Purple Berry Smoothie (recipe adapted from “Smoothies: 50 Recipes for High-Energy Refreshment,” by Mary Corpening Barber, Sara Corpening, and Lori Lynn Narlock)

Last month I was on a smoothie kick, nourishing my David back to health. You could call this one the “Get Well David Smoothie.” It is my favorite smoothie of all time. I love all the berries, which are rich in antioxidants, combined with the grape juice and vanilla yogurt. It’s smoothie perfection–well that is if you don’t mind a few seeds. Another thing I love about this drink is that I can find ingredients for it year round. When fresh berries are not available, they can be easily purchased in the frozen section of any of my grocery stores.

Special thanks to our friend Charissa who sent granola bars (pictured next to the smoothie) as part of a care package for David. When somebody loses his appetite and must take food with medicine at all hours of the day, these kinds of “super foods” are lifelines.

makes 2 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups (7 ounces) frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt (I like Dannon brand)
  • 1 1/4 cups grape juice (100% fruit juice)


Process all ingredients in a blender. Divide between two glasses.

What’s oishii? “Oishii” (pronounced “oy she”) is the Japanese word for delicious. I love sharing great recipes I develop in my test kitchen. My inspiration comes from cooking magazines (Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Food & Wine), cookbooks, blogs, online food communities such as Chowhound.com,  popular restaurants, tv shows, friends, and family.

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