering, pulling more weeds that just grew back in the last 10 minutes. . . . and so on and so on. 

We planted ours on Memorial Day and I can't wait to have fresh veggies right out my back door.  After a long day of preparing the garden, a nice refreshing beverage is exactly what I needed.   

I took one of my favorite drinks, Frothy Sunrise Punch, and used frozen berries instead of the ice cubes and I ended up with a super amazing smoothie.  I am calling it a smoothie and not punch like the other version, because this version is more thick and creamy and it stays that way for hours and hours.  I made mine around 2:30 in the afternoon and at 9:00 p.m. it was still just as thick.

This smoothie is so refreshing and a perfect thirst-quencher. 

P.S.  Anyone have any good tips on how to keep birds from eating everything out of the garden?  They have been eating my strawberries and cucumber sprouts.     

Berry Sunrise Smoothie
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)
1 c. orange juice
1 c. pineapple juice
1 c. whole milk
1/4 c. powdered sugar, or more to taste
2 Tbl. meringue powder
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. frozen mixed berries 
    (I used strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries)

Combine all ingredients in a large blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  Taste and add more powdered sugar, if needed.  This will depend on how sweet the frozen fruit is that you used.  Pour into cups and serve.  Makes 3-4 servings, depending on the size of your cups.   

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  1. Never thought of using meringue powder! I'll definitely have to try this recipe :)

    1. It makes it thick and creamy!! Try it :)

  2. Definitely need to try this recipe! Let me know if you get any good tips about keeping the animals out of the garden. We gave up after the squirrels kept eating our sunflowers :/

  3. I have had the same problem with birds eating my strawberries. Here is what I do: Buy a large piece of nylon netting (available at craft and fabric stores). I buy a big enough piece that I can fold it over double or triple. Stretch the netting over your strawberry patch and secure the edges down with some heavy rocks or bricks. Water and sunlight can still get through, but the birds can't! I have not tried this with cucumbers, but it might work. I have also heard of covering the heads of sunflowers with nylon netting to keep the critters away from the sunflower seeds. Hope this helps everyone!
    P.S. I love your blog!

    1. Thank you so much for the tip!!