Otherwise known as the “back-to-school” smoothie, this wild blueberry wonder is packed with antioxidants. Organic wild blueberries are one of those foods best bought in the frozen food section (unless you live in Maine, Michigan or Canada). Flash frozen in season at their peak, there’s nothing wrong with buying produce from the freezer aisle.
Yesterday, I was one of the guests on HoustonLife and we talked through my favorite freezer foods. From frozen riced cauliflower to cooked grains and wild fish, you’re smart to keep your freezer stocked with some weeknight essentials. Click the link to watch the segment and get ideas for what to keep stocked at your house. And as we cruise (or stumble) back to school, frozen produce can be your best friend during busy days.
I typically skip protein powder in smoothies because my kids can sniff it out a mile away. Instead I opt for a splash of vanilla kefir or Greek yogurt. I developed this wild blueberry smoothie after coming home with a bag of organic wild blueberries from Trader Joe’s. I was planning to make my friend Pamela’s blueberry sauce to top homemade crepes, but instead I ended up with this colorful concoction.
I’ve read that wild blueberries may help boost concentration, which I know my kids will need once school starts next week. Whether it really helps them plug into their subjects or not, it tastes darn good.
Wild Blueberry Smoothie
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Wild blueberries are full of antioxidants, they are anti-inflammatory and are supposed to boost mood and concentration. I tend to add a ½ cup of frozen riced cauliflower to almost every smoothie I make, but don’t tell my kids.
- 1 cup wild blueberries
- 1 banana, frozen or fresh
- ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup frozen leafy greens (spinach, chard, kale, etc)
- ½ cup frozen riced cauliflower
- 1 ½ cups water (feel free to substitute any type of milk: hemp, rice, cashew, etc)
- Optional add-ins: 1 tablespoon chia seeds, hemp hearts or protein powder.
- Blend well and enjoy. If the smoothie is too thick, add 1/4 cup more water. If the smoothie turns out too thin, add a few ice cubes and blend again.