Breakfast Berry Flaxseed Smoothie

This is one of my favourite smoothies – I make it all the time in the summer and it can be a  quick snack or part of a healthy breakfast for a family on the go.
I love using frozen berries in smoothies because you can skip adding the ice so it’s more convenient and I find it tastes just a good as using fresh because the berries are frozen at peak ripeness.

This smoothie incorporates fruit, dairy, and flax providing fibre and giving you food from 2 food groups (great for a snack!). We want to aim to have 2-3 food group servings for a snack and 3-4 for a meal so if you blend this up for breakfast, it would be great paired with a slice of whole wheat toast and peanut butter (then you  have something from all 4 food groups!).

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  •  1/2 cup orange juice
  •  1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  •  1 cup unsweetened frozen mixed berries or blueberries
  •  1 small banana, sliced

Add everything to blender (I like to use my magic bullet) and blend until smooth.

Notes: Always try to buy ground flaxseed if possible, or grind it up yourself; in order to get the benefits of the omega-3 in the flax, the shell must be broken.
If you want to make this smoothie dairy-free, you can skip the yogurt, or add ½ cup of vanilla soy milk instead of the yogurt. This will change the texture a bit.


Jessica Drummond is a graduate from Brescia University College in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is currently the Community Health summer student at the Perth District Health Unit. 


  1. Does ground flax seed need to be kept in the fridge?

    1. Yes, ground flax seed should be kept in the fridge. For more information on flax seed I recommend you check out Eatright Ontario's resource "Find Out About Flax Seed" at

      Shannon RD


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