My favorite place in the world when I was a kid was Costco.
To my sisters and it, it was basically the best store ever: there were free samples waiting on every aisle, you could buy a bag of pretzels practically taller than you were, and their food was phenomenal.
After dragging our mom around the store in search of samples (while she attempted to both corral us and complete her shopping), my sisters and I would drop down in front of the Costco cafe and beg for our mom to buy us lunch. Feigning exhaustion, the three of us would lie across the tables crying: “Please, Mom, we’re so hungry and so tired. Please, can we have pizza and smoothies?”
The three of us may have appeared as just cute little girls in photographs, but in person we were wild. I don’t know how my mom did it, but she managed to find a way to calm us down and keep us (mostly) under control while in public. And in the case of Costco, she accomplished this by compromising: we would be quiet if we got our pizza and smoothies.
And quiet we were, as we inhaled everything in a matter of minutes. (Of course, the jury’s still out on whether we continued to remain calm following our lunch.)
Those smoothies were my favorite thing about Costco. They were sweet, bursting with berry flavor, and extremely thick: exactly what you want in a smoothie as a little kid. Unfortunately, as I’m no longer a seven year old girl, I can’t exactly go crazy at Costco until my mom buys me a smoothie (well, I could, but unlike my seven year old self: I know when to sit down and be quiet). So, I’ve been left to my own devices… Meaning, creating a smoothie that tastes just like Costco’s (and preferably without the added sugar and extensive list of ingredients).
And luckily, I have done just that!
This smoothie is thick and delicious, with just the right amount of sweetness and berry flavor in every sip. Plus, it’s unbelievably easy to make and takes little to no time at all!
While my childhood antics may be a bit regrettable, I must say that I’m glad this recipe wasn’t around when I was seven. Because I would not trust myself anywhere near a blender at that age!
Very Berry Smoothie
- 1/2 c strawberry kefir (or lowfat strawberry yogurt)
- 2 c frozen mixed berries
- 1 banana
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Top with additional berries and enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 2 servings)